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AMSA COVID-19 Response

Dear AMSA members,

It is with disappointment that AMSA will be cancelling the National Council 1, to be held in Sydney from 20-22 March 2020, as a response to protect medical students from the risk of contracting and transmitting COVID-19.

The National Executive and Board of Directors have carefully considered the National Council 1 in the past 12-24 hours, and the current circumstances of a pandemic among other factors impacting lives physically and mentally. As an organisation comprising of future doctors, we feel responsible to act in the best interests of medical students’ health and as a flow on, patient health and safety. AMSA has been and will continue to undertake evaluation on all future AMSA events and their safety on a case by case basis.

AMSA will be providing registration reimbursements for National Council 1 participants and are currently exploring options of hosting Council over teleconference with more information to go our in the near future. Our volunteers are working around the clock to respond to this contingency and we would like to ask for your understanding in these unique and unprecedented situation.

COVID-19 has far reaching effects also impacting medical education. AMSA has been busy working behind the scenes on liaising with other bodies and the document attached seeks to provide communication and clarification on what we have done regarding the following:
1/ AMSA's position and aims surrounding COVID-19
2/ Our work with local, state and federal stakeholders
3/ The concerns that have been raised and addressed with these stakeholders
4/ What you can do in the current climate

https://drive.google.com/…/1XUjlaPJV3AYTiNzpBELWZ6PdU…/view…

As mentioned, these are unprecedented times. We implore everyone to update themselves with the most recent information on COVID-19 and ensure adoption of safe habits to contribute to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Yours in AMSA,

The 2020 National Executive