AMSA Global Health Bulletin
Connecting Our Community

March 2018

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Welcome to the Bulletin!

Hi Global Health family,

Welcome to the first edition of the Bulletin for 2018! We are super excited to offer you up to date happenings for everything Global Health direct to your inbox every month. You'll find everything that our National projects are up to, some up coming opportunities to get involved with as well as a Global Health Goodies selection to kep you going.

But it is fitting that we start the 2018 Bulletin with a word on the increasing burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).

Globally over 70% of deaths were dues to NCDs over the last year. In Australia, NCDs are estimated to account for 91% of total deaths. The main four causes of NCDs: cardiovascular diseases, cancers, diabetes and chronic lung diseases.

These diseases are of major public health concern due to the burden of these NCDs skyrocketing in the past quarter of a century. Over the last 25 years, the prevalence of diabetes in Australia has doubled to 4%, and in China it rose from 1% prevalence to a staggering 12%. This equates to millions of lives, and billions of dollars in costs every year.

In light of this, AMSA Global Health has been working on advocating for the prevention of NCDs for the past year, and we are excited to continue our work in this field for this year - first up, the #sugartax.

Nathan Chua

AMSA Global Health Chair

AMSA Global Health Projects Updates

AMSA Crossing Borders
We have been busy at work with several projects the biggest is finalising the “Detention harms health” march in Sydney on April 7!  We are so looking forward to uniting as a powerful group to protest the government’s ongoing treatment of asylum seekers. Keep your eyes peeled for ways non-NSW medical schools can participate in the event!

Thank-you to all the volunteers who have given so much time to this project, it has been so inspiring and humbling to see what we can create
with a few dedicated members.
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AMSA Code Green
Code Green has had a busy start to the year kicking off discussions with AMSA and divesting it's finances from fossil fuels.
Our Code Green Network is also up and running, and hopefully you've been receiving our monthly updates (if you haven't, click here!) and know all about the Time2Choose Rally happening in Sydney on Saturday 24th March! 

Code Green will be attending this rally with some Council 1 Delegates so if you're keen, bring your scrubs/ stethoscope /lab coat so we can make a stance as future health professionals against climate change
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AMSA Reproductive Rights

Reproductive Rights has been getting its social media pages in working order, finalising its plans for the year ahead, and contacting with all existing AMSA and Me
We are currently talking to Red Reps at every uni to help organisetheir Red Weeks/Parties, we have our subcommittee developing content for the Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April, and we’ve already had a successful collaboration with AMSA Gender Equity on International Women’s Day.
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Advocacy Updates

A quick update on the #sugartax. The Australian Government is dragging its heels on taxing soft drinks, despite a UK tax starting in April and a 7% sales reduction in 2 years in Mexico. The Greens, AMA and WHO are supportive but Big Sugar is getting in the way - it’s time for Australia to follow suit!

Global Health Opportunities

Vector Journal Submission Callouts!

Submissions open for Volume 12 Issue 1!
If you’re interested in being published in a peer-reviewed global health journal, we’d love to work with you! We publish original research, review articles, feature articles, case reports, and other types (e.g. conference reports, elective reports, book reviews).

If you’re interested in writing but don’t have an idea or you have an idea but don’t know where to start, get in touch and we’ll work with you to make it happen.

For submissions, ideas or questions, please email:

Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Join the campaign online!
1 in 6 Australian women and 1 in 16 men (aged 15 or above) have experienced physical or sexual violence by a current or former partner … On average, 1 woman a week and 1 man a month is killed by a current or former partner.” 

To raise awareness and to better educate students about Sexual Assault and Intimate Partner Violence (SA/IPV), AMSA RR will be shifting its focus from Sexual and Reproductive Health in general to this particular issue throughout the month of April.

For more information follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or contact

Detention Harms Health-
Student March for Refugees

Come in your lab coat or hospital scrubs!
On Saturday April 7th, medical students, health professionals and community members will be marching in Sydney to call for an urgent, independent health assessment of refugees and asylum seekers in Manus Island and Nauru. All march proceeds will support GLAPD, an Australian charity supporting refugees and migrants from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi.

Speakers include Dr Peter Young, psychiatrist; Professor David Isaacs, Sydney consultant paediatrician; Dr Nadine Shema, Great Lakes Agency for Peace and Development (GLAPD) International; George Newhouse, human rights lawyer; and Dr Barri Phatarfod, President of Doctors4Refugees.
For more information contact RJ Seastres
Media Release
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Small Working Groups!
Apply to act local and think global!
From surveying AMSA Global Health Reps the Small Working Groups project has been created to discuss and formulate strategies for 4 common problems faced by global health groups across Australia:
  1. Divestment
  2. Ethical Overseas Electives/Programs
  3. Social Media Presence
  4. Influencing the Medical Curriculum
If you’re interested in joining a small working group (no previous experience required), please email Pip ( or Helena 
( for more information. [deadline: 31/03/18]

Grassroots to Global

GHG Spotlight
Need ideas about how to incentivise people to attend your global health related event?

See the blog spotlight on Interhealth at UWA and their fantastic sustainable cooking initiative from last year. 

MT Spotlight

Spotlight on our MT this month goes to our amazing ............................

Helena Qian 

A true energiser bunny who apart from managing all things global health is currently helping to organise the PVOGS Conference 2018 for more info visit their facebook page

Global Health Goodies

What we're reading:
How (not) to start an orphanage
- Tara Winkler

Band-Aid for a broken leg
- Damien Brown

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari
- Robin Sharma
On the AMSA Global Health Blog
What we're listening to:

Tell me straight- ABC
Can he do that?-The Washington Post
Hidden Brain- NPR
Planet Money- NPR

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