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National Advocacy Priorities

National Advocacy Priorities

AMSA’s National Advocacy Priorities are issues that AMSA plans to focus on each calendar year. These priorities are voted upon by medical students in the AMSA National Survey released each year between AMSA National Council 2 (June) and Council 3 (September), and outlines provides an avenue for medical students to communicate their core concerns for themselves, their medical education and student experience. It is important to note that if an issues does not appear in the 2020 National Core Advocacy Priorities, it does not mean that AMSA can't, won't or don't advocate one it. Our advocacy is broadly derived from our extensive policy base found here.

AMSA National Survey

AMSA runs a national survey each year surveying the student experience, medical education and other concerns that medical students have. The 2020 AMSA National Survey is will open mid-late each year.

2020 AMSA National Advocacy Priorities

AMSA's National Advocacy Priorities highlight where a large focus of advocacy work will go towards.

  • Improving medical student mental health and wellbeing.

  • Preventing an increase in medical student numbers and the establishment of new medical schools 

  • Action on sexual harassment, bullying and discrimination 

  • Increasing intake onto specialty training programs that align with workforce demand, with a particular focus on regional and rural areas 

  • Work collaboratively to improve the health of Australia’s Indigenous people (including the recruitment and support of Indigenous medical students)

  • Improving the quality of clinical schools and placements for medical students 

  • Increasing the availability of quality internships for all medical students 

  • Working collaboratively to minimise the health impacts of climate change through mitigation and adaptation strategies