Nursing and Allied Health Graduate Outcome Tracking (NAHGOT) Study

Research aims and objectives

The NAHGOT study seeks to better understand why nursing, midwifery and allied health graduates choose to work in regional, rural or remote compared to metropolitan settings. It considers decision-making factors, including the graduate’s rural background, university professional placement locations and the career intentions over the duration of their journey as a student and into professional practice.

This study is a collaboration between the University of Newcastle, Monash University and Deakin University. The three universities are working together to track and assess graduate outcomes, using pre-registration data and information collected by the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency.

Key findings to date are based on data from nursing and allied health students who completed their course in 2017 at either Monash University of the University of Newcastle. Findings contain no individual identifying information.

Key findings include:

  • Students from a rural background have four times the odds of having had rural placements than students from non-rural backgrounds, as well as greater odds of having had multiple rural placements and more rural placement days.
  • Students of rural origin had nearly four times the odds of practising in a rural location after graduation compared to non-rural students, while having a rural placement was also positively associated with rural practice location.

Department of Rural Health contact:

Associate Professor Tony Smith, Academic Lead – Research, Taree
Email: tony.smith@newcastle.edu.au