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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 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)
  • Public, Child & Youth Health Committee (PCYHC)
  • Taskforce on Indigenous Health (TFIH)
  • Council of Rural Doctors (CRD)
  • Council of General Practice (CGP)
Medical Deans Australia New Zealand (MDANZ)
  • Medical Student Outcomes Database Research & Strategy Advisory Committee
  • Competencies Project Steering Committee
Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing
  • National Medical Training Advisory Network (NMTAN)
Others
  • Australian Medical Council (AMC) Medical School Accreditation Committee (MedSAC)
  • Australian Doctors Fund (ADF) Management Committee
  • Australian College of Rural & Remote Medicine (ACRRM) John Flynn Placement Program Steering Committee
  • Andrology Australia Medical Curriculum Working Group
  • Australian Medical Assessment Collaboration
  • GEMSAS (Gratuate Entry Medicine) Reference Group
  • NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence (MABEL) National Advisory Group
  • NRHA RAMUS (Rural Australia Medical Undergraduate Scholarship) Appeals Panel
  • RDAA (Rural Doctors Association of Australia) Junior Rural Doctor Support Group
AMSA provides representatives to other committees as required.