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Bachelor of Medical Science (Pathway to Medicine) - Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Admission Pathway Information

Thank you for your interest in CQUniversity’s Bachelor of Medical Science (Pathway to Medicine). This short video will explain in detail the application process for our Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Admission Pathway.

Bachelor of Medical Science (Pathway to Medicine) - Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Admission Pathway Information

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Thank you for your interest in CQUniversity’s Bachelor of Medical Science (Pathway to medicine). This short video will explain in detail the application process for our Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Admission Pathway.

If you are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicant, you may choose to apply via our Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Admission Pathway.

To apply through this process your first step is to apply through QTAC, the details of which can be found on our website. You need to submit your application prior the due date. Applicants through the Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander admissions pathway are not required to complete the University Clinical Aptitude Test Australia New Zealand, (or UCAT ANZ), however we do recommend that you consider doing this step anyway.  Doing so will allow you to keep you options open and allow you to apply through the General admissions pathway and can be used for in applications with other MD programs.

Once you’ve submitted your application, you will receive a letter from QTAC, and you will be contacted by our Office of Indigenous Engagement (OIE) team who advise you on supplying some supporting documentation. Which you will be provided a deadline for.

The supporting documentation includes:

  • A personal statement
  • A resume
  • A copy of your year 11 results, and
  • Confirmation of your Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Identity.  This can include any or all of the following documents

A certified copy of your Confirmation of Identity document, which is usually provided by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander community organisation. This would include your name and would confirm you are a recognised member of a specified Indigenous Australian community.  Or

  • A Native Title documentation or
  • An original Statutory Declaration signed by you and accompanied by two supporting documents of verification from a recognised cultural consultant or referee.

Applicants will then be invited to attend a semi-structured interview with CQUni’s OIE team where you will discuss your application in more detail.

They will be held at both the Bundaberg and Rockhampton CQUni campuses and you will be required to attend the interview in person.

Following this interview, you will then be notified if you’ve been selected to attend a multiple mini interview.

The MMI interviews will be held in Late November / early December will involve a series of short interviews over a few hours.

MMIs are designed to assess your non-academic qualities and provide you with opportunities to demonstrate skills and qualities such as verbal communication, adaptability, and empathy.

They will also be held at both the Bundaberg and Rockhampton CQUni campuses and you will again be required to attend the interview in person.

In December, we will be considering your whole application including your submission and MMI results. Applicants will be selected based on the recommendation of the Office of Indigenous Engagement, and will be required to obtain a minimum MMI score as set by CQUniversity’s Dean, School of Health, Medical & Applied Sciences and The University of Queensland’s Executive Dean, Faculty of Medicine.

Successful applicants will receive an offer from us via QTAC in January  If you’re successful, you will receive a conditional offer for the University of Queensland MD program at the same time.

While we have outlined this process, its important to note however, that as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander applicant, you are eligible to apply for either the First Nations Pathway OR the general pathway. You should consider both options, along with your individual circumstances and decide which one is for you. Refer to our video on the general pathway for more information on this pathway.

If you have any questions about the application process please feel free to reach out to us on 13 27 86 or send us an email.