AMSA Global Health Bulletin
Connecting Our Community

May 2017

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Welcome to the Bulletin!

I am delighted to welcome you to the first edition of the AMSA Global Health Bulletin for 2017! Here at AMSA Global Health we have been busy doing some amazing work so far this year and hope that this Bulletin will keep you updated on our activities, as well as inspire and engage you on your global health journey!

Each month we want to connect you with all the opportunities the AMSA Global Health community has to offer as well as present to you some handpicked Global Health Goodies, top choices for training and upskilling in Global Health Opportunities, and glimpses into the exciting things happening in local Global Health Groups, the national Management Team (MT) and International portfolio. Please sit back and enjoy



   Liz Bennett

   AMSA Global Health Chair

Application Announcement

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Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting is the annual meeting of the IFMSA Asia-Pacific region and it provides a space for IFMSA members in the region to exchange knowledge and experience, tackle shared regional and IFMSA-related issues and get the feel of an IFMSA General Assembly.


The theme for APRM2017 Japan is “Healthcare in conflicts and emergencies: medical workers towards building peace”. Conflicts and other emergency situations such as violence, natural disasters, and mass migrations are when healthcare is needed the most in order to save lives and rebuild livelihoods of the affected people.

What is the role of medical workers in building peace? What are our responsibilities? These are some of the questions that we want to explore as a region during the APRM.



Pre-APRM: 14th – 17th September

APRM: 17th – 21st September

Post-APRM: 21st – 23rd September

More info is available on the APRM2017 website, and their Facebook page

Global Health Goodies

Global Health; 'New Phone, Who Dis?'

Iphone, Smartphone, Apps, Apple Inc, Mobile Phone

Our education officer, Justine, gives you the low down on what global health is, where it came from, and where its going. Read More

GHG Spotlight


Global Health Awareness at Western Sydney (GHAWS)
Every year GHAWS holds their esteemed GHAWS Auction Night Event which sole purpose is to raise money for our annual purchase of birthing kits through Birthing Kits Foundation Australia (BKFA).

The entire medschool is involved, such that both faculty members and students alike, volunteer ‘items’ to be auctioned off, which can then be bought to raise birthing kit money.

The items that are bid on are diverse and are quite creative. This year we auctioned items such as consultants cooking home cooked meals, or a ‘date-night’ with a student. Item’s also included, baking lessons, singing/songwriting sessions, anatomy mentoring, henna, photoshoots and the popular ‘choc fest’ whereby a staff member kindly donates hundreds of dollars’ worth of chocolate (see below).

Auction Night generally brings about a massive turnout, and results in a bonding experience between all years 1st to 5th- which, let’s be honest, is a rarity. This year we raised just over $5000 which GHAWS is extremely proud of. We hope that the tradition of GHAWS Auction Night is carried through for many years to come!


Featured Sponsor

The George Institute for Global Health is a health and medical research institute whose mission is to improve the health of millions of people worldwide. We are very happy to have them on board as one of our sponsors this year!

Did you know? The George Institute also offers internships!

Internship are often available for medical students, undergraduates, master and doctoral students with research background and interests. Internships may be paid or unpaid positions depending on the actual situation and involvement.

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Global Health Opportunities

The WHO's who

The WHO provides a  database of both free and paid online resources and courses that you can complete!


You is WHO!

WHO offers a dynamic and international work environment with a multi-cultural workforce, opportunities for professional development and a competitive remuneration package. At WHO we have a mobility policy to give staff the opportunity to gain experience in different parts of the world.

They have a number of internships that can be applied for by medical students to learn more about the runnings of WHO, policy making and public health. See more!


Grassroots to Global

MT Spotlight

Spotlight on our MT this month goes to our amazing Policy Officer Patrick Walker who is currently attending the World Health Assembly in Geneva, we can’t wait for updates!

National News

Many members of the global health family have been attending the AMSA National Leadership Development Seminar in Canberra this week - stay tuned for updates about their experience!

International Update 

With a stellar team set to head off to Tanzania for the IFMSA August Meeting, and applications open for the Asia-Pacific regional meeting in Japan, now is a super excited time to get involved with global health on an international scale. Find out more from IFMSA directly!
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