The Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) is the peak representative body for all 17,000 medical students across all 20 medical schools in Australia. AMSA aims to connect, inform and represent Australian medical students through advocacy, events and programs, and publications.

AMSA advocates for medical students through policy development, advocacy campaigns and representation to governments, universities and relevant medical bodies. Its advocacy efforts also include areas of global, rural and Indigenous health.


AMSA meets up for Council three times a year (March, July and October) to discuss and vote upon the big issues affecting Australia’s medical students. AMSA reps and MedSoc presidents from each medical school are present to represent the views of their members and take part in the discussion and voting. Additionally, any AMSA member is also welcome to attend and participate themselves. If you would like to apply to attend AMSA Council as a guest, please contact the AMSA Rep, or stayed tuned to the UNMS Website and Facebook group to hear about when applications are open.


AMSA Policy is the foundation of AMSA’s advocacy campaign. Policies are discussed and voted upon at Councils by AMSA representatives and direct AMSA’s efforts toward the best interests of their members. Like with Councils, any member of AMSA is welcome toparticipate in the writing of policy, and should contact their AMSA rep to find out how. AMSA’s current policies can be viewed here.

Make sure to also have a look at our AMSA@UNMS page to see what AMSA does here at Newcastle.

Want more information? Your Newcastle Representative is Basheer Alshiwanna, and his trusty Junior AMSA Rep is Maddie Temple. If you would like more information about AMSA or how to get involved, you can get in touch via and check out the AMSA Website.