Indigenous Entry Stream (IES)

Note: Indigenous graduates with a GAMSAT result have two options. They may choose to apply via the Flinders graduate entry pathway , or via the IES pathway as outlined below.

A key priority of the Commonwealth and Northern Territory governments is to increase the participation of Indigenous people in medicine. Flinders University recognises respects and supports this key priority through its commitment to equity and inclusiveness in its medical program. The second key development is the addition of the Indigenous Entry Stream (IES) which applies for entry to the Flinders medical program in both Adelaide and the Northern Territory.

Key features of the IES are as follows:

  • Applicants to the IES will not require a GAMSAT result;
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Indigenous support units in the Northern Territory or South Australia to discuss their application;
  • Applications for entry via the IES should be submitted by the application deadline of 12 February 2016;
  • Applications lodged after the closing date will be accepted only in exceptional circumstances and with the approval of the Executive Dean;
  • Applications must be on the IES Application form (see link below) and will require information about relevant education, work and community service history, together with referee's reports and documentation of Indigenous descent;
  • Short-listed candidates will be invited to a detailed interview by a panel including an Indigenous interviewer, designed to assess the applicant's non-academic qualities;
  • Based on the application and interview process, applicants (for either the Northern Territory or South Australia) will be selected for a place offer in the Preparation for Medicine Program (PMP), hosted in Darwin in 2016. Participants in the PMP may apply for funding from the School of Medicine to cover accommodation and travel costs. After completing this Program, each applicant will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis for their suitability and readiness for Medicine based on all aspects of their application and performance in the PMP.Recommendations for place offers will be made to the Admissions Committee. In the event that applicants are not offered a place, they will be provided with feedback about possible further preparatory steps to address gaps in their background prior to making a further application.

The PMP is conducted mid-year and is designed to introduce some content and skills central to the medical course, to maximise the preparedness of all applicants and build a supportive cohort. The PMP is an intrinsic step in assessing an applicant's readiness for successfully completing the four-year medical program. PMP participants will be assessed on their academic performance, teamwork, psychosocial factors and communication. Applicants who successfully complete the PMP will be required to undertake a science remediation program entitled Flinders University Extended Learning in Science (FUELS). This is an online program that addresses potential gaps for Indigenous students with very little background in chemistry, physics and biology and numeracy. The course will commence two weeks before the Preparation for Medicine Program begins and will continue after this program. It is conducted entirely online through the Flinders online learning environment. Estimated student time commitment is around 10 hours a week.

Applicants will then be reviewed based on their performance in the Preparation for Medicine Program and in consideration of all aspects of their application. Recommendations for places will be forwarded to the Admissions Committee for the Doctor of Medicine and Bachelor of Clinical Sciences/Doctor of Medicine. This Committee will review each applicant on a case-by-case basis for consideration of a place offer in the Doctor of Medicine for 2017.

IES application form (PDF 412KB)


Please make sure your application is complete by following the checklist on the last page. All applications must be sent to:

Faculty of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences
Faculty Office
Flinders University
GPO Box 2100