The AMSS is one of the most active student societies in the country – perhaps in the world.

There are activities and events of every size and shape aimed at making medical school, and the lives of those who attend it, just that little bit better. As a Member of the AMSS, you are entitled to your own stake in the Society. As a stakeholder, you are invited and encouraged to be actively involved in the direction the Society takes and the activities and events it provides.

After all, it is your AMSS.

Whatever interest you may have and time commitment you wish to make, there will be something you can sink your teeth into. That’s a guarantee.

You are strongly encouraged to contact the relevant Committee member or representative for further information on anything that takes your fancy. They will be more than happy to tell you what’s involved and point you in the right direction.

Committee Meetings #

The AMSS holds Committee Meetings approximately once a month. These meetings are open to all AMSS members, and all Executive and Committee members are expected to attend.

The Committee is comprised of Officers with a myriad of different skills and responsibilities. Given such a varied group of contributors within the context of a student organisation, meetings of the Committee are generally interesting and frequently hilarious!

It is important to note that all members of the AMSS are very welcome to attend meetings of the Committee, regardless of whether or not they happen to hold an official position on it. The attendance of observers is strongly encouraged and welcomed.

See the AMSS Calendar for Committee Meeting dates.

If you would like to submit an item for discussion, send an email to secretary@amss.org.au.

Annual General Meeting #

The Annual General Meeting is held in September each year to elect the Committee for the following year. This is your chance to nominate to take on a committee position.

There are a variety of positions available on the committee which entail a spectrum of time involvement and require different skill-sets: there is something for everyone, from first year through to sixth year, for those with no AMSS experience to those with years of AMSS experience. All you need is enthusiasm and a passion to be involved.

Positives

  • Spend time with like-minded individuals
  • Meet people from other year levels
  • Drive new initiatives: sport, social, charity… anything
  • Be involved behind-the-scenes
  • Run events: learn how to deal with sponsors, make budgets, marketing principles
  • Opportunity to represent the interests of your peers

Negatives

  • Variable time commitment
  • Have too much fun

Myth-busters

'The AMSS is too cliquey – I wasn’t involved in first year, I can’t be involved now.'

Truth: Each year a significant portion of the committee is brand new and represents a broad cross section of ages, year-levels and experience.

'AMSS Committee meetings happen weekly and go for 6 hours and they’re really boring.'

Truth: AMSS Committee meetings are once per month to fortnightly and they run for a maximum of about 2-3 hours. Whilst the term ‘meeting’ never really implies fun, we are constantly trying to add something new to meetings including guest speakers, venue changes, different food and drinks etc. The meetings are social as well – a group of 30-40 like-minded individuals all trying to improve student life on campus – we feel it’s actually a lot of fun.

'The AMSS is all political – I don’t want to be a politician so I don’t want to be involved.'

Truth: Whilst the AMSS does recognise that many changes to health care and medical education are made at political levels and therefore engages in these discussions, the majority of the work the AMSS does is apolitical. In addition, most of the ‘political work’ the AMSS does is within several positions on the committee including the executive, AMA Rep and the AMSA Rep.

'You have to be in 3rd year or above to be in the committee. I don’t think I could manage a position anyway – I don’t know enough.'

Truth: Whilst there are some positions in which experience is valuable, the majority of positions can be very well handled by enthusiastic students from any year. Whilst some positions entail a lot of work, the office bearer from the previous year is usually more than happy to support with any advice throughout the year.

'The AMSS is now totally centred around preclinical years and does nothing for us in the clinical years.'

Truth: There are always clinical members on our committee and we are continually trying to engage those from clinical years and encourage them to be involved. The AMSS is continually brainstorming ways to ensure the AMSS maintains its relevance to the older years.

'The AMSS Committee and Executive don’t achieve anything – all they do is talk round in circles and don’t take action.'

Truth: The AMSS Committee and Executive are constantly acting to benefit members. The Education arm has successfully advocated for students regarding exam and teaching issues, as well as set up new initiatives tailored to the specific issues of the study body (e.g. the Year 1-3 Lecture review and development of new Year 4 Medical Home Unit Objectives). The Society continually reviews its social prospectus and has taken meaningful action on key social issues e.g. gender inequality, the involvement of alcohol in our culture and events.

Committee Positions #

Ever wondered what a specific Executive or Committee position actually entails? What exactly does a Vice President (Communication) do? How busy is the Junior Education Officer? Do you have to be a clinical student to be AMA(SA) Rep? These questions and more demystified through the Position "Snapshots" included on this page.

If you want to nominate for any of these positions up for election at the AGM, click on the position title to read the snapshot, then click "Nominate for this position". Email returningofficer@amss.org.au with any questions.

Executive

Avg. 11+ hours per week
The role is both immensely rewarding and demanding at the same time. There are four main aspects to the role of President: (1) management of the Executive, and thereby ensuring the smooth day-to-day running of the Society, (2) leading the society at a macroscopic and strategic level, (3) managing the risk profile of the society and (4) acting as the public face of the Society in both internal and external advocacy efforts.

Apart from the above four aspects, the role is poorly defined, and this affords the President a lot of discretion as to how to lead the Society. One can bring their own ideas, initiatives and goals to the position and has the ability to enlist help from the full 50+ Committee to achieve these.
Baseline workload is approximately ~20-25 hours a week, which increases during busy periods such as O-Week, March and August
  • Working with a variety of different individuals, from Executive, to Committee to general AMSS members
  • Ability to pursue new ideas and directions for the Society
  • Development and refinement of skills in leadership, organisation, strategic direction and risk management
  • Intimate involvement and understanding of all aspects of the Society
  • Fun and fulfilling!
  • Large time commitment, and sometimes there are 'emergencies' that need to be dealt with
  • Lots of emails and following up of tasks
  • Easy to lose 'vision' when caught up in day-to-day oversight of the Society's activities
Ideas for the future
  • Largely up to the candidate!
  • Implementation of the Strategic Plan
  • Focus on future-proofing the Society, particularly with changes to MD in the near future
  • Initiatives targeted at reducing volunteer burden and improving engagement with the Society
Previous office bearers
2018 Monica Chen
2017 Simon Cousins
2016 James Johnston
2015 Shane Selvanderan
2014 Tom Eldredge
Avg. 11+ hours per week
Vice President (Education) or VP(E) is a privileged position which, along with the Junior Education Officer, represents the student body in all things education related. This is done both directly through meetings with the Medical School Faculty as well as through the running of Team Education and publication of student submissions.

Team Education is the driving force behind advocacy in the Medical School. It is the role of the VP(E) to facilitate and guide Team Education to both gather student opinion and feed it back to the faculty. Working with a group of like-minded individuals who are passionate about advocacy is one of the highlights of this role.

One of the most time consuming aspects of this role is attending the various meetings held throughout the year. These meetings are the behind the scenes work that drives the medical program, which can certainly be intimidating at times. It is here where the important issues are raised with the Faculty. This usually is in the form of presenting formal reports of student surveys or speaking to feedback raised at Team Education meetings.

