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AMSA Mental Health Project Callout 2019

05 Aug 2018

 What is the AMSA Mental Health Project?

Medical students consistently have higher rates of mental health issues compared to the general population – including stress, distress, burnout, anxiety and depression. They enter university with the same levels of psychological well-being as the general population, but throughout medical school, their risk of developing a mental health condition increases significantly.

 

The AMSA Mental Health Project aims to improve medical student well-being through action at a ‘grass roots’ level, as well as affecting change at a university and external advocacy level.

In order to successfully address these issues, the AMSA Mental Health Project aims to:

  • Decrease stigma and increase mental health literacy and awareness regarding mental health issues amongst medical students

  • Promote preventative measures to improve coping strategies and resilience

  • Enable and empower students to look out for their peers and colleagues and take action

  • Facilitate improved access to, and uptake of, preventative mental health strategies and services

 

The major components of the AMSA Mental Health Project (AMSA MH) include:

  • Leading a national mental health awareness-raising campaign during October each year - which covers National Mental Health Week and the “official” Blue Week. Specifically this involves:

    • Liaising with, and providing support to medical societies to run grassroots initiatives during this month

    • Spearheading the social media initiative “Humans of Medicine” which encourages students to share their personal stories during the month of October

  • Maintaining the National Wellbeing Network Facebook group, to connect wellbeing officers from each medical society

  • Promoting and updating the Wellbeing Toolbox -  a comprehensive guide on how to run grassroots mental health/wellbeing initiatives - to be used by medsocs in the planning their own Blue Week events throughout the year

  • Maintaining an interactive and informative website and social media platforms (FB, Twitter, Instagram)

  • Contributing to the AMSA Academy Medical Minds and All Kinds of Minds education modules

  • Updating and promoting the Keeping Your Grass Greener publication- a guide on medical student wellbeing

  • Coordinate the creation of a national bulk-billing GP Database, by:

    • Supporting medsocs in running local GP Callout events to collect data for the database

    • Running periodic AMSA MH team-led callouts at targeted clinical sites

    • Maintaining the GP Database on the website

 Team Structure:

The Mental Health Project is overseen by a National Coordinator. They are responsible for leading the AMSA MH team throughout the year from September 2018 through September 2019. Working alongside the Coordinator are AMSA MH team members. For the first time we will be looking to recruit team members with specific portfolios/roles in mind. In the application form you will be able to preference which of AMSA MH’s major initiatives you would like to be involved in. We hope to recruit 3-4 members to cover the following portfolios:

  • Humans of Medicine Campaign

  • GP Database and Get-a-GP Campaign

  • Publications/Social Media

    • Keeping Your Grass Greener and Wellbeing Toolbox Guides

 

**NB:  the Activ8 preventative mental health campaign will be run as an autonomous initiative in 2019; hence, recruitment for this initiative will take place separately. This is because of the large workload associated with coordinating this initiative which has necessitated a new team structure. Keep an eye out for Activ8 specific callouts later this year.

 

 Position descriptions

National Coordinator

Reports to

National Projects Officer - Sarah Keenan (2018), Incoming NPO (2019)

Primary Tasks

Oversee the strategic direction and day-to-day functioning of the Mental Health Project

Overall Goals for 2018/19

  • Develop a sustainable framework for Mental Health Project activities for 2018/2019 with the Projects Officer.

  • Oversee the 2018 October Mental Health month.  

  • Liaise with the Advocacy team on advocacy opportunities.

Responsibilities

  • To manage the AMSA MH team and oversee the induction and management of volunteers.

  • To produce/maintain handover documents for the successive team.

  • To oversee the major initiatives of the AMSA MH - Humans of Medicine Campaign, , KYGG re-distribution, GP database and social media platforms.

  • To manage the National Wellbeing Network.

Day-to-day tasks

  • E-mails

  • Team meetings

  • Social Media

Time commitment

  • 10 hours/week with increased demand during October Mental Health month

  • Term of appointment will be 1 year from your induction

Skills

  • Team management skills

  • Organisational skills and year-long planning

  • Knowledge of Mental Health in the medical student community

Performance Indicators

  • Engagement through social media and website

  • Number of GP database entries

  • Feedback from Med Socs about assistance with Blue Week

  • Readers of the KYGG

People to liaise with

  • AMSA MH team

  • Vice President External and advocacy team

  • Projects Officer

  • AMSA Student Engagement Officer: for cross-promotion of material

  • AMSA National Coordinator: for promotion to AMSA Reps

 AMSA MH Team Member (3-4 people)

Applicants will be required to nominate a portfolio/initiative (as described under team structure) that they would prefer to work on.

 

Reports to

Mental Health Project National Coordinator

Primary Tasks

Day-to-day functioning of the Mental Health Project

Overall Goals for 2018/19

Produce high-quality and engaging campaigns and/or resources to promote the mental wellbeing of Australian medical students

 

Responsibilities

To help implement the major initiatives of AMSA MH, including Blue Week, Keeping Your Grass Greener publication re-distribution, GP database and social media platforms.

Day-to-day tasks

  • E-mails

  • Team meetings

  • Social Media

Time commitment

  • 5 hours/week

  • Term of appointment will be 1 year from your induction

Skills

  • Team work

  • Knowledge of Mental Health in the medical student community

  • Willingness to engage medical students in mental health initiatives

Performance Indicators

  • Engagement through social media and website

  • Student engagement and use of GP database

  • Feedback from Med Socs about assistance with Blue Week

  • Readers of the KYGG

People to liaise with

  • AMSA MH National Coordinator

  • AMSA MH team

  • VPE and advocacy team

  • Projects Officer

  • Depending on role within team:

  • AMSA Student Engagement Officer: for cross-promotion of material

  • AMSA National Coordinator: for promotion to AMSA Reps

  • AMSA Academy National Coordinator: for work on education modules

 Application process:

Fill in this wufoo form by Friday 17th August 11.59 AEST - which includes uploading your CV and providing 2 referees. Don't hesitate to contact sarah.keenan@amsa.org.au if you have any questions about the callout or the positions!

 


Published: 05 Aug 2018