Welcome to 2021

by Jacqueline Bredhauer

After a year of confusion, chaos, and zoom, we welcome you… to another year, of confusion, chaos and zoom! COVID-19 is still kicking. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have grand plans in store for AMSA Global Health! Some of them are just, well, a little up in the air. 

2020 was a difficult year, but there was much that inspired us at AMSA Global Health. We saw our volunteers band together and take on new challenges. We learnt a lot about dealing with uncertainty, thinking on our feet, and adapting plans at the very last minute. 

COVID-19 really showed us what can be achieved through policy and systems-level change. It made us more motivated to campaign to tackle the big global health issues.

We envision real action on climate change. Public health policies that target NCDs like obesity and heart disease – the very conditions that have left individuals vulnerable to COVID-19. Equitable access to sexual and reproductive health services. An end to the off-shore processing of refugees, and instead, meaningful resettlement and inclusion of these people in Australian communities – because we’re all in this world together. 

How will we achieve this? It’s a long road. It might start with a policy team; a position on one of our subcommittees; a ticket to our global health intensive conference. It might end with a position with the World Health Organisation; a role with Medicine Sans Frontiers; a position at a clinic in rural Australia that greatly improves the lives of community members in need. 

Our motto is “think global, act local”. Our purpose is to connect, inspire and empower Australian medical students to act on global health – right now, and well into the future. 

So please, get involved! We have something for everyone, regardless of experience. First up is Forum One, on the 27th and 28th of March, online. Our facebook page is a great place to start for other opportunities, or don’t hesitate to reach out to myself via email.

Looking forward to seeing and meeting you all in 2021.

Jacqueline Bredhauer – AMSA GH Chair

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