Miroma Bunbilla program

For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants, the Miroma Bunbilla Program is a compulsory pre-entry pathway to Joint Medical Program held from 30 November to 4 December 2020. If you are currently studying and/or meet the academic requirements you may be eligible to participate in the Miroma Bunbilla Program. Participants are required to attend all scheduled sessions within the 5 day Miroma Bunbilla Program. Should you miss any scheduled activity you will not qualify to be considered for entry to the JMP through this pathway.

The Miroma Bunbilla Program 2020 will be conducted online, with all activities delivered via Zoom. The program is designed to give you an insight into studying medicine in the JMP. You'll learn about the skills required in the program and participate in problem-based and group-based learning. Participants will collaborate and complete assessment tasks via online study groups. Participants will have the opportunity to participate in the program via Zoom from home, or, at a nominated university facility:

  • The University of Newcastle (Callaghan)
  • University of New England (Armidale)
  • The University Department of Regional Health (UDRH): Moree, Tamworth, Taree, Orange
  • University network across Australia

The Miroma Bunbilla Program consists of the following activities:

For the MSA, you'll rotate through a circuit of online stations discussing various scenarios with an interviewer and/or undertaking various activities.

During the week you'll participate in a series of compulsory online pre-admission activities, such as:

  • Problem-Based Learning (PBL) tutorials: In small groups you’ll collaborate with your peers and facilitator to work through scenarios / working problems applicable to clinical practice
  • Anatomy and basic science resource sessions: This will entail working through an Anatomy worksheet relating to the PBL, with support from the team
  • Prepare for a short verbal presentation (VIVA) based on your PBL: Further detail will be provided during the program

As part of the pre-entry program, you'll be given the opportunity to meet staff from the Discipline of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, School of Medicine and Public Health and have the chance to talk to medicine students about their experiences of studying medicine through the Joint Medical Program. During the week, you'll have the opportunity to confirm your preferred study location – either the University of Newcastle (Callaghan or Gosford) or the University of New England (Armidale).

What you'll need for the Miroma Bunbilla

If you are invited to participate, you must provide the following:

  • Confirmation of Aboriginality: This includes documentation from your land council. If you don't have this currently, you'll need to provide all related documentation.
  • Photo identification: You'll require photo identification – such as your driver's license or passport – for the MSA assessments.