AMSA is pleased to announce that five students have been awarded one of the five AMSA-American Express Global Health bursaries worth a total of $3000 each, $1500 for travel expenses and $1500 for the community. We received over 30 high quality applications but ultimately selected applicants based on criteria such as the student’s understanding of the issues facing the community they will visit as well as how they plan on spending the $1500 donation component of the grant.
Alyce Churchill, of University of Notre Dame Fremantle, will travel to the Dominican Republic with a medical aid team that provides care to displaced Haitians who now live in the Dominican Republic. She hopes to use the grant to purchase water filters for these makeshift communities, as well as seek donations from pharmacies for medical supplies.
Tim Beckman, of Griffith University, will travel to Khayelitsha, South Africa, and will contribute the funds towards the Ubuntu Through Health Nutritional Support Initiative, which provides TB and HIV patients with a well-balanced vitamin-rich meal each day to be taken with their medication, in order to improve overall health outcomes and medication compliance.
Tanya Duke, of the University of Adelaide, will complete her elective at the Kompian Rural Hosptial in Papua New Guinea. She plans to put her grant towards the purchase of an anaesthetic monitor for the hospital, so more surgical procedures can be performed.
Nicole Weber, of Deakin University, will travel to Koraput in India this January to carry out an immunisation program she has established for children in this community and the surrounding villages, where medical care is non-existent and immunisation is not routine.
Gayathiri Mathanasenarajah, of Monash University, will travel to Sri Lanka this summer with the Australia-Sri Lanka Medical Aid Team. As well as running health clinics in remote communities, the focus is on preventative health and screening combined with patient education.
Congratulations to the five lucky winners of the AMSA-American Express Global Health Elective Bursary.