Archive for month: April, 2016

iDEA16 conference report

182021_iDEA16 logo small(2)Over the weekend of April 15-17, a number of Griffith med students attended iDEA16; the annual conference for Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA), hosted in Brisbane at the University of Queensland! If you haven’t heard of them, DEA are a group of voluntary medical students and doctors who aim to address the ill health resulting from damage to the natural environment. Over 3 inspiring days, we met a variety of highly passionate presenters and delegates alike. Check out #iDEA16conf on Instagram to see all the action!

12974332_10154309102409156_3658360101655791606_nWe were brought up to date with the latest in environmental health research; did you know that ambient air pollution is implicated in 25% of ischaemic heart disease cases globally?!? We were reminded of the importance of living within the limits of our natural environment and were introduced to the theory that a failure of governance is what ultimately gives rise to the harmful health effects of climate change. Practically, we were urged to band together collectively to achieve change. We can contact our local MPs to encourage investment in sustainable infrastructure, renewable energy and clean transport and personally, we can divest ie. Close our accounts with banks and superannuation companies that invest in fossil fuels.

You can visit DEA’s website (which is a goldmine of resources and contacts) and become a student member here: http://dea.org.au . And be sure to like them on Facebook to stay up to date with their latest news and events here: https://www.facebook.com/DocsEnvAus/?fref=ts .

Jessica Anderson
AMSA Code Green Representative

AMSA Global Health Council 1

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On the first weekend of April, I represented Hope4Health as the AMSA Global Health Representative at Global Health Council 1 held in Sydney at Prince Charles Hospital. This year Council was opened for the first time to any medical student with an interest in global health, and so I had the privilege of being accompanied by four fellow Hope4Health members- Gabriela Bran (Crossing Borders Representative), Jessica Anderson (Code Green Representative), Anne Hibberd (1st year) and Justin Weller (4th year). Also attending Council were representatives from every Medical School across Australia.

Over the duration of the weekend, we discussed the 3 National Projects (Red party, Code Green and Crossing Borders), had workshops on Advocacy, Engagement and Promotion, Mental Health, Evidence-based giving and Global Health Policy. I had the opportunity to present the Ubuntu Through Health Project in the GHG Spotlight Session and we listened to other Universities present about selected projects including UQ TIME Days for Girls, U-TAS International Humanitarian Law Workshop and the U-WA Red Party. We also had sessions to collaborate with other global health groups in QLD, and made progress on our first ever Crossing Borders Advocacy workshop to be held on Sat 23rd of April at Griffith, as well as other ideas such as running Red Week at the same time across Queensland.

Next Council is being held 24-26th of August, prior to GHC in Newcastle. GHC (the biggest one yet!) is running from the 26th-30th of August in Newcastle with over 30 delegates from Griffith University set to attend!

Beth Hamilton
AMSA Global Health Representative

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