Indigenous doctors are highly sought after in Australian communities and have a role not only in improving the health disparities of our society, but being advocates for health and education in Indigenous communities. At the University of Newcastle, Indigenous medicine has become a specialty in its own right.
The main role of the Discipline of Indigenous Health is to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students through the Indigenous Medical Entry Program. Staff provide academic, social and cultural support to students and are active in the development of the Indigenous health curriculum.
The Joint Medical Program believes doctors must understand the history of Indigenous Australia in order to overcome social and cultural barriers to improving the health of Indigenous people. The Discipline of Indigenous Health teaches into many parts of the medical program to engage all students with Indigenous issues.
We are proud to claim that we have graduated almost half the national total of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctors. The JMP dedicates up to 16 places each year for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students across the University of Newcastle and the University of New England.