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The AMSA National Executive advocates on behalf of Australia's 17,000 medical students, on the foundation of the public policy adopted by the AMSA's National Council.

AMSA advocates through comprehensive campaigns involving:

  • Direct advocacy in meetings with politicians, Government departments and stakeholders in medical education
  • Commentary in print, radio and TV media
  • Opinion articles in public media, medical journals and AMA publications
  • Open and private letters to relevant stakeholders
  • Submissions to Government and stakeholder inquiries and feedback processes
  • Grassroots student action through fact sheets for contact with local MPs
  • Informing students via the AMSA website, social media and through active local AMSA Representatives

The AMSA President, Sophie Keen, attends meetings with relevant stakeholders and politicians, supported by the Vice President (External), Jeremy Fernando, and the Public Relations Officer, Anthony Copeland. The National Policy Officer, Fergus Stafford leads the development and review of AMSA's policy base. The National Projects Officer, Jasmine Davis, directs our grassroots advocacy efforts, while our Student Engagement Officer, Elizabeth Hu, communicates these efforts to Australia's medical students. 

To advance AMSA's advocacy, AMSA is affiliated with organisations who hold a similar mission to AMSA, and with consistent public policies, including:

  • Australian Indigenous Doctors' Association (AIDA)
  • Australian Medical Association (AMA)
  • Australian Medical Council (AMC)
  • General Practice Students' Network (GPSN)
  • Medical Deans of Australia & New Zealand (MDANZ)
  • National Rural Health Students' Network
  • New Zealand Medical Students' Association
  • Climate and Health Alliance (CAHA)

AMSA is a member of the International Federation of Medical Student Associations (IFMSA) and takes part in its various Standing Committees.

Do you have a particular issue that you want heard? Speak to your University's AMSA Representative, or reach out our Vice President (External) today.


The National Executive provides external representation to the following committees relevant to medical education:

Australian Medical Association (AMA)
  • Federal Council (FC)
  • Council of Doctors-in-Training (CDT)
  • Medical Workforce Committee (MWC)
  • Taskforce on Indigenous Health (TFIH)
  • Council of Rural Doctors (CRD)
  • Council of General Practice (CGP)
  • Ethics and Mediolegal Committee (EMLC)
  • Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Committee (EIDC)
  • Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand Student Health Committee
  • Doctors Health Services Expert Advisory Group
  • National Training Survey Advisory Group (AHPRA)
  • Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges
  • Australian Medical Council (AMC)

AMSA provides representatives to other committees as required.