Equity at UNSW Medicine

Aligned with UNSW 2025 strategy’s vision to be an international exemplar in equity, diversity and inclusion, the Faculty embraces the diversity and cultural richness of our community to ensure staff and students can achieve their full potential regardless of background.
 

Gender Equity

UNSW is participating in the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) program of the Athena SWAN Charter in Australia. The program aims to address the under-representation of women in the science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) disciplines. 

 

Academic Women in UNSW Medicine

UNSW Medicine has a long and proud tradition of employing and promoting female academics across all of its schools and affiliated research institutes.
 

The Apte Scholarship
The Apte Scholarship is offered to support academic women within UNSW Medicine who are about to or have recently completed a period of parental leave and are seeking to return to their career in either a full-time or part-time basis. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide eligible staff with relief from teaching and administration to write publications, grant applications and/or access research assistance. Successful applicant may access the funds for any legitimate University purpose including hiring research assistance, research equipment and providing relief from teaching and/or administrative duties.

The Apte Scholarship is named after inspiring female academic Professor Minoti Apte OAM. In 2015 Professor Apte was awarded the NSW Premier’s Woman of the Year Award for her contribution to the tertiary sector and medical research in the area of pancreatology. Professor Apte is also a long term member of the UNSW Medicine Women Employment Strategy Committee (WESC) member.

More Information: The procedures and application are available on our Staff website (applications close on 31 October)

 

Indigenous Health

UNSW Medicine recognises the unique position of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia’s culture and history. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are Australia’s First Peoples, having inhabited Australia for well over 50,000 years and their unique cultures and identities are bound with the land and sea.

The Aboriginal people are the original owners of the lands occupied by our schools, centres and institutes and we recognise this in all faculty activities. We observe Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural protocols and the provision of services and programs appropriate to UNSW’s Indigenous medical students and other students who are focussed on Indigenous health and well-being.

 

Indigenous Entry Scheme

The Indigenous Entry into Medicine Scheme offers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students an alternative entry into our BMed/MD program, helping to redress the severe under-representation of Indigenous Australians in the medical profession. We work closely with Nura Gili, who provides support and information for all potential and existing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at UNSW.

 

2025 Vision – A Just Society

Social equity is also a major theme of UNSW’s 2025 Strategy with the vision being for UNSW:

To be recognised as an international exemplar in equity, diversity and inclusion. Our success will have been built upon embracing the diversity and cultural richness of our communities and ensuring that our staff and students can achieve their full potential regardless of background. We will provide outstanding support and development opportunities for all who work and study at UNSW, as well as promoting these values in our external interactions. Our student and staff profiles will reflect the demographics of our society and UNSW will celebrate and respect Indigenous knowledge.