Deakin University, Premier Partner to the AMA Indigenous Medical Scholarship

14 Mar 2018

The AMA would like to thank Deakin University for their generous donation towards the AMA Indigenous Medical Scholarship.  Their contribution as the first Premier Partner is highly valued by the AMA and we are very grateful for their support.

Professor Jon Watson, Deakin University School of Medicine Dean explains why they wanted to support the Scholarship.

One of the School’s key visions is Social Accountability, and we aim to provide opportunities for students to join us from all walks of life, to learn how to become excellent Deakin Doctors.

We believe it is essential for all of our students to learn about the benefits of Indigenous health education, and the advantages that cultural training and education can bring.

Deakin University School of Medicine was established in 2006 to produce work-ready medical graduates to address workforce shortages in Australia, especially in rural and remote areas and is the first regional Medical School in Victoria.

During the first two years of the program, students learn basic medical sciences and clinical skills in state-of-the-art facilities. The final two years of the course are spent in the Clinical Schools during which time, students rotate through all major medical specialties. The fifth clinical school is the Rural Community Clinical School (RCCS) program, in which a cohort of students spend their 3rd year based in a rural General Practice.