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Media release - 17 August 2019

The 15th annual AMSA Global Health Conference (GHC) – the second biggest event on the Australian Medical Students Association (AMSA) calendar – has opened in Sydney with a broad range of events and activities to help medical students on their path to a medical career and leadership in the global health community.

AMSA Global Health has a focus on health inequities, unconventional paths in medicine, and contributions that Australia’s future doctors can make to the global community both in their capacity as doctors and as individuals.

With the theme, Make Waves, the GHC features workshops, plenaries, and breakouts including practising medicine in a resource-poor setting, refugee and asylum seeker health, Indigenous health, self-care in medicine, and DIY green alternatives for domestic bliss.

Along with a packed academic schedule, GHC for the first time includes “Immersion Day”, to allow delegates to become immersed in the practical translation of global health skills.

GHC 2019 Convenor, Ms Ceren Guler, said today that the three-and-a-half-day Conference is all about making waves.

“We want to inspire our delegates to create change in their local environment and encourage them to create ripples that will influence others,” Ms Guler said.

“We want our delegates to leave as better global health scholars but first and foremost, better human beings.”

AMSA President, Ms Jessica Yang, said the GHC opening address by Dr Amanda Cohn empowered the 1000-strong medical student delegation to use the privileged position that doctors have in the community to create positive change in the world at large.

“The most eye-opening aspect of Dr Cohn’s address was that she often finds the biggest impact she has made on patients is through community advocacy, not the in doctor’s office,” Ms Yang said.

AMSA is the peak representative body for Australia’s 17,000 medical students, many of whom have gathered to make waves at GHC 2019.


Media contact

AMSA 2019 Public Relations Officer

Madeleine Goss