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Wollongong University Medical Students' Society

2016 WUMSS Committee Election Nominees

President

Laura Hombsch - My name is Laura Hombsch, I am currently in second year and have had the Vice-president (pre-clinical) role with WUMSS for the past 4 months. I have really enjoyed working along side all the WUMSS committee and would love the opportunity to continue doing so in a larger capacity. I have been lucky enough to shadow Murray at a few meeting and events to get an idea of what the role of president entails. I think WUMSS does an amazing job supporting the students here at the GSM and puts on fantastic social events, but I do think there is definitely room to improve and expand. I am a very active, outgoing person, and I am not lost for words very often. These are qualities I think will come in handy if I were to be elected President of WUMSS. Thanks for your consideration 😊



Vice President (Clinical)


Matilda Stone - Hey everybody,

My name is Matilda, I am currently one of the 2nd years and am applying to be your VP (clinical) for the coming term 😊

I am applying for this role because I am keen to get involved in WUMSS in a more official capacity and believe I can do the job well.

I like to think I am an approachable and fun person but more importantly for this role, I am organised and motivated enough to get things done. I am prepared to put in the time and am already thinking of ideas, both academically and socially to enhance everyones med experience.

I love to get involved and am hoping to help all the students do the same and ensure everyone has an extraordinary time while studying med!!

Its set to be an exciting year ahead and I really hope I can be apart of it!


Vice President (Pre-Clinical)


Brittany Weir - I would like to apply for the WUMSS executive position of Vice-President (pre clinical). From the day I stepped foot onto the University of Wollongong campus, I immediately felt welcome, supported and included by warm, friendly faces I can now call my friends. These faces were the faces of the WUMSS committee. The environment that is created by this committee around the GSM is amazing and I would love to contribute to that. I am impressed by how personalised the UOW medical program is and would be honoured to be a part of a team that not only represents the student body in contributing to the growth of the school but also supports the students when times are tough. I was Vice-president of my University College so I understand what is involved and expected as an executive member, and that while your position roles are vital, it is important to support everyone else on the committee. Some ideas that I have that I could bring on board as part of WUMSS exec are a social coffee crawl and a beach pilates fundraiser that I could instruct. Not only am I great at team work, I have no problem with public speaking and actually enjoy talking in general, I also feel that I have a very friendly, fun personality so I would make a great Vice-President.   

Mitchell Murray - So now that I have begun to settle in to the crazy lifestyle that is Medicine I would like to give back into this community that has already provided so much! I think becoming part of WUMSS is the perfect platform to allow this. So, I would love to go for the position of VP pre-clinical and/or Phase 1 rep.

I have been fortunate enough to have a long personal association with Student run committees as I was Primary School Captain, High School Captain and at University I co-founded Physiotherapy Sydney Students Association (PSSA) that is still running today. I have also joined the Wollongong Surgical Interest Group SSOWU and hope to continue uni involvement with a role in WUMSS. My main aim is to allow for the smoothest transition for all of us, from now to internship, not only academically but also psycho-socially (RCA tells me apparently this is important.) I am excited to help with all things Wollongong Med and the advantage of having me as Preclin VP is just like simple origami... Two fold. Also I have the sense of humour of a 55 year old Dad, I think this is a clear Dadvantage over all other eligible candidates.


Secretary


Alexandra German - For 2016 I see myself as your new secretary as I feel like I can play the supportive role that WUMSS needs. I am an approachable easy going person however, I understand the demands of a secretary. I know this because I have previously had the role of a personal assistant in which my duties involved taking minutes, scheduling meetings and maintaining office records for an anaesthetics research team. Most of all, I am passionate about WUMSS and I would love the opportunity to become a part of the executive team this year. I feel that I can achieve this through liaising with other committee members, always maintaining an open line of communication, and making sure things run smoothly. As secretary, I hope to make meetings more efficient and help WUMSS in any way I can.


