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800 Medical Students in Hobart for biggest student-run conference in the Southern Hemisphere

Media release                                                                  

5th July 2019


Around 800 medical students will gather in Hobart this weekend for the Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) annual, week-long National Convention – the biggest student-run conference in the Southern Hemisphere.


Commencing on Sunday, 7 July, the AMSA Convention will be a showcase of medical learning and networking, a chance for Australia’s future doctors to experience the unique attractions of Hobart and the Apple Isle – and a jackpot for the Tasmanian tourism industry.


The Convention will feature inspiring speakers such as Dr Bob Brown, Dr Sally Cockburn, Professor Alan-Mackay Sim, Mr Rodney Croome, and Ms Gabi Hollows.


Along with leadership, education, and discussion sessions, there will be workshops ranging from plastering to making fermented foods; and activities including debating and a journey up Kunayani/Mount Wellington.


AMSA President, Ms Jessica Yang, said today that the Convention is a huge but rewarding undertaking for AMSA every year.


“Above all, it is an invaluable opportunity for learning, upskilling and interstate networking on a massive level,” Ms Yang said.


AMSA National Convention Convenor, Mr Declan Hilder, said such a fantastic Convention would not be possible without community support, including from the wonderful team of Tasmanian medical students, local businesses, and sponsors.


“While there is a huge academic focus, we also aim to use our annual Convention to showcase beautiful Australian cities and all they have to offer, beyond medicine,” Mr Hilder said.


“This year, one of the highlights will be our event at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA).


“And, who knows – maybe some of these students will one day choose Tasmania for their future medical careers. That would be a bonus.”


AMSA, the peak representative body for Australia’s 17,000 medical students, has enjoyed seeing the National Convention evolve to the exciting academic event we see today.



Media contact

AMSA 2019 Public Relations Officer

Madeleine Goss