Location Darwin, Northern Territory Australia
Entry level Graduate
Duration 4 years
Important dates

Indigenous Entry Stream Key Dates:
Applications open – 10 October 2016
Applications close – 20 January 2017

Indigenous entry pathway

Yes, Flinders University has an Indigenous Entry Program.

Course Information

A full four year graduate entry medical program is delivered by Flinders University through the Northern Territory Medical Program (NTMP). Some features of Medicine at Flinders include:

  • a co-operative/collaborative learning environment with a strong emphasis on team work;
  • a strong focus on developing hands-on clinical skills from Week 1 of the program;
  • integration of clinical medicine with a strong underpinning of the relevant biomedical science and
  • options for gaining clinical experience in varied settings, including hands-on involvement in patient care.

Entry Level: Graduate

Graduate entry courses are bachelor degree or Masters level courses that you can’t enter straight from school. You can only study them if you already have a degree. For medicine in Australia, and depending on the university, this degree can be either in any field or must be a specific bachelor degree. Graduate entry medical degrees are shorter than undergraduate medical courses. The reason they’re shorter is that the university can assume that you’ve already developed the ability to learn effectively at university level and that you have an understanding of the basic sciences.

Important Dates Details:

Indigenous Entry Stream Key Dates:
Applications open – 10 October 2016
Applications close – 20 January 2017

Indigenous Entry Pathway

Yes, Flinders University has an Indigenous Entry Program.

A major focus of the NTMP is to attract Indigenous applicants to study medicine. Indigenous applicants may apply to enter medicine in the same way as non-Indigenous applicants, or may apply through a separate pathway that will involve completion of a Pre-Medicine Program.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who hold an approved degree from an Australian university or tertiary institution deemed to be of equivalent standard or who are due to complete such degrees before starting the course may apply for admission through the Indigenous Entry Stream (IES).

There are four elements in the IES selection process: a written application, an interview, a two-week Preparation for Medicine Program (PMP) and an online science program.

Please refer to the Indigenous Entry Stream (IES)  for more information.

Entry Criteria

Selection for interview will be based on assessment of the written application. Selection for admission will be based on performance in the interview, in the Preparation for Medicine Program and in the online science program. IES applicants who have satisfactory results in the graduate entry requirements and at interview may be exempt from the PMP.

Preparation Course

The Preparation for Medicine Program (PMP) is conducted mid-year and is designed to introduce applicants to the reality to studying medicine at Flinders University. The content during the program focusses on skills central to the medical course to maximise the preparedness of all applicants and build a supportive cohort.

The second part of the PMP allows students to participate in an online science remediation program FUELS (Flinders University Extended Learning in Sciences). This program allows students to obtain a range of basic science concepts which are assumed knowledge in the GEMP. PMP participants will be assessed on their academic performance, teamwork, psychosocial factors and communication.

The successful completion of both the PMP and the FUELS are the final steps in assessing an applicant’s readiness for successfully completing the four year medical program. Applicants who are deemed ‘ready’ to start medicine may be offered a place in the medical course.

Length of course:

4 years

Additional Information

* Indigenous graduates who wish to apply through the IES should apply directly to the University, rather than through the Graduate Entry Medical School Admissions System (GEMSAS).

* For IES applications, applicants need to complete a form outlining relevant education, work and community service history, together with referee’s reports and documentation of Indigenous descent.

* Short-listed candidates will be invited to attend an interview by a panel with substantial Indigenous membership, designed to assess the applicant’s academic and career history as well as factors that may impact positively or negatively on their capacity to complete the medical course.

*Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Poche Centre Darwin (indigenoussupportnt@flinders.edu.au) to discuss their application.

What assistance is available to me?

Poche Centre Darwin

Poche Centre Darwin provides a resource centre for Indigenous students. The Poche Centre Darwin has a resource library available to students in all 4 years of the program, plus a range of books and magazines relating to Indigenous health and wellbeing.

Poche Centre Darwin fosters an environment of social inclusion that enables staff and students to get to know our families and communities through participation in culturally significant occasions and celebrations of important culturally significant days. Our Indigenous academics, tutors and reference groups work together to help us build a culturally affirming place where students can feel safe and can feel their identity is supported and respected.

Poche Centre Darwin also looks after student scholarships and accommodation; provides financial, academic, professional, cultural, spiritual and social support and addresses any issues of discrimination at a personal or faculty level so that students do not have to be apologists or experts in Indigenous health.

Financial Assistance

Contacts

Deputy Director Craig Allen
LIME Reference Group Member
Flinders NT
Email: craig.allen@flinders.edu.au
Phone: TBC

Poche Centre for Indigenous Health & Wellbeing – Darwin
Kelly-Anne Browne – Indigenous Entry Stream into Flinders NT Medical Program
Email: indigenoussupportnt@flinders.edu.au
Phone: +61 8 8946 7488

Poche Centre of Indigenous Health in Alice Springs
PO Box 2234
Alice Springs 0871 Northern Territory Australia
Email: kerry.taylor@flinders.edu.au
Phone: +61 8 8951 9601 / +61 8 8951 9603

NT Medical Program
Yellow Building 4
Cnr University Dr North & University Dr West
Charles Darwin University Campus
Casuarina NT 0815 Australia
Email: admin.ntcs@flinders.edu.au
Phone: +61 8 89467488