Entry support schemes

You may be eligible to apply for one of the following entry support schemes, which may assist your application to the Bachelor of Medicine - Joint Medical Program. The schemes include support for students from rural areas and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

The Bonded Medical Places (BMP) Scheme is an Australian Government initiative to provide more doctors for areas experiencing doctor shortages. 28.5% of all first year Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) medical school places are allocated to the scheme.

If you are accepted into the scheme, you must commit to working in a District of Workforce shortage location (outer metropolitan, rural and remote areas) for a period of time once you have qualified as a medical specialist or general practitioner.

Candidates will be able to lodge an online BMP Expression of Interest when they lodge their direct online university application. Only candidates who are eligible for final selection and who lodge the Expression of Interest by the designated closing date will be considered.

If you are applying for admission to the Bachelor of Medicine - Joint Medical Program, you will be able to check if you have lodged an Expression of Interest for a Bonded Medical Place by going to the Review Submitted Application page. If you wish to update your application to include an Expression of Interest for a Bonded Medical Place please email your request, remembering to include your UMAT number and date of birth.

For further details and requirements on the Bonded Medical Places Scheme, please refer to the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing.

The Rural and Remote Admission Scheme aims to increase the number of students from rural and remote locations being admitted into our program. Our target is to see 30% of students in the program from rural and remote locations (18 at the University of New England and 33 at the University of Newcastle).

If you're successful in gaining entry through this scheme, there will be a greater expectation for you to complete clinical placements within a rural area.

If you are an Australian Citizen or permanent resident and you can prove you have resided for at least five years in a rural and/or remote location, you may be eligible to apply.

If you're considering applying for a position under RRAS, please carefully read and ensure you understand the information provided in the RRAS policy and the Joint Medical Program student guide. These documents contain important information regarding your requirements and responsibilities under RRAS.

To be eligible for the RRAS Scheme, you must:

  • lodge all three applications outlined in the Joint Medical Program application process, choosing the rural option of when you complete the JMP direct university application
  • satisfy the minimum academic requirement for admission to the Joint Medical Program
  • satisfy the personal assessment qualities (UMAT, MSA and PQA) as outlined in the JMP selection process
  • provide a statement from a rural community leader verifying that you have resided in a rural/remote location for at least five years cumulatively since the age of five years
  • be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident; New Zealand Citizens are ineligible

Enquiries should be directed to:

University of Newcastle, Enquiry Centre

P: 1800 ASK UON

E: enquirycentre@newcastle.edu.au

W: AskUoN

University of New England, Future Students Team

P: 1800 818 865


Each year, up to 17 places are set aside for admission into the program for applicants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent. Currently there are 51 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in our Bachelor of Medicine - Joint Medical Program. To date, 65 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctors have graduated from our program.

There are different entry requirements for students who are applying for entry via this scheme. You're not required to lodge the online Joint Medical Program direct university application and aren't required to sit the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Test (UMAT).

To apply as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you must:

  • submit an application to the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) by 30 October 2015
  • attend a confirmation of Aboriginality interview
  • undertake a day of testing for the Multiple Skills Assessment and Personal Qualities assessment
  • attend a series of pre-admission activities, which will be held over a one week period in December 2015.

Find out more about applying as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student.

Applications will only be accepted from Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens and permanent residents of Australia. Applicants who do not have Australian citizenship must demonstrate their permanent residence status. The international student quota is filled through agreements between specific overseas educational institutions, organisations or through UON's Newcastle International College.