You may be eligible to apply for one of the following entry schemes, which may assist your application to the Joint Medical Program. The schemes include support for students from rural areas and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
The Bonded Medical Places (BMP) Scheme is an Australian Government initiative to provide more doctors for areas experiencing doctor shortages. This scheme provides Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) in Australian medical schools, for which recipients are required to work in a district of workforce shortage or Modified Monash Model location 4-7 for a period of time equal to 3 years. This period can be completed between commencing internship and 18 years after you complete the Bachelor of Medicine and Doctor of Medicine.
Of all commencing first year Commonwealth Supported Places in Australian medical schools, 28.5% will be allocated to the scheme.
Candidates will be able to lodge a BMP Expression of Interest when they lodge their JMP direct online university application. Only candidates who are eligible for final selection and who lodge the Expression of Interest by the designated closing date will be considered.
You will be able to check if you have lodged an Expression of Interest for a Bonded Medical Place by going to the Review Submitted Application page. If you wish to update your application to include an Expression of Interest for a Bonded Medical Place please email your request, remembering to include your UCAT number and date of birth.
For further details and requirements on the Bonded Medical Places Scheme, please refer to the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing.
The Rural and Remote Admissions Scheme aims to increase the number of students from rural and remote locations being admitted into our program. Our target is to see 30% of students in the program from rural and remote locations (18 at the University of New England and 33 at the University of Newcastle).
If you're successful in gaining entry through this scheme, there will be a greater expectation for you to complete clinical placements within a rural area.
If you are an Australian Citizen or permanent resident and you can prove you have resided for at least five years consecutively or ten years cumulatively in a rural and/or remote location, you may be eligible to apply.
If you're considering applying for a position under RRAS, please carefully read and ensure you understand the information provided in the RRAS information document and the Joint Medical Program Prospectus. These documents contain important information regarding your requirements and responsibilities under RRAS.
To be eligible for the RRAS Scheme, you must:
- lodge all three applications outlined in the Joint Medical Program application process, choosing the rural option when you complete the JMP direct university application
- satisfy the minimum academic requirement for admission to the Joint Medical Program
- satisfy the personal assessment qualities (UCAT ANZ, MSA and PQA) as outlined in the JMP selection process
- provide a statement from a rural community leader verifying that you have resided in a rural/remote location for at least five years consecutively or ten years cumulatively
- be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident; New Zealand Citizens are ineligible
Enquiries should be directed to:
University of Newcastle, Enquiry Centre
P: 1300 ASK UON
University of New England, Future Students Team
P: 1800 818 865
Each year, up to 17 places are set aside for admission into the program for applicants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent. Currently there are 75 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled in the Joint Medical Program. To date, 105 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander doctors have graduated from our program.
There are different entry requirements for students who are applying for entry via this scheme. You're not required to lodge the online Joint Medical Program direct university application and aren't required to sit the University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT ANZ).
To be eligible for consideration for admission to the JMP as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, you must:
- submit an application to the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) by 31 October 2020
- attend a confirmation of Aboriginality interview
- undertake a day of testing for the Multiple Skills Assessment and Personal Qualities assessment
- attend a series of pre-admission activities, which will be held over a one week period 30 November to 4 December 2020
Find out more about applying as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander student.
The Joint Medical Program has targeted international student cohorts who are eligible to apply for direct admission to the Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine program.
International students currently undertaking either secondary or tertiary studies both onshore or offshore are now eligible to apply for the program. The Joint Medical Program welcomes applications from onshore international applicants. See here for further details.
International students who are ineligible to lodge a direct application may be eligible to apply for the pathway program, Foundation Program for Medicine, through the Newcastle International College (NIC). Progression rules apply. For more information visit https://www.nic.nsw.edu.au/programs/foundation-program-in-medicine
Applicants applying on the basis of secondary examination results (that is, applicants who have not completed one full-time year - 1 EFTSL - of tertiary studies) and who have completed their Year 12 examination at a school in a designated rural/remote location in Australia, regardless of the year the examination was undertaken, will be considered for entry under the Rural Bonus Scheme. Determination of eligibility for the Rural Bonus Scheme will be based on the address (including street and postcode) of the high school attended.
The JMP uses the Australia Statistical Geography Standard - Remoteness Area (ASGS-RA 2016) to determine a schools rural/remote status. Schools located in areas classified as RA2 to RA5 will be considered to be rural/remote. Applicants are able to assess their eligibility for the Rural Bonus Scheme by entering their school’s street address (not PO Box) in the ASGS-RA (2016) locator map.
Applicants who are eligible to be considered under the Rural Bonus Scheme will be assessed as having satisfied the minimum academic requirement if their ATAR is 91.4 or greater (rather than the standard minimum requirement of 94.3) – refer Academic Eligibility.
From 2021 up to 6 places will be set aside for admission into the Bachelor of Medical Science and Doctor of Medicine (Joint Medical Program) for current students in the Newstep and Open Foundation programs at the University of Newcastle.
Students who have already graduated from a Newstep or Open Foundation program, completed an additional 12 months study, and meet the criteria will also be eligible for this pathway.