What is the Modified Monash Model?

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IMPORTANT UPDATE: An update of the MMM classification system with the latest census data is in progress.


What is the Modified Monash Model?

The Modified Monash Model (MMM) is how we define whether a location is metropolitan, rural, remote or very remote with categories from MM 1 to MM 7. MM 1 is a major city and MM 7 is very remote. MM 2 to MM 7 areas are considered regional, rural or remote.

It might be more difficult to access healthcare in rural and remote areas, so this classification enables healthcare to be more accessible.

MMM is reviewed and updated every 5 years, the same as each Census. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) conducts the national Census every 5 years.

How do we use it?

MMM is based on the geographical remoteness and town size, and the Distribution Priority Area classification uses MMM boundaries. 

Some government, Fellowship, and 3GA programs include the MMM for their eligibility criteria. Many of these programs require and/or encourage doctors, GP registrars and qualified GPs to train and work in rural communities.

How do I find areas under the MMM?

2015 and 2019 MMM classifications can be seen in the Health Workforce Locator. You can read how to check the Health Workforce Locator here.


Note: The information presented above has been gathered from the Department of Health and Aged Care website and has been updated as of 2023-12-13.

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