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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pathways

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Learn more about our courses and pathway options to start planning a career in medicine and health.

Admission pathways: MD and DMD

Students are encouraged to apply for all our degrees, however we have two specific pathways 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 8627 9424 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).

Graduate Diploma in Indigenous Health Promotion


This program is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workers who either already have a role in promoting the health of their communities and who wish to gain experience or skills in this field.

It is designed to give practitioners the knowledge and skills they need to help prevent illness and injury or reduce the harms associated with these conditions.

It has a particular focus on community participation and empowerment, guided by the principles of social justice and social inclusion.

100% online course delivery
The course is offered through our interactive online learning environment, giving you the flexibility to tailor your study schedule around your lifestyle. We also offer full-time and part-time options, allowing you to decide your study load.

Learn more about the degree

Support programs

The Gadigal 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 Medicine and Health.

We provide pastoral care, advocacy support and mentors, as well as culturally safe study spaces, academic workshops and ongoing private and group tuition.

You’ll also have access to the broader range of student support services such as careers support, disability services, financial support and academic support and enrichment programs.

Address: Susan Wakil Health Building, Western Ave, Camperdown NSW 2050

For more information, please contact The Gadigal Centre at support.gadigal@sydney.edu.au or +61 2 8627 8619

 
 
 

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