Furthermore, the role also includes the general task of being an Executive member - which is always a fun, but also at times a demanding commitment. Time management is crucial in this role.
Time commitments vary from week to week, depending on the amount of meetings needed to attend, meetings are usually after hours but may be between 9-5. Other busy times surround the production and publication of student submissions
  • A privileged position to speak out for your fellow students
  • Working with Team Education
  • Working closely with the Faculty
  • First hand seeing changes to the medical program
  • Gain insight into Medical Education and administration
  • Large time commitment
  • Feedback not always well received
Ideas for the future
  • Asking the Deans to provide written comments to large issues raised
  • Proactive advocacy on key issues
  • Updating and rejuvenating rotation feedback documents (ROVERs)
Previous office bearers
2018 Malcolm Borg
2017 Thomas Gransbury
2016 Simon Cousins
2015 Joshua Calleja
2014 Caitlyn Sun
Avg. 6-10 hours per week
The Vice President (Communication) or VP(C), is responsible for maintaining the AMSS' internal perception, communications and external brand. He or she is charged with ensuring the Society's events, advocacy and representation efforts are promoted and communicated. The VP(C) oversees ensuring consistency in the AMSS' branding, high quality of produced content and proper representation of Adelaide medical students.

Furthermore, a major responsibility of the VPC is to support the wellbeing of Officers of the Executive, Officers of the Committee and volunteers of the Society including through regularly checking in and offering support to volunteers, managing burnout of volunteers, assisting in conflict resolution between volunteers; and induction and upskilling of volunteers.

Other responsibilities of the VP(C) include:
- Managing handover processes within the Society
- Assisting the President in overseeing the general functioning and events of the Society
- Regularly updating content on the AMSS website
- Maintaining the AMSS Facebook page
- Coordinating communication to members via year-level representatives
- General Executive duties (e.g. assisting at AMSS events, attending executive meetings, overseeing Committee portfolios)
- General Committee duties (e.g. writing for [stimulus], attending committee meetings)
  • Ability to shape the visual image of the Society
  • Assist with the running of all Society events
  • Help maintain the traditions and culture of our wonderful AMSS
  • Interacting with almost all members of the Committee
  • Creating promotional material (posters/banners) can be difficult
  • The workload increases significantly around event-dense periods (e.g. March & August)
  • Merchandise ordering and distribution is not always straightforward
Ideas for the future
  • Continue to improve handover between event convenors from year to year
  • Consider in-person meetings with Year Reps and Event Convenors to coordinate the promotion of upcoming activities / events
  • Develop methods to better engage students with the AMSS and make our Society stand out against other student groups
Previous office bearers
2018 Toby Zerner
2017 Hiep Tu
2016 Anna Grosse
2015 Annie Hebenstreit
2014 Oscar Russel
Avg. 11+ hours per week
The Treasurer is responsible for maintaining the integrity of the AMSS finances and accounts. They are tasked with ensuring responsible budgeting goals, both on a societal scale and for individual events, and then enacting these goals effectively. They are the first port of call for any necessary payments, and must always be aware of the AMSS' financial status and future needs. Accurate financial records are the key to this role in order to guarantee precise reporting, and their creation and maintenance are where the majority of time will be spent. Other key roles include taxation reporting in conjunction with Perks, the formation of Invoices for sponsors and the tracking of their payment, and communication with the Committee regarding the state of accounts.

As a predominantly event-based society, the AMSS' treasurer is involved in virtually all portfolios and roles, working particularly with event convenors to guide and oversee their financial priorities, ensuring budgets are kept, and approving all payments travelling through the AMSS accounts.

In addition to this, the Treasurer is an Executive position, which carries additional responsibilities outside the realm of finance, to do with the everyday running and oversight of the AMSS and its events,
Time commitment is consistently high, as events run year 'round, and reporting and taxation must be done regularly. During busy periods such as O'Week, this can lead to 20 hours or more of work a week.
  • Able to be a part of organising every event the AMSS runs
  • Skill-building in financial areas
  • High level of influence when shaping the AMSS' monetary focus
  • Large time commitment, requiring at least an hour a day to remain on top of things
  • Much of the bulk of your work cannot be delegated during busy periods
  • The role is active for the entire year not just the university year
Ideas for the future
  • Maintaining the AMSS' strong financial position through long term investments
  • Increased use of the AOPG by other university societies to generate revenue
  • Streamlining of events budget reporting to the Executive
Previous office bearers
2018 Huy Pham
2017 Patrick Kennewell
2016 Tom Rogerson
2015 James Turnbull
2014 Nathan Shugg
Avg. 6-10 hours per week
The Secretary position is a lot of fun and especially good as a first Executive role! You will learn about the Society completely from the inside-out.

You will be responsible for co-ordinating Agendas, Pre-Readings, Minutes, Apologies, and the overall running of Committee Meetings. This can be time consuming but organisation is key. It's very important to have an accurate record of the discussions at both Committee and Executive Meetings so that they can be referred to later and included in Handovers for the subsequent years.

You also get to let your gastronomic creativity run wild when deciding on Committee Meeting dinners. Your options are endless (within the budget!)

As an Executive member you are expected to help out at all AMSS events and support the Executive and Committee Members as needed. This means you end up meeting lots of new people and learning a lot about the running of the AMSS!

On-going committment through out the year
  • Decide on the food for the meetings
  • Know a lot about all areas of the AMSS
  • Forced to listen in all Exec and Committee meetings
  • Executive is a lot of fun!
  • Learn the names of all of the Committee
  • Spend a lot of time chasing people up
  • Hard to contribute at Committee Meetings
Ideas for the future
  • Different delicious cuisines!
  • Provide food at Executive meetings
  • Make Committee Meetings more of a "thing"
Previous office bearers
2018 Jade Pisaniello
2017 Sachini Perera
2016 Rosie Massolino
2015 Jessica walker
2014 Nick Clarke
Avg. 6-10 hours per week
The Sponsorship officer is responsible for liasing regularly with our Major Partners and Minor Partners and ensures that their expectations are consistently and successfully met. The AMSS could not operate and run over 50 events without the help of our Sponsors. Communication and organisation are key and you will soon become an email God or Godess as well as learn to say yes to a free coffee when a sponsor offers. Always remember happy sponsors equals a happy AMSS.

The main roles of the sponsorship officer include maintaining the sponsorship prospectus, strengthening relationships with current sponsors, looking for new avenues to attract further sponsorship and organising a number of events including MIGA 6th Year Drinks, WTW Elective's Night and Life in the Real World Seminar. In addition you must fullfill you role as an executive member by being a sound leader and supporting the other executive and committee members.
Constant throughout the year!
  • Get valuable business and meeting skills
  • Member of the Exec (WOOOOO)
  • FREE COFFEE at meetings
  • Writing and signing contracts is super cool!
  • All the skills and etiquette you learn prepares you for the professional world, both in business and medicine
  • Inbox is rarely at 0
  • You have to chase people up quite a lot... like A LOT
  • Prepares you for the dating world through lots of rejection..
Ideas for the future
  • Tidy up the minor sponsor portfolio
  • Invite sponsors to more events!
Previous office bearers
2018 Hamish Phillips
2017 Collette Massy-Westropp
2016 Jarrad Hopkins
2015 Tony Barbaro
2014 Rachael Murray
Avg. 6-10 hours per week
The Membership Officer of the AMSS is responsible for accumulating and managing the society's member base each year. This means keeping members updated on upcoming events and opportunities through the monthly member mail-outs, as well as running O'Week & Pres Keg. You'll learn event management and even some basic design skills along the way.

