Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants

There is a different pathway process for those who apply as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicant.

We encourage applicants to contact the School of Medicine Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander support office at IndigenousFutureDr@westernsydney.edu.au or call the Student Services Hub Infoline on 1300 668 370 to discuss your interest in applying.

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How to Apply

1. Meet the minimum academic requirements

Applicants must have completed the NSW HSC or Tertiary equivalent. 

2. Apply through Universities Admissions Centre (UAC)

Submit your application through the Universities Admission Centre.  Applications close at Midnight AEST 29 September each year, late applications will not be accepted.

You must indicate the Doctor of Medicine (MD) at Western as one of your preferences (UAC code 725505).

You will be asked to indicate a preference to study at either Western Sydney University or Charles Sturt University. Your University preference will be taken into consideration but is not guaranteed.  Only one offer will be made into the MD Joint Program in Medicine.

3. Provide Supporting Documentation

Confirmation of Aboriginality and Torres Strait Islander Identity

You will be required to provide the following prior to attending an Interview with the School of Medicine. Please email documents to admissions@westernsydney.edu.au and IndigenousFutureDr@westernsydney.edu.au. Alternatively, documents can be lodged in person to any Campus Student Centre or mailed to:

Admissions Unit
Western Sydney University
Locked Bag 1797
Penrith NSW 2751

Documentation Required

A certified copy of your confirmation of identity from a registered Community Organisation (e.g. Land Council) with a common seal confirming a person to be of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent

If you are unable to provide the above, you will need to supply a self-declaration statutory declaration along with one of the following:

1. Supporting documentation in the form of a genealogy document (such as Linkup NSW)


2. A letter of support using the Western Sydney University template or an official letterhead by a recognised community member or organisation (such as Aboriginal Medical Service, High School Principal, Aboriginal Education Consulting Group, Family and Community Services, Aboriginal Housing or other Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander incorporated corporation).

Please note that the letter of support cannot be supplied by a current staff member of Western Sydney University. If you have any questions about this process or these requirements, please email Western Engagement@westernsydney.edu.au.

Alternatively, if you are experiencing problems submitting these documents, please contact the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Support office within the School of Medicine at IndigenousFutureDr@westernsydney.edu.au or call the Student Services Hub Infoline on 1300 668 370.

4. Attend Interview

Interviews are held in early November.

If you are invited to an interview, there will generally be questions about motivation, educational experience and aspirations, though the most important criterion is your passion and desire to become a doctor.

Applicants will need to provide supporting documentation such as a transcript of academic records, resumes and other documents of community involvement.

The structured panel below will take all these factors into account when making an offer.

The panel consists of:

  • The Dean WSU and CSU
  • Professor of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
  • An Academic
  • A Community Member



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— Albert Vu. Undergraduate Medicine.

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