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Rural Resident Medical Officer Cadetships for Indigenous Medical Students

Rural Doctors Network (RDN), on behalf of the NSW Ministry of Health, is offering cadetships to Indigenous medical students interested in undertaking a medical career in rural NSW. 

There are two types of cadetships. This page outlines the Rural Resident Medical Officer Cadetships for Indigenous Medical Students. Learn more about the Rural Resident Medical Officer Cadetship here

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About the cadetships for indigenous medical students

Successful applicants receive up to $30,000 throughout their medical degree. In return, they agree to undertake two of the first three years of their hospital training in an eligible rural NSW hospital.

In their final year of study, cadets apply for an intern position through the Rural Preferential Recruitment (RPR) process or Aboriginal Medical Workforce pathway administered by the Health, Education and Training Institute (HETI).

Rural service can be undertaken in major NSW hospitals west of the Great Dividing Range, including Tamworth, Dubbo, Orange, Wagga Wagga, Broken Hill and Albury.

Please note that:

  • coastal NSW locations are not considered eligible for rural service

  • students not honouring their commitment to undertake rural placements will be required to pay back all money granted to them.

There are two pathways for Indigenous student cadets:

  1. Payments are spread across three years.

  2. Students are paid in the last two years of their medical degree.

The return of service component for these two pathways is two years.

 

Meet Indigenous Rural Resident Medical Officer Cadet Jordan Amosjordan

Twenty-three-year-old Jordan Amos (pictured) is an Aboriginal woman from western NSW and is in her fourth year of a medicine degree at the University of Newcastle. 

“As a young student starting out on my career journey, RDN welcomed me with open arms and has supported me every step along the way,” Ms Amos said. 

“The work I have done so far has inspired me to become an advocate for health literacy and patient empowerment, especially within our Indigenous communities,” she said. 

“The contacts I have made from the cadet weekends and at conferences have opened up connections that I will keep throughout my career and have helped me identify what path is right for me.” 

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What are the benefits of a cadetship?

Successful applicants receive:

  • $30,000 during their degree 

  • a relocation grant when moving to a rural location

  • subsidised attendance at RDN conferences

  • subsidised attendance at Cadet events including the annual RDN cadet road trips to the locations for rural service

  • mentoring and support through RDN.

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How are payments made to cadets?

Pathway 1

  • First year - $6,000

  • Second year - $12,000

  • Third year- $12,000

Pathway 2

  • First year - $15,000

  • Second year - $15,000

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Who is eligible?

Indigenous cadetship eligibilityCadet weekend 2021

  • Indigenous Australian medical students studying in NSW.
  • Indigenous Australian medical students studying interstate or in New Zealand who completed Year 12 in NSW.

There are two eligibility pathways as an Indigenous Cadet.

Pathway 1

Applicants must be studying medicine in:

  • first year at Macquarie University, the University of Sydney, Wollongong or Notre Dame; or
  • second year at Western Sydney University, the University of Newcastle or New England, Charles Sturt University; or
  • third year at the University of NSW; or
  • the fourth last year (with three years remaining) of a medical degree at an interstate Australian University or New Zealand University.

Pathway 2

Applicants must be studying medicine in:

  • second year at Macquarie University, the University of Sydney, Wollongong or Notre Dame; or
  • third year at Western Sydney University, the University of Newcastle or New England, Charles Sturt University; or
  • fourth year at the University of NSW; or
  • the third last year (with two years remaining) of a medical degree at an interstate Australian university or New Zealand university. 

Applicants must be Australian or New Zealand citizens or permanent residents.

Bonded Medical Place (BMP) holders are eligible to apply.

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Pictured: 2021 RDN cadet weekend

 

How to Apply

Applications for the 2025 intake of the Rural Resident Medical Officer Cadetships for Indigenous Medical Students will open 8 July and close 29 July 2024.

Further information about the program can be found in the Program Guidelines.

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