In Focus Careers

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Help to Democratize Career Choices

You know getting into medicine is tough. Imagine how tough it is getting into medicine from Australia North mapa school in NE Arnhemland.

That’s was one girl’s dream when I was Careers Advisor at Nhulunbuy High School.

Subject choices were limited at Nhulunbuy High School so she had to study some subjects via the Open Access College in Adelaide.

The closest university medical admissions test was in Darwin 1000 km away.

Her parents were missionaries so the cost of  just getting Mary (not her real name) to the test was prohibitive.

The community wasn’t powerful enough to sway exam administrators to let her take the test in Nhulunbuy, even under supervision from the local hospital registrar and the high school principal.

Everyone’s frustration heightened as it seemed impossible for Mary to even take the first step towards achieving her career dream.

Mary was facing some of the thousands of barriers that prevent students reaching their career potential. Students do not get an equal chance to take up their best career choice. There isn’t a level playing field for all students to launch from.

Mary got into medicine. It was a huge collaborative effort. The Open Access College and wonderful teachers at the school supported her to achieve outstanding results. Her parents turned to family and friends for help to get her to the test. Wesley College in Melbourne offered free accommodation. The Qantas agent said “Qantas doesn’t give free tickets” but got the best deal ever for her to fly to the test. Cairns hospital provided work experience for her on her trip home. Everyone worked together to help her to overcome the barriers to achieving her dream.

She must be in her final year of medicine by now.


You can help to level the playing field so that all students get a fair chance to reach their potential.

  • Share your worksheets with other teachers. Send them in and I will publish them on the Teaching Resources link. Alice Sounness from John Curtin College has already shared some of hers which are posted here.
  • Distribute the news in the In Focus Careers Newsletter to your students and families so that everyone has equal access to information about the latest developments and opportunities.IMG_4981
  • Tell me stories about how you have helped students to lift off their careers. I will share them in the newsletter and create a Success Folio which might inspire other students.
  • Say YES to opportunities to help each other so that all students get a fair chance to achieve their career potential.

By working together we can democratize career choices so that ALL West Australian students get the BEST chance to engage all of their potential in a job they love.

Please send careers worksheets, resources and stories to me at   or call me on M:0434056412.

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Careers for People with Disability

It is difficult for young people to find work but it is tougher for deaf people.

Melbourne’s TradeBlock Cafe is training young deaf people to gain hospitality skills so that they can go into the mainstream hospitality industry. Blueprint for Living has done a story telling how the owner came up with the idea and showing how much success she is having. cafe-for-training-deaf-people


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Remote Students Accounting Scholarship

Go RSM for providing scholarships for regional students to relocate to study accounting.

Great to see a firm that recognises how hard it is for rural, regional and remote students to relocate to study.

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The scholarships are totally consistent with their Values:

  • Integrity in everything.
  • Supporting clients everywhere.
  • Developing and valuing everyone.


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CSIRO Indigenous Traineeships

Fullscreen capture 15062016 34033 PM.bmpOpportunities have opened for Indigenous Traineeships and Cadetships at CSIRO sites across Australia.

There are jobs on country as well as office jobs.

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The traineeships are for people who are starting their careers, or for those commencing a brand new career. They combine employment with structured on the job training. On completion of the qualification, trainees may be considered for ongoing employment with CSIRO.

Indigenous cadetships

Cadetship placements are available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who are enrolled full-time in their first undergraduate degree course.  If you are about to commence your degree they would like to hear from you.

Find out how you can get to work at Australia’s peak scientific organisation by going to the Indigenous Traineeship and Cadetship site. 



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What’s On This Week

25 May 6pm  ECU Year 10 Parent Information Evening – ECU Mt Lawley

ECUFind out what subjects to take in your WACE.

ECU will explain to you what subjects are recommended for the field you want to enter. AND you will find out strategies for success.

This information will help you to make better decisions even if you have no idea what you want to do when you leave school.

26 May 6pm International Future Student Information Evening ECU Mt Lawley 

If you are an international student visa or temporary resident visa and thinking about university study this information is important for you. Find out about courses, fees, scholarships, the application process and advanced standing for students studying a Diploma or Advanced Diploma.

