MEDICINE 2018 - Western Sydney University

MEDICINE 2018 - Western Sydney University
MEDICINE 2018 - Western Sydney University
MEDICINE 2018 - Western Sydney University
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MEDICINE 2018 - Western Sydney University
MEDICINE 2018 - Western Sydney University
MEDICINE 2018 - Western Sydney University

6               Western Sydney University

≥	BE A LIFE SAVER                                 ≥	FIVE FOCUSED YEARS                              ≥	A LOCAL AND GLOBAL
	Advances in medicine rely on advances in       	The five years of your medical degree at             EXPERIENCE
  knowledge. It’s why 10 years ago Western         Western Sydney University will prepare           	Across the five years of your medical degree,
  Sydney University created a new kind of          you for the opportunities and challenges of        you will be experiencing hospital, general
  School of Medicine. Since then we’ve seen        a medical career, and you will get started         practice and community services across
  over 600 graduates enter the medical             in the first week experiencing the health          Sydney, and Western Sydney in particular.
  profession and make a difference. Our            care environment. Integrating scientific           You’ll also experience health care in rural
  Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery         knowledge, clinical experience and a               New South Wales during the later part of the
  offers an innovative degree that combines        range of research opportunities, you’ll            program. And in your final year, you identify
  problem-based learning and intensive clinical    be ready to start the next stage of your           and organise your own elective experience
  practice with leading theory and research.       medical career straight after graduation.          – it might be in Australia, but it could also
  As you progress through the degree                                                                  find you (as it has previous students) in
  you’ll find yourself moving from                                                                    Nepal, Japan, South America, the United
  classroom to clinical placements               ≥	IT’S A SHARED EXPERIENCE                          Kingdom or Fiji – just to name a few.
  ensuring the utmost competence and             	With small cohorts that begin their journey
  confidence in your future career.                together at the Campbelltown campus, you’ll
                                                   develop relationships with fellow students       ≥	FUTURE POSSIBILIITES
                                                   who will become your lifelong colleagues.
≥	PURPOSE-BUILT FACILITIES                        As a School recognised for inclusiveness, our
                                                                                                    	What was a new medical school only
                                                                                                      ten years ago, Western Sydney is proud
	Our innovation doesn’t stop with how you’ll      students reflect the diversity of the Australian   of its engagement with its community
  learn. It carries through to where you’ll        community, and indeed that of Western              and contribution to the growth of the
  learn too. Taught out of our Campbelltown        Sydney. And in addition to learning together,      health services of the region, especially
  Campus, our world class facilities boast         you might also find them packing birthing kits     Campbelltown, Liverpool and Blacktown/
  stimulated learning spaces for clinical skills   as part of global health campaigns, playing an     Mt Druitt Hospitals. And we are also proud of
  learning, an anatomy laboratory, state of        annual soccer match against staff or working       our graduates who are undertaking specialist
  the art research facilities, and our brand       together on student well-being initiatives.        training in disciplines including: Surgery,
  new neuroscience behavioural investigation                                                          Cardiology, General Practice, Dermatology
  laboratory. It’s why our School of Medicine                                                         and Radiation Oncology. You may even
  is one of the most advanced medical            ≥	RESEARCH PATHWAYS                                 meet some on campus who have returned
  training centres in Australia. As a graduate   	The field of health and medical research can       to teach those who follow in their footsteps.
  you won’t just be highly skilled, you’ll be      make such a difference to people’s lives,          service and the staff are incredibly supportive
  highly prepared for your internship and          and during your medical degree at Western          and helpful. It was my first experience
  have a range of career paths to choose from      Sydney, we will not only make sure that            working with people with disabilities. It was
  including Medical Practice, Medical Research,    you understand how to apply research to            challenging but a great experience and
  Administration or Medical Teaching.              your work and for your patients, but also          very rewarding,’ says Jesse, who is now
                                                   explore questions in different environments        working as a GP with these very services.
	The primary clinical schools you’ll be based
                                                   (laboratories, hospitals, general practices
  in Years 1 &2 are new and fit for purpose.
                                                   and the community). And if you discover
  The Blacktown/Mt Druitt Clinical School was
                                                   a particular research interest, we’ll help       ≥ FREE DIGITAL TEXTBOOKS
  opened in 2014 and the new facility for the
                                                   identify the best pathway for you to pursue 	Western was the first university to provide
  Macarthur Clinical School at Campbelltown
                                                   it, supervised by experienced and well-            all the digital textbooks for your first year units
  Hospital welcomed students in 2017.
                                                   regarded researchers based at the School.          for free. We are pleased to be offering the
                                                                                                      benefit of free digital textbooks for first year
                                                                                                      units to students once again in 2018! That’s
                                                                                                      up to $800 in value. Why? Because money
                                                                                                      shouldn’t stand between you and opportunity.
                                                                                                      Discover more about free digital textbooks
                                                                                                      at                                                                                                                                 7

