AMSA Gender Equity
AMSA holds gender equity as one of its core principles, recognising the impact that it has on health outcomes and the lives of Australian medical students. AMSA works closely with universities, hospitals, colleges, the AMA and other key stakeholders to build a medical culture free of discrimination and sexual harassment.
Leadership Mentoring Program
There are many exciting avenues for students to get involved in AMSA Gender Equity! One opportunity is our annual mentoring program for female, non-binary and gender diverse students. This program was born out of frustration when looking at the lack of diversity and representation across most areas of medical leadership. Our goal is to connect you with like-minded peers so that you may learn and grow together in your leadership journeys. Every year the program has helped to connect more than 200 students and we cannot wait to see what it has in store for 2021.
“Having someone in the same boat to ask about and listen to all my goals and then offer me practical skills and pathways to achieving them has immensely propelled my future career much further than I could have imagined. Plus, I’ve met a true friend and future colleague along the way!”
Despite women representing now more than 50% of medical school graduates, there remains a great disparity in the field with fewer than 12.5% of female hospital chief executives, and less than 33% of female state and federal medical officers. The Gender Equity movement hopes to create new pathways to resolve these inequities. By initiating dialogues and opportunities we aim to remove obstacles women face in the workforce and develop supportive structures to promote and encourage women into leadership roles.
We know that even without a fair playing field, women are still incredibly capable of achieving and accomplishing anything they want! Together we can move towards a world in which equal representation is the reality, and women in leadership are no longer the exception -