A lot of the work for the role happens before the year starts, from acquiring member benefits to designing and ordering merchandise like retractable ID card holders, stickers, keychains and other fun things! The Membership Officer will also be responsible for the annual AMSS merchandise drive.

The start of the year also gives you the opportunity to run two well-loved events - O'Week and President's Keg. This gives you an opportunity to get to know new and old faces in the medical school, learn about event management and budgeting. If you're a Clin Year, it's strongly recommended that you take O'Week off to coordinate all this!

The heavy workload in the start of the year is followed by a significant drop in responsibilities, which gives you a unique opportunity to choose how to fill your time, either creating or supporting projects that you think would benefit the members best. This allows a lot of scope and creativity within the position.

A new addition to this role is organising the paid merchandise (traditionally the role of the VPC.) This will add some extra workload mainly prior to Convention so be sure to factor that in when considering the role.

Another big part of this role is as part of the Executive Team. This adds up to a considerable amount of time as you are often the supportive role to pick up loose ends, but it's so much fun and you learn a lot more about how the society works and what goes in to planning each event.

Overall it's a fantastic way to get involved in the Executive and the AMSS, and requires less specific skills than some of the other Exec positions. It's perfect if you're keen on the AMSS, would love to get involved and are have some new ideas!
Time requirements are quite substantial in the beginning of the year and then drop off throughout the year, although being part of the Exec requires quite a time commitment during the year for meetings and helping out at all of our events.
  • Scope to be creative with membership merch and events
  • Great opportunity to learn; from design and event promotion, through to picking up tips from the rest of the exec or negotiating with venues
  • Lower work-load during the year than most other Exec positions
  • Being on the Exec which is great fun
  • Opportunity to meet the new students
  • Limited budget
  • Approaching stores for discounts and freebies can be intimidating!
  • High work load at start of the year
  • O'Week negotiations can be a challenge
Ideas for the future
  • Be creative with member benefits lasting throughout the year!
Previous office bearers
2018 Abby Moore
2017 Nupur Shukla
2016 Alex Bate
2015 Jane Collinson
2014 Ben Wingrove

Committee

Avg. 0-2 hours per week
This is a fantastic way for pre-clinical students to become involved in the AMSS. It provides many opportunities to interact with the comittee, as well as the wider pre-clin community. its definitely one of the more enjoyable positions on the comittee, and there are always options for new initiatives.

Key Roles:

Organising the Pub Crawl
Organising the AMSS Debating with the Clinical Coordinator
As with all AMSS Committee positions, the Pre-clinical Coordinator is expected to attend all AMSS meetings (approximately 6 per year), help out at AMSS events and write an article for the Society's major publication, [stimulus].

This position will be elected online and nominees are not required to give a speech at the AGM.
Throughout the year, time commitments on average are low. Peak periods occur prior to locker allocation, and in the week leading up to the debating and the Pre-Clin pub crawl
  • Relatively low workload
  • No demands during peak periods
  • No demands during peak periods
  • Organising pub crawl
  • Difficulties maintaining common room cleanliness with high usage
This position is not elected at the AGM.
Ideas for the future
  • Use of initiative funding to improve common room facilities
  • Improvement of locker management system
  • Making the pub crawl bigger and better every year!
Previous office bearers
2018 Sachini Perera
2017 Jennifer Chataway
2016 Brandon Stretton
2015 Alex Bate
2014 Evan Garrett
Avg. 0-2 hours per week
Clinical coordinator is a fantastic role which is great for those with minimal experience looking to get involved with the AMSS, but equally as rewarding for those on the opposite side of the spectrum with plenty of experience! The core components of the role include organising PubCrawl, the annual Clinical Welcome Back Drinks, Inter-year Debating, Sixth Year Welcome Event and generally being involved with AMSS events. These events are great fun to organise and it's a good opportunity to meet fellow clinical students. Even if you haven't been involved in running an event before, it's a simple matter of basic organisational skills and communication with your fellow students and pubs alike.

There is certainly room for innovation within in the role. It's a fantastic position to hold and I recommend it to anyone keen to be involved.

As with all AMSS Committee positions, the Clinical Coordinator is expected to attend all AMSS meetings (approximately 6 per year), help out at AMSS events and write an article for the Society's major publication, [stimulus].

This position will be elected online and nominees are not required to give a speech at the AGM.
  • Easy to organise and fun events
  • Organising the RAH Lockers can be time consuming
  • Keeping the RAH common room clean
This position is not elected at the AGM.
Ideas for the future
  • New opportunity with the new RAH facilities and potential clinical common room
Previous office bearers
2018 Evan Garrett
2017 Charlotte Blacketer
2016 Jessica Walker
2015 Laura Goodwins
2014 Joshua Calleja
Avg. 0-2 hours per week
Just an Excellent Opportunity

The pinnacle of Pre-Clinical advocacy, this role is an opportunity to be on the frontline, brush shoulders with the top brass within the medical school and be the direct link between students and the faculty. The primary function of the JEO is to liaise with pre-clinical EdReps and formulate feedback from across years 1-3 in order to advocate on behalf of the students at various committees within the faculty.You will work closely with the VP(E) and be the Starsky to their Hutch, assisting in all matters of educational advocacy and representation.

Your calendar year will consist of 4-6 action packed weeks across the year, covering the various faculty meetings. The rest of the year however is yours to use as you please and to liaise with EdReps and your fellow peers. Other tasks within the role include working with the EdEvents Coordinator and VP(E) on the submissions for [stimulus] and the First Year Guide as well as running the First Year Exam Forum in Semester 1 and developing Assessment Surveys at the end of the year.

As with all AMSS Committee positions, the JEO is expected to attend all AMSS meetings (approximately 6 per year), help out at AMSS events and write an article for the Society's major publication, [stimulus].

This position will be elected at the AGM and nominees are invited to give a 2-minute speech, followed by 1-minute of questions
Time requirement is fluctuant and highly dependent on the Faculty meeting schedule, can be as much as 6 hours when multiple meetings are scheduled but can drop to nearly 0 during other times
  • Learn about the inner workings of the medical program
  • Upskilling in meeting etiquette, leadership and advocacy
  • Working with an amazing team of Education Representatives - TeamEd
  • Opportunity to have a positive impact on medical education
  • Meetings can often be long and/or boring
  • Unresolved educational issues can cause frustration
  • Meeting times can conflict with other after hours commitments
Ideas for the future
Previous office bearers
2018 Patrick Kennewell
2017 Jack Rumbelow
2016 Tom Gransbury
2015 Simon Cousins
2014 Malcolm Borg
Avg. 0-2 hours per week
The AMA(SA) Representative will represent the AMSS and Adelaide medical students at meetings of the Australian Medical Assocation (SA).

As with all AMSS Committee positions, the AMA(SA) Rep is expected to attend all AMSS meetings (approximately 6 per year), help out at AMSS events and write an article for the Society's major publication, [stimulus].

