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National Advocacy Priorities 2019

2019 National Advocacy Priorities 

AMSA’s National Advocacy Priorities are issues that AMSA plans to focus on in 2019. These priorities are based off the results obtained in the National Survey, which are then approved by AMSA representatives from each university. They consist of Primary and Secondary priorities, based on the amount of time likely to be spent on them.


An issue not being on the list doesn’t mean that AMSA can’t advocate for it - our advocacy is broadly derived from our extensive policy base.


National Priorities 2019

Primary priorities


  • Improving medical student mental health and wellbeing

  • Preventing increases in medical student numbers and establishment of new medical schools

  • Action on sexual harassment, bullying and discrimination in medicine

  • Guaranteeing the availability of quality internships to all Australian medical graduates


Secondary priorities


  • Increasing intake onto specialty training programs to align with workforce demand, with a particular focus on expanding vocational training in regional and rural areas.
  • Maintaining adequate income support for medical students

  • Improving the health of Australia’s Indigenous people (including recruitment and support of Indigenous medical students)

  • Improving the quality of clinical schools and placements


Approved by 2018 AMSA Representatives, Council 3 2018