Future thinking.
Unlimited possibilities.
The Academy at Western
Sydney University.

Success is not just about    The Academy at Western Sydney        ≥ unprecedented opportunities for
                             University offers advanced             industry and real life experience
getting a degree, but        degrees that prepare you to thrive
developing the critical      in the face of change and seize      ≥ world-class research,
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thinking and leadership      success at every opportunity.
                                                                    experts and innovation labs
                             Whether your dream is to achieve
skills to support a          as a professional, an entrepreneur   ≥ travel to national and
successful career.           or an academic, you will learn to      international leadership
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It’s about learning skills   in whatever you do.
for your chosen life, not    The Academy offers high-
                                                                  ≥ a range of professional
                                                                    and personal development
just a job.                  achieving students a unique,           workshops
                             hands-on approach to learning in
                             an interdisciplinary environment.    ≥ internship, service learning and
                             Led by Associate Professor             volunteering opportunities
                             Jonathon Allen, The Academy
                             draws on the unique experience       ≥ personalised career planning
                             of leading thinkers, social change
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                             high-achieving students both
                             past and present.
                             With a focus on ethical leadership
                                                                  theacademy for more information.
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                             the pillars of academic rigour,
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BIG              9

Bachelor of            COURSE                       UAC
                                                                                INTAKE           LOCATION         DURATION ATAR

Medicine/              B Medicine/B Surgery
                                                    725500 060218G         4641     March        Campbelltown 5F                 N/A

Bachelor of            Recommend Studies: Chemistry.
                       Key: B = Bachelor of; F = Full-time; N/A = Not applicable, additional selection criteria apply. See Applicant

Surgery (MBBS)         Checklist page 14.

                       Advanced professional skills and lifelong                  PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION
                       learning are needed to work effectively in
                                                                                  Our graduates are eligible for registration
                       medicine today. Western Sydney University’s
                                                                                  with the Medical Board of Australia (via the
                       Medical Program provides that foundation
                                                                                  Australian Health Practitioner Regulation
                       through a combination of intensive problem-
                                                                                  Agency) and its equivalent in New Zealand,
                       based and clinical learning, underpinned by
                                                                                  and will be able to apply for registration in
                       research. As a first or second year student,
                                                                                  overseas countries. General registration in
                       you will learn with the Problem-Based
                                                                                  Australia also requires successful completion
                       Learning (PBL) method using authentic,
                                                                                  of an approved internship after completing
                       case-based materials to link you with
                                                                                  your degree. Please note that many countries
                       real-life practice from the first week.
                                                                                  require foreign graduates to undergo
                                                                                  additional assessments before they are
                       Lectures, resources, and clinical teaching will
                                                                                  registered to practice in that country.
                       focus on the learning opportunities that each
                       problem creates.
                                                                                  MEDICAL RESEARCH
                       From third to fifth year, you will learn through
                                                                                  There are many opportunities to participate
                       immersion in clinical and community settings,
                                                                                  in and conduct your own medical research
                       working as a member of healthcare and
                                                                                  during the standard Bachelor of Medicine/
                       community teams to ensure the utmost
                                                                                  Bachelor of Surgery degree. Some students
                       competence and confidence in your future
                                                                                  may also wish to take a year off after the
                                                                                  second year of the course to complete 12
                                                                                  months of intensive research in the Bachelor
                       PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE                                       of Medical Research program, and then return
                       In third to fifth years you will rotate through            to the medical program to graduate with
                       clinical placements across Western Sydney                  dual degrees. High performing students are
                       and rural and remote NSW. Starting in                      eligible to enrol in the embedded Honours
                       the first week of Year 1, you will start                   program, completing a program of research
                       learning with real patients in hospital and                simultaneously with their medical degree, and
                       community settings. Distinctive features of                graduate with MBBS Honours.
                       the University’s curriculum include three full
                       years of immersive learning in clinical and
                       community-based placements. These range
                       from tertiary specialist and general hospitals,
                       GP practices, community-based services
                       and, unique to our program, Aboriginal
                       Medical Services in Western Sydney and
                       across NSW. An internship of one year is
                       a requirement of general registration in
                       Australia. Internships are organised by the
                       Health Education and Training Institute (HETI)
                       in NSW, or equivalent bodies in other states.                                                                                                                   11