This position will be elected online and nominees are not required to give a speech at the AGM.
Approximately 9 meetings in a calendar year of the AMA(SA) Council. 4-5 meetings of the DiT (doctors in training) Council.
  • Insight into the political issues affecting doctors in South Australia
  • Networking with junior doctors and senior clinicians
  • Experiencing higher level discussions about the health workforce
  • Gaining a better understanding about the advocacy of the AMA
  • Mainly observational - little scope to create change
Ideas for the future
  • The DiT is becoming more active - involvement in campaigns including social media, junior doctor AMA membership, junior doctor pipeline issues will continue to be important
  • Greater involvement with the AMSS in its advocacy position re interships and other training issues
Previous office bearers
2018 Simon Cousins
2017 Monica Chen
2016 Brian Gue
2015 James Johnston
2014 Alyssa Parsons
Avg. 0-2 hours per week
Rural Representative
The Rural Representative provides a link between the AMSS and students on rural placements. They keep students updated with all matters AMSS and keep the AMSS updated with all things rural.

In this position, the Rural Representative sits on the rural school's course curriculum committee and provides feedback on issues affecting students in the country. For this reason, it is a role probably best suited to someone in the rural fifth-year cohort.

Other duties of the Rural Rep include updating the AMSS Guide To Going Rural and keeping good cohort communication through regular mailouts and Facebook group discussion.

There is lots of scope to expand this portfolio in terms of creating rural-based events, working with other rural health groups and pursuing sponsorship opportunities.

As with all AMSS Committee positions, the Rural Rep is expected to attend all AMSS meetings where feasible (approximately 6 per year), help out at AMSS events and write an article for the Society's major publication, [stimulus].

This position will be elected online and nominees are not required to give a speech at the AGM.
Attendance at course curriculum meetings once per month (videoconference is available)
This position is not elected at the AGM.
Ideas for the future
  • Creating a rural rolling handover (ROVER)
  • Running an event for the rural fifth-year cohort in their mid-year teaching week
  • Improving AMSS member benefits for rural students
Previous office bearers
2018 Tom Gransbury
2017 Emma Kelly
2016 Maya Todd
2015 Anna Grosse
2014 Olivia Rygorowicz
Avg. 6-10 hours per week
Senior AMSA Representative
The Senior AMSA Representative is a fulfilling leadership position. This role is the conduit between the AMSS and AMSA; communicating between each, bringing issues and concerns of the AMSS to AMSA Council, being an advocate and leading the Adelaide delegation at Convention.

The key roles of the AMSA Rep include:
- Attending the 3 AMSA Councils during the year (2x in AMSA Executive's home state and 1x in the Convention location, reimbursed by AMSA)

- Leading and managing the Adelaide Convention delegation (organising logistics and teams, helping with floor sweeps, attending meetings etc.)

- Promoting AMSA and AMSA events to Adelaide medical students

- Running the SA Leadership Development Seminar (in conjunction with the AMSS Junior AMSA Rep and the Flinders Junior/Senior AMSA Reps)

During each Council, the AMSA Rep will represent the AMSS's views, discuss and pass official AMSA policy and be updated on AMSA events, projects, activities and affiliate organisations. They will also discuss the activities of other medical student societies, attend upskilling workshops, and network with medical students from around the country and attend fun social nights!

​Each AMSA Rep holds their university's vote for votes on passing policy, board members, incoming AMSA Exec bid etc. Before each Council, the AMSA Rep needs to read all the policies and relevant documents, hold a TeamRep meeting and/or run a survey to gage AMSS opinions in order to accurately represent it, particularly on things voted on. The AMSA National Co-ordinator sends you a weekly email with tasks and relevant information.

Although it is a rewarding representative role and provides the opportinity to meet many amazing people along the way, this position is quite a big time committment. This position is recommend for anyone intersted in AMSA, policy and advocacy and who has a deep love of Convention!

As with all AMSS Committee positions, the AMSA Rep is expected to attend all AMSS meetings (approximately 6 per year), help out at AMSS events and write an article for the Society's major publication, [stimulus].

This position will be elected at the AGM and nominees are invited to give a 2-minute speech, followed by 1-minute of questions
Varies - busiest before each Council and Convention, sometimes no work, sometimes many tasks
  • Gain leadership experience
  • Become friends with many fantastic interstate medical students
  • Get an orange T-shirt
  • Guaranteed rego for Convention
  • Upskilling in policy production
  • Work closely with like minded driven medical students
  • Represent the AMSS at AMSA Council
  • Upskilling in event organisation (SALDS)
  • Stay up to date on key medical student issues
  • Can be time consuming
  • Politics can be frustrating
  • Convention organisation and giving up some of your time at Convention
Ideas for the future
  • Consider new ways to engage the AMSS with AMSA Policy/Council
Previous office bearers
2018 James Kimber
2017 Letti Sweet
2016 Monica Chen
2015 Kimberly Brown
2014 Brian Gue
Avg. 0-2 hours per week
The AMSA Junior Representative acts as a conduit between the AMSS' pre-clinical cohort and the activities of the Australian Medical Students' Association.

Key roles include:

Attendance at Team Rep (which the Junior usually takes minutes for) and AMSA council.
Supporting the Senior AMSA Rep in organising SALDS (the South Australian Leadership Development Seminar)
Coordinating Adelaide's effort in the National Vampire Cup (AMSA's blood drive)
Assisting the Senior AMSA representative in managing Adelaide's Convention delegation. This includes assisting with welfare.
Any general support the Senior AMSA rep may require (communicating with AMSA, moral guidance)
As with all AMSS Committee positions, the AMSA Junior Rep is expected to attend all AMSS meetings (approximately 6 per year), help out at AMSS events and write an article for the Society's major publication, [stimulus].

This position will be elected online and nominees are not required to give a speech at the AGM.

  • Meeting like-minded peers across Australia.
  • Working with an experienced member of the AMSS
  • Contributing to AMSA through council +/- policy
  • Largely supportive role and somewhat ill defined
This position is not elected at the AGM.
Ideas for the future
Previous office bearers
2018 Florencia Moraga
2017 Henry Marshall
2016 Letti Sweet
2015 Jonathan Chou
2014 Tom O'Niell
Avg. 0-2 hours per week
As IT officer, your main job will be to maintain, update and preserve the AMSS website. This will involve:

- Adding and removing content.
- Working with the Treasurer, VPC, and event coordinators to set up online payments.
- Setting up pages for things like payment gateways, AGM nominations, etc.

Although it may seem like you need to know how to ~code~, the website is actually not that hard once you get the hang of it. Problem solving and navigation of resources is more important than any specific IT skills.

As with all AMSS Committee positions, the IT Officer is expected to attend all AMSS meetings (approximately 6 per year) and help out at AMSS events. If you want, you can also write an article for the Society's major publication, [stimulus].

This position will be elected online and nominees are not required to give a speech at the AGM.
More time required during busy ticketing times (MedBall)
  • Get to work with almost all other committee positions
  • Can do pretty much everything from home
  • You are literally a hacker
  • Not really a true negative, but most work is behind the scenes, so you’ll rarely see your work “on show”
  • Depending on your IT proficiency, you'll need to ask for help occasionally
This position is not elected at the AGM.
Ideas for the future
  • Future planning for IT support
Previous office bearers
2018 Alessio Totani
2017 Rosie Massolino
2016 Lorenzo Chewparsad
2015 Dexter Leong
2014 Toby Zerner
Avg. 0-2 hours per week
The Multimedia Officer is a new role in 2019.

