Nursing and Allied Health Graduate Outcome Tracking (NAHGOT) study
Nursing and Allied Health Graduate Outcome Tracking (NAHGOT) Study
The Nursing and Allied Health Graduate Outcome Tracking (NAHGOT) study aims to understand why nursing, midwifery, and allied health graduates choose to work in metropolitan or rural, regional or remote settings. We want to explore the factors that influence their decisions about where they work, including:
- where they grew up (metropolitan or rural)
- location and duration of clinical placements while at university
- intention as a student to practice in a metropolitan or rural setting
- intention as a graduate to practice in a metropolitan or rural setting.
The NAHGOT study was first initiated in 2017 by Monash University and the University of Newcastle. This collaboration has since expanded to include Deakin University, the University of Queensland, University of Southern Queensland, and the University of South Australia.
This longitudinal prospective cohort study links student data routinely collected by each university; to
- survey data (student experience survey, graduate outcomes survey, NAHGOT graduate survey); and
- graduate practitioner data collected by the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (Aphra).
There is an urgent need to address the shortages of nurses and allied health professionals in rural and regional Australia. NAHGOT study findings will be used to inform both education programs and workforce planning, particularly in non-metropolitan settings. These will support better health service planning and ultimately improve health outcomes for regional, rural and remote communities.
Preliminary sub-studies found:
- Students from a rural background were over four times more likely to have had rural placements than students from non-rural backgrounds. They were also likely to have 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. Completion of a rural placement was also associated with rural practice location.
Beks H, Walsh S, Alston L, Jones M, Smith T, Maybery D, Sutton K, Versace VL. Approaches Used to Describe, Measure and Analyze Place of Practice in Dentistry, Medical, Nursing and Allied Health Rural Graduate Workforce Research in Australia: A Systematic Scoping Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(3):1438.
Farrugia L, Smith T, Depczynski J. Factors influencing medical radiation science graduates’ early career principal place of practice: a retrospective cohort study. J Med Radiat Sci 2021; (published online): 1-9
Sutton KP, Beauchamp A, Smith T, Waller S, Brown L, Fisher K, Woodfield M, Major L, Depczynski J, Versace VL, Maybery D, Wakely L, Mitchell EK, Drumm DW, Langham R, May J. Rationale and protocol for the Nursing and Allied Health Graduate Outcomes Tracking (NAHGOT) study: a large-scale longitudinal investigation of graduate practice destinations. Rural and Remote Health 2021; 21: 6407.
Ivec, N, Beauchamp, A, Sutton, K, Mitchell E, O'Meara, P, Bowles, K, Williams B. Investigating first-year graduate paramedics’ reason for current work location: A cross-sectional, data linkage study. Aust J Rural Health. 2021; 00: 1– 10.
Versace, V.L., Smith, T. and Sutton, K. Beyond the black stump: rapid reviews of health research issues affecting regional, rural and remote Australia. Med J Aust, 2021; 215: 141-141.e1.
Sutton, K, Depczynski, J, Smith, T, et al. Destinations of nursing and allied health graduates from two Australian universities: A data linkage study to inform rural placement models. Aust J Rural Health. 2021; 29: 191– 200.
Smith, T, Sutton, K, Beauchamp, A, et al. Profile and rural exposure for nursing and allied health students at two Australian Universities: A retrospective cohort study. Aust J Rural Health. 2021; 29: 21– 33.
Fisher K, Depczynski J, Smith A, Sutton K, Mitchell E, Beauchamp A. Factors influencing rural practice in graduates from two Australian universities. 16th National Rural Health Conference, August 2022.
Ivec, N. Investigating first-year graduate paramedics’ reasons for current work location: A cross-sectional, data linkage study. Doctors for Regional Innovation, Vision, Excellence and Scholarship (DRIVERS) Conference, October 2021.
Beauchamp, A, Nursing and Allied Health Graduate Outcomes Tracking (NAHGOT): Methods and preliminary findings. 7th Rural and Remote Health Scientific Symposium, Virtual pre-Symposium, May 2020.
Beauchamp, A., Sutton, K., Waller, S., Woodfield, M., Smith, A., Depczynski, J. Nursing and Allied Health Graduate Outcomes Tracking (NAHGOT): Methods and preliminary findings. National Rural Health Conference 2020.
Smith, T., Waller, S., Beauchamp, A., Sutton, K., Depczynski, J., Brown, L., Wakely, L., Fisher, K., Khalil, H., Maybery, D. The Nursing and Allied Health Graduate Outcome Tracking Study: Methodology for large-scale data linkage. (TED). Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (2019), ANZAHPE 2019 Conference, 1-4 July 2019, Canberra, Australia.
Waller, S., Smith, T., Beauchamp, A., Sutton, K. Where do they go? Methodology and lessons from collaborative allied health graduate tracking research. (ePoster). Victorian Allied Health Research Conference 2019, 22 March 2019, Melbourne.
Smith, T., May, J., Burrows, J., Wakely, L., Brown, L., Fisher, K. Beauchamp, A., Maybery, D., Sutton, K., Khalil, H., Waller, S. Counting the chickens as they hatch: Tracking students and the rural health pipeline. Rural Health & Research Congress, Tamworth, 2018.
Regional placements essential to beat health worker shortfall, The Australian Financial Review, May 30 2021.
Seeking regional health workers, The Australian, July 24 2019.
Deakin Rural Health
Monash Rural Health
|Southern Queensland Rural Health |
The University of Queensland and
University of Southern Queensland
University of Newcastle Department of Rural Health
Graduate research opportunities
The NAHGOT study provides a range of opportunities for graduate research students looking for rewarding honours, masters or PhD projects. Please contact Dr Keith Sutton to learn more about potential projects.