Bachelor of Medicine - JMP Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Selection Procedure

Document Number000843
Date Approved3 October 2007
Date Last Amended24 July 2013
       

1.      Context

This procedure supports the commitment of the University to creating additional pathways for Indigenous people to enter the University (Strategic Plan 2011-2015) and continues the University’s long tradition of supporting the education of Indigenous doctors. The Bachelor of Medicine - JMP is offered jointly by the University of Newcastle and the University of New England.  Admission is managed through a common selection process.

2.      Applications

2.1       Applicants will be required to lodge an application to the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) by UAC’s October closing date by including Bachelor of Medicine – JMP (UAC Code 780000) among their preferences.

2.2.     The University of Newcastle’s Admissions Office will provide a list to the School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle and to the Wollotuka Institute, University of Newcastle as soon as possible after the October closing date, of those Indigenous students who have included Bachelor of Medicine - JMP as a preference on their UAC application by the October closing date.

2.3.     The University of Newcastle’s Admissions Office will provide the School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle with a UAC Full Applicant Report (FAR) for each Indigenous applicant.

3.      Assessment of Academic Eligibility

3.1.     The School of Medicine and Public Health will check each applicant’s academic eligibility based on the FAR. Applicants using the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entry pathway must satisfy a minimum academic requirement to be eligible for consideration, that is, an ATAR or notional ATAR of 72.55, or a Grade Point Average (GPA) equivalent to a 'pass average'. Only those applicants who provisionally satisfy or satisfy the minimum academic requirement will be considered against the other selection criteria in the assessment of personal qualities process (see Section 4. below).

3.2.     Applicants who are currently studying in a University award program will be deemed as provisionally satisfying the academic requirement. Applicants sitting the HSC, or equivalent, in the current year will be treated as if they provisionally satisfy the academic requirement.

3.3.     The academic eligibility of all applicants recommended for final selection will be checked against academic / HSC or equivalent results (following the assessment of personal qualities process) before firm UAC offers are made.

4.      Criteria

4.1.     Applicants who satisfy, or provisionally satisfy, the minimum academic criteria and who have included Bachelor of Medicine - JMP as a preference in their application to UAC will be invited by letter to attend the remaining selection processes: the Confirmation of Aboriginality interview; the Assessment of Personal Qualities (comprising the Multiple Skills Assessment and an online psychometric test); and the Pre-Admission Activities week.

4.1.1.  Confirmation of Aboriginality Interview

           Confirmation of Aboriginality interviews will be conducted by The Wollotuka Institute in November / December. Applicant's Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander status will be assessed on the basis of Self-Identity and Community Support. Results will be forwarded to the School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle.

4.1.2.  Assessment of Personal Qualities

           Assessment of Personal Qualities for eligible applicants will be conducted in November / December at the University of Newcastle. Assessments will not be conducted outside the standard Bachelor of Medicine - JMP interview period.

           The Assessment of Personal Qualities comprises a Multiple Skills Assessment (MSA) and an online psychometric test as determined by the Joint Medical Program Admissions Committee and approved by the relevant Faculty Board at each University. Some of the MSA panels will include Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander representatives, who can be either an academic representative (from the School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Newcastle or School of Rural Medicine, University of New England) or a community representative. The Assessment of Personal Qualities will take the same format as that used for non-Indigenous applicants. Eligible applicants will be ranked for selection based on overall assessment score.

4.1.3.  Pre-Admission Activities

           Pre-admission activities will be conducted over the course of a week in November / December. These activities will include (but may not be limited to) attending problem-based learning tutorials, anatomy laboratory sessions, completing tasks associated with teamwork, research and presentation.

5.      Preferred Enrolment Location

Applicants eligible for Assessment of Personal Qualities will be requested to nominate their preferred enrolment location: University of Newcastle; University of New England; or either. Information concerning enrolment location options will be provided with the letter of invitation to attend the Assessment of Personal Qualities.

6.      Offers

6.1.     In late December the School of Medicine and Public Health will provide the University of Newcastle Admissions Manager a list of Indigenous applicants who are eligible to receive offers to the Bachelor of Medicine – JMP (including enrolment location). Prior to offers being made, the academic eligibility of each applicant will be rechecked through UAC. Only applicants who satisfy the academic requirement will be included on the offer list. Offers will be forced in the UAC main round.

6.2.     Offers will be made to eligible candidates down the ranked interview list until the available positions within the program at each enrolment location are filled.

           This procedure should be read in conjunction with Bachelor of Medicine - JMP Admission and Selection Policy 000871.

 

 

 

Approval AuthorityAcademic Senate
Date Approved3 October 2007
Date Last Amended24 July 2013
Date for Review24 July 2016
Policy SponsorDeputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic)
Policy OwnerAcademic Registrar
Policy ContactAssistant Academic Registrar, Faculty of Health and Medicine
Amendment History

Amendments approved to include the series of pre-admission activities undertaken by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants, Academic Senate Resolution (AS13:81), 24 July 2013.

Updated to include the Personal Qualities Assessment as approved by the President of Academic Senate under delegated authority on 26 July 2012

Changed UAI to ATAR and relevant cut-off August 2009

Approved Academic Senate 3 October 2007