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Media release

2 July 2019

More than 1200 Australian medical students have signed an open letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison to show their continuing support for the Home Affairs Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2018 - the ‘Medevac Bill.

With Parliamentary debate set to address the Bill’s repeal this week, Australia’s future doctors are pushing harder than ever to have medical issues for refugees and asylum seekers dealt with by medical professionals and not by politicians.

AMSA Global Health Vice-Chair, Ms Georgia Behrens, said today that medical students recognise the importance of medical decisions being made by medical professionals, and are concerned about attempts to roll back the hard-won Medevac legislation.

“We are troubled by the increase in reports of attempted suicide and serious self-harm by asylum seekers since the Federal election,” Ms Behrens said.

AMSA President, Ms Jessica Yang, said that the overwhelming support for the Medevac legislation from Australian medical students demonstrates the values of the next generation of doctors.

“We want a fair go for all, and that means supporting the human right to access safe and effective health care,” Ms Yang said.

AMSA is the peak representative body for Australia’s 17,000 medical students.

AMSA is a strong supporter of refugee rights and global health. The AMSA position is outlined in multiple policies including Health and Human Rights (2017), Access to Essential Medicines (2019), and the Refugee and Asylum Seeker Health Policy (2019), all of which can be viewed at


Media contact

AMSA 2019 Public Relations Officer

Madeleine Goss