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 30 March 2015;
  • 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 2015. 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 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 2016.

Please download the application form ( IES Application form 2016 (PDF 456KB) ) 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:

Kelly-Anne Browne
Indigenous Transition Pathways
Flinders NT
Email: indigenoussupportnt@flinders.edu.au
Phone: (08) 8946 7493

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). Applicants are advised that they may apply via the IES pathway or the GEMSAS pathway, but not both.

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 2015

12 January 2015 Applications open for 2016 entry
30 March 2015
Applications close
Early April 2015
Shortlisted applicants notified about interview arrangements
27 April to 8 May 2015
Interviews held
Late May 2015
Applicants shortlisted for Flinders University Extended Learning in Sciences (FUELS)/Preparation for Medicine Program (PMP)
15 June 2015
FUELS commences
13-24 July 2015 PMP Intensive commences in Darwin
27 July 2015 Continuation of FUELS
6 October 2015 FUELS Examination
Late October 2015 Offers to the Doctor of Medicine made
Mid February 2016 Commence Doctor of Medicine Program