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Rural Scholarships and Entry Programs

  • Medicine - Rural Background Entry Program

    Are you from a rural background and interested in doing medicine?  If you have lived for 5 years or more in a rural or remote location, since starting primary school, you can apply to study medicine at the University of Adelaide under the Rural Background Entry (RBE) pathway.  Each year 25% of the intake will be from a rural background.

    How to Apply?

    If you would like to become a doctor and have a rural background, follow the steps below:

    1. Register to sit the Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT)
      Registrations close in late May/early June with the test held in mid-July each year.
      To find out more visit:
    2. Complete SATAC Application. SATAC requirements include:
      • An Australian Tertiary Admission Tank (ATAR) of 90 or above. Rural students may be eligible for bonus points through the bonus points and access scheme.
      • SACE Stage 2: Biology or Chemistry or Mathematical Studies
      • IB: Biology (SL grade 4/HL grade 3) or chemistry (SL grade 4 / HL grade 3) or Mathematics (SL grade 4 / HL grade 3)
      • Check eligibility for the Rural Background Entry pathway - Applicants must have lived for at least five consecutive or ten cumulative years since the age of 5 in area with an Australian Standard Geographic Classification - Remoteness Areas (ASGC-RA) of AGS-RA 2-5.  Visit: Link to external website and 'Search the Map' to determine your RA classification.
      • Complete a Statutory Declaration about the number of years lived in a prescribed rural location.
      • Refer to the SATAC website Link to external website for 'Important dates' to determine the closing date for medicine.
    3. Oral Assessment (Interview)
      Students are selected for an Oral Assessment based on their UMAT score. Visit the Faculty of Health Sciences 'How to Apply' page to find out more.
  • John Flynn Scholarships

    The John Flynn Placement Program (JFPP) was established in 1997 and is funded by the Department of Health of the Australian Government. The JFPP aims to attract more doctors to rural and remote areas to address areas of workforce shortage and improve the quality of healthcare for local communities. The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) administers the program on behalf of the Government.

    Medical students enrolled in accredited Australian university medical courses can apply for a place in the program. Each year, 300 students are selected to join the program. There is one application intake each year, which is generally between February and April.

    Once accepted on the JFPP, students are placed with a rural doctor and a local contact person for a minimum of two full weeks per year, normally over a four year period. Students are placed in the same community each year and are expected to complete the entire eight weeks of placements by the last holiday period following completion of their medical course.

    Please visit ACRRM for more information.

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