Treasurer

 

 

***Application withdrawn***

 



AMSA junior

Wade Wallace - I wish to nominate myself for the advertised Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) representative position. After discussing the above position with the current AMSA representative (Oliver Hovav); I know it’s a position I can excel at and use to the benefit of my fellow students. Similar to previous AMSA representatives, I will be continuing to give my fellow students a voice not only locally but on a national scale.

After careful consideration and consultation with other members of WUMSS Executive Council, I know I possess the skills and motivation to fulfill the responsibilities and obligations required for this position. I am passionate about the use of think-tank’s to engage my fellow students in matters that affect healthcare across Australia. My strong connections to rural and indigenous communities give me a unique opportunity to enhance my fellow students understanding on health issues in these areas and what we as medical students can do to help close the health gap.

During the last 3 years, I have worked as a Nurse and have experience with an array of specialties in health care such as: aged care, emergency nursing, intensive care adult and paediatric, operating theatre, sleep medicine community nursing and medical and surgical ward nursing. These have given me the ability to work effectively as part of a team in a range of settings. In addition to this, I was also the nursing representative on the executive steering committee at The Townsville Hospital. In this position, I represented my colleagues by actively gathering data then expressing their concerns and giving recommendations on their behalf during executive committee meetings.

If successful, I will uphold the professionalism and work to the best of my ability to carry on the high standard that is required of the AMSA representative. 

Megan Langraf - I hail from a little country town in Queensland, and completed a BSc (with Honours) at the University of Queensland. During this time, I was on the executive committee of a few societies on campus, and also sat as a member of the Student Union Council. I have a keen interest in student advocacy, and believe I have the skills, disposition and motivation to bring the issues facing UoW Medical students to the AMSA forum. Furthermore, I wish to learn more about the problems facing all medical students within Australia, such as the intern crisis, systemic bullying, diminished health funding and the inability to attract doctors to rural areas; I believe being an AMSA representative will allow me to do this. AMSA is a brilliant organisation, and I would truly value the opportunity to be University of Wollongong AMSA Representative.

Colin Ryan - I am an international student and chose UOW for the school's approach to student selection and education as it was described from previous students, and the informational sessions. Having seen varied methods of education for medicine in allied health fields such as nursing, paramedicine, and medical schools any chance to effect positive change is worthy of attention. As an international I have no intention of leaving Australia after completion of medical school. Being involved and shaping the system I will be part of as a practitioner would be an amazing challenge and blessing. Giving other international students a voice along with domestics students. Already a the first year reps for the TIP and GPSN I do not like idle time and like to be busy doing what I have a love for which is medicine.

Henness Wong - * Hennness for P.E.O.P.L.E. PURPOSE ENGAGEMENT OUTREACH PERSEVERANCE LEADERSHIP EMPOWERMENT

Henness believes in people. He believes that by connecting people, to one another and to resources, will yield a future that transcends our individual achievements.  Together, not only can we exercise our full potential, but also realise a sustainable future of the medical profession. I stand on the same side as AMSA on fair and equal opportunity for women; advocating for guaranteed internship places for graduates; giving legal recognition to same-sex marriage; advocating health accessibility for Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders to name some of the significant policies. In order to nurture our wellbeing in GSM's diverse spectrum of talents, the AMSA Reps shoulder a responsibility to advocate for an open, compassionate, atmosphere immediately from our common room to the Dean's office, and even state policy makers.  Henness is resourceful, collaborative, personable and dedicated to wellbeing of people. He is trustworthy to represent our diversely talented GSM family and become an integral instrument in WUMSS.  Within the first 6 months as Junior Rep, Henness will :+ increase general literacy in GSM of AMSA policy stances+ organise welfare events to keep our grass green+ assist Senior Rep to complete and/or handover tasks+ communicate between AMSA and the GSM community+ update development of current issues e.g. smoke-free campus+ revive UOW AMSA Instagram and Facebook platforms+ update on the changing between SMAH Faculty and GSM relationship+ liaise get-together with students in new pre-med degree Henness will deliver beyond than expectations, with loving kindness. *


Phase 1 Representative (2 Positions available)

WOLLONGONG (x 1)

Jessica Holster - Hey guys, I would love to be your Phase 1 Representative!
I am organised. I am friendly. I will make all your hopes and dreams a reality...
Maybe the latter is a bit of a reach, however I will help make this crazy journey we all decided to embark on as enjoyable and worry-free as possible.
I am always up for a chat and a med-free minute or two to unwind (+/- a side of goon).
Allow me to be our voice! You won't regret it.
Vote ME!
Jessica Holster :D

Brittany Weir - I volunteer as tribute! Whenever any one of my fellow first years feels like they can no longer swallow that fire hose commonly known as medicine, I will be first to raise my hand and kink that hose (if I tried to drink it for you then we all know there would be some serious spillage), whether it be by a friendly face, a sporting sister, a coffee companion, or a teacher talker. We have such an amazing group of people in our cohort and I would love to represent and support you as first year Phase 1 Rep. I’ve always been confident when it comes to talking so I wouldn’t hesitate communicating with the staff at the GSM in order to improve the Phase for each and every one of you. I’m no Katniss with a bow, but I’ll always have your back.

Sara Zanetti - I would welcome the opportunity to be a representative on the WUMSS committee and believe that I would suit both roles well. In the previous few years, I am fortunate to have been both a student and a lecturer and can appreciate both aspects of tertiary education. I am familiar with the academic structure of university education and understand the common challenges students often face when undertaking their studies.

I am an extremely organised person and am able to balance and prioritise my academic and work commitments. I work efficiently and am able to take on the responsibilities associated with extracurricular commitments without detriment to my university studies.

In addition, I believe I get along quite well with both the students from my cohort and the upper years and have enjoyed getting to know such wonderful people from diverse backgrounds. I would appreciate the opportunity to represent my cohort on the WUMSS committee and would work hard to represent their views.

Mitchell Murray - So now that I have begun to settle in to the crazy lifestyle that is Medicine I would like to give back into this community that has already provided so much! I think becoming part of WUMSS is the perfect platform to allow this. So, I would love to go for the position of VP pre-clinical and/or Phase 1 rep.

I have been fortunate enough to have a long personal association with Student run committees as I was Primary School Captain, High School Captain and at University I co-founded Physiotherapy Sydney Students Association (PSSA) that is still running today. I have also joined the Wollongong Surgical Interest Group SSOWU and hope to continue uni involvement with a role in WUMSS. My main aim is to allow for the smoothest transition for all of us, from now to internship, not only academically but also psycho-socially (RCA tells me apparently this is important.) I am excited to help with all things Wollongong Med and the advantage of having me as Preclin VP is just like simple origami... Two fold. Also I have the sense of humour of a 55 year old Dad, I think this is a clear Dadvantage over all other eligible candidates.

Colin Ryan - I have been a liaison in previous career between employees and the training department. It is an art to complain in the right direction. I like being active and want everyone to share the joy of medicine that I do. Anything I can help other get the most out of the phase and make this journey more enjoyable is something I want to do to help us all.

If you are looking for motivated individuals, I am right on the spot for that. The study we do is my passion and I want to share that how ever I can. Australia is my new home and I want to be involved as much as possible to UOW ans Australia a home.

SHOALHAVEN (x 1)


Phase 2 Representative (2 positions Available)


Jessica Moyes - I am interested in this role because I am keen to be more involved in WUMSS on a social and academic level and would love to both represent and communicate with my cohort in these areas. I believe I am suited to this role as I am bubbly, energetic and approachable, as well as organised and dedicated.
I look forward to this opportunity.


Social Representative (2 positions available)

David Tuffley
I’m applying for the position of WUMSS social rep. Within the first few months of being here in Wollongong I have been fortunate to meet so many fantastic people. This is primarily due to the events that have been organised by the WUMSS social team.
As medical students, I believe it is very important to stay motivated and have a life outside of the GSM to help you get through all of the hard work and stress that goes with this challenging degree.
Here is a list of reasons to vote for me:

1.     I like to have fun.

2.     I like it when other people have fun.

3.     We need a male social rep. Jen and Aisha have done a great job but it doesn’t hurt to add some testosterone into the mix!

4.     I’m from QLD!

5.     I will not force anyone to drink XXXX, however it will be strongly encouraged.
You often hear people say that university was the “best time of their life”, and I want this to be the case for everyone in the GSM.
Cheers!


Jen Ogiji - Hey guys :) I have had the pleasure of being your social rep for the past few months and I think we can all agree that we have had some great nights with one too many bottles of moscato consumed! During my time in the role, I've realised that being a social rep goes beyond just organising events, it has been a great opportunity for me to get to collaborate with both the upper and lower years and get to know you all better. I was lucky enough to have Aiasha (who had been in the role before me) show me the ropes and if I'm re-elected I'd love to do the same.

I've enjoyed being part of the WUMSS committee and given the opportunity, would love to continue on in my role and make sure that everyone gets plenty of chances to escape the GSM and make some great memories together!

Alexandra German - Hey Guys, Alex here! I would love to be your social rep simply because I love nothing more than to bring people together :) I think I am well suited for this role because I have a great amount of experience planning social events and conferences from my undergrad most memorably the grad dinner and dance for the faculty of arts and science at McGill where over a thousand people attended, and the Montreal World Health Organisation simulation where we had delegates attend from across the country. Most importantly though, I have had such a great time at the social events this year and would be thrilled at the opportunity to help organise and make the future ones that much more amazing. So vote for me as your new social rep and I promise you will have some incredible memories to come!


Academic Representative (2 positions available)


Megan Langraf - My name is Megan and I wish to apply for the position of Academic representative within WUMSS. I grew up in a small country town in Queensland, and moved to Brisbane to undertake a BSc + Honours at the University of Queensland. During my time at UQ I was selected to sit on the Student Union Council, as the Science Faculty Representative. This role enabled me to conduct consults with all undergraduate science students to gauge what issues were affecting them. I was then able to present this to the Student Union Council, where positive changes were implemented. This position has equipped me to act as an advocate for students and bring their issues to a larger forum, in which to implement change. I would love the opportunity to be an academic representative for my peers, and offer them the support and advocacy that they require.

Sara Zanetti - I would welcome the opportunity to be a representative on the WUMSS committee and believe that I would suit both roles well. In the previous few years, I am fortunate to have been both a student and a lecturer and can appreciate both aspects of tertiary education. I am familiar with the academic structure of university education and understand the common challenges students often face when undertaking their studies.

I am an extremely organised person and am able to balance and prioritise my academic and work commitments. I work efficiently and am able to take on the responsibilities associated with extracurricular commitments without detriment to my university studies.

In addition, I believe I get along quite well with both the students from my cohort and the upper years and have enjoyed getting to know such wonderful people from diverse backgrounds. I would appreciate the opportunity to represent my cohort on the WUMSS committee and would work hard to represent their views.

Jaimi Daniels - I believe I would genuinely enjoy being a WUMSS academic rep - whilst doing a pretty decent job at it. I hold an advanced diploma, bachelor’s and master’s degrees.. and am now undertaking medicine so it is safe to say I have a huge passion for study and learning! Presently I mix up my own study activities fairly regularly, and encourage the members of the study group I’m part of to do the same (not bossy at all ;). I would like to further share my enthusiasm for learning by helping to enhance GSM academic life for my peers. As an academic rep I would work on brainstorming new ideas to achieve this, and to develop existing initiatives. For example, the first/second year mentoring program is an excellent idea that has greatly helped me to settle in – I believe it deserves even more promotion to first years and I would aim to get onto that in 2017. I am a great listener and would be keen to actively seek out and incorporate the input of my peers, facilitating their involvement in hopefully making their med school experience academically brilliant as possible. I have prior experience tutoring primary school English, as well as makeup skills to all ages in a salon context so I’m well aware that different folks benefit from different strokes when they’re in the learning zone. In this vein I hope to get varied academia-oriented activities going so there is incentive for everyone to get involved!


International Representative

Shivam Kapadia - I'm emailing you all today to submit my nomination for the position of next year's International Student Representative. Being an international myself and having moved around multiple times, I am weathered to the variety of changes, obstacles and adjustments that many internationals may go through upon acclimating to a new place such as Wollongong. That said, having small workshops to familiarize students with life here; financials; continuing abroad in due course or the challenges of wanting to stay here; and networking events would all be ideas I would have vested interests in implementing. I believe that my prior experiences in community outreach, cultural event planning, and coordinating networking events would all aid me in becoming a valuable resource to existing and incoming international students. I previously worked on organizing student symposiums on applying to medical schools domestically and abroad in Canada and have worked on numerous meet-and-greets. I hope I might have the chance to help next year's cohort learn to love Wollongong, in the same way I started liking Wollongong, thanks to all of you. Thanks for reading!

Carly Schmitt  I am very interested in the international student representative position. It can be quite the challenge, adapting to a new country while also starting medical school. That is why I believe it is important for international students to have a close support network because we have gone/are going through the same thing.

I believe I am well suited for this role because I studied abroad in Sydney before attending UOW. This experience allowed me to become well-adjusted to life in Australia before returning for med. I feel very confident giving advice about the big move, accommodation, purchasing a car, and other situations international students may encounter.

At the moment, I am undecided as to whether I want to return home or remain in Australia to practice, so I am actively researching both routes. I am interested in working with our AMSA representative to advocate for international students and more internship spots, and everyone updated and changes affecting international students. In addition, I would plan on organising USMLE and MCCEE information nights to educate international students about their options and organising Qbank subscriptions to help prepare them for these next steps.

Sonya had expressed an interest in contacting UOW international students from the years above us to compile information about what they did in regards to internships and matching back home. Although things are constantly changing, I believe would be extremely useful for current and incoming international students to know what other students did and how they accomplished it.

I am proud to be an international student here at UOW and want to help other internationals out as much as I can. Whether it be through social gatherings, information sessions, or just being there or advice I am up for it and want to keep our little international community close!

Colin Ryan - I was very lucky to have a friend in Australia who graduated from the program, I now understand the magnitude of the move internationally and the work and effort to get a visa, accommodation and immersion into Australian culture.  I was fortunate enough to help a few cohort members with lodging and getting around Wollongong, I would love to do this again. I learn more about my adoptive country and culture while interacting with new people.



Health and Well-Being Officer


Anatasia Osadchuk - I believe I am well suited for this position because I have have faced and overcome many challenges. Firstly, I have experienced rural and regional international communities and multiculturalism through living and travelling abroad. Growing up in Ukraine and Croatia has exposed me to different languages and lifestyles. Moving to Australia in 2001, enabled me to access a highly regarded education system, stimulated by my personal involvement in sport. I believe I can relate these experiences, and previous lessons to help everyone find the best within themselves. I have had pervious experience on being on committees during my time at ANU taking on the role of Inter-Hall President, Social Master, and Academic Officer at Fenner Hall. I wish to get involved in WUMSS on a different level, this time to help take care of each others' health and wellness by incorporating different coping and self-management strategies. Anxiety and stress amongst medical students is high and I believe we can help each other through this.  As future medical professional we will all need adaptability and flexibility, as each challenge will be unique. By exploring different ways of medicine, I want to find ways to achieve clarity and calmness, necessary when dealing with various medical presentations. My prior experiences allowed me to become tolerance, accepting and mindful of different situations. I have developed some personal coping strategies to manage many future challenging situations and hope to share these with other, whilst continously building on them. With a strong liking for sport, coffees and cooking I hope I can bring a new perspective on managing studies, finding time for yourself and enjoying the journey.  :) 

 


positions that have received no nominations

Treasurer

Information Technology and Web Officer

Community Outreach Officer

Sports Representative

Publications Officer

Environmental Officer

Phase 1 (1 position available: Shoalhaven)

Phase 2 (1 position available)

Phase 3 (2 positions available)

Phase 4 (2 positions available)