Indigenous Entry Stream

The School of Medicine courses – Doctor of Medicine, Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry and Bachelor of Medical Imaging – have entry streams available for Indigenous students. These entry streams are a partnership between the school and the National Indigenous Knowledge Education Research Innovation (NIKERI) Institute.

Courses available through the Indigenous Entry Stream

Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry and Bachelor of Medical Imaging (BMI)

The Indigenous Entry Stream for the Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry (BVSMO) and Bachelor of Medical Imaging (BMI) provides a direct-entry pathway for Indigenous Australian applicants. This stream is for non-Year 12 applicants. Current Year 12 applicants can apply directly through VTAC.

Find out more about the BVSMO
Find out more about the BMI

Doctor of Medicine

Up to 5% of domestic places in Deakin's Doctor of Medicine course are held for Indigenous Australian applicants applying through the Indigenous Entry Stream. Indigenous Australian applicants can apply with any undergraduate degree and aren't required to complete the Graduate Australian Medical Schools Admission Test (GAMSAT). The Indigenous Entry Stream is a partnership between Deakin's National Indigenous Knowledge Education Research Innovation (NIKERI) Institute and School of Medicine.

Find out more about the Doctor of Medicine

Entry requirements

To be eligible to apply for a place in the Doctor of Medicine, Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry or Bachelor of Medical Imaging through the Indigenous Entry Stream, you'll need to meet the following admission criteria.

Academic requirements

Doctor of Medicine

  • You must hold a bachelor degree, or a bachelor and a higher-level postgraduate degree, completed no more than 10 years before the course commencement date, and a final Grade Point Average (GPA) (weighted) of 5.0 or greater on a 7.0 scale. A higher-level postgraduate program may be considered towards your GPA calculation.
  • If your undergraduate degree was completed outside of the 10-year period, you may be considered for admission if you have successfully completed the equivalent of one year’s tertiary study (i.e. one full year of the curriculum) at honours or graduate diploma level, or higher, at an Australian university or Higher Education Institution recognised by the Australian Qualifications Framework, or at a recognised international university listed in the NOOSR Guide. Postgraduate study should have been completed no more than 10 years before the course commencement date.

Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry (BVSMO)

You must have completed one or more of the following requirements before the course commencement date:

  • successful completion of a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education or equivalent with an ATAR of at least 50 or equivalent (including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL)
  • successful completion of at least one year of study at Certificate IV or higher with a Grade Point Average of 5.0 and above (distinction average) in any discipline
  • evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent, including an approved Foundation program, or relevant work or life experience.

Bachelor of Medical Imaging (BMI)

You must have completed one or more of the following requirements before the course commencement date:

  • successful completion of a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education or equivalent with an ATAR of at least 50 or equivalent (including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL)
  • successful completion of a Certificate IV or higher in a related discipline
  • successful completion of a diploma in any discipline or 50% completion of a diploma in a related discipline
  • successful completion of relevant study – equivalent to at least two Deakin University units – at an accredited higher education institution
  • evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent, including an approved Foundation program, or relevant work or life experience.

And one or more of the following requirements:

  • recent secondary education or equivalent with a study score of at least 25 in one of biology, chemistry or physics; a study score of at least 22 in one of maths: mathematical methods (CAS), maths: specialist mathematics or a study score of at least 30 in maths: further mathematics
  • completed a bachelor degree in mathematics, science or health sciences.

Additional requirements

For all courses:

Recognition as an Indigenous Australian. You’ll also need to provide confirmation of Aboriginality from your community.

If you’re successful in your application, you will need to provide the following documentation at enrolment:

  • a current police check
  • an immunisation history
  • a Working with Children Check – this is a Victorian Government requirement, and more information will be provided prior to enrolment.

These inherent requirements are expected to be completed before undertaking professional placements as part of the course.

Read all the inherent requirements for the BVSMO (PDF, 108.8KB)

Read all the inherent requirements for the BMI (PDF, 450KB)

Application process

To prepare and submit your application, please follow the steps below.

Submitting your application

To submit your application, you'll need to complete the relevant application form and return it via email to the School of Medicine Admission and Placements Team at som-selecion@deakin.edu.au with a copy of your curriculum vitae. Also include any required supporting documents.

After returning the form via email, you must submit a hard copy of the application that includes your original academic transcript(s), curriculum vitae and written references to the address below. We cannot accept photocopies or unofficial printouts.

School of Medicine
Faculty of Health
Deakin University
Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
Locked Bag 20000
Geelong Victoria 3220 Australia

Please ensure that you provide a current email address and phone number in your application.

Interviews

After reviewing the applications, we may invite you to attend an interview to determine your suitability for the course.

Interviews can be face to face or by videoconference, and are conducted by a panel of representatives from the School of Medicine and the NIKERI Institute. The Australian Indigenous Doctors Association also sits on the panel for the Doctor of Medicine.

Invitations to interview will be made based on a combination of educational experience and completed application forms. GPA scores will be considered for the Doctor of Medicine.

As additional evidence of suitability, the interview panel may ask some applicants to complete a number of mini interviews and/or a written reflection.

One of our key visions is social accountability, and we aim to provide opportunities for students to join us from all walks of life to learn to become excellent doctors.

Candice McKenzie

Coordinator Of Indigenous Medical Education/Lecturer In Public Health

Important dates and information

Email applications are open now for 2021 entry.

Bachelor of Medical Imaging applications close: 11.59pm Friday 31 July 2020
Doctor of Medicine applications close: 11.59pm Friday 31 July 2020 
Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry applications close: 11.59pm Wednesday 30 September 2020

Original official transcripts, along with a hard copy of your application form, must be mailed to us at the address above (see 'Application process'). We can’t accept online submissions of this paperwork, nor process your application unless all the required documents are provided. Please ensure that you keep a copy of your application for your records.

Access and equity

Please refer to our Access and Equity Program for information relating to applying for access and equity consideration.

Doctor of Medicine – GAMSAT

Indigenous Australian applicants are not required to complete the Graduate Australian Medical Schools Admission Test (GAMSAT). However if you have completed the GAMSAT, your results can be included as part of your application.

Find out more about the GAMSAT

More information

For further information or any enquires please contact Candice McKenzie.

Candice McKenzie
Coordinator Indigenous Medical Education
+61 2 5227 3158
Email Indigenous Health