Rural Medical Society (ARMS)

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The ANU Rural Medical Society (or ‘ARMS’ for short) began in 2004 and consists of members across all four years of the Doctor of Medicine and Surgery (MChD) degree at ANU, as well as members in undergraduate health degrees. We are passionate about rural health and aim to advocate about rural health issues and promote careers in the field.

As part of ARMS membership, we run several events across the year including attending rural shows engaging with the community and doing basic health checks; speaker nights by accomplished doctors living and working in rural areas; visiting high schools in rural NSW to promote a career in health care; and other exclusive member-only events.

Looking ahead through 2023, the ARMS Executive Team are keenly awaiting the chance to hold all the events that have been previously postponed due to the pandemic! We can’t wait to meet the incoming first years and see what exciting, fresh ideas they will bring to the table, as well as the chance to reconnect with those in second, third and fourth year. Keep your eyes peeled for our sponsored event during O-Week, as well as announcements for our Indigenous Health Conference, academic speaker night and rural high school visits – all involve member participation to give back to our rural communities. If you have any questions, comments or ideas, please feel free to reach out to anyone on our team – we are always up for a chat and a (much-needed) coffee!

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Joining ARMS

Step 1 - Register with ARMS via QPay

As we are an ANUSA affiliated club of the ANU, we require our members to sign up through QPay, you can do so by following the link below. We use this database as our club directory for event and volunteering opportunities.

Step 2 - Register with NRHSN via their database

As we are the government-regulated rural health society of the ANU, we also require members to sign up via the national database. Follow the link below to register with the National Rural Health Students Network. This will give you access to the nation-wide network of rural health clubs and the opportunities available across the country for those interested in rural health.

Events in 2023

  • January – O-Week Welcome Event
  • February – Annual General Meeting
  • May – Academic Speaker Night
  • August – Indigenous Health Conference
  • April, June & September – Rural High School Visits
  • TBA – Rural Shows

Meet the ARMS Team

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Abby Connor



Shriya Vaka

Vice President

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Olivia Taifalos


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Mitch Dodds


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Olivia Dalton

Senior Indigenous Health Promotion Officer


Burnum Brademann

Junior Indigenous Health Promotion Officer


Corben Hart

Rural High School Visit Coordinator


Marissa Ellis

Social Events Coordinator

Olivia Hamilton

Olivia Hamilton

Social Media Officer

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Jess Graves

Undergraduate Officer

Ash Lane

Ash Lane

Year 1 Representative

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Catie Snellgrove

Year 2 Representative

Tiana Smerdon

Tiana Smerdon

Year 3 Representative


Papa Amponn-Nyamekye

Year 4 Representative

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