Indigenous Medical Access Pathway Program Guidelines
UniSC is committed to increasing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students studying the Bachelor of Medical Science program, a provisional pre-medicine pathway to the Doctor of Medicine at Griffith University. We recognise the valuable contribution that Indigenous doctors make to community.
A quota of up to 10% of places in the Bachelor of Medical Science program will be available to applicants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent who meet the following requirements –
- Completion of Year 12 no more than three years prior to application;
- No previous attempt of tertiary study at diploma level or higher;
- Successful completion of the prerequisite for Year 12 English (or approved equivalent); and
- Participation in a semi-structured interview1.
The number of places for a given year will be determined by the Dean of the School of Health, based on the total number of places approved for that year’s intake.
Applicants for these places are required to provide confirmation of Aboriginality/Torres Strait Islander status, in the format determined by the UniSC Indigenous Services and communicated in the invitation to interview.
Additional reference letters from community are highly desirable to evidence community engagement.
- Selection Process
Applicants who met the eligibility requirements and achieve a minimum unadjusted ATAR of 99.00 will be invited to attend interview in December/January.
The interview will assess motivation and cultural, social support and academic needs.
Offers will be made based on recommendation from the Interview panel2.
The interview selection committee will comprise of a representative from Indigenous Services, Dean of the School of Health (or nominee), and the Pro-Vice Chancellor (Students) or Pro-Vice Chancellor (Indigenous) (Chair).
Successful applicants will be ratified by the Chair of the Selection Committee.
- Application Process
Applications are to be submitted to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC).
Applicants must have identified on their QTAC application as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
After the release of Year 12 results for the given year, the Indigenous Services Unit will invite appropriately qualified applicants to attend interview.
Applicants are encouraged to contact the UniSC Indigenous Services to discuss the process.
Applicants will be advised in writing of the outcome of their application as soon as possible after interviews have been finalised. Successful applicants will receive an offer of a place in the Bachelor of Medical Science program through QTAC and will be required to meet the standard articulation requirements to progress to the Doctor of Medicine at Griffith University.
The deferment process is outlined in the Admissions Procedures.
Applicants returning from approved deferment will not count towards the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sub-quota for that year’s intake.
- Review and Appeals
Unsuccessful applicants should address a request for review to the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic). The decision maker will review the case and notify the complainant of the outcome of the review and the reason for the decision. There is no further avenue for appeals against this decision within the University.