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Advocacy

The AMSA National Executive advocates on behalf of Australia's 17,000 medical students, on the foundation of the public policy adopted by the AMSA's National Council. AMSA advocates through comprehensive campaigns involving:

  • Direct advocacy in meetings with politicians, Government departments and stakeholders in medical education
  • Commentary in print, radio and TV media
  • Opinion articles in public media, medical journals and AMA publications
  • Open and private letters to relevant stakeholders
  • Submissions to Government and stakeholder inquiries and feedback processes
  • Grassroots student action through fact sheets for contact with local MPs
  • Informing students via the AMSA website, social media and through active local AMSA Representatives

The National President attends meetings, where appropriate, with relevant stakeholders and politicians, supported by the Vice President (External) and the Public Relations Officer. The Policy officer, in collaboration with the Vice President (External),  leads AMSA's policy development processes and the Public Relations Officer coordinates AMSA's media statements. To advance AMSA's advocacy, AMSA is affiliated with organisations with a similar mission to AMSA, and with consistent public policies, including:

  • Australian Indigenous Doctors' Association
  • Australian Medical Association (AMA)
  • Australian Medical Council
  • General Practice Students' Network
  • Medical Deans of Australia & New Zealand
  • National Rural Health Students' Network
  • New Zealand Medical Students' Association
  • Climate and Health Alliance

AMSA is a member of the International Federation of Medical Student Associations and takes part in its various Standing Committees, including Professional Exchanges via the AMSA Exchange program.

Do you have a particular issue that you want heard? Speak to your University's AMSA Representative, or reach out to AMSA directly today.

Representation

The National Executive provides external representation to the following committees relevant to medical education:

Australian Medical Association (AMA)
  • Federal Council (FC)
  • Council of Doctors-in-Training (CDT)
  • Medical Workforce Committee (MWC)
  • Taskforce on Indigenous Health (TFIH)
  • Council of Rural Doctors (CRD)
  • Council of General Practice (CGP)
  • Ethics and Mediolegal Committee (EMLC)
  • Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Committee (EIDC)
 
Other
  • National Medical Training Advisory Network (NMTAN) Executive Committee
  • Caring for Those Who Care Framework Expert Advisory Committee
  • Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand Student Health Committee
  • Doctors Health Services Expert Advisory Group
  • RACS Women in Surgery 
  • CAHA (Climate and Health Alliance) Committee of Management
  • National Training Survey Advisory Group (AHPRA)
  • Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges
  • Australian Medical Council (AMC)

AMSA provides representatives to other committees as required.