About the JMP

The Joint Medical Program is delivered jointly by the University of Newcastle and the University of New England. Our unique partnership means students can access the best resources and educators. Learning is problem-based, and supported by early and broad clinical experience. By graduation, our students have the knowledge and skills for contemporary and emergent medical practice, and are ready to play a key role in shaping future health care for individuals and communities.

For a helpful overview of the program, download our Joint Medical Program Prospectus.

Unique partnership

The Joint Medical Program is built on a unique partnership between the University of Newcastle and the University of New England, with support from our local NSW health districts. This means you'll have access to a greater range of tutors, electronic resources, library facilities and clinical experiences. You'll learn from practising doctors with a variety of backgrounds in metropolitan and rural health care, as well as health professionals and tutors in related health and scientific fields.

Metropolitan, rural and regional locations

You can study medicine in either a metropolitan or rural campus, with both locations offering an identical Joint Medical Program curriculum. Because we partner with clinical venues in metropolitan, regional and rural regions, you'll gain the clinical experience you need to practise medicine anywhere in Australia.

Early clinical experiene

You'll gain hands-on experience from the very beginning of your medical studies. From your first year onwards, you'll participate in clinical placements that test and hone your knowledge, gained from tutorials and lectures, within real-world scenarios.

Advanced simulation facilities

The Joint Medical Program encourages experiential learning. Throughout your medicine degree, you'll utilise excellent educational technology, including simulated medical learning environments, to ensure you're well-equipped to get the most out of your time on clinical placement.


Your learning will be self-directed and problem-based, reflecting a doctor and patient relationship. Working in small groups and learning from each other, you'll learn by experience and to recognise and resolve gaps in your knowledge – teaching you vital medical skills for a lifelong commitment to learning.

Exchange opportunities

Throughout your medical studies, you'll have opportunities to gain further experience abroad.

Leaders in Indigenous education

The Joint Medical Program has graduated more than half of Australia's Indigenous doctors – more than 95 doctors since 1985. Each year, up to 17 places are set aside for admission into the program for applicants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent.

Community focus

You can choose to become involved in local community health projects, which are facilitated by our clinical partners during your clinical placements. This is a great opportunity to gain hands-on experience while investing in the health of the local community.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.