|Location||Callaghan Campus (Newcastle) and Armidale (UNE), New South Wales Australia|
|Important dates||June – UMAT registration closes (only required if the student is not attending the Miroma Bunbilla Pre Entry to Medicine Program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people). September – University Applications are due (directly to UoN/UNE and through UAC) For further details click here.|
|Indigenous entry pathway||For entry in 2016, applicants who satisfy the minimum academic requirement or who are currently studying and expecting to satisfy the minimum academic requirement will be contacted by the discipline of Indigenous Health and invited to attend the one week Miroma Bunbilla program.|
The University of Newcastle and the University of New England jointly offer the Bachelor of Medicine (BMed) as a five year undergraduate degree referred to as the Joint Medical Program (JMP).
The program is a unique partnership created with the specific aim of addressing the chronic health workforce shortage that exists in remote, rural and regional communities. It delivers a medical program of international standing with early and broad clinical experience and a problem-based learning curriculum. While the curriculum will be the same, students can choose where they would like to study their degree, either in Newcastle or Armidale. The real difference is how students choose to use their surroundings to enrich their university experience and eventually their medical career.
This undergraduate course is an entry level course at the university. Most students go from year 12 but can also apply as a mature age student who has completed one year full time study at university or have completed the YAPUG enabling program at University of Newcastle or TRACKS enabling program at UNE. You can also apply for entry to the JMP if you have completed a degree at University.
For entry in 2016, applicants who satisfy the minimum academic requirement or who are currently studying and expecting to satisfy the minimum academic requirement will be contacted by the discipline of Indigenous Health and invited to attend the one week Miroma Bunbilla program. The program will be held at the University of Newcastle from early December 2016. Accommodation will be provided for applicants on site at the University of Newcastle.
The program consists of:
If an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicant does not attend the five day Miroma Bunbilla Program they will not qualify for special entry and will be required to meet all selection criteria including UMAT.
Based on academic marks, the outcome of a structured interview, participation and completion of the Miroma Bunbilla pre entry to medicine program.
The university also offers a tertiary preparation program, called Yapug, to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to develop academic skills required for undergraduate study. These programs are for school leavers and mature age students who want to build on their current knowledge base and prepare themselves for further studies at university. On completion of the program, students will be eligible to apply for entry into the Bachelor of Medicine – JMP. More information can be found at the Yapug tertiary preparation programlink.
TRACKS is a tertiary preparation program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who would like to develop the necessary skills and knowledge to undertake undergraduate studies at UNE. It can be studied either on-campus or by correspondence.
The Wollotuka Institute
The Wollotuka Institute at the University of Newcastle is designed to consolidate all Indigenous activities of the University into one operational and strategic body. The Institute now operates out of the three main campuses at Callaghan, Ourimbah and Port Macquarie.The services to students that they provide include the Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ITAS); study facilities; scholarship and accommodation assistance.
Oorala Aboriginal Centre
The Oorala Aboriginal Centre is a study support and advisory centre for internal and external Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at the University of New England. They offer academic advice, tutorial assistance, a computer room, a resource library, tutorial rooms and a student common room for relaxation and study.