Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students

There is a different application process for students who apply as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student to the Joint Medical Program. 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).

Each year, up to 17 places are set aside for admission into the Joint Medical Program for applicants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent. Currently there are 57 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in our degree. To date 95 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctors have graduated from our program – a third of the Indigenous doctors in Australia.

Preparing for your university studies

The University of Newcastle and the University of New England offer tertiary preparation programs (Yapug at UON and TRACKS at UNE) to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to develop the academic skills required for undergraduate study.

These programs are for school leavers and mature age students who want to build on their current knowledge base and prepare themselves for further studies at university. On completion of the program, students will be eligible to apply for entry to the Joint Medical Program.

For further support and information regarding the tertiary preparation programs please visit:

The Wollotuka Institute

The University of Newcastle

T: 02 4921 6863

Oorala Aboriginal Centre

University of New England

T: 02 6773 3034