What’s an AMSA?

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.


AMSA is renowned for it’s impeccably organised conferences for students. The major annual AMSA events are:

  • National Convention
  • National Leadership Development Seminar
  • Global Health Conference (which will be in Newcastle for 2016!)

Current Event Opportunities:

Conference opportunity – AMSC Philippines
We are now accepting applications to be part of the Australian delegation to the Asian Medical Student’s Conference (AMSC) in Manila, Philippines from June 28 – July 5, 2016. The AMSC is an AMSA International conference which sees about 400 medical students from over 20 countries gather for academic competitions, cultural activities and sight-seeing programs. See this document for further information about the application process and the conference itself.
Applications close Wednesday, March 16.

Medical exchange opportunity – visit Taiwan!

What’s your plan for the Easter break? Applications are now open for the Asian Medical Students’ Exchange Program (AMSEP) in Taiwan 2016. This exchange will be held in Taipei, the largest (and tastiest) city in Taiwan, and will take place from the 25 March – 1 of April 2016. This is a rare opportunity to learn about the medical system and culture of another country, in an unforgettable week of sight-seeing, cultural activities, social events, food tasting, hospital visits and academic workshops guided by local medical students; think of it as a mini, more personalised conference experience with only a small, select number of delegates. Fees are USD 500 (approx. AUD 700), inclusive of accommodation and meal expenses. More details about the program and a report from a previous AMSEP can be found here, here and here.



AMSA has several publications that released throughout the year, including (but not limited to!) the annual Interns and Residents Guide, and the biannual student magazine Panacea.

AMSA@UNMS Portfolio

Here at Newcastle, the AMSA portfolio aims to do things that are epic. Epic advocacy and epic events. All we ask is for you to wear cheap pair of socks, because they will be blown off. Our main initiatives for AMSA at Newy are:

  • Blue Week
  • Vampire Cup
  • Policy Think-tanks and Surveys

Want more information?

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 amsa@unms.org.au and check out the AMSA Website.