26 May Commerce Information Evening

Learn more about Curtin’s Bachelor of Commerce, including the wide range of business specialisations, industry connection, innovative teaching facilities and internship opportunities by attending out Commerce Information Evening.

Lance Twomey Lecture Theatre. Building 408 (Bentley Campus) 6.30pm – 7.30pm

28 May 9am – 3pm Muresk Open Day

Muresk Open DayThis Open Day is getting bigger and more fun each year. Find how to transition from school to a future that you love.

TAFE colleges and universities are exhibiting their courses for Semester 2 and for 2017.

Career advisors, lecturers, students and industry representatives will be available to talk to.

Displays and demonstrations include:




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Doctor of Medicine Degrees in WA

UWAUWA Requirements

UWA provides a 4 year Doctor of Medicine post graduate program.  UWA is the only provider of the Doctor of Dental Medicine in WA.

Applicants are required to:

  • Have a minimum Grade Point Average of 5.5 (distinction grades) over 3 years of a full-time bachelor degree.
  • Undertake the Graduate Australian Medical School Admission Test towards the end of their undergraduate degree. International students undertake the International Student Admission Test.
  • Pass the WA Certificate of Education English, English Literature or English as a Second Language. An International English Language Test Score of 7 is deemed to be equivalent.
  • Undertake an interview.

Assured Pathway to UWA     

There is an Assured Pathway that guarantees applicants a place in medicine for 15 applicants with an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 99. Students wishing to apply for an Assured Pathway in Year 12 need to undertake the Undergraduate Medical Admission Test (UMAT) and undertake an interview and have demonstrated English language competency.

Applicants should apply through the school Tertiary Institutions Service Centre process.

International students wishing to apply for an Assured Pathway should apply through the UWA International Centre They will need to undertake the International Student Admission Test.

Final ranking is based on the UMAT, ATAR and Interview and is weighted 1:2:2 respectively.

Recommended Subjects for UWA

  • Physics and Chemistry in Year 12
  • Chemistry, Biology or Human Biology in first-year university.

logo-notre-dameNotre Dame Requirements

Notre Dame offers a 4 year post graduate degree with an intake of about 105 students per year. In 2015 there were 2200 applicants for those places

Entry to the 4 year post graduate Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery requires a minimum:

  • Graduate Australian Medical Schools Admission Test official score of 50 or greater. In 2015 the cut off score was 60.
  • An undergraduate degree Grade Point Average of at least 5 on a 7 point scale. In 2015 the cut off score was 6.3. This score is scaled with your final year worth more points than the previous 2 years. Your second last year is worth more than your third last year.
  • An interview
  • A School of Medicine Application Folio (SoMAF) that measures your personal qualities and motivation to study medicine.Your folio will reflect your knowledge in Aboriginality and/or Rural and Remote issues.
    BEWARE – The Tips to preparing your portfolio site on the net is not recommended. Just be yourself in what you write rather than writing to a formula.
  • An interview

You can do the GAMSAT once per year and the result is valid for two years. One GAMSAT test result can be used across Australian universities.





Curtin University Requirements

Curtin is starting a 5 year medical degree for school leavers with an intake of 60 students in 2017.

Enrolments are contingent on finalisation of accreditation of the course by the Australian Medical Council.

International students cannot apply for these positions in 2017.

Students should apply through the normal TISC application process although they do not have to put this course as their first preference. PLEASE CONTACT CURTIN FOR MORE INFORMATION WHEN YOU ARE MAKING YOUR TISC APPLICATION.

Applicants are required to:

  • Have a UMAT score of at least 50 in each section
  • Have an ATAR of 95 or more.
  • Assessment of interest in and suitability for working in rural and remote areas.
  • Undertake an interview in December.

Pre requisites

Chemistry ATAR or equivalent

Study in one of the following Mathematics ATAR courses is desirable: Mathematics Applications, Mathematics Methods, Mathematics Specialist, or equivalent.

In addition, all applicants must meet Curtin’s minimum English entry requirements.

Please see the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery application requirements for more detailed information regarding admission criteria, requirements and eligibility.

Special Consideration

School leavers are the target group for this intake with rural, remote and Aboriginal students getting special consideration. Only 5 places will be for older students.