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#1 Victorian university for graduate employment

Study at Deakin and get the practical medical skills and accreditations you need to pursue a successful career in medicine. Our focus on rural and Indigenous health sets our degrees apart – develop your skills on clinical placements and form sustainable relationships with our many partners.

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Set yourself up for a career advancing the health and wellbeing of the community, equipped with excellent skills in person-centred health care. Study medicine, optometry, medical imaging, agricultural health or medical science to make a positive impact on people's lives.

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Learn practical skills in clinical settings

Our courses include placements in a range of medical environments, from hospitals and general practices to community healthcare settings in rural south-west Victoria. You’ll spend between 25% and 50% of your time out of the classroom, participating in clinical placements.

Rural community clinical schools

For an immersive rural medicine experience, we've opened 10 rural community clinical schools between Melbourne and the Victoria/South Australia border. These locations offer on-site accommodation and a broad range of clinical experience opportunities.

Rural placements

When you study optometry, you’ll spend three months of a six-month placement in rural areas. As a medical imaging student, you’ll start a range of rural placements in your first semester of study and continue these placements throughout your course. Our agricultural health and medicine placements are on farms with your tutors.

World-class learning spaces

Our facilities at the Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus are equipped with advanced medicine, optometry, and medical imaging simulation spaces and industry standard equipment.

Deakin focuses on inter-professional education, which means we learn alongside students from other healthcare disciplines, such as nursing, physiotherapy and optometry. This has helped me understand the importance of teamwork and collaboration in healthcare.

Mo Al-Ameri

Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry and Doctor of Medicine

Doctor of Medicine pathways

Deakin supports pathways into the Doctor of Medicine via the Indigenous Access Scheme and Rural Training Stream.

Indigenous Access Scheme

The Indigenous Entry Stream provides a specialised pathway for Indigenous students to become healthcare practitioners, improving cultural safety and health equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the communities they serve.

Rural Training Stream

Up to 30 places in our Doctor of Medicine course are held for regional applicants under the Rural Training Stream. This stream also removes geographic barriers, allowing you to complete your degree and clinical placements in western Victoria.

Explore research degrees

Re-imagine your career, connect with our partners and make your impact alongside world-leading researchers at the School of Medicine.

Add a professional accreditation to your resume

Graduates of our Doctor of Medicine, Bachelor of Medical Imaging and Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry are accredited by Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra). Medicine and surgery graduates are also eligible for accreditation from the Australian Medical Council (AMC).

Get the support your need to study at Deakin

As a Deakin student you'll be well supported by student groups, including Deakin Medical Student's Association (MeDUSA), Deakin's rural health club (NOMAD), Deakin Optometry Student Society (DOSS) and the Medical Imaging Student's Association (MISA).

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Contact us

Get in touch if you have any further questions regarding the School of Medicine.

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