We are committed to encouraging and supporting Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders interested in learning, working and leading across the range of medical and health fields.

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In addition to encouraging interested students to focus their research and training on issues relevant to Indigenous health, we also offer two courses specifically designed to create professionals skilled in the fields of Indigenous Health Promotion and Indigenous Health (Substance Use). These courses are only offered to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, and specifically aim to improve the health outcomes for Indigenous Australian Communities.

Indigenous Health Promotion at Sydney

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from the Indigenous Health Promotion program talk about what they expected of the University of Sydney and how it has changed their lives.

Community to education and back

Geoffrey Angeles talks about his journey from his community to education and back. Geoffrey is lecturing in Indigenous Health Promotion Indigenous Health Promotion at the Sydney School of Public Health.

The Poche Centre for Indigenous Health

A Centre of the University within Sydney Medical School, the core business of The Poche Centre for Indigenous Health includes the development of sustainable models of service delivery for Aboriginal communities. The Poche Centre also conducts research and education activities, and facilitates regular clinical visits from primary care providers, medical specialists, nurses, midwives, dentists and allied health professionals, to address gaps and priorities in clinical service delivery to Aboriginal communities.

Indigenous Students and the Combined Medicine Option

The Sydney Medical School combined medicine option is a way for new students to gain a place in the Sydney Medical Program when they leave school. The combined medicine pathway involves completing a three year bachelor degree followed by the four year graduate medical degree.

Each year 5 of the 35 potential combined medicine places are reserved for Indigenous students.

Resources and Support for Indigenous Students

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students considering applying to study at Sydney Medical School are welcome to contact Dr Lilon Bandler for more information and support in making their application.

The Australian Indigenous Doctors Association has a student representative and welcomes engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students.

There is also significant support available on campus for Indigenous students, through programs like the Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ITAS) and through The Koori Centre, which is designed as a culturally safe space for all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

For more information on these facilities, visit the Indigenous Support Services page.


Sydney Medical School offers a wide range of scholarships for Indigenous students in both the Sydney Medical Program and postgraduate courses: