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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pathways and opportunities

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We would love to talk with you about the opportunities available in medicine and health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Discover our courses and career pathways and let us help you start to plan your future.

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We are committed to creating higher education and leadership opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and aim to provide you with resources and support throughout your studies. We provide support throughout your university journey - from admissions to graduation. This includes:

Admission pathways: MD and DMD

While we encourage applications to all our degrees, we have two specific admissions pathways for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants for the Doctor of Medicine (MD) and Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD).

For applicants with a bachelor's degree and GAMSAT results

Applicants must have completed a previous degree or be in the final year of a bachelor’s degree to be considered. In general, applicants are required to have their qualifications assessed, and the Grade Point Average (GPA) for their tertiary studies calculated, by the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) through its Qualifications Assessment Service (QAS), and to have achieved at least a GPA of 4.5 (7-point numeric scale).

However, applicants with a lower mark who can demonstrate improvement over the duration of their tertiary studies will be considered eligible for admission, particularly if their final year of most recent tertiary study demonstrates high-level skills, with approval from the Advisory Committee on Indigenous Admissions (ACIC) at the Sydney Medical School. The 'two-year' rule requiring students to have completed their previous degree with at least two years in their awarding institution will be waived.

Applicants must have sat their GAMSAT examination. It is preferred that applicants have achieved a minimum score of 50 in each section of the GAMSAT, and in particular that they have passed the GAMSAT III (science) paper. However, applicants may still be considered eligible for admission if this result is not achieved, with approval from the ACIC only.

Applications will be assessed on an individual basis. Eligible applicants will be asked to:

  • undergo the same multiple mini interview process as all other applicants.
  • attend an additional interview as part of the multiple mini interview process.

For more detailed information on the application process see MD and DMD Domestic Admissions Guide (pdf, 1.4MB).

Pending academic board approval

Applicants must have completed a postgraduate degree within three years before 1 January of the year in which the applicant is seeking admission, which is either:

In general, the applicants’ GPA (as calculated by UAC) should be at least a GPA of 4.5 (7-point numeric scale), but applicants with a lower mark who can demonstrate improvement over the duration of their tertiary studies will be considered eligible for admission, particularly if their final year of most recent tertiary study demonstrates high-level skills, with approval from the ACIC. 

This pathway does not require the completion of a bachelor's degree or the undertaking of the GAMSAT examination.

Applications will be assessed on an individual basis. Eligible applicants will be asked to:

  • submit a curriculum vitae (CV), including an outline of education, and work experience.
  • undergo the same multiple mini interview process as all other applicants.
  • attend an additional interview as part of the multiple mini interview process.

Indigenous applicants are encouraged to contact Associate Professor Lilon Bandler for more information and support on +61 2 9036 7577 or med.iheu@sydney.edu.au.

For more detailed information on the application process see MD and DMD Domestic Admissions Guide (pdf, 1.4MB).