The role of the Multimedia Officer is to create multimedia for the marketing and promotion of Society events and initiatives, in collaboration with the Vice President (Communication) and other relevant committee and executive members. This mainly involves designing event branding in the form of Facebook event cover photos, posters, and other promotional material such as videos. Graphic design experience is valuable but certainly not necessary!

The Multimedia Officer also creates and updates Society document templates and stationery where required, and prepares photos for publication by applying a Society watermark.
Busier in event-dense periods on the calendar
Ideas for the future
Previous office bearers
Avg. 0-2 hours per week
There are lots of great opportunities to put your historical skills to the test and implement new ideas as Historian.

You'll need to write an article for [stimulus], attend all of the AMSS Committee meetings (approximately 6 per year), help out at AMSS events and generally GAI. But that is where the real 'requirements' end...

It would be great to continue work on the 'time capsule' for the new medical school and on digitising all of the old files and editions of [stimulus] which currently live in Arcadia. The rest of this role would be up to you and any ideas you have.

Pop quiz: what was the magazine of the Society called before it was called [stimulus]? If you know the answer, you should apply for this role. If you don't know the answer, apply and you're sure to find out.

This position will be elected online and nominees are not required to give a speech at the AGM.
As much or as little as you like
  • Rewarding for those with an interest in the history of the AMSS
  • Reading through old editions of [stimulus] and finding articles written by your reg (or even consultant!)
  • Lots of scope to implement your own ideas
  • You'll never be able to go through everything on the hard drive
This position is not elected at the AGM.
Ideas for the future
  • Continue with plans for new med school 'time capsule' and curate the content into the future
  • Update the history section of the website or include material in member mailouts
  • Continue digitising old editions of [stimulus]
Previous office bearers
2018 Monty Do-Wyeld
2017 Sib Hare-Breidahl
2016 Joe Hewitt
2015 Matthew Borg
2014 Karthik Venkataraman
Avg. 0-2 hours per week
The primary responsibility of the Gender Officers is to advocate for gender diversity and equality within the course and the Society itself. Previous initiatives have included networking events (within the student cohort and with professionals), discussion forums, and advocacy for teaching of gender issues in the curriculum. There has also traditionally been a pastoral aspect to this role, in being a familiar face and welcoming first years, and providing support to members in general but particularly at AMSS events.

Candidates should apply in pairs for the role. Please note the two Officers must be gender-diverse (i.e. two people who identify as different genders).

As with all AMSS positions, the Gender Officers are expected to attend all AMSS meetings (approximately 6 per year), help out at AMSS events and write an article for [stimulus], the Society’s major publication.

The positions will be elected online; nominees are not required to give a speech at the AGM.
  • Lots of scope for incorporating your own passions/ideas
  • Up skilling in a range of areas from events, to advocacy, to education
  • Room for collaboration with other portfolios
  • Rewarding opportunity to provide pastoral support & establish relationships with people in all year levels
  • - Controversial gender issues can require diplomatic skills (more of a challenge than a negative though!)
This position is not elected at the AGM.
Ideas for the future
Previous office bearers
2018 Chloe Borgas & Fergus Lynch
2017 Tony Barbaro (Men's Officer) & Sally Wark (Women's Officer)
2016 Gracey Goodwin (Women's Officer) & Alex Howes (Men's Officer)
2015 Jess Ransom (Women's Officer) & Donald Shivakumar (Men's Officer)
2014 Jane Collinson (Women's Officer) & Sam LaBroome (Men's Officer)
Avg. 0-2 hours per week
The role of LGBTQI+ Officer is a brand new position on the AMSS Committee for 2018! The role of this officer is intended to represent the views and needs of the LGBTQI+ community within medicine and aim to liaise with other members of the committee, ensuring all discussions, events and so forth regarding LGBTQI+ community and or individuals are handled with respect and sensitivity.

With LGBTQI+ medical students at a heightened risk of mental health issues, particularly within our current political climate (re: Same-Sex Marriage) this position is preferably to be filled by an active member of the LGBTQI+ community or someone who considers themselves a strong ally and experienced voice of such.

As this is a new role the particular requirements are yet to be clear, so it’ll be up to the individual elected to help the position find its feet and breathe some life into it. Collaboration on Health & Wellbeing Events, EdForums, MedCamp and so forth are a great place to start and we look forward to seeing what can be brought to the role. The LGBTQI+ Officer will also be expected to attend all AMSS meetings throughout the year, as with any committee position.

The position will be elected online; nominees are not required to give a speech at the AGM.
This position is not elected at the AGM.
Ideas for the future
Previous office bearers
2018 Ricky Stocker-Johns
Avg. 0-2 hours per week
The Sports Officer(s) role is a really fun one! It is an event focused position, with a few key events throughout the year. These include MedFooty, medrugby (at Medcamp), Med vs. Vet Soccer and another event or two - it's up to you!

This year the sports officers focused on sports appreciation and banter by creating the sports appreciation group and some great memes.

Sports is a fun role, especially to do in a group! There's enough flexibility to bring your own flavour and has time demands in the lead up to an event but otherwise a low stress job!

As with all AMSS Committee positions, the Sports Officer(s) are expected to attend all AMSS meetings (approximately 6 per year), help out at AMSS events and write an article for the Society's major publication, [stimulus].

This position will be elected online and nominees are not required to give a speech at the AGM.
Increases quite a bit in the lead up to your events
  • Lots of fun!
  • Can improve your own fitness
  • Meet a lot of people
  • Gain event management skills
  • Very flexible in what can be done
  • Good platform for banter/memes/photoshop
  • Time consuming in the lead up to events
This position is not elected at the AGM.
Ideas for the future
  • Increasing fitness opportunities for AMSS
  • Improving interfaculty relationships
  • Different sporting events!
Previous office bearers
2018 Kavindra Abeyratne & Henry Shaw
2017 Hubib Ahmad & Dan Zweck
2016 Tony Barbaro, Eliza Colley & Sam Harms
2015 Brian Gue
2014 Ellen Burch, Alex Buckby, Charles Livingston & Siobhan Misan
Avg. 3-5 hours per week
The Publications Officer(s), lovingly known as ‘Pubs’, oversee the design and creation of the First Year Guide and the AMSS’ major publication, [stimulus].

Key roles include:

- Designing and formatting the FYG and [stimulus]
- Liaising with (read: sending hundreds of nagging emails to) other committee members and students to submit articles
- Overseeing the printing of the FYG and [stimulus]
- Overseeing the distribution of [stimulus], including mailing to rural students

Pubs is a very diverse role, and due to the breadth of tasks, applying as a team is ideal. This enables the workload to be shared and tasks delegated. Computer skills and familiarity of the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign) are worthwhile; however, prior knowledge is not required as these skills can be learnt on-the-job. A good grasp of punctuation and grammar are invaluable and, because of the need to chase up articles, effective communication skills are also essential – yes, you may need to nag a little.

Whilst the role can be challenging, and peak workloads come during swotvac/exam time (and even before the academic year starts), Publications is a very rewarding role, the networks you form with your peers will last you a lifetime and seeing the physical manifestation of your labours makes it all worthwhile.

As with all AMSS Committee positions, the Publications Officer(s) are expected to attend all AMSS meetings (approximately 6 per year) and help out at AMSS events.

