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Indigenous Entry Stream

In partnership with the National Indigenous Knowledge Education Research Innovation  (NIKERI) Institute, Deakin’s Indigenous Entry Stream offers entry streams exclusively for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to study an optometry, medical imaging, medicine or psychological science degree.

Your pathway to success

Deakin is deeply committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. As part of this commitment, 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.

What can I study?

Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry and Bachelor of Medical Imaging

The Indigenous Entry Stream for the Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry and Bachelor of Medical Imaging 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 Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry

Find out more about the Bachelor of Medical Imaging

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

Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)

There is a quota of two places available for Indigenous Australian applicants via the Indigenous Entry Stream. To be eligible, applicants must have completed a bachelor degree (with an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accredited three-year major sequence in psychology) or a foundation level 1 APAC accredited psychology course or equivalent.

Find out more about the Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)

Entry requirements

To be eligible to apply for a place in the Doctor of Medicine, Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of OptometryBachelor of Medical Imaging or Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) 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

You must have completed one or more of the following requirements:

  • Successful completion of a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with 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 in any discipline.

Bachelor of Medical Imaging

You must have completed one or more of the requirements below:

  • Successful completion of a Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with 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) and a study score of at least 25 in one of Biology, Chemistry or Physics; as well as a study score of at least 22 in Mathematical Methods (CAS) or Specialist Mathematics or a study score of at least 30 in Further Mathematics.
  • Successful completion of at least one year of study at Certificate IV or higher in any discipline. Prior study must include the following prerequisites:
    • For applicants with VCE completion within 10 years*, you must have successfully completed at least one maths unit (equivalent to a VCE study score with a minimum of 22 in Mathematical Methods (CAS) or Specialist Mathematics, or a VCE study score of at least 30 in Further Mathematics; and one science unit at VCE level, with a minimum equivalent study score of 25 in Chemistry, Biology or Physics.
    • For applicants whose VCE study is post 10 years*, you must have successfully completed one maths unit with a score of 65 or greater; and one science unit (Chemistry, Biology, Physics) with a score of 65 or greater.
  • Alternatively you can provide evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent, including a foundation program approved by the Faculty Board, or relevant work or life experience.

*To meet this requirement, VCE must have been completed within 10 years at the time of admission into the course.

Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)

You must have completed one or more of the requirements below:

  • Completion of a bachelor degree (with an APAC accredited three-year major sequence in psychology) with a minimum of a mid-credit (65%) in a level three psychology research methods unit and a minimum average of 65% over all level-2 and level-3 psychology core units, or:
  • A foundation level 1 APAC accredited psychology course or equivalent (for example: a three year bridging course – Graduate Diploma of Psychology) with a minimum of a mid-credit (65%) in level three psychology research methods unit and a minimum average of 65% over all level-2 and level-3 psychology core units.

Additional requirements

For all courses you'll require recognition as an Indigenous Australian. You’ll also need to provide confirmation of Aboriginality from your community.

If your application is successful, you'll 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)

How to apply

Email applications are now open for 2023 entry.

  • Bachelor of Medical Imaging applications have closed for 2023 intake
  • Doctor of Medicine applications have closed for 2023 intake
  • Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry applications close 11.59pm Friday 30 September 2022
  • Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours) applications close 11.59pm Sunday 27 November 2022

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

Submitting your application

Medicine, optometry and medical imaging courses

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-selection@deakin.edu.au with a copy of your curriculum vitae. Also, include any required supporting documents.

To process your application, ensure that all documents have been provided. Sighting of original documents may be requested if your application is successful. Please ensure all paperwork has been submitted together and includes the following:

  • confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander identity
  • a copy of your most recent academic transcript(s)
  • your resume.

Please ensure that you keep a copy of your application for your records and provide a current email address and phone number in your application.

Bachelor of Psychological Science (Honours)

To apply, complete the relevant form and return via email to our Psychology Professional Programs team at psych-prof-programs@deakin.edu.au.

To process your application, ensure that all documents have been provided. Sighting of original documents may be requested if your application is successful. Please ensure all paperwork has been submitted together and includes the following:

  • confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander identity
  • a copy of your most recent academic transcript(s)
  • your resume.

Please ensure that you keep a copy of your application for your records and provide a current email address and phone number in your application.

Interviews

After reviewing the applications, you might be invited to attend an interview to determine your suitability for the course.

Interviews can be face to face or by video conference, 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

First Associate Head of School (Indigenous Strategy), School of Medicine

Important dates and information

Access and equity

The Indigenous Access Scheme is a pathway to undergraduate study that recognises the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

Find out more about the Indigenous Access Scheme

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

What you can look forward to at Deakin

When you study at Deakin, you’ll be joining the most satisfied university students in Victoria* and the largest cohort of First Nations students at a Victorian university. Here are just a few of the reasons why students thrive at Deakin on their way to becoming tomorrow’s leaders.

  • Access a range of culturally specific support services, including orientation, tutoring, mentoring and financial support, as well as social and emotional wellbeing services.
  • Our focus on practical learning, industry exposure and training in world-class facilities prepares you to make a confident transition into your future career.
  • Find a career you love at every stage of your life with lifetime support from DeakinTALENT – Deakin's award-winning careers service^.

How our Indigenous Entry Stream opens up a world of opportunity

Current Deakin Doctor of Medicine student Oceania Henry shares her experiences of study and how the Indigenous Entry Stream allowed her to take the next step towards her career goals.

How Deakin's Indigenous Entry Stream opens up a world of opportunity

The Indigenous Entry Stream offers places to study the Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Optometry, Bachelor of Medical Imaging or Doctor of Medicine.

Read more

Get in touch

For further information or any enquires please contact the Indigenous Health Team.

Indigenous Health Team
School of Medicine
+61 3 5227 8031
Email Indigenous Health

Download the Indigenous Entry Stream brochure (PDF, 221KB)