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Media release

September 19th 2019

The Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) is gearing up to hold its fourth annual Rural Health Summit (RHS), this year gracing the beaches of sunny Cairns from September 20th - 22nd.

AMSA Rural Health Summit Co-Convenor, Keegan Coomer, said: “It has been amazing to see the growing enthusiasm for rural medicine in Australia’s medical students and junior doctors.

“This conference is just one of the ways AMSA supports, connects and encourages medical students to pursue their interest in a career in rural medicine,” Mr Coomer said.

RHS is expecting 160 medical students this year, who will hear from leaders in rural medicine such as Dr Clare Walker and Dr Rolf Gomes, and get their hands dirty in workshops including lumbar puncture and obstetric simulators, as well as dealing with a mass casualty scenario dubbed the “Rural Rescue Challenge”.

“One of AMSA’s national priorities has been to advocate for an increase in rural specialty training programs to train and retain specialists in areas of need,” AMSA President, Ms Jessica Yang, said.

“The Rural Health Summit is proof that Australia's future doctors are committed to addressing the healthcare needs of our regional and rural populations.”

AMSA is the peak representative body for Australia’s 17,000 medical students, many of whom are seeking the diversity, unique challenges, and rewards that country Australia has to offer.

Media contact:

AMSA 2019 Public Relations Officer

Madeleine Goss