Evaluation of the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) Program 2019-2020

Page last updated: 28 September 2020

The Department of Health commissioned an independent evaluation of the RHMT program which was completed in mid-2020. The evaluation examined the extent to which the current design and delivery of the RHMT program is achieving the program’s aim of improving the recruitment and retention of medical, nursing, dental and allied health professionals in rural and remote Australia. The evaluation also considered the benefits to local health delivery from engagement in teaching and training through the RHMT program.

Kristine Battye Consulting Pty Ltd (trading as KBC Australia) was selected to undertake the evaluation which involved a mixed methodology encompassing both qualitative and quantitative methods. The evaluation included an extensive consultation process.

An Expert Reference Group was established to provide advice to the evaluator and the department throughout the evaluation.

Evaluation Terms of Reference

PDF version: Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) Program Evaluation – Terms of Reference (PDF 437 KB)
Word version: Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) Program Evaluation – Terms of Reference (Word 25 KB)

Evaluation – Expert Reference Group

Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) Program Evaluation – Expert Reference Group

Evaluation – Final Report and Summary Report

The final report and summary of the final report of the evaluation of the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training (RHMT) Program are available here for download.

Independent Evaluation of the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Program –Final Report (PDF 4238 KB)
(Accessible Word version of this report will be available soon).

Independent Evaluation of the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Program – Summary of the Final Report (PDF 538 KB)
Independent Evaluation of the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Program – Summary of the Final Report (Word 184 KB)

Independent Evaluation of the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Program Appendices to the Final Report (PDF 1550 KB)
Independent Evaluation of the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Program Appendices to the Final Report (Word 1077 KB)

The evaluation was undertaken by Kristine Battye Consulting (KBC Australia) from mid-2019 to mid-2020.

The evaluation focused on assessing the extent to which the current design and delivery of the RHMT program is achieving the program’s aim of improving the recruitment and retention of medical, dental, nursing and allied health professionals in rural and remote Australia. The evaluation also considered the benefits to local health delivery from engagement in teaching and training through the RHMT program.

While the evaluation highlights the complex and changing environment in which the RHMT program operates, overall it has found that the RHMT program has been an appropriate response and important contributor to addressing rural health workforce shortages. After two decades, there is a strong foundation for rural training and research in rural, remote and regional areas which is now considered routine.

More information

For more information email RHMTevaluation@health.gov.au