Indigenous Entry Stream – 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 Institute of Koorie Education and School of Medicine.

Entry requirements

To be considered for entry into Deakin's Doctor of Medicine course through the Indigenous Entry Stream, you’ll need to meet the following requirements.

Academic requirements

  • You must hold a bachelor’s degree, or a bachelor’s 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.

Additional requirements

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

  • a current police record check
  • an immunisation history.

You will also need to obtain a Working with Children Check before commencing any work in hospitals. This is a Victorian Government requirement, and more information will be provided prior to enrolment.

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 Deakin Indigenous Entry Stream Application Form and return it via email to the School of Medicine Admission and Placements Team with a copy of your curriculum vitae.
  • After returning the form via email, you must submit a hard copy to the address below and include your original academic transcript(s). 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.


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, the Institute of Koorie Education and the Australian Indigenous Doctors Association.

Invitations to interview will be made based on a combination of GPA scores and completed application forms.

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 and Lecturer in Public Health

Important dates and information

For 2020 entry, the deadline for email applications is midnight Wednesday 31 July 2019.  

No late applications will be accepted beyond this date.

Original official transcripts, along with a hard copy of your application form, must be mailed to us at the address above. 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.

Medicine at Deakin – Indigenous education

Deakin School of Medicine's Professor Colin Bell and Candice McKenzie discuss the importance of Indigenous education in medicine, and building the cultural proficiency of non-Indigenous colleagues to be able to work and provide a culturally safe place for Indigenous patients.


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

Access and equity

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

Further information

For more information, or if you have questions regarding the Indigenous Entry Stream, please contact:

Candice McKenzie
Coordinator Indigenous Medical Education
+61 3 5227 3158
Email Candice McKenzie