AMSA Gender Equity
AMSA holds gender equity as one of its core principles, recognising the impact that it has on health outcomes, and lives of its members, Australian medical students. AMSA works closely with universities, hospitals, colleges, the AMA and other key stakeholders to build a medical culture free of bullying, sexual harassment and discrimination.
There are many exciting opportunities for students to be involved with with gender equity! You could apply for our inaugural mentor-mentee program that aims to address females’ consistent underrepresentation in leadership positions by connecting female mentees with their older counterparts, become an advocate on gender equity using AMSA’s training resources or write for our many publications. You can even be profiled this year as AMSA launches its first campaign highlighting individuals working to achieve gender equity in medicine.
Women in Leadership Mentoring Program:
The Women in Leadership Mentoring Program helps connect female medical students with student mentors of diverse life and leadership backgrounds to help SUPPORT, ENCOURAGE and INSPIRE women to reach their full potential within medicine. In its first year, the program helped connect more than 200 women nationwide and with your help we expect to exceed this to empower and engage as many students as possible.
“Having someone in the same boat to ask about and listen to all my goals and then offer me practical skills and pathways to achieving them has immensely propelled my future career much further than I could have imagined. Plus, I’ve met a true friend and future colleague along the way!”
Despite women representing now more than 50% of medical school graduates, there remains a great disparity in the field with fewer than 12.5% of female hospital chief executives, and less than 33% of female state and federal medical officers. The Gender Equity movement hopes to create new pathways to resolve these inequities. By initiating dialogues and opportunities we aim to remove obstacles women face in the workforce and develop supportive structures to promote and encourage women into leadership roles.
We know that even without a fair playing field, women are still incredibly capable of achieving and accomplishing anything they want! Together we can move towards a world in which equal representation is the reality, and women in leadership are no longer the exception -