Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

UNSW Medicine’s strength comes from valuing the differences amongst our staff and students and by ensuring the faculty has an equitable, diverse and inclusive culture where everybody can thrive. Through the UNSW Medicine Equity Diversity and Inclusion committee (MEDIC), we are committed to removing barriers which impede equity diversity and inclusion through initiatives that benefit both staff and students. These initiatives align with UNSW’s 2025 Strategy to be an international exemplar in equity, diversity and inclusion.

Hear about our past EDI events and register for upcoming events, workshops and programs designed to promote the faculty’s and UNSW’s equitable and inclusive culture.

UNSW Medicine is committed to supporting our staff and students to prioritise their health and wellbeing. We are committed to creating a respectful and inclusive environment where there is effective awareness and support for mental health and wellbeing. Our staff and students can access a wide range of services offered by the university and our students have access to our Faculty Wellbeing Officer.

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Diversity is central to our long-term success and UNSW Medicine is committed to gender equity as an important part of our 2025 Strategy. Women continue to be under-represented in Medicine, particularly at senior levels and in leadership roles. The Faculty has had an active Gender Equity committee (formerly the Women’s Employment Strategy Committee) since 2009. The Faculty is committed to identifying and addressing the inequities and challenges facing women in higher education and medical research. These include several strategies to ensure equity in recruitment, retention, development opportunities and promotion of academic and professional women.

Four UNSW Medicine representatives form part of UNSW’s self-assessment team of the Science in Australia Gender Equity (SAGE) program of the Athena SWAN Charter in Australia. This program aims to address the under-representation of women in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM). UNSW is committed to addressing gender equity across all Faculties.

One of the major initiatives of this Committee has been the Apte Scholarship 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 on either a full or part-time basis. The annual scholarship round closes 31st October.

UNSW Medicine participated in the inaugural Franklin Women cross-institutional mentoring program. This program aims to help promote and develop women for senior leadership roles. 


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UNSW Medicine aims to ensure that every student is empowered to access the education they deserve, regardless of their circumstances or background. We believe that every child has the right to an education and to reach their academic potential.

UNSW operates a number of schemes aimed at empowering young people to access higher education and helping students from disadvantaged backgrounds achieve their academic goals. These include the Aspire Program reaches out to communities where the number of students who go to university is low, to work with Schools to build confidence and provide information and experiences which put a university education within reach.


Silas Taylor

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UNSW Medicine recognises the unique position of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia’s culture and history. Indigenous people are the original people who belong to the lands occupied by our Schools, Centres and Institutes and we recognise this in all Faculty activities.

Our Indigenous Entry into Medicine scheme offers Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students an alternative entry into the BMed/MD program, helping to redress the under-representation of Indigenous Australians in the medical profession and academia. Medicine Course is increasing Indigenous content into course work, including cultural immersion and assessment.

We work closely with Nura Gili, who provide support and information for all potential and existing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students at UNSW.

For more information, contact Frances Zahra at f.zahra@unsw.edu.au, or visit Nura Gili.


Brett Biles

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Nura Gili

The Faculty of Medicine is committed to the idea that simple fairness requires equality of access and opportunity. UNSW provides a range of support to students to manage the demands of university as well as a health condition, learning disability, mental health issues or other personal circumstances that are having an impact on their studies. Once registered with Disability Support Services students may be eligible for a range of support or educational adjustments.

UNSW staff also have access to a range of services to address issues with their own disability. Teaching staff can also access a range of resources to assist them to tailor their teaching for students who may have a disability.


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UNSW Medicine believes that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning and Intersex students and staff should be able to enjoy their time at UNSW and in our teaching facilities without experiencing any sense of alienation or ill-treatment at the hands of either fellow staff or students.

The Faculty is well represented in the membership of ALLY@UNSW. The ALLY training program aims to make UNSW a great place for everybody by reducing barriers of fear and ignorance that lead to prejudice and discrimination. A full directory of ALLY members is available online.


Craig Smith

Dean Lovett

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UNSW Medicine is comprised of an incredibly diverse group of people. The Faculty is strongly committed to the need for respect and acceptance of cultural diversity and to work to ensure that we provide a culturally inclusive environment for our students and staff by allowing them to freely express who they are, their opinions and points of view; fully participate in teaching, learning, work and social activities; and feel safe from abuse, harassment or unfair criticism.

As a culturally inclusive Faculty we believe individual students can participate fully in class, aim to study better, aim to achieve better academic results, experience less stress and have enhanced career prospects; all staff can interact more fully with other staff and students, and can extend and develop their own cultural awareness; and the Faculty benefits from culturally diverse staff and students through exposure to alternative perspectives and experiences.


Nicodemus Tedla

Bettina Meiser