Indigenous Development

Our Team

As a Faculty, we have worked collectively towards sustainable, targeted approaches to increase our Indigenous workforce and student recruitment and graduation. The Faculty’s diversity of expertise and knowledge has broadened by increasing our Indigenous academic leadership. This in turn offers a more diverse research, teaching and learning environment to inspire and enhance our PhD and graduate students’ experience.

Our Indigenous Leadership

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After completing her PhD in Microbiology and Immunology at the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences in 2007, Dr Misty Jenkins became the first Indigenous Australian to attend either Oxford or Cambridge University. She has since been mentored by Nobel-prize winning immunologist Professor Peter Doherty, and in 2011 commenced working with Professor Joe Trapani as a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) postdoctoral fellow in the Cancer Cell Death laboratory at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne. In 2013, Dr Jenkins was awarded a prestigious L'Oreal Australia and New Zealand for Women in Science Fellowship.

Indigenous Development Publication

The Sharing Knowledge and Future Leaders – Indigenous Development publication outlines our Faculty's efforts to make a sustained contribution to better health, education and living standards for Indigenous Australians.

Sharing Knowledge and Future Leaders – Indigenous Development (PDF)

The Faculty Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)

The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences reached a significant milestone in its implementation of a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) with the establishment of the first Associate Dean (Indigenous Development) position in Australia in 2010. Since taking up this position, Associate Professor, Shaun Ewen has led the implementation and development of various initiatives, responding to the RAP.

Professor Kerry Arabena is the Chair of Indigenous Health and Director of Onemda VicHealth Koori Health Unit at the University of Melbourne. Professor Marcia Langton has held the Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at The University of Melbourne since February 2000.

A Uniquely Australian Faculty - Latest report (PDF)

Reconciliation Action Plan: A Progress Report - Previous report (PDF)

Ngurra-Jarraddjak (Healthy) Indigenous Graduate Study Options Program

The University of Melbourne and Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences have developed an undergraduate ‘gateway’ program to prepare Indigenous students for graduate health sciences degrees.

The Ngurra-Jarraddjak (Healthy) Indigenous Graduate Study Options Program will occur during the first week of the semester break Tuesday 30 June – Friday 3 July. The national week-long residential program will give undergraduate students exposure to different health research institutions, meet Indigenous health professionals, discover pathways into different health careers and the opportunity to meet faculty staff and alumni. The program envisages the knowledge given to the students during the week will increase future health graduate enrolments.


  • To showcase Melbourne as a realistic destination of choice for Indigenous health and biomedical science aspirants.
  • To provide training in laboratory skills, relevant to health and biomedical sciences.
  • To establish mentor relationships for participants.
  • To operate as a recruitment strategy for Indigenous students into graduate coursework within the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences.


Flights, accommodation and meal expenses will be covered by the University of Melbourne.

How to apply

Applications for the Ngurra-Jarraddjak (Healthy) Indigenous Graduate Study Options Program are currently closed.

Further information

For further information email Josh Cubillo.