UON: Indigenous education excellence
In the 1980s, the University launched a small Indigenous student support program called Wollotuka. Approximately half of the country's Indigenous medical doctors are graduates of UoN and Newcastle is one of the largest contributions of Indigenous health workers in Australia from its medicine, nursing, and allied health programs. Close to half of all Indigenous enrolments at the University are in professional disciplines, including teaching, nursing, social work and engineering.
In 2012, more than 740 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students were enrolled at the University. Indigenous students span all faculties and are represented at all levels of study, from enabling education through to research higher degrees. UoN's enrolment of Indigenous students is almost double the sector average, and, in recent years, enrolments of Indigenous students have grown more than 20 per cent.