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06 May 2017

What is the AMSA Mental Health Campaign?

The mental health and well-being of medical students is a subject often swept under the rug, a stigma hidden by white coats. Medical students consistently have higher rates of mental health issues compared to the general population – including stress, distress, burnout, anxiety and depression. They enter university with the same levels of psychological wellbeing as the general population, but throughout medical school, their risk of developing a mental health condition increases significantly.

The AMSA Mental Health Campaign aims to improve medical student well-being through action at a ‘grass roots’ level, as well as affecting change at a university and external advocacy level.

In order to successfully address these issues, the AMSA Mental Health Campaign aims to:

  • Decrease stigma and increase mental health literacy and awareness regarding mental health issues amongst medical students
  • Promote preventative measures to improve coping strategies and resilience
  • Enable and empower students to look out for their peers and colleagues and take action
  • Facilitate improved access to, and uptake of, mental health services

 

The major components of the Mental Health Campaign (MHC) include:

  • The Mental Health Campaign team will help coordinate with medical societies to increase awareness of mental health issues facing medical students during October (which contains National Mental Health Week and the “official” Blue Week)
  • In addition to assistance with the “official” AMSA Blue Week, the MHC team will be available to assist medical societies in planning their own Blue Week events throughout the year
  • Maintaining an interactive and informative website and social media platforms (FB, Twitter, Instagram) - including a month-long social media initiative “Humans of Medicine” which encourages students to share their personal stories.
  • Contribution to Academy of the Mind (a module about mental health in AMSA academy)
  • Update, promote and distribute the 2014 edition of Keeping Your Grass Greener (with a view to appropriate updates), along with other key documents (eg GP bulk-billing database et al).  

Team Structure:

The Mental Health Campaign is overseen by a National Coordinator. They are responsible for leading the MHC team throughout the year from May 2017 through May 2018. Working alongside the Coordinator are MHC portfolio members. At this stage we are recruiting members without a portfolio. Once the team is assembled then they decide who suits each role best!

Application Process

Please submit two documents to our National Projects Coordinator, Alice Aitkenhead (projects@amsa.org.au), a one-page resume and a 750-word application which includes answers to the following:

1. Why is working towards improving medical student mental health important to you?

2. What would you like to achieve as National Coordinator? (if applying for National Coordinator position)

OR What would you like to achieve as a member of the MHC team? (if applying for an MHC portfolio member position)

3. What experience and passion do you have for leadership and working in a team?

4. What experience do you have in mental health and wellbeing that is relevant to the campaign?

Applications close Wednesday 30th May 11:59pm

Position Descriptions

National Co-ordinator

Reports toProjects Officer - Alice Aitkenhead
Primary Tasks Oversee the strategic direction and day-to-day functioning of the Mental Health Campaign
Overall Goals for 2017
  • Develop a plan for the 2017/2018 year with the Projects Officer.
  • Recruit a team and work to promote the MHC to medical students. 
  • Feedback initiatives with the Advocacy team.
Responsibilities
  • To manage the AMSA MHC team and look after all volunteers under your care. 
  • To oversee the recruitment, induction and management of volunteers. 
  • To oversee the major initiatives of the MHC - Blue Week, KYGG re-distribution, GP database and social media platforms. 
Day-to-day tasks
  • E-mails
  • Team meetings
  • Social Media
Time commitment
  • 10 hours/week with increased demand during Blue Week
  • Term of appointment will be 1 year from your induction
Skills
  • Team management skills
  • Organisational skills and year-long planning
  • Knowledge of Mental Health in the medical student community
Performance Indicators
  • Engagement through social media and website
  • Student engagement and use of GP database
  • Feedback from Med Socs about assistance with Blue Week
  • Readers of the KYGG
People to liaise with
  • AMSA MHC team
  • VPE and advocacy team
  • Projects Officer
  • AMSA Central Student Engagement Officer: for cross-promotion of material
  • AMSA Central National Co-ordinator: for promotion to AMSA Reps

 

AMSA MHC Team Member

Reports toMental Health Campaign National Coordinator
Primary TasksDay-to-day functioning of the Mental Health Campaign
Overall Goals for 2017Promote the MHC to medical students.
ResponsibilitiesTo help implement the major initiatives of the MHC, including Blue Week, KYGG re-distribution, GP database and social media platforms.
Day-to-day tasks
  • E-mails
  • Team meetings
  • Social Media
Time commitment
  • 5 hours/week with increased demand during Blue Week
  • Term of appointment will be 1 year from your induction
Skills
  • Team work
  • Knowledge of Mental Health in the medical student community
Performance Indicators
  • Engagement through social media and website
  • Student engagement and use of GP database
  • Feedback from Med Socs about assistance with Blue Week
  • Readers of the KYGG
People to liaise with
  • AMSA MHC National Coordinator
  • AMSA MHC team
  • VPE and advocacy team
  • Projects Officer
  • Depending on role within team:
        • AMSA Central Student Engagement Officer: for cross-promotion of material
        • AMSA Central National Coordinator: for promotion to AMSA Reps
        • AMSA Academy National Coordinator: for work on Academy of the Mind

 


Published: 06 May 2017