Engaging Victorian students in Global Health, whilst facilitating inter-university and multi-disciplinary collaboration on the projects of tomorrow.
Executive committee formed of students from Deakin, Melbourne and Monash.
Interactive workshops and social events encourage networking and collaboration between students from all 3 Victorian medical universities.
With both speakers and delegates from a range of disciplines, Interdisciplinary collaboration will be strongly encouraged.
Ticket prices have been capped at $30, with discounts given to global health groups.
Day 1 in Melbourne and Day 2 in Geelong improves access for students from Monash, Melbourne and Deakin.
Pitched as an introduction to Global Health, with workshops for more experienced delegates. Students from all backgrounds are welcome.
HIGH QUALITY PROMOTIONS
A consistent, high-quality promotional strategy will be employed across all three Universities and via our social media presence.
EFFECTIVE SUBCOMMITTEE LIAISON
In the first year of this combined conference, each day will largely be run separately – with communication to ensure minimal overlap and effective cross-promotion.
ATTRACTION OF POWERFUL SPONSORS
With an audience of all Victorian medical students, we are perfectly placed to capture the attention of major sponsors.
Engaging speakers ensure that our program not only educates students about global health issues, but inspires them to get involved.
Our workshop program and panel discussions will enhance learning in a small-group setting, and enable flexibility in the program dependent on delegates’ individual interests.
An exciting feature of Day 1 will be putting together interdisciplinary groups to collaboratively tackle real-world issues.
Disconnected medical schools
Victorian medical schools are currently relatively fragmented, each running a very similar program of events throughout the year. A culture of collaboration will increase the quality of all events by:
- Bringing together the different perspectives of each medical school’s teaching
- Reducing competition for sponsorship money, and presenting a more attractive target for sponsors
- Presenting greater opportunities for collaboration with external organisations
- Increasing attendance, by drawing students interested in global health from a wider pool.
Preparing for a connected future
Upon graduation, global health involvement is no longer university- or hospital-specific. Instead, groups of passionate individuals form at a state or national level. Building a wider network of connections whilst in medical school will enhance future involvement in global health advocacy and action.
Increasing accessibility for all students
The only current opportunity that medical students have to become involved in an event with other universities, is the Australian Medical Student Association’s Global Health Conference (AMSA GHC). This is an extremely successful conference that continues to grow in strength year upon year, with over 500 attendees in each of the past 3 years. Unfortunately, there are some limitations attached with a conference on a national scale:
- Cost: AMSA GHC is held in a different state each year, hence delegates must pay for flights and accommodation. In addition to this, registration itself is $375.
- Time: As a national conference with interstate delegates, AMSA GHC is held over 5 days during the University semester. This means that students must take time off from lectures, tutorials and clinical placements to attend.
This is why we are committed to providing a collaborative conference that is accessible to all Victorian medical students, particularly those unable to attend AMSA GHC. For students already planning to attend AMSA GHC, we want to prime them with knowledge and networking opportunities, enhancing their experience and fostering connections within the Victorian delegation. A final point of difference is that AMSA GHC is only open to medical students, whereas our conference will be interdisciplinary.
Interdisciplinary collaboration is vital for improving Global Health outcomes
Doctors and medical students are only one part in the multidisciplinary teams required to create change on a global scale. By including students from other disciplines, a wider range of perspectives on issues will be obtained and cross-disciplinary networking opportunities will be presented. In addition to healthcare students (nursing, physiotherapy etc.), students from groups such as Engineers Without Borders and International Relations will demonstrate the importance of society and infrastructure to health.