Empiric validation of the Rural Australian Medical Undergraduate Scholarship 'rural background' criterion

Gillian A. Laven, David Wilkinson, Justin J. Beilby, Heather J. McElroy

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Abstract

Objective: Rural Australian Medical Undergraduate Scholarships (RAMUS) provide $10 000 per annum to selected medical students with a rural background. Eligibility criteria include having lived in a rural community for five consecutive or eight cumulative years. We sought to validate the above-specified criterion using data from the Australian National Rural Background Study. Design: National case control study stratified by jurisdiction. Participants: Two thousand four hundred and fourteen Australian-trained rural and urban general practitioners (GPs). Main outcome measure: Whether the RAMUS rural background criterion was met or not. Results: Doctors who met the RAMUS rural background criterion were more likely to be in rural practice (odds ratio = 2.50; 95% confidence interval, 1.97-3.18) than those who did not. This was true for all jurisdictions (except for the Northern Territory) and ranged from 1.95 for South Australia to 3.57 for Victoria. Conclusion: Rural GPs are more likely to fulfil the RAMUS rural background criterion, supporting the existence of the RAMUS scheme.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-141
Number of pages5
JournalAustralian Journal of Rural Health
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2005
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Australia
  • General practitioners
  • Policy
  • Practice location
  • RAMUS

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