What will your
MBBS experience

Medicine is an integrated curriculum, using         CAREER OPPORTUNITIES                               LOCATIONS
problem-based learning to place learning
                                                    As a graduate of the Medical Program, you will     In the first two years of the course, you
about medical science in a clinical context.
                                                    be able to choose and combine from a range         will study at the purpose-built medical
Four themes run throughout the course:
                                                    of career options, including:                      school on the Campbelltown campus and
Patient Care; Health in the Community;
                                                    ≥≥ medical practice – the MBBS prepares            a clinical school at Campbelltown, Camden
Personal and Professional Development; and
                                                       students to become practising doctors           or Blacktown/Mt Druitt Hospitals.
Scientific Basis of Medicine. Clinical exposure
(contact with patients) begins in the first year        within Australia, New Zealand and many
                                                                                                       In the later years, you will be required to spend
and intensifies throughout the program.                other countries in the world. To practise
                                                                                                       one or more clinical rotations outside the
                                                       in Australia or New Zealand, you must
                                                                                                       Sydney metropolitan area, as well as rotating
                                                       complete a one year approved internship
CORE UNITS AND ELECTIVES                                                                               through a number of different locations within
                                                       to be eligible for general registration. To
                                                                                                       metropolitan and rural NSW Sydney, to give
To graduate with a Bachelor of Medicine/               then qualify in a medical specialty, you must
                                                                                                       you the experience you need to be a doctor in
Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS), you will                   complete additional training. The training
                                                                                                       the 21st century.
be required to complete the core units                 required varies with the specialty chosen
of Foundations of Medicine 1 and 2,                    and can take from three to six years.
                                                                                                       This will be across hospitals, general practices,
and Integrated Clinical Rotations 1, 2, 3           ≥≥ medical research – as a Western Sydney          community organisations and Aboriginal
and 4. For detailed information about                  University medical student, you will receive    Medical Services.
the course structure and units, visit                  foundational training in medical research                    skills to set you up for future opportunities   Approximately 25 per cent of our students
                                                       to do research. In addition, you have the       will have the chance to study medicine for
You’ll be exploring key areas of medical
                                                       chance to acquire an additional research        12 months at one of our rural clinical schools,
practice across your degree including,
                                                       qualification (Bachelor of Medical              based at Bathurst and Lismore. Subsidised
specialties of Internal Medicine and Surgery,
                                                       Research), by adding one year to the MBBS.      purpose-built student accommodation is
Paediatrics, Mental Health, Oncology, Critical
                                                       High-performing students are invited to join    available at both sites.
Care and General Practice. And during your
                                                       the Honours program, completing research
elective or through a research projects, you
                                                       training at the same time as the medical
can choose to deepen your experience and
                                                       program, and graduate with MBBS Honours.
interest in a specific area of clinical practice.
                                                    ≥≥ medical teaching – medical teaching
                                                       careers can involve an academic post in a
                                                       university, or you may teach students and
                                                       junior doctors as part of your clinical work.