This position will be elected online and nominees are not required to give a speech at the AGM.
Most of the work concentrated in the few weeks before printing deadlines
  • Huge amounts of creative freedom
  • Develop invaluable skills
  • Having a reason to talk to other Committee members without looking awkward
  • Being able to hold a finished product after months of hard work
  • Lots of work in a short space of time (around exam time)
  • Some people are terrible at sticking to deadlines (and replying to emails)
  • So much nagging
  • Spellcheck doesn't always work (and doesn't check names)
This position is not elected at the AGM.
Ideas for the future
  • Run submissions through dropbox or similar (being trialed at time of writing)
  • Online edition of [stimulus]
  • Improving utilisation of Facebook page - videos were suggested this year but unable to be implemented due to time restraints
Previous office bearers
2018 Montgommery Do-Wyeld, Shehani Gunasekara & Tenayah Renshaw
2017 Abby Moore, Huy Pham & Hamish Phillips
2016 Henry Colovic & Joe Hewitt
2015 Charlotte Blacketer, Henry Colovic & Nicholas Scott
2014 Gordon Goh, Hiep Tu & Alyssa Pradhan
Avg. 0-2 hours per week
The Research Officer is an evolving position which is full of promise and untapped potential. The role’s key purposes are to help engage medical students in research and represent medical students in discussions regarding the research components of our course. The current core duties of the portfolio are a general advisory role for students interested in undertaking research, attendance at meetings (student representative on the MBBS Research Committee and AMSS Team Ed meetings), updating of the AMSS’s online research materials and assisting the University of Adelaide in the promotion of the Ram S. Tulsi Award.

As with all AMSS Committee positions, the Research Officer is expected to attend all AMSS meetings (approximately 6 per year), help out at AMSS events and write an article for the Society's major publication, [stimulus].

This position will be elected online and nominees are not required to give a speech at the AGM.

Most aspects of the role are sporadic and not time consuming. The largest part of the role is responding to research-related enquiries from students. There is significant scope to however add more to the role.
  • Only through adding to the collective knowledge of mankind can we truly claim to have improved the edifice of medical science.
  • Only through adding to the collective knowledge of mankind can we truly claim to have improved the edifice of medical science.
This position is not elected at the AGM.
Ideas for the future
  • Continue running the AMSS Honours & Research Opportunities evening annually
  • Expand the portfolio and online research materials to include information relating to postgraduate and non-clinical opportunities for medical students
  • Organise new initiatives to supplement teaching on the research components of the course
  • Perhaps more responsibilities will arise with the eventual shift to the MD program….
Previous office bearers
2018 Sebastian Rositano
2017 Malcolm Borg
2016 Stefan Court-Kowalski
2015 Lucy Pittolo
2014 Mitchell Petersen Tym
Avg. 3-5 hours per week
The Philanthropy role includes coordinating charity fundraisers, working with the Mary Magdalene Centre and implementing any new initiatives. It is a really fulfilling role with room to grow in the future.

The Philanthropy Officer(s) will be responsible for organising the annual end-of-term 3 AMSS Charity Event that has now replaced Red Party. This event is truly a blank canvas and a great opportunity to raise awareness and money for a charity of your choosing.

A creative individual with enthusiasm and ideas of how to expand this area of the AMSS in the future would fit this role well!

As with all AMSS Committee positions, the Philanthropy Officer(s) are expected to attend all AMSS meetings (approximately 6 per year), help out at AMSS events and write an article for the Society's major publication, [stimulus].

This position will be elected online and nominees are not required to give a speech at the AGM.
Can be fairly light on, week to week, but in the lead up to events or programs the time commitment can be increased.
  • Very rewarding!
  • Opportunity to meet people in different year levels
  • Experience different community groups (ie Mary Magdalene centre)
  • Room to incorporate your own new ideas!
  • Organising a major charity event will make this role more time-consuming than it has been in the past
This position is not elected at the AGM.
Ideas for the future
Previous office bearers
2018 Bianca Kennedy
2017 Jessica Ransom
2016 Carla De Angelis
2015 Tess Ryan
2014 Gordon Goh
Avg. 3-5 hours per week
Skullduggery is the University of Adelaide's premier O'Week party run by the AMSS, welcome to all; both medical and non-medical students. Having sold out with 2000 students the past few years, the Convenors' job is to organise, market and continue the traditions of this historically fun-filled event.

It is a fantastic event to convene due to the fact that you get to work with enthusiatic helpers and the exec, it will upskill your event organisation, Skullduggery already has a huge name for istself, you can let your creative juices flow and you just end up having so much fun with your fellow convenor! (traditionally has been 2 convenors).

Skullduggery is an event that has so much creative potential and future convenors can explore new ideas. Running a smooth event requires motivation, organisational ability, some computure literacy and creativity. Because the event is in O'Week, the majority of work is done during the summer holidays and in the previous year.

As with all AMSS Committee positions, the Skullduggery Convenor(s) are expected to attend all AMSS meetings (approximately 6 per year) and write an article for the Society's major publication, [stimulus].

This position will be elected by the Executive and nominations typically open in August-September each year.
Most time requirement during O Week, then the summer holidays, then work done the previous year
  • Huge budget to play with
  • An already well established event
  • Lets your creative juices flow
  • Get to meet new people and work with amazing helpers and the exec
  • So much fun throughout!
  • Not so time heavy during most of the year
  • Event organisation upskill and learning experience
  • Pressure to make a large profit
  • Limited event venues due to lack of huge capacity venues in Adelaide
  • Time commitment in summer holidays - may be hard if both convenors are not in Adelaide, at least one is fine, however these days email correspondence is sufficient for most things
This position is not elected at the AGM.
Ideas for the future
  • Explore new themes and venues
  • Music act
Previous office bearers
2018 Jack Doney, James Kimber, Sushanth Saha & Rachel Torpy
2017 Fergus Lynch & Darcy Noll
2016 Sib Hare-Breidahl & Tom Rogerson
2015 Monica Chen & Nupur Shukla
2014 Ellen Burch & Jen Rice
Avg. 6-10 hours per week
MedCamp is the best weekend of the year! It's a great experience to be a part of and the best way to kick start your involvement with the AMSS. Make mates with first years, helpers and exec, get to attend at least one exec meeting, 10/10 upskilling (event organisation, AMSS website skills, promotion, budgeting, sponsorship, leadership, self control), find out who does the best alcohol quotes for your 21st, get to wear walkie talkies etc.

As with all AMSS Committee positions, the MedCamp Convenor(s) are expected to attend all AMSS meetings (approximately 6 per year) and write an article for the Society's major publication, [stimulus].

This position will be elected by the Executive and nominations typically open in August-September each year.
Pre Christmas 3-4 hours/week, January 5-6 hours/week, Pre O-week and O-week 20 hours/week
  • Plan the best event on the AMSS calendar! (Convenors may be biased)
  • Learn loads about event planning and management
  • Eat whatever you want from the kitchen
  • Make awesome mates with other convenors/helpers/exec
  • Relaxing weekend at picturesque Normanville
  • First years think you're cool (at least for a bit)
  • Prep time doesn't really overlap with term/doesn't inhibit studies
  • Can't drink over the weekend
  • Relatively big responsibility
  • May have to miss Womad
This position is not elected at the AGM.
Ideas for the future
  • Increase accessibility and appeal of the weekend for a broad range of people
  • Further integration of points system into weekend
  • Strategies to increase clinical years attendance
  • Silent Disco?!
Previous office bearers
2018 Luke Cialini, Sophie Eblen, Alec Morley & Emily Slimming
2017 Jed Campbell, Jack Doney, Bianca Kennedy & Zoe Taylor
2016 Chloe Borgas, Harry Judd, Ellie Schofield & John Snow
2015 Ben Koszegi, Rosie Massolino, Collette Massy-Westropp & Letti Sweet
2014 Alexander Bate, Tess Ryan & Jessica Walker
Avg. 3-5 hours per week
Functions is one of the most fun roles on the AMSS Committee. The role can be what ever you'd like it to be! You get to run two events and can decide to do with them whatever you would like!

