Australians living in rural and remote areas face challenges accessing healthcare, often resulting in poorer health outcomes compared to people living in metropolitan areas.
USC is passionate about changing this, so we have set aside some places in the Bachelor of Medical Science program for which students from rural backgrounds can apply.
Am I eligible?
To be eligible, you must meet the Federal Government’s definition of living in a rural community. You need to have lived in a category ASGS-RA 2 – 5 regional or remote area of Australia for a minimum of five or more consecutive years, or 10 cumulative years, prior to commencing university study. A rural residential property must have been your principal home address. Holiday homes, secondary residence and investment properties don’t qualify. Students who attended boarding school can use their family’s primary residence as their qualifying address.
To check on rural geographic eligibility, enter your address at the ASGS-RA locator and use the ASGS Remoteness Areas (2016) data.
How do I apply?
When you apply through QTAC for the Bachelor of Medical Science, QTAC will contact you about applying for the Rural Access Scheme. You will then be able to download the Rural Access Scheme coversheet from QTAC. Complete the coversheet and upload it to your QTAC application with your supporting documentation.
What documentation do I need to provide?
Acceptable supporting documentation includes:
- Supporting letters from a GP, school, university or workplace (signed originals on letterhead). Supporting letters must state your rural address.
- Invoices for telephone, rates, utilities or bank statements showing your address at the time of issue. These proof-of-residency documents can be in your parents’ names.
Letters written specifically in support of your claim must be original letters. Other documentation can be photocopies.
4 August 2020 – applications open for 2021.
11 December 2020 – Rural Access Scheme supporting documents to be submitted to QTAC. Applications and documentation submitted after this date may not be processed in time for the mid-January offer round.
28 December 2020 – Bachelor of Medical Science applications close.