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Entry                                                                                               How to apply

Selection is on the basis of: academic merit      For graduates, a grade point average of 5.1 for   DOMESTIC STUDENTS
(ATAR or its equivalent, for those without a      WS applicants. Please see the school website
                                                                                                    In accordance with Government policy,
completed degree; grade point average in their    ( for more
                                                                                                    28.5 per cent of our students will be
most recent degree, for graduate applicants);     information on the Rural Entry Access Scheme.
                                                                                                    offered Bonded Medical Places. For
results of the Undergraduate Medicine and
                                                                                                    more information about the Bonded
Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT); and        ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT                      Medical Places Scheme, please see the
performance at an interview. For entry into the   ISLANDER OPPORTUNITIES                            information on the Department of Health
Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery for
                                                  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students    website –
the 2018 cohort, an ATAR or equivalent of at
least 95.5 (93.5 for applicants from Western      with an interest in being a doctor and helping
Sydney) is required for school leavers or those   others through medical care are strongly          INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
with an incomplete degree. For graduates,         encouraged to apply. The School of Medicine
                                                                                                    If you are an international student completing
a grade point average of 5.6 is required (or      recognises the large Aboriginal and Torres
                                                                                                    one of the following qualifications in 2017, you
5.1 for WS applicants). Please see the school     Strait Islander population in Western Sydney
                                                                                                    must apply through UAC International:
website (           and the need for more Aboriginal and Torres
                                                  Strait Islander doctors.                          ≥≥ an Australian Year 12 in or outside Australia
for more information.
                                                                                                    ≥≥ an International Baccalaureate
                                                  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
RURAL ENTRY ACCESS SCHEME                                                                           ≥≥ a New Zealand National Certificate of
                                                  applicants should have successfully
                                                                                                       Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3.
The Rural Entry Access Scheme (REAS) offers       completed at least the equivalent of the
a minimum of 15 places specifically for rural     NSW HSC. It is desirable, but not essential,      You can lodge your application online at
students to study medicine, commencing            to sit the UMAT (Undergraduate Medical  
in 2018. It is open to current school leavers,    and Health Sciences Admission Test).
non-current school leavers and graduates.                                                           All other international students must
                                                  The most important criteria for admission         apply direct to Western Sydney University.
REAS is available for candidates who have lived   will be assessment of the applicant’s             Western Sydney University international
in an RGSA-RA of two to five for a minimum        desire to study medicine and their                application forms, 2018 international tuition
of five years consecutively or 10 cumulative      likelihood of succeeding in the course.           fees and further information about studying
years, commencing from the age of five.           These will be determined by the School            and living in Australia can be found at
                                                  of Medicine on a case-by-case basis.    
Selection is on the basis of: academic merit
(ATAR or its equivalent, for those without        Please contact Cris Carriage, Indigenous          If you have any questions about applying
a completed degree; grade point average           Program Officer, School of Medicine, at           as an international student, call
in their most recent degree, for graduate or                02 9852 5499 or email
applicants); results of the Undergraduate         call the Course Information Centre on   
Medicine and Health Sciences Admission            1300 897 669 for further information.
Test (UMAT); and performance at an
interview. For entry into the Bachelor of         The School of Medicine website is located at
Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery for the     with
2018 cohort, an ATAR or equivalent of at          information for Aboriginal and Torres Strait
least 93.5 is required for school leavers         Islander applicants available on the
or those with an incomplete degree.               How to Apply pages.

                                FREE DIGITAL
                                 Western was the first university to provide all the digital textbooks for your first year
                                 units for free. We are pleased to be offering the benefit of free digital textbooks for first
                                 year units to students once again in 2018! That’s up to $800 in value. Why? Because
                                 money shouldn’t stand between you and opportunity. Discover more about free digital
                                 textbooks at                                                                                                                                13

