The AMSS acknowledges that the current situation regarding COVID-19 is rapidly changing. We are continuing to advocate for the safety and welfare of students, and for increased communication from University staff. We will continue to represent the concerns of students, and aim to have these addressed as the situation develops. We will also continue to seek advice from other organisations such as AMA(SA) and AMSA as necessary.

The AMSS Executive met last night (15/03/2020) and has made the decision to postpone all events until further notice. This decision most imminently affects the International Students Welcome (March 20), PresKeg (March 27) and Jazz Night (April 9). Other events such as AMSS committee meetings, subcommittee meetings and educational events will also be postponed with the potential to be cancelled, or to be held via Zoom where possible. This situation is subject to change, depending on the changing advice of SA Health and the Australian Government.

We appreciate this is likely to cause disappointment for our members; however, this decision has not been made lightly. Communication from the Australian Government advised that gatherings of more than 500 people should not go ahead. As medical students, we are in a unique situation whereby we have direct contact with immunocompromised members of the population frequently. As such, we believe it would be irresponsible to host non-essential gatherings given our inherent increased risk of transmission to more vulnerable members of our community. This situation is unprecedented and ever evolving, hence us employing such strict measures.

The President and Vice-President of Education (VPE) have been in regular contact with staff. In addition to general monthly meetings, dedicated weekly meetings for discussion of COVID-19 have been scheduled for the foreseeable future. These meetings will be attended by the President, VPE, Pre-Clinical Education Officer, the Dean of the Medical School (Professor Cherrie Galletly) and the MBBS Program Coordinator (Dr Scott Clark). We will continue to advocate for students on important issues such as student safety, improved communication, and the implications of COVID-19 on your studies.

We always aim to ensure that we are representing the best interests of students; however, if you have any concerns that you feel are not being addressed, we strongly encourage you to let us know by emailing us at president@amss.org.au (Jade Pisaniello) or vpe@amss.org.au (Teham Ahmad). Staff are in the process of producing a FAQ document for students. Please send specific questions or concerns you have into the following form and we will attempt to follow them up. The form can be accessed at: https://docs.google.com/…/1DGGCQvIbNJ6A_vHdlji8E8J4cj…/edit…

We wish you the best during this time, and we encourage you to follow the advice of the University of Adelaide, SA Health and the Australian Government for up to date information on how to protect the community and yourself.