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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pathways and opportunities

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We would love to talk with you about 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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Our support programs

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. This includes support programs and services at a university and faculty level:

The Cadigal Program is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students as both an admissions pathway and a support program. Whether you’re currently in Year 12 or not, the program can help you gain entry to a course with a lower minimum ATAR requirement and provides ongoing support while you’re studying.

Complete your application online.

The Yooroang Garang student support unit provides advice, assistance and academic services specifically for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled at the Faculty of Health Sciences. Services and activities include:

  • Student orientation
  • Advice on university courses, requirements, administration and services
  • Information on cadetships and scholarships
  • Tutorial rooms, common spaces and library resources
  • Study spaces and access to computer lab
  • A place where students can meet and socialise and develop an Indigenous student community
  • Assistance in dealing with external departments, ie Abstudy
  • Tutoring
  • Assistance with scholarships and cadetships
  • Pastoral care

Address: Cumberland Campus, T Block, Level 4, Via Gate 1, East Street, Lidcombe NSW 2141

For more information, please contact Simone-Cherie Holt at simone-cherie.holt@sydney.edu.au or +61 2 9351 9114.

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 please see the 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 us on +61 2 9036 7577 or med.iheu@sydney.edu.au for more information and support.

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