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AMSA Global Health Bulletin
Connecting Our Community

April 2019

Thanks to the tremendous efforts of the Refugee Council of Australia’s ‘Kids off Nauru’ campaign and the public support, on 28 February 2019, the last four children were departed to the US. While this a great achievement towards improving the health of refugees in Australia’s cruel offshore detention processing, there is more work to be done.

The most current offshore detention centre statistics report there are still 394 people left on Nauru and 580 in Manus Island in Papua New Guinea. This is concerning as Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) have reported that detention is the most common cause of mental health conditions amongst refugees in offshore detention centres. Many of these refugees are severely ill and suffer from depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder, with significant levels of self harm and suicide attempts.

“While many of our patients had experienced trauma, it was the Australian policy of indefinite processing that destroyed all their hope for the future and devastated their mental health,” says Dr Rufener (MSF).

Please join us on 14 April at the Palm Sunday Rally to show your support of refugee and asylum seeker rights and health. Our message is simple: #detentionharmshealth.

⏰ DEADLINE: Sunday 14th April
Submission Callouts have been extended for the AMSA Journal of Global Health! 
We are here to help you if you want to write but don't know what to write about.

We publish: Original research | Review articles | Feature articles | Case Reports | Other types (eg. conference reports, elective reports, book reviews)

Click for submission guidelines

For any questions please contact Editor-in-chief:
⏰ DEADLINE: Friday 12th April
Policy teams for Council 2 2019 are now open for application!! NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE REQUIRED so everyone is welcome 😁. Global Health policies include "Health and Human Rights" and "Australian Foreign Aid". Click for applications and more info.

Further info please contact:
AMSA policy officer Daniel (
AMSA Global Health policy officer Travis (
⏰ DEADLINE: Saturday 27th April
Join the new AMSA International Team! We're redesigning and revamping the way we do our International Adovacy, Representation and Opportunity Growth in 2019 - and we need a new team to do it! This is the most exciting and changing section of AMSA, and NOW IS THE TIME to get on board. Play a part in designing something new, and creating something fantastic
International Team Callout Package Click Here
⏰ DEADLINE: Tuesday 23rd April
We are now seeking applications for the position of the 2020 NLDS Convenor to lead a team of medical student volunteers. Following the selection of a Convenor and Treasurer, applications will be opened to establish a team to organize the event.

The AMSA National Leadership Development Seminar (NLDS) is held annually in Canberra. The position of NLDS Convenor is open to any medical student from around Australia and provides an exciting opportunity to develop and shape this 4-day event in May 2020.

Applications close 23rd April 5pm. The successful applicant will be strongly encouraged to attend this year’s NLDS from 11-15 May. 
Think you have what it takes?

Fantastic | Open-minded | Revolutionary | United | Medical students

This acrostic poem (though adequate in its ingenuity) perfectly describes the traits of every single one of our 61 delegates that attended AMSA Global Health's first Forum in 2019.
Rebranded from "Global Health Council", Forum One ran over two action-packed days in March, in conjunction with National Council held in Adelaide. The city welcomed global health representatives and enthusiasts from all 22 medical schools across the country, to join in an up-skilling, educational and collaborative global health experience.
From high-yield breakouts, to elite guest speakers and open discussions, Forum One undoubtedly had an atmosphere that was buzzing with energy. The key goal of Forum One was to inspire Australia's future leaders in global health, to not only make tangible impact in their local health groups, but in their wider communities and the world. We believe that every delegate walked away with more knowledge and skills than they had before, and this is something AMSA Global Health always endeavours to achieve with our Forums.
The benefits are mutual as Forum delegates actively shape the direction and future of AMSA Global Health, and so the opportunities to make valuable and significant change do not end with just one's university. We are working to make Forum 2 bigger and better, so keep your eye out on our Facebook page for dates and location. Hope to see you there!
The Federal Election is just around the corner and AMSA Global Health will be campaigning for global health action so we want YOU to get involved. 
Keep an eye out on our social media and next month's bulletin for more info on how YOU can directly contribute to the election conversation. 
Q1: What's your role in AMSA Global Health?

My role within AMSA Global Health is to coordinate an amazing team and and engaging projects which aim to both educate medical students and also directly advocate for the health of those seeking asylum in Australia. It’s one great part of an international project called Crossing Borders for Health.

Q2: What does 'Global Health' mean to you?

I believe that the inequalities that can be faced by people fleeing trauma and persecution whilst seeking asylum is the greatest failure of our modern and peaceful society. Humans are humans, we need to help each other out when the going gets tough. Sometimes we do this really well, sometimes we need to do better.

Q3: What is the question you'd most like to ask others?

Can I have two?? I think you learn a lot by asking people both: who or what inspires you? AND who or what makes you laugh?
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