Rural & Indigenous Medical Entry
In2Med Australia acknowledges and pays respect to the past, present and emerging Traditional Custodians and Elders of this nation and the continuation of cultural, spiritual and educational practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
Why do we need special considerations for rural and Indigenous students?
To put it simply, rural and Indigenous healthcare is not up to the same standard as metropolitan healthcare (if you want to read more about rural and Indigenous healthcare, check out our insight article here). Many initiatives have been started to try and improve the situations in regional and remote Australia, but ultimately one of the most effective and long-term solutions to the issue is to promote the service of medical professionals within these communities and areas.
By ensuring Indigenous and rural students have the opportunity to work in the healthcare industry and thereby make a tangible difference to Australia’s healthcare industry first-hand is key to this approach. Universities within Australia have started to do their part in facilitating this. See more about this below.
Special Considerations & Entry
If you have lived in a rural/remote area (RA 2-5) for 10 years total/5 years consecutively, you are eligible for SEAS (special entry access scheme)
Not only will this result in adjustment factors to directly boost your ATAR, but it will also be considered alongside your application into undergraduate medicine
Additionally, extra scholarships and bursaries may be available for Rural students
Medical seats available include:
- Rural positions (e.g. Extended Rural Cohort): Students must study in a rural area for part of their medical degree
- Bonded positions:
- School-leaver: No added rural study/work conditions (also the most competitive seat)
*All the above are commonwealth supported places (CSP) in most universities (except Bond University)
Regardless of the seat, all students must work in rural hospitals for a period of time during their medical degree. Those who receive a school-leaver position may opt to study in a rural area for an extended period of time. Read more about rural medical placements in our insight article on Rural & Indigenous healthcare here!
If you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin, you will be eligible for special considerations in your undergraduate medicine application. Evidence will be required of your status, which may include documents signed under the seal by an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander community organisation providing confirmation that you are recognised by your community.
Similar to the rural considerations, SEAS will boost the ATARs of Indigenous applicants and Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander status will be considered alongside the candidate’s application.
There are different Indigenous entry pathways for the various universities, some of which include:
- Dean’s Indigenous list (Monash University)
- Indigenous Entry into Medicine Scheme (UNSW)
- Indigenous Entry Scheme (Flinders University)
- Aboriginal Entry Applications Process (University of Tasmania)
- CAMDH pathway/application (University of Western Australia)
Essentially all these programs assist with equitable selection into medicine (with special selection factors applied to the candidates’ scores to increase their chance of selection), quotas for ATSI students and scholarships to assist them throughout their medical school journey. Eligibility into these selection streams is on the presumption that the candidate:
- Is of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Origin
- Are motivated to study medicine/have an interest in Indigenous health
- Meet the minimum academic requirements and sit an interview
At In2Med, we are passionate and committed to providing our services in an equitable manner. As medical students, we hope to do our part in addressing the discrepancies that exist in Australian healthcare. As such, if you are of Indigenous heritage or living in a rural/remote area, you are eligible for our scholarship program, which gives you free access for all our courses!
To obtain a scholarship, simply contact us (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) with the required proof of rural residence/Indigenous status (see more information about this in the link below), and we’ll organise everything for you. Simple as that!