This report details the work undertaken through the project titled Footprints Forwards: Better Strategies for the Recruitment, Retention and Support of Indigenous Medical Students. The project was undertaken by a consortium from Monash University (Monash), James Cook University (JCU) and The University of New South Wales (UNSW) for the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing (the Department) under the Rural Undergraduate Support and Coordination (RUSC) Program as a Program of National Significance. Monash was the lead agency.
The aim of the project was to look at opportunities for and barriers to Indigenous student entry to medical education. The key objectives of the project were to examine existing information relating to Indigenous recruitment and support strategies of Australian medical schools; identify reasons for low Indigenous recruitment, enrolment and completion in medicals schools; review existing promotional materials; develop an interactive multimedia product; design and pilot flexible and sustainable models of recruitment; and establish a Reference Group