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.  The 2000-2019 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.

View 2019 Tracking Report

View 2016 Tracking Report.