AMSA Global Health’s dynamic Vice Chair External is Matt Paltridge. This month he catches us up to speed on AMSA’s political advocacy.
This month AMSA Global Health has been busy advocating for a range of health issues in the lead-up to the election. Crossing Borders for Health has led another MP letter initiative, encouraging students to express their dissatisfaction to their local members about the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers. Code Green Weeks have been organised across Australia, adding strength to the Australians working to combat climate change.
We have also recently seen the latest release of the Federal Budget, which has added a further cut of $224 million to foreign aid; the Australian Labour Party subsequently announced a plan to reverse this decision and commit more funds to foreign aid.
AMSA has recently commenced their AMSA Advocates campaign, a program which encourages students to meet with their local members of parliament to discuss issues of health important to them. We have already seen a great response from many students, who have stated their enthusiasm to raise Global Health issues and ensure they stay on the political agenda.
AMSA Advocates is a great chance to make a real contribution towards better global and public health policy. MPs are listening to their constituents now more than ever, and your voice can have a meaningful impact on their decisions if they get elected. What’s more, AMSA have a range of resources that prepare students to meet with parliamentarians – so don’t be shy, we’re here to help!
For more information contact Matt Paltridge at firstname.lastname@example.org.