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National Advocacy Priorities

What are the AMSA National Advocacy Priorities?

AMSA’s National Advocacy Priorities are eight key goals that our Advocacy Stream focus on throughout the year. These priorities are voted on by medical students in the AMSA National Survey released annually, and allows medical students to voice their priorities across areas of medical education and medical training, and public and global health. If an issue does not appear on this list, it does not mean that AMSA will not be advocating on it in the coming year. Our advocacy is broadly derived from our extensive policy base which can be found here.
You're also warmly invited to get in contact with our Vice President External, Guy Jeffery, to discuss our advocacy efforts in greater detail.

2022 AMSA National Advocacy Priorities

  1. Addressing the culture of medicine, including bullying, harassment and racial discrimination.

  2. Ensuring a sustainable medical training pipeline which addresses workforce maldistribution, including managing medical student numbers, new medical schools, and the availability of vocational training programs.

  3. Ensuring all Australian medical graduates have quality internships, as well as working towards a nationally-standardised internship application process.

  4. Continually improving the quality of medical education and clinical placements, particularly with respect to internship preparedness, the availability of research opportunities, and clinical competency in areas of mental health, Indigenous health, refugee and asylum seeker health, and LGBTQIA+ health.

  5. Striving towards equitable health for Indigenous Australians, as well as improving the recruitment, retention and student support for Indigenous medical students.

  6. Improving the mental health of Australians and medical students, including through destigmatisation and reducing rates of suicide.

  7. Striving towards equitable health for women and LGBTQIA+ individuals.

  8. Striving towards greater recognition and mitigation of the health impacts of climate change.

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