Jazz Night has a huge degree of potential to be expanded on, as has slowly being done over the years. This year we had over 800 people attending at our spot along Victoria drive, with past locations of the Pioneer Women's Memorial Gardens, Elder Park and Pinky Flat. It requires a fair bit of effort early in the year but is very rewarding to see it all come together. Let your creativity go where you want it, where your only limit is budget (and even this can be worked around!).

MedBall is arguably the biggest event on the AMSS calendar with the biggest budget, and therefore can be intimidating but is also very unique event experience. You can be as creative as you would like from the theme to the food, to the room, to the table settings. You have to be confident in meetings and negotiations with the big venues, as well as being efficient with emails.

As with all AMSS Committee positions, the Functions Convenor(s) are expected to attend all AMSS meetings (approximately 6 per year) and write an article for the Society's major publication, [stimulus].

This position will be elected by the Executive and nominations typically open in August-September each year.
  • Creativity
  • Event managment experience
  • Lots of work in the weeks leading up
This position is not elected at the AGM.
Ideas for the future
Previous office bearers
2018 Emily Bliss, Laura Dichiera, Nathan Dignam & Hollie Moran
2017 Lucy Adams, Chloe Borgas & Jennifer Hughes
2016 Tess Ryan & Jessica Walker
2015 Georgina Minns, Georgina Juniper, Dexter Leong
2014 Maya Todd, James Turnbull & Anna Lammerink
Avg. 3-5 hours per week
Great chance to get involved with such an important area in the medical school. Heaps of room for growth whether you are a fresh face or a veteran of the AMSS. Best suited for someone with heaps of imagination and a passion for student wellbeing and mental health, advocacy and getting involved with AMSS members.

Key responsibilities include:

- Health and Wellbeing Week and any other relevant events you choose to run
- Advocate for health and wellbeing through Team Ed
- Working party with faculty, university staff, and the Dean
- Run Carefactor workshop
- Running MedCamp chillzone

As with all AMSS Committee positions, the Health & Wellbeing Officer(s) are expected to attend all AMSS meetings (approximately 6 per year), help out at AMSS events and write an article for the Society's major publication, [stimulus].

This position will be elected online and nominees are not required to give a speech at the AGM.
  • People are very appreciative and enthusiastic for you
  • Opportunity to work with other portfolios
  • Chance to address key issue in the medical school
  • Minimal direction
  • Difficulty engaging students
  • Focused time commitment around H&W week
  • Lots of meetings
This position is not elected at the AGM.
Ideas for the future
  • Continue advocating within the university
Previous office bearers
2018 Mithma Ekanayake & Shehani Gunasekera
2017 Helena Torpy & Rachel Torpy
2016 Lucy Adams & Bella Watts
2015 Jessica Ransom
2014 Jane Collinson
Avg. 3-5 hours per week
The role of Educational Programs Coordinator helps to transition new students into their first year of medical school, collaborating with Second Year students to do so. The EdPrograms Coordinator is responsible for managing several initiatives of the AMSS including the three peer tutoring and transitioning programs - MedTransit, Peer2Peer and ClinPrac - the First Year Medical School tours and the TextBook Talk publication. There is also a First Year Exam Forum before the first semester exams. They also have a position on TeamEd and are responsible for liaising with the AMSS Teaching Series co-ordinator. Recent initiatives have included Third Year Mock OSCE.

The first duty of the year is creating TextBook Talk - the booklet guide for buying textbooks as a First Year. This is distributed during O' Week so is best done over the summer holidays. It involves gathering student opionion, positives and negatives, about textbooks and collaborating this information to create an informative and useful guide.

Next up is Med School Tours for the first years! These run typically on the Tuesday of O'Week and involves organising Second Year students to take the new First Years on a guided tour of the Medical School.

The first of the three peer programs is MedTransit, a program run only within the first term for First Years that aims to help the new cohort to transition into medical school. They are also reponsible for enlisting Second Year students in groups of 2-4 and assigning them groups of First Years as well as providing the tutors with a briefing session and information about what to cover in the program.

Peer2Peer, a program run from first term onwards for both First and Second years, is a peer-tutoring program pairing up Clinical medical students with groups of First and Second year students and aiming to help these students consolidate the knowledge they are covering in CBL and Clin. Again, EdPrograms Coordinator is repsonsible for signing up both clinical and pre-clinical students to participate in this program and providing the tutors with materials to employ in their tutorials.

The EdPrograms Coorindator is also responsible for assigning the role of ClinPrac Coordinators to a group of 2nd year students, this year done through an written application and interview process.

In conjunction with the JEO and VP(E), conducting the First Year Exam Forum is a part of the role. This takes palce ahead of first semester exams and is historically a well attended event. The main aim is to calm nerves for First Years by familiaring them with the content and format of their first set of examinations.

As mentioned, the EdPrograms Coordinator will also direct the Third Year Mock OSCE. This is an involved process, so ideally some experience with helping/assisting the First Year Mock OSCE as a Second Year (it is absolutely not necessary to be a ClinPrac director the whole year) would be advantageous. This is run in conjunction with the VP(E).

Other roles include reviewing the peer-tutoring/transitioning programs, sitting on TeamEd and running other educational initiatives like surface anatomy tutorials that have been done in the past.



As with all AMSS Committee positions, the EdPrograms Coodinator(s) are expected to attend all AMSS meetings (approximately 6 per year), help out at AMSS events and write an article for the Society's major publication, [stimulus].

This position will be elected online and nominees are not required to give a speech at the AGM.
Variable time - during summer holidays, TextBook Talk and arrangements for Medtransit/ClinPrac and Peer2Peer are necessary. Workload is dependent on upcoming events - e.g. there is some work ahead of the First Year Exam Forum and the 3rd Year Mock OSCE.
  • A majority of the work is during the summer holidays, so there are some light periods during the year.
  • Get to be artsy and creative in creating TextBook Talk
  • A lot of it is organising and coordinating other stuff - which is a positive if you like that sort of thing!
  • Interacting and supporting the First Years especially
  • Gain a seat on TeamEd!!
  • Med school tours are difficult to coordinate as a third year because they are usually held on a Tuesday when you are at hospital, however this works well when co-ordinated with a keen 2nd year.
  • The nature of the position is such that it is now ideally suited to a 3rd year. Some experience with ClinPrac and Mock OSCEs is preferable, now that these events are incorporated within the TeamEd Portfolio. 2nd years would require some help from seniors.
  • There is a bit of a rush at the start of the year when signing up students and tutors for MedTransit, organising med school tours and interview for ClinPrac
This position is not elected at the AGM.
Ideas for the future
  • Initiating another educational tutorial other than surface anatomy
  • Move to change med school tour day - This is very difficult due to the hectic nature of the 1st Year OWeek timetable
Previous office bearers
2018 Catalina Moraga, Georgia Smithson-Tomas & Riley Ovan
2017 Stephen Bacchi & Ivana Chim
2016 Thu Nguyen & Esther Jones
2015 Aashray Gupta
2014 Katey Snaith
Avg. 0-2 hours per week
International officer is a great role for any student, international or domestic, to get involved with the AMSS by being the voice for international students across a broad range of areas including education, internship, and student involvement. You also get to run two great events, the Welcome Barbeque for International Students (O'Week), International Food Fiesta. These events allow you creative flexibility and provide excellent experience in event organisation. Overall this position has room to be expanded on in future years.

