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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, Jeremy Fernando, to discuss our advocacy efforts in greater detail.

2021 AMSA National Advocacy Priorities

  1. Improve medical student mental health and wellbeing.

  2. Reduce bullying, discrimination and harassment in medicine.

    a. Reduce bullying in Australian hospitals and during teaching in the clinical environment

    b. Reduce sexual harassment in medicine

  3. Indigenous health, including increased recruitment and retention of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students.

  4. Advance gender equity within medicine for women, trans and gender diverse people, and more broadly in areas of public health.

    a. Promote gender equity in the clinical environment and medical training

    b. Increase the accessibility of termination of pregnancy within Australia

    c. Promote equitable access to sexual and reproductive healthcare

  5. Reduce the health impacts of climate change through mitigation and adaptation strategies.

  6. Promote a sustainable training pipeline aligned to workforce demand by preventing an increase in the number of medical students and medical schools, and increasing intake onto specialty training programs, particularly in regional and rural areas.

  7. Advocate for the provision of quality internships positions to all Australian-university trained medical graduates.

  8. Improve the quality and flexibility of medical education in Australia.

    a. Improve the quality of clinical schools and placements

    b. Increase flexibility in studying medicine, including through learning accommodations, altered attendance requirements, and opt-in placements outside of standard business hours

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