The Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) is the peak representative body for Australian medical students. The key mandate of the Association is to connect, inform and represent every one of Australia’s 17,000 medical students.
What does AMSA do?
The activities of AMSA are all based around our key objectives of connecting, informing and representing Australian medical students:
- ADVOCACY: AMSA provides a voice for medical students, ensuring their concerns are heard by all levels of government and other relevant stakeholders in the medical education arena.
- STUDENTS: AMSA provides a wide range of benefits to prospective, current and graduating medical students. The Association also actively engages with medical students through local AMSA Subcommittees.
- EVENTS: AMSA holds many national events each year, connecting Australian medical students and providing educational and leadership opportunities. Some key events include the National Convention, Global Health Conference, National Leadership Development Seminar, Life in the Real World, National Rural Leadership Development Workshop, Training New Trainers and Think Global Workshop.
- GLOBAL and RURAL & INDIGENOUS HEALTH: AMSA advocates strongly on global, rural and Indigenous issues, and maintains strong relationships with affiliate organisations with similar aims.
- PUBLICATIONS: AMSA produces many publications which are distributed in electronic and hard-copy. These publications form a key conduit by which the Association informs and connects Australian medical students. Some examples of the publications include: Panacea, Intern and Residents' Guide, Medical Schools Guide, Embolus, AMSA? Your Orange Guide, Wellbeing Booklet, and Guide to Working Overseas. Click here to view these AMSA Publications.
What is an AMSA ThinkTank?
AMSA ThinkTanks are the extension of AMSA at the medical school level. AMSA ThinkTanks are chaired by the AMSA Representative and are open to all medical students at each University. The most important role of the ThinkTanks is to provide a direct and accessible link between the local medical student and AMSA, allowing individual students to contribute to the national body. Through its ThinkTanks, the Association is therefore able to collect and analyse the concerns and views of Australia’s medical students - your AMSA Rep will make sure your voice is heard at a national level. ThinkTanks also assist the AMSA Rep in undertaking and implementing AMSA events and projects. Members of AMSA ThinkTanks can undertake a number of roles depending on local conditions. AMSA is your voice on national issues. To make sure your voice is heard, contact your local AMSA Representative (click here), and attend your local AMSA ThinkTank meeting
How can I get involved in AMSA?
- Check the AMSA website regularly, especially our Positions Vacant page.
- Attend local Subcommittee meetings and the many events AMSA holds.