The NSW Medical Students' Council would like to congratulate Christopher Lemon for his election to the position of Chair of the organisation in 2016.
Chris is a second year medical student at the University of Notre Dame and is currently the NSWMSC Public Relations Officer. In 2015, he has been acting as a representative & spokesperson for NSW medical students to stakeholders, the media and the public.
His vision for NSWMSC in 2016 includes empowering Council to work collaboratively on common issues affecting NSW students, while also contributing to the strengthening of relationships with key stakeholders as well as introducing new ways for our 4,500 medical students to engage with NSWMSC.
We wish Chris all the best!
NSWMSC is attending the Review of Medical Intern Training Forum this morning. The Review is being led by Independent Reviewers Professor Andrew Wilson and Dr Anne Marie Feyer.
Some of the attendees include:
- Dr Anthony Llewellyn - Medical Director, HETI
- Prof Simon Willcock - University of Sydney
- Prof Phil Jones - UNSW
- Dr Danielle McMullen - Chair, AMA(NSW) Doctors-in-Training
- Prof Judy Searle - CEO, Medical Deans Australia & New Zealand
- Dr Linda Macpherson - Workforce Planning & Development, NSW Ministry of Health
- Prof Brian Jolly - University of Newcastle
- A/Prof Spiros Miyakis - University of Wollongong
- A/Prof Stephen Aderlstein - NSW Representative, Medical Board of Australia
- Dr Bruce Way - Co-Director of Prevocational Education and Training (DPET), The Prince of Wales Hospital
- Dr Clayton Spencer - Director of Medical Services, Western NSW LHD
Mr Neel Gobin, NSWMSC Chair, is attending on behalf of the NSW medical students. If you have an interest in this matter, join our working party and send us your comments. Please contact [email protected]
The New South Wales Medical Students’ Council (NSWMSC) is the peak representative body for state issues affecting medical students.
Since 2011, the NSW Government has spent a considerable amount of money on infrastructure and technology, as well as record spending on treatments in the Emergency Departments. The NSWMSC commends the NSW Government, with Jillian Skinner as Health Minister, for these positive contributions to the state’s health system, including mental health first aid training for youth workers, as well as funding for a growing number of medical intern positions – almost 1000 places in 2015.
NSWMSC Chair, Neel Gobin, stressed that medical students across the seven medical schools in NSW are representatives of the future medical workforce in the state, and the NSWMSC believes that it is essential to involve medical students when making health-related decisions.
“The NSWMSC has a number of priorities for the upcoming election, to ensure appropriate support and training is provided for medical students to engage in debate on state health issues,” Mr Gobin said.
In their NSW State Election 2015 Priorities, the NSWMSC is calling for:
1. A guaranteed internship position for every NSW-trained medical graduate
2. Reviewing the NSW priority ranking system for internship applications
3. Improved financial support for medical students during prevocational training
4. Greater funding for mental health support during all aspects of a doctor’s training
5. Improving the quality of medical education across all medical schools in New South Wales
The NSWMSC will be meeting relevant stakeholders to discuss these health priorities in more detail. A comprehensive description of their Priorities for NSW State Election 2015 document can be accessed here.
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There has been a small change in the Executive and we are pleased to announce that Esther Zhou (UNSW) has been appointed as Director of Functions.
The NSWMSC Executive for 2015 is comprised of:
Chair: Neel Gobin - UWS
Secretary: Sarah Lewis - Wollongong
Treasurer: Sam Ng - UNSW
Sponsorship Officer: Jessica Tay - UNE
Director of Functions: Esther Zhou - UNSW
Public Relations Officer - Chris Lemon - Notre Dame
IT Officer: Rafael Ekmejian - UNSW
You can find out more about the Executive's profiles here: http://www.nswmsc.org.au/2015-executive.html
If you are new to the organisation, we encourage you to browse our website to learn more about what we do for students, and what we are currently working on - events/advocacy/representation! You can also read our Chair's welcome message here: http://www.nswmsc.org.au/welcome-from-the-chair.html
We are always happy to hear from medical students who would like to get involved in our projects and initiatives - make sure you join our mailing list so you don't miss our updates!
We look forward to seeing you at one of our upcoming events!