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                                                                           – no matter what other qualifications you may have.
                                                                           Western’s new Bachelor of Data Science is a one
                                                                           of a kind. It’s unique because it can only be studied
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                                                                           who understand the intricacies of extracting
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                                                                           sought after, whatever their discipline.
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                                      REGISTER AND SIT
                                                                                                                   BE SELECTED
REGISTRATION                          UMAT                                  or those applicants who meet
                                                                           F                                       Be selected in competition
In addition to your UAC or            Register and sit the                 both UMAT and academic                  with other eligible applicants.
apply direct application, submit      Undergraduate Medicine and           threshold, attend an interview in       Selection is on the basis of:
an online registration form           Health Sciences Admission Test       Sydney in late November 2017.
                                                                           A few interviews will be offered        (a) academic merit
with the School of Medicine,          at with the
Western Sydney University by          Australian Council for Education     in late January for interstate          (b) results of UMAT
5pm Friday 29 September 2017.         Research. Registrations open in      applicants and for those whose
                                                                                                                   (c) p
                                                                                                                        erformance at a multistation
Late applications will not be         early 2017 and have strict closing   predicted ATAR or equivalent
                                                                                                                       mini interview.
accepted. Applicants currently        dates.                               was below the threshold, but
(or previously) enrolled in a B                                            whose actual ATAR or equivalent         A declaration regarding
Medicine/B Surgery or equivalent                                           is above the threshold for              Western Sydney eligibility
at another university, including a                                         consideration.                          forms part of the School of
combined medical degree, are not                                                                                   Medicine Registration form.
eligible to apply via this pathway.                                                                                Visit
These applicants must apply via                                                                                    medicine/som
the Transfer Request process. For
details, visit

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS                                               ADVANTAGE ENTRY                                                      PROVIDING OPPORTUNITIES
If you are an international student completing                       PROGRAMS                                                             THROUGH SCHOLARSHIPS
one of the following qualifications in 2017, you                     Western Sydney University provides the                               Western Sydney University is not only about
must apply through UAC International:                                following Advantage Entry programs*:                                 obtaining an education. We also challenge
≥ an Australian Year 12 in or outside Australia                                                                                           ourselves to engage students who will
                                                                     BEFORE THE ATAR                                                      get involved and make a difference to the
≥ an International Baccalaureate
                                                                     ≥ Schools Recommendation Schemes (SRS)                               University and wider communities. The
≥ a New Zealand National Certificate of                                                                                                   University has a unique set of scholarships
  Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3.                              If you apply to the SRS through UAC, you
                                                                       may be eligible for a guaranteed offer                             on offer, reflecting our strong commitment
                                                                       even before your ATAR is released. Apply                           to academic excellence and opportunity
You can lodge your application online at
                                                                       through UAC by 30 September 2017.                                  for Western Sydney students. Our
                                                                                                                                          scholarships support students who have
All other international students must                                                                                                     diverse interests and skills, and who make
apply direct to Western Sydney University.                           WESTERN’S EXCITING NEW                                               an active contribution to the community.
Western Sydney University international                              EARLY OFFER PROGRAM –                                                The University works closely with business,
application forms, 2018 international tuition                        COMING SOON                                                          industry and the community to ensure we
fees and further information about studying
                                                                     At Western, we do things differently.                                offer scholarships that meet the needs of
and living in Australia can be found at
                                                                     In 2017 we are giving HSC students the                               our students. Our scholarships provide
                                                                     opportunity to plan their futures early                              our students with support and give them
If you have any questions about applying                             because we believe your hard work matters.                           the opportunity to establish professional
as an international student, call                                                                                                         relationships while they study.
02 9852 5499 or email                                                Register now to receive information from
                                                                     Western Sydney University about our                                  Take the time to examine our scholarships
                                                                     exciting, new early offer program                                    and make the most of your opportunities for
                                                                                                  success. For details on scholarships, including
                                                                                                                                          the eligibility criteria and how to apply, refer
                                                                     * Conditions apply. For more information, visit                      to
                                                                                                  or call 1300 897 669.

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2017                                                                 2018
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are not limited to location of its courses on the University’s campuses or other locations. In the event that a course within this publication is to
be changed or withdrawn, applicants will be advised by mail to the address specified by them on their UAC application before the last date for
the change of preferences for the main round. In respect of course location change, students should be aware of the need to accommodate
such changes for the whole or part of courses for which they enrol. The University also reserves the right to update, amend or replace online
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