Submission to the evaluation of the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Program
The AMA submission to the evaluation of the Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Program (RHMTP) supports the aims of program but highlights areas of opportunity for the program to deliver on its stated aim of addressing the maldistribution of the health workforce.
The key recommendations of the AMA's submission are:
- Increase the intake of medical students from a rural background from 25 per cent of all new enrolments to one-third of all new enrolments and increase the proportion of medical students required to undertake at least one year of clinical training in a rural area from 25 per cent to one-third.
- Redirect the funding for regional training hubs to the AMA recommended Regional Training Networks to better support students and doctors in training to spend more time in rural and regional areas during their training.
The submission also reiterates the AMA's position that no new medical schools should be established and that a cap must be placed on full fee-paying students.