AMSA Global Health Bulletin
Connecting Our Community

April 2018

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How a small idea became a march with a big impact

On Saturday April 7th, over 400 people gathered at Hyde Park, Sydney. 

Ready to make a stand against Australia’s offshore mandatory detention centres the conditions of which have been described by the United Nations as “unsustainable, inhumane and contrary to [our] human rights obligations."

Read the full recap on the AMSA Global Health Blog

AMSA Global Health Projects Updates

AMSA Crossing Borders
After an incredibly successful Detention Harms Health March AMSA CB has launched our National MP callout running from Mon April 23 - May 7

We are asking medical students across Australia to call their MP concerned for the health and human rights of those detained on offshore processing centres. The more students who call, the more MPs will listen!

Make sure you're attending AMSA CB MP callout event (and invited all your med friends) where we have provided all the info needed!
AMSA Code Green
We're off to the United Nations!
Over the next fortnight, AMSA Code Green will be repping Australian medical students at the UNFCCC Climate Change Conference in Germany! (We're pretty bloody excited)

It's an amazing opportunity to learn from world leaders in climate policy and advocacy, and we hope to bring all sorts of new ideas and initiatives back to Australia afterwards!

But WE NEED YOUR HELP to make sure we're representing your interests to the rest of the world. Please fill out this form to tell us what you want us to talk about while we are there! 
AMSA Reproductive Rights

AMSA Reproductive Rights have been busy with the April Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and our advocacy is far from over! Below are some ways you can get involved

1. Share our AMSA RR Branded Infographics from our Facebook page
2. Fill out and share our survey on Sexual and Reproductive Health for Australian Medical Students and Recent Graduates

Look out for our upcoming database of organisations that deal with Sexual Assault and Intimate Partner Violence and start brainstorming workshops for your uni!
AMSA Health Communities

AMSA Global Health is extremely excited to announce the launch of AMSA Healthy Communities! After almost a year of preparation, our newest global health project, which focuses on tackling noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) is up and running!

Right now, we’re starting a campaign to get rid of sugar-sweetened beverages in healthcare facilities. Look out for opportunities to make some noise on this important issue!

Keep your eyes peeled for Healthy Communities Subcommittee and Working Group Callouts to get involved!!

Global Health Opportunities

Medical Textbooks Wanted
Mosul Medical College at University of Mosul was recently destroyed completely in the war against ISIS. While the buildings are gone the medical students are hoping to resume their study and the University has recently started receiving students again, however the college has lost it's entire library collection. 

If you have any surplus medical textbooks <10 years old and suitable for undergraduate medical studies please contact Helena ( who will be co-ordinating a book drive by AMSA Global Health
Video below gives an idea of what the city currently looks like

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:
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 31/05/18

Grassroots to Global

Birthing Kits
The use of these birthing kits is actively promoted by WHO in developing countries and is proven to reduce rates of childbirth-related infections and improve health outcomes for both mother and child. 
Many GHGs are already holding assembly events every year in medical schools across Australia.
Image credit: ABC News and World Vision Australia Blog

UWA, UTas, UNSW, ANU, Newcastle, UOW, Bond, USyd and UQ are already active participants!
Whilst Flinders, Curtin and UNDF
 looking to hold their first birthing kit assembly events this year!


Global Health Goodies

What we're reading:
The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog
- Bruce D Perry

Cutting for Stone
-Abraham Verghese

The Narrow Road to the Deep North
-Richard Flanagan
What we're listening to:
#640: The Bottom of the Well
Planet Money
The Most Ambitious Thing Humans Have Ever Attempted
The Habitat
-Gimlet Media
Interested in supporting AMSA Global Health?

AMSA Global Health has revamped our sponsorship packages to make them more attractive, versatile and accessible across all our initiatives including national councils, our new training program - AMSA Global Health Intensive, projects (AMSA Reproductive Rights, AMSA Crossing Borders, AMSA Code Green) and more!

This year so far, we have had much success with council one partnering with Haven, Lord of the Fries and Sushi Izu and would like to extend our thanks to them.

We’re always looking for sponsors so you are part of or know any contacts (whether small, medium or large enterprises) that would be interested in supporting AMSA Global Health, please contact our sponsorship officers (Ricky:  or Francesca:
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