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WSU: General Discussion and Questions

LMG!

Moderator
Staff Member of the Year 2019
Hi, I just wanted to ask about applying as a GWS applicant for WSU. It says that to be listed as a GWS applicant, you must have lived in the area for 5 consecutive years. I have lived in the area for around 4, will the application out-rightly ask you about the duration of time you have lived in the area, or will it just take into consideration your postcode? Thanks.
Yes it will if it’s anything like applying for rural consideration (which is where my experience comes from). In fact, IIRC, WSU required a statutory declaration be completed. I can double check to see if I still have mine saved to see what the form was like, but it’s likely pretty strict (for obvious reasons).

ETA: can’t find it from my phone, it’s a laptop job so I’ll have to report back!
 
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ama9

Member
Thank you! Yeah, I was just wondering since I would have lived in the area for a couple months short of 5 years.
 

bigyikes

WSU MD I
Thank you! Yeah, I was just wondering since I would have lived in the area for a couple months short of 5 years.
If you're only a few months off, the WSU application website states that:

"applicants who currently live in one of the areas defined as Greater Western Sydney for at least five consecutive years immediately prior to commencing the Doctor of Medicine are eligible to be considered for these places"

That means that if you're shy of the 5 years right now, but you'll have lived 5 years consecutively by Jan/Feb 2021, you'll be considered a GWS applicant. Worth an inquiry to WSU admissions IMO if that's the case.
 

LMG!

Moderator
Staff Member of the Year 2019
If you're only a few months off, the WSU application website states that:

"applicants who currently live in one of the areas defined as Greater Western Sydney for at least five consecutive years immediately prior to commencing the Doctor of Medicine are eligible to be considered for these places"

That means that if you're shy of the 5 years right now, but you'll have lived 5 years consecutively by Jan/Feb 2021, you'll be considered a GWS applicant. Worth an inquiry to WSU admissions IMO if that's the case.
Yeah, first year undergrad Med generally starts last week of Feb (I think WSU has even been first week of March before), so make sure you calculate right up to that point!
 

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LMG!

Moderator
Staff Member of the Year 2019
Hi! Yes, I calculated up to Jan next year. So I'll be 2 months short of 5 years in January.
Oof, I reckon they’d let you count Feb as well, which could leave you one month short! Definitely contact them.
 

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Does anyone know if WSU needs your ATAR estimate? And if so, if it has any bearing on interview offers? My ATAR estimate is currently just shy of their threshold (really hoping I get over the threshold lol)
 

Crow

Moderator
Moderator
Does anyone know if WSU needs your ATAR estimate? And if so, if it has any bearing on interview offers? My ATAR estimate is currently just shy of their threshold (really hoping I get over the threshold lol)
No and no - ATARs are assessed between the interview and place offer stage (hypothetically this means a candidate could interview despite not meeting the ATAR hurdle and thus miss out on a place offer).
 

lasa

Member
Hey, for non-standard applicants with previous degrees, does anyone know what system WSU uses to calculate GPA? I applied for a Qualifications Assessment from UAC which came back above the hurdle mark but was hoping someone could confirm that WSU uses the same UAC rating scale too? I feel like I read it somewhere but can't remember
 

Crow

Moderator
Moderator
Hey, for non-standard applicants with previous degrees, does anyone know what system WSU uses to calculate GPA? I applied for a Qualifications Assessment from UAC which came back above the hurdle mark but was hoping someone could confirm that WSU uses the same UAC rating scale too? I feel like I read it somewhere but can't remember
To the best of my knowledge, if UAC has calculated your GPA above the hurdle, then you’ll be fine for WSU.
 

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Some guy

Member
UAC has a disclaimer that the QUAS is just an informal estimate, but my experience (sample size of one) is same as Crow's - WSU uses what UAC sends them.

In passing, last year someone from WSU Admissions was kind enough to confirm in writing what GPA they had received for me from UAC. If you're concerned about UAC interpretation of your GPA it would be worth asking WSU once applications have gone in.
 

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