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Advocacy

Advocacy is one of the core components of GUMS, and is an integral part of our mission to represent our members. GUMS Advocacy Portfolio seeks to support and provide a voice for the Griffith medical students in order to better the medical program in terms of quality, equality and equity.

The Advocacy Officer is responsible for representing the voice of Griffith Medical Students by providing communication channels between the student body and School of Medicine staff, and by maintaining student advocacy through year level and hospital representatives. We work to ensure all students have access to opportunities, fair curriculum and assessment, and pathways for remediation and foster a spirit of collaboration between staff and students.

If you have an issue would like communicated to the School, or require support in a matter, please contact your Advocacy Officer Kirsty Whitmore, at k.whitmore@gums.org.au

The Role of Advocacy

  • Represent students on advocacy issues by attending meetings including:
    • Year Level Committee meetings
    • Education Committee meetings
  • Organize year level and hospital representatives to gain feedback and maintain regular communication with the Advocacy Officer and the relevant cohort throughout the year.
  • Work alongside AMSA to campaign for greater change through government and policy change to advocate for the rights and safety of medical students Australia-wide


Useful links

Doctors Health Advisory Service Queensland- DHAS(Q) is an organisation developed, managed and operated by doctors, on a voluntary basis, which makes available assistance for colleagues, including medical students, who may be in difficulty. http://dhasq.org.au/ – (07) 3833 4352

Australian Medical Board: Good medical practice: a code of conduct – describes what is expected of all doctors registered to practise medicine in Australia.  http://www.medicalboard.gov.au/Codes-Guidelines-Policies/Code-of-conduct.aspx

 Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency– AHPRA supports the 14 national health boards responsible for regulating the health professions, maintaining a register, to make sure staff and students are safe to practice and adhere to their code of conduct.
https://www.ahpra.gov.au/About-AHPRA/Who-We-Are.aspx

Australian Medical Students’ Association– AMSA advocates on behalf of Australian’s 17, 000 medical students, and publishes a policy platform for advocacy action. https://www.amsa.org.au/advocacy/