AMSA is the peak representative for medical students in Australia and the key mandate of AMSA is to connect, inform and represent each of the 17,000 medical students across Australia. AMSA’s core operations include advocacy, events and programs, and publications. However, we have something for everyone, having provided renowned educational, social and leadership opportunities for the past 55 years. These include an international exchange program and programs aimed at improving medical student health and wellbeing, and others to increase awareness of community, rural, indigenous and global health issues.
Experience the incredible events AMSA has to offer, explore your interests and meet medical students from all over Australia and New Zealand.
The AMSA National Convention is AMSA’s premier event and the largest student run conference in the world. In 2017, it will be held in Sydney from 2 to 8 July. This event draws nationally and internationally acclaimed speakers to form an incredible academic program, supplemented by field trips, workshops and breakout sessions. The nightly world-class social program is unforgettable and the reputation of this event speaks for itself.
AMSA Global Health Conference (GHC) is AMSA’s second largest event and will be held in Adelaide from 18 to 22 August 2017. The academic program invites you to jump in, challenge yourself and change the world. Delegates have the opportunity to hear from speakers from all disciplines; from health advisors, to not-for-profit organisations, to politicians. GHC aims to educate and empower students with knowledge about global health.
The AMSA National Leadership Development Seminar is the premier leadership event for medical students in Australia. It is held annually in Canberra and in the past, has had over 1000 applications for just 80 spots. Each year, 80 future health leaders are selected to convene at Parliament House, where they are privileged to hear from national leaders, innovators and pioneers in medicine, politics and business. This year, NLDS will be held from 19 to 23 May and application details can be found on the AMSA website later this year.
Medical schools all over Australia compete to win the Vampire Cup throughout July and August in the AMSA National Blood Drive. In Movember, we band together to raise money and awareness for men’s health. AMSA Academy runs educational courses throughout the year that allows you to explore your interests in areas such as global, sexual and mental health. The AMSA Exchange Program provides the opportunity for Australian medical students to participate in 4-week long placements in hospitals around the world.
We’re committed to advocating for improved mental health for medical students Australia-wide in 2017. AMSA has a number of projects and publications aimed at helping students deal with any challenges they are facing at medical school and with life in general. Keeping Your Grass Greener is a wellbeing guide for medical students, that has been developed to assist you in maintaining your health and wellbeing throughout medical school. Additionally, the AMSA Mental Health Campaign coordinates Blue Weeks nationally, which aim to combat the stigma surrounding mental health and encourage students to recognise the signs of poor mental health.