Inherent Requirements

Inherent requirements are the essential components of a program or course that demonstrate the abilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the program or course.  Students with a disability or chronic health condition may be able to have reasonable adjustments made to enable them to meet these requirements.  Reasonable adjustments must not fundamentally change the nature of the inherent requirement.

The Inherent Requirements for programs within the Joint Medical Program can be found at the following links:

For students enrolled at the University of Newcastle click here.

For students enrolled at the University of New England click here.

Individuals who are in doubt as to their ability to meet these guidelines and who wish to seek clarification or wish to discuss what adjustments may be necessary and are reasonable should contact:

Applicants: Chair, JMP Admission Committee

Current Students: BMedSc MD Program Convenor, Prof Joerg Mattes or BMed Program

Students Who May Need Additional Support

The University of Newcastle and University of New England provide a wide range of services for students with a permanent or temporary disability or medical condition to reduce the impact of their condition on their studies.  Support services include, where reasonable, the provision of equipment, examination adjustments, provision of course materials in an accessible format, lecture support, assessment support, practical assistance, library assistance, advice and information, and advocacy and liaison where required.

To enable the Universities to assess if they are able to provide a student with reasonable adjustments to services and facilities to reduce the impact of their condition on their studies, it is in the best interests of the student that the disability and/or condition is identified and assessed early, potentially before an individual enrolls. Accordingly, the JMP urges students with medical, physical or emotional / psychological conditions or disabilities that may lead to them requiring additional support, services or assistance to make their situation known to the relevant University student support unit as soon as possible. If necessary and reasonable, the University will put into place an individual program of support.

Further information about student support services may be obtained by contacting:

University of Newcastle: AccessAbility T: +61 2 4921 6622; E:

University of New England: Special Needs Office T: +61 2 6773 2897; E:

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.