THE ROLE OF ADVOCACY
- Represent the student body on advocacy issues with individual staff and academic managers. We also achieve this by attending School level meetings and voicing student concerns through these more official channels. These meetings include:
- Year level committee meetings
- School-wide committee meetings (MPC, MDSCC)
- Organise year level and hospital representatives to gain feedback and maintain regular communication with the advocacy officers and the relevant cohort throughout the year.
- Work alongside AMSA to campaign for large scale progress through our government and policy changes, advocating for the rights and safety of medical students Australia-wide.
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, to provide advice regarding any life difficulties, such as mental health, substance use, and financial crises. 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.
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/