Indigenous health stream

Are you interested in Indigenous health?

The Australian National University Medical School offers the opportunity for medical students to join a small cohort of students in the Indigenous Health Stream. 
This will provide the opportunity for committed students to undertake targeted research and clinical placements, working towards expanded clinical placement in Indigenous health settings.

Indigenous Health Stream flyer

Rural Clinical School ANU College of Health & Medicine

The Indigenous Health Stream was recognised in 2015 with the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Education for a program that enhances learning.  

In 2014 the Indigenous Health Stream was also awarded a College award for a program that enhances learning.

The vision of the Indigenous Health Stream is to prepare a medical workforce skilled in delivering Indigenous health.  This action by the ANU Medical School works towards closing the gap between the health of Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

The ANU Medical School offers a whole of curriculum approach to Indigenous health teaching, for all medical students, but with an expanded suite of learning opportunities for Indigenous Health Stream students.

Through its curriculum the ANU Medical School offers both the bio-medical and socio-cultural aspects of Indigenous health which complements the Indigenous holistic approach to health.

Medical students undertaking the Indigenous Health Stream will follow the same curriculum objectives, content and examinations as their peers.

The ANU Medical School envisages the Indigenous Health Stream will provide strong partnerships in medical student teaching between ANU Medical School and Indigenous communities, Indigenous health service providers and other organisations.

The Indigenous Health Stream includes the following components:

Year 1

  • Mentor
  • Community link
  • Indigenous Research Project
  • Cultural immersion program
  • Regular meetings with ANU Indigenous health staff
  • Invitation to ANU Indigenous seminars

Year 2

  • Community link
  • Indigenous Research Project
  • Regular meetings with ANU Indigenous health staff
  • Invitation to ANU Indigenous seminars

Year 3

  • Mentor
  • Community link
  • Immersion clinical placements Indigenous health settings
  • Placement in NT (limited opportunity)

Year 4

  • Mentor
  • Community link
  • Placement in Indigenous Health for clinical elective
  • Support and facilitation for elective in Indigenous Health

How to apply

Students are invited to submit an application for entry into the Indigenous Stream. There is a 3 step process for selection.

  • Interested students submit a 1500 word essay outlining interest and commitment to Indigenous health
  •  A smaller number selected on the basis of their essay to attend an intensive immersion workshop at Winnunga Nimmityjah Aboriginal Health Service, Narrabundah ACT
  • Interview and final selection into the Indigenous Health Stream

Interested medical students who want further information and wish to obtain a copy of the selection criteria please see contact below:


Mrs Kerrie Hogan
Indigenous Health and Engagement Coordinator
Medical School
ANU College of Health & Medicine
The Australian National University