As with all AMSS Committee positions, the International Rep is expected to attend all AMSS meetings (approximately 6 per year), help out at AMSS events and write an article for the Society's major publication, [stimulus].

This position will be elected online and nominees are not required to give a speech at the AGM.
Time requirement details: Monthly AMSS Meetings, TeamEd Meetings 3-4 times per year, International Food Fiesta requires 3-4 hours per week for 1-2 months and up to 30 hours in the week proceeding
  • Organising the International Food Fiesta is a great experience; it's a lot of fun, allows you to build skills in event management and working in a team
  • The role provides you with an opportunity to work with a team of International Reps from each year level as well as meet many students who are involved in the IFF
  • The role provides you with the opportunity to establish stronger connections with international students in your year level as well as students around Australia through being a member of the AMSA International Students' Network
  • International student internship advocacy continues to be a difficult issue to address
This position is not elected at the AGM.
Ideas for the future
  • Expanding the International Food Fiesta to host more food stalls and be more accessible not only to medical students, but also the wider university community
Previous office bearers
2018 Luzern Tan
2017 Sharanya Shantharam
2016 John Snow
2015 Ashani Mahawattege
2014 Aashray Gupta
Avg. 0-2 hours per week
EdForum (n); where education meets entertainment in an after-hours lecture or workshop.

Convening EdForums is a great way to get involved with the AMSS and build on your event management experience. There are a minimum of four EdForums run throughout the year on any topics of your choosing! The role involves coming up with ideas, contacting potential speakers, organising catering and room hire as well as coordinating event promotion.

As with all AMSS Committee positions, the EdForum Convenor(s) are expected to attend all AMSS meetings (approximately 6 per year), help out at AMSS events and write an article for the Society's major publication, [stimulus].

This position will be elected online and nominees are not required to give a speech at the AGM.
One hour per week per convener. Typically, the workload increases when approaching the forum date, after which there is a lull with little to no activity required.
  • Highly rewarding in that you get to rub shoulders with key figures in their respective medical fields (sometimes even the Deans!)
  • These events are often both entertaining and informative and continue the important educational work that is a pillar of the AMSS
  • Wide scope of topics (medical and non-medical) to choose between - lots of freedom to talk about current, interesting and relevant topics
  • Boosting attendance is a big challenge due to EdForum's after-hours nature and requires careful selection of speakers and persistent marketing of upcoming forums.
This position is not elected at the AGM.
Ideas for the future
  • Potential to develop smaller break-out sessions, where smaller groups have a more interactive session with each speaker
Previous office bearers
2018 Ayra Perakath
2017 Natasha Grey & Katie Richards
2016 Alice Crawford, Charlotte Pugh & Jess Ransom
2015 Sibella Hare-Breidahl, Montgommery Do-Wyeld & Maud Taylor
2014 Georgia Mead, Nupur Shukla & Helena Torpy
Avg. 3-5 hours per week
There can be 1-3 AMSS APY Exchange Coordinator(s) per year. These coordinators organise the program and logistics together, and then act as independent community leaders. Ideally, at least one of these coordinators will have volunteered on the program before. We suggest this as the program is quite unique and an ongoing relationship with NPYWC is important.

Role includes:

- The ‘APY Exchange Coordinator/s’ will hold one vote on the AMSS Committee, and be held to the same expectations as other Committee members, including:

-Attendance at committee meetings
-Membership of the AMSS
-Submission of articles to [stimulus]
-Scheduling events such that they do not clash with other AMSS events (or events of its affiliates or subcommittees)

Hours of work required per week:

- Jan - April (Only occasional emails, O’Week lectures & application process)
- April - July (On average 3-6 hours per week of emails, logistics planning, pre-departure planning sessions with volunteers or cultural awareness training)
- July - October (On average 1-3 hours per week of further planning)
- July and October Program are typically 10 days duration: coordinator acts as leader & mentor for their group of 3 other volunteers


The APY Exchange Coordinator/s for 2019 and beyond will be elected by the 2018 AMSS Executive with assistance from the previous APY Exchange Coordinator/s.
  • Opportunity to build connections with like minded students in other year levels
  • Leadership experience
  • Cultural awareness opportunity
  • Opportunity to build connections in Indigenous health
  • Majority of the role is completed by October (leaving the last part of the year to concentrate on studies)
  • Logistics can be difficult and unpredictable (coordinated mainly through the medical school and NPYWC)
  • Need to be organised (peak organisation around May - July, during pre-clinical exams)
  • Need to be flexible
This position is not elected at the AGM.
Ideas for the future
  • Continue 8 volunteers in July and 4 volunteers in October (continue established relationship with NPYWC and communities)
  • Room to swap October program to April program if preferable
  • Build and establish more opportunities for other medical students to engage with local Aboriginal health programs, e.g. local health clinics
  • Improve continuity of relationships with communities, through Wiltja (school program supporting students at Woodville High) etc.
  • Further cultural awareness training
Previous office bearers
2018 Jess Mitchell & Jack Rumbelow
2017 Laura Sharley & Jack Mintz
Avg. 6-10 hours per week
MedRevue is a parody show that seeks to entertain the student body, doctors, other health professionals, and non-medical audiences. It usually takes the form of a “medical” take on a theme, for example The Rocky Horror Picture Show in this year’s performance.

As convenor(s), you will have oversight over a diverse range of responsibilities, including:

- Script-writing and thematic formulation
- Auditioning and Casting
- Costuming/Props
- Stage effects/Photography/Videography/Recording
- Coordinating large ensembles
- Recruitment of ancillary groups, e.g. Backstage and Front of House
- Venue and A/V hire
- Sponsorship
- Marketing
- Financial Budgeting

The way you approach these is flexible, and often involves delegation of tasks to other leaders in your production. Be aware, however, that the final responsibility will rest with you. MedRevue convenorship is a fun and rewarding experience but in order to be successful, key tasks (such as venue hire) must be completed in a timely manner.

The production is not-for-profit, and proceeds go towards philanthropic aims. This year we have supported an AMSS initiative, the Mimili Youth Holiday Programme.
Time requirements increase significantly towards the final date, be aware of this when committing to this role.
  • Great creative outlet
  • Enjoyable and rewarding
  • Development of leadership and organizational skills
  • Development of technical and design skills
  • Liaison with a large group of keen and enthusiastic peers
  • Significant time commitment
  • Overall responsibility for tasks that aren't always your area of expertise
This position is not elected at the AGM.
Ideas for the future
  • Approach sponsors EARLY
Previous office bearers
2018 Henry Colovic & Jessica Ransom
2017 