The Global Health Society is committed to engaging medical students with global health, so as to raise awareness and educate students about the impacts of global health issues within and outside of medicine. In line with AMSA Global Health, our aim is to inspire and empower medical students to effect changes towards health equity at local and global levels. The three branches of the Global Health Society for 2020 are:
- Code Green. Raising awareness about environmental health, driving action against climate change and providing educational opportunities for students to go green and be more environmentally friendly.
- Crossing Borders. Providing opportunities for medical students to engage with migrant and refugee health. In particular, we work closely with the Migrants and Refugee Settlement Service – a programme that provides settlement and related services for migrants, refugees and humanitarian entrants in the ACT. The GHS runs weekly programs where dedicated medical students volunteer their time to teach computer skills to migrants and refugees.
- Reproductive Rights. Engaging medical students with sexual and reproductive health through events designed to get students thinking about LGBTQI+ health, transgender medicine, sexual health epidemiology and maternal health. Through working closely with ANUMSS SCORA reps, we create events that are both educational and eye-opening.
Events planned for 2020
This year we have worked hard to put together a series of events and guest speakers to excite and engage medical students with global health. These include:
- February: Packing Period Packs. This year the GHS has partnered up with Canberra-based group Canberra Period Project, who work hard to support women and transgender men experiencing homelessness by providing sanitary products, help and support. Through hosting a packing event, we will be preparing period packs to be distributed to individuals affected by the bushfires in the region. All products have been kindly donated by individuals and organisations from around the ACT.
- This event enables us to raise awareness about period poverty and the effect it can have on the lives of individuals, especially on girls.
- To find out more about the Canberra Period Project, please click here.
- March: Beeswax Wrap Making Night. The GHS will run a session where participants are provided resources for and are taught how to make their own beeswax wraps! This is a new event and aligns with GHS’s Code Green branch to philosophies to promote more environment-friendly and sustainable behaviours.
- April: iDEA 2020. This year the annual national conference for Doctors for the Environment Australia, the leading Australian conference on Climate Change and Health, will be held at the ANU in Canberra. The theme of this conference will be Vision for a Healthy Future and it will bring together medical practitioners, medical students, academics, researchers, and policymakers to discuss the challenge of climate change and its effects on human health. The GHS will work together with the ANU DEA representative to engage medical students and promote this multi-disciplinary conference.
- May: Against Our Oath Film Screening. Against our Oath is an Australian documentary exposing the insides the the Medevac Bill, whilst detailing the ethical conflict that erupts for doctors as the government overrides their clinical decision-making authority. In line with our Crossing Borders Branch, the GHS will run both a Q and A session and this film to raise awareness about the ethical conundrums in refugee and migrant health.
- July: Working in Global Health. A speaker & panel event focused on showcasing how medical students can get involved in Global Health during and after medical school.
- August: You Can’t Ask That: HIV patients. Following on from the highly successful ‘You Can’t Ask That’ style evenings in 2017 & 2019, the GHS will run a similar evening focused on HIV patients where individuals living with HIV will answer questions from students. These events are popular, especially with first- and second-year students, and regularly attract over 80 medical students.
- August: Red Party. The aim is to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and to do some fundraising for the cause! We plan to bring back this hugely successful event from previous years. Keep an ear out for more details coming soon!
GHS has a weekly program where dedicated medical students volunteer their time to teach computer skills to migrants and refugees. Shoot us an email or FB message us to find out more!
Please visit the group’s Facebook page for more information.
The GHS Team