The Northern Territory Medical Program (NTMP) delivers the potential for Indigenous graduates who live in the Northern Territory to undertake the study of medicine closer to home. A key priority of the Northern Territory and Commonwealth 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:

  • Indigenous graduates may apply directly to Flinders University rather than through GEMSAS (Graduate Entry Medical School Admissions System);
  • Applications to the IES will not require GAMSAT results;
  • Intending 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 31 March 2014;
  • 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 Darwin or Adelaide) will be selected for a place offer in the Preparation for Medicine Program (PMP), hosted in Darwin in 2014. After completing this Program, each applicant will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis for their suitability and readiness for Medicine and recommendations for place offers made. 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 functions as a final 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. From 2012 applicants who successfully complete the PMP will be required to undertake a science remediation program titled Flinders University Extended Learning in Science (FUELS). This is a comprehensive online program that addresses 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. 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 2015.

Please download the application form ( IES Application form 2015 (PDF 452KB) ) and either complete it electronically or, if you prefer, print out and complete and send the completed form both electronically and via post with official transcripts and other documentation (see Checklist on page 7 of the Application Form) to the address below.

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
ADELAIDE SA 5001

Students who are wishing to study in the Northern Territory are strongly encouraged to contact:

Cheryl Davis
Indigenous Transition Pathways
Flinders NT
Email: indigenoussupportnt@flinders.edu.au
Phone: (08) 8946 6920

Students wishing to study at Flinders in South Australia are strongly encouraged to contact:
Bevin Wilson
Indigenous Transition Pathways
Poche Centre of Indigenous Health and Wellbeing
Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Flinders University
Email: indigenoussupportsa@flinders.edu.au
Phone: (08) 7221 8605

While it is expected that most Indigenous graduates will apply via the IES they may choose to apply through GEMSAS (with GAMSAT results) and such applications will be considered in a parallel process for Indigenous entry. Indigenous applicants who apply through GEMSAS are required to submit a Statutory Declaration for confirmation of Aboriginality (http://www.ag.gov.au/statdec) to GEMSAS Operations in which they declare that they are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, that they identify as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and that they are accepted as such in the community in which they live or have lived. 

Key Dates 2014

14 January 2014 Applications open
31 March 2014
Deadline for receipt of all applications in Adelaide and Darwin by the Faculty Office
18 April 2014
Short-listed applicants notified about interview arrangements
21 April to 2 May 2014
Interviews in Dawin and Adelaide
19 May 2014
Short-listed applicants invited to participate in Flinders University Extended Learning in Sciences and the Preparation for Medicine Program
16 June 2014
Flinders University Extended Learning in Sciences
7-18 July 2014
Preparation for Medicine Program
21 July 2014 Continuation of Flinders University Extended Learning in Sciences
26 September 2014 Application reviews for entry into Darwin and Adelaide Medical Programs
October 2014 Offers Made
February 2015 Commence Doctor of Medicine Program