Want to meet medical students from all over Australia and New Zealand? Think you’re game to attend the biggest student conference in the world? Want to be inspired by world-renowned speakers? Do you like the sound of mouth-watering tacos?
The Australian Medical Students Association (AMSA) can satisfy all of these desires! AMSA is the peak representative body of medical students, with representatives from each Australian Medical School who act to voice your opinions. AMSA acts to broadcast and discuss issues facing medical students, advocating to governments, universities and relevant medical bodies to better your experience at medical school. This includes arguing for guaranteed internship places for all graduates and fair working conditions for medical students during COVID-19.
How can I get involved?
AMSA holds many events throughout the year to engage medical students from across Australia. These include:
Vampire Cup is AMSA’s annual blood donation competition. ANU has won Vampire Cup five years in a row, with the biggest percentage of our cohort turning out to donate blood. If you can’t donate, another person can donate on your behalf.
National Convention is AMSA’s largest event. The 2021 Convention will be held in Adelaide from June 28 – July 3. The academic program features five days of inspirational and thought-provoking addresses and workshops from some incredible speakers. The social events during the evening will provide an opportunity to engage with 1500 other medical students – in a notoriously colourful and busy social program.
Global Health Conference (GHC)
Want to start your own NGO and change the world? GHC will be held in Perth this year from 5th – 9th August, featuring superb speakers centred on humanitarian issues both around the world, and here in Australia. The 2021 theme is ‘Seeds for Change’.
National Leadership Development Summit (NLDS)
AMSA’s premier academic event will be held in Canberra in August/September 2021 (dates still to be confirmed). It is a unique forum which provides passionate and engaged medical student with a platform to discuss ideas, network and workshop their ideas into advocacy campaigns and national projects for tomorrow.
There are a multitude of other ways you can get involved in AMSA, such as co-authoring an official policy document and attending AMSA council that meets 3 times a year. AMSA gives you the opportunity to meet new people, get involved in the medical community and bolster your CV.
Meet Your AMSA Representative
2nd Year Medical Student