Miroma Bunbilla program

If you meet the academic requirements as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicant, or are currently studying, you'll be invited to a five-day (or seven-day if attending the orientation at Armidale) Miroma Bunbilla Program held from 3 to 7 December. The program is designed to give you an insight into studying medicine in the Joint Medical Program. You'll learn about the skills required in the program, and participate in problem-based and group-based learning.

To attend the program, you must complete the application form and return by 31 October 2018. You must also complete and return an ABSTUDY form and a Preferred Enrolment Location form (you will have the opportunity to change your preferences during Miroma Bunbilla). These will need to be submitted with an Establishing Aboriginality and/or Torres Strait Islander Status form in addition to your Confirmation of Aboriginality documentation. There is a separate policy providing examples of appropriate records to prove Aboriginality and/or Torres Strait Islander descent.

Information on how to confirm your intention to attend will be provided in the invitation.

If you don't attend the program, you won't qualify for entry via this pathway and will be required to apply via the standard pathway and meet all Joint Medical Program selection criteria.

The Miroma Bunbilla Program consists of the following activities:

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

You'll be required to complete an online assessment of personal qualities known as the PQA on the same day as your allocated MSA session. The PQA is an online instrument designed to assess a range of personal qualities considered to be important for the study and practice of medicine.

Find out more on the PQA website.

During the week you'll be required to attend an Aboriginality interview with the Elder in Residence and an Aboriginal community member. Confirmation of Aboriginality will be required.

During the week, you'll participate in a series of pre-admission activities including participation in small group problem-based learning tutorials, anatomy sessions, and basic science resource sessions. You'll also prepare for a short verbal presentation based on your problem-based learning. 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 select your preferred study location – either the University of Newcastle or the University of New England.

What to bring to Miroma Bunbilla

If you are invited to attend, you must bring along the following:

  • Confirmation of Aboriginality: This includes documentation from your land council. If you don't have this currently, you'll need to bring in all related documentation that you have.
  • Photo identification: You'll require photo identification – such as your driver's license or passport – for the PQA and MSA assessments.
  • Closed-in shoes: This is required for tours around the anatomy labs.
  • Personal effects, toiletries and insect repellent: This requirement is only for those staying on campus.
  • Dietary requirements: Please advise if you have any special dietary requirements when you complete the registration form.

You will be provided with accommodation and meals on campus during the week.