AMSA Global Health Bulletin
Connecting Our Community

April 2016

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AMSA Global Health Council 1 Wrap-up!

It has been a jam-packed month for AMSA Global Health, kicking off with our First Council in Sydney on April 2nd-3rd. We had record breaking numbers of global health lovers joining us from across the country for targeted training, collaboration, and consultation. We cannot possibly highlight all the great things that happened, but some of our special moments are highlighted in our Council 1 wrap-up, written by our wonderful chairs, Erin and Bethany. For more information about Second Council, check out the Facebook event.

Global Health Conference

Registration for AMSA Global Health Conference open 12 May! This year, GHC will be held in Newcastle, and boasts 4 academic days and 4 social nights. This is not one to miss!

Global Health Goodies

Something topical

Check out this training manual on climate and health, created by one of our incredible alumni, Alice McGushin, and the IFMSA with the support of the WHO.

Something local

A discussion of Tonga’s obesity crisis, courtesy of BBC News.


Something recent

Australia has signed the Paris Climate Agreement. In the lead up to this year’s election, have a read about what this means.

Something to catch up on
Check out the Code Green website to catch up on what went on at the national Doctors for the Environment Australia Conference this month!

Something to go see

The 2016 Human Rights Arts and Film Festival (HRAFF) is here! Check out for the  thought-provoking program of films and exhibitions which are touring Australian cities in May.

Something to listen to

Freakonomics podcast (inspired by the book of the same name) has great shows exploring all manner of questions using economic principles.

This episode, and the following, discusses evidence-based healthcare.

Alumni Corner
We are pleased to introduce you to two more alumni, one more recent and one a little less so!

Chavy Arora, was the Vice Chair Internal of AMSA Global Health 2015 and is an aspiring physican/bioethicist/economist from Melbourne.

Dr Shanti Raman (1988), who we were fortunate to have join us at First Council, has had an incredible and wide-ranging career that exemplifies the mantra “Think Global, Act Local”.


Check them out on our growing Alumni Profile Page (officially launching in the next few months).

Are you an Alumni? Make sure you sign up to the Network to stay in touch!
Global Ideas Forum
Global Ideas is committed to create and connect the next generation of global health leaders. We do this through action-oriented education programs that equip and motivate individuals to make a difference in health. Join us at our upcoming events to experience this unique educational offering.
Labs - register now!
Climate change is the biggest threat to global health of the 21st century. Global Ideas’ second Lab for 2016 will focus on the intersection of climate change and health. Participants will be introduced to the concept of human-centred design and work with Western Health in a real-life case study to produce tangible sustainability solutions, facilitated by the team at Growing Spaces.

When: 6–9pm, Tuesday 10 May 2016
Where: Library at the Dock, Melbourne
Tickets: $15 + BF (includes light dinner) via Eventbrite
Design jam - coming soon!
Global Ideas is working to join the dots across global health, bringing together interdisciplinary teams to solve complex global health challenges using Human Centred Design processes. To do this we have launched the Global Ideas Design Jams! Participants spend a weekend developing a unique understanding of real-world health challenges face by a Global Ideas Partner. Our first Design Jam for 2016 will partner with the Australian Himalayan Foundation in May at the Swinburne Design Factory. 
Visit or subscribe updates here.

Global Health Opportunities

Getting published

The next issue of Vector is under way, but you can still be involved! Vector is AMSA Global Health's peer reviewed journal, where we discuss and analyse a range of global health issues and debates. We take submissions from any interested students, and even if you don't exactly know what to write, we can help you figure out something to say. Our model of publishing is focused on mentoring our writers through the process, so you get some experience in academic publishing and writing. We also focus on quality submissions, which is why we are peer reviewed by experts in the field.
If you have a global health case study, research or another piece of writing in mind, we'd love to hear from you. Email and we'll be in touch.


Getting your Masters

The Sir Walter Murdoch School’s Health Policy and Leadership Programs are multidisciplinary, practical, with a national as well as international focus. Designed to respond to the demands of the dynamic and growing health industry, our Masters and Graduate Certificate offer students the opportunity to develop skills and expertise health industry leaders, managers and policymakers require to respond to the challenges of health policy, informatics and communication, management, law and economics.

Getting YEAH back

The Federal Goverment has defunded YEAH (Youth Empowerment Against HIV/AIDS), Australia’s only youth-led sexual health organisation. AMSA Global Health strongly supports the work that YEAH does and has built up a strong relationship with YEAH through our national project, Red Party. Help YEAH by signing their petition.

Getting ready for disaster

From August 11 to 17, you can join medical students from across the Asia-Pacific to learn about and upskill in disaster risk reduction at the ACTION Summer Camp, one of the biggest human rights-focused student events in the region. Early registrations have just opened and close May 21st. Find out more at the event Facebook page and by reading the Invitation Package.

Grassroots to Global

GHG Spotlight

This month we're highlighting the achievements of our Victorian Global Health Groups! This year, Monash University's Ignite and Deakin University's UHAD are collaborating with the assistant of Melbourne University's MSGHC to run a new conference: Change x Global Health Unzipped!

Head to our
Global Health Group Spotlight page for more information.

National News

Have you ever wanted to contact your local politicians, but don't know where to start? Do you want to add your voice to medical student campaigns? Would you like to seek meaningful change on global health issues?


AMSA presents our election briefers, as the commencement to our election-based advocacy campaigns!

For more information and helpful resources, head to our Local Opportunities page.

International Update 

Interested in international collaboration, policy and project development? Love meeting people from around the world? We want you!

Applications are now open to join the Australian delegation that will attend the August General Assembly (GA) of the International Federation of Medical Students’ Association in Puebla, Mexico (1-7 August).

For more information, head to our
International Opportunities section.
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