The Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) is the peak representative body for medical students in Australia. Each of the 20 medical schools in Australia elects a representative to sit on AMSA Council, which is the primary decision-making body of the Association. The key mandate of AMSA is to connect, inform and represent Australia’s 17,000 medical students. AMSA’s core operations are aimed at realising this mandate. These operations include:
Advocacy – AMSA advocates for medical students through policy development, advocacy campaigns and representation to governments, universities and relevant medical and medico-political bodies. AMSA has a strong grass-roots approach to policy development whereby AMSA Subcommittees/ThinkTanks produce and review policy and other initiatives. These are chaired by local AMSA Representatives at medical schools throughout the country.
Events, programs and projects – Medical students from across the country are able to connect with peers by participating in AMSA’s renowned educational, social and leadership events and programs. AMSA runs projects across several different areas including those designed to improve medical student health and wellbeing and others for community participation.
Global, rural and Indigenous health – Global health, rural health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health are important focus areas for AMSA and its members. AMSA provides specific opportunities for medical students to become actively involved in these areas while still studying, for example through AMSA’s popular AMSA Global Health (AGH) committee.
Publications – AMSA produces many publications which are distributed electronically and in hard-copy. These publications are an important conduit through which AMSA connects and informs Australian medical students.
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