Rural Australia Medical Undergraduate Scholarship (RAMUS) Scheme Tracking Project

The RAMUS Scheme was first introduced in the year 2000. The aim of the Scheme was to assist students with a rural or remote background to complete a standard medical degree and provide them with support and mentoring from a rural doctor.

A yearly competitive application process was used to allocate new scholarships. Criteria for receiving a scholarship include rural background, financial need and a commitment to future rural practice.

After they are trained and registered, there was an expectation that RAMUS scholars will return to a rural or remote area.

The RAMUS team has been undertaking a tracking project to determine to what degree this is occurring.

The tracking project has looked at:
•    where former RAMUS scholars were at the age of five;
•    which university they attended;
•    scholarship start year;
•    graduation year; and
•    current practice location.

An initial report was published in 2016 and updated in 2019 and final report in 2023.  The 2000–2019 and 2000–2023 RAMUS Tracking Report describes the characteristics and career destinations of the more than 2,500 Medical students who have been recipients of a Rural Australia Medical Undergraduate Scholarship (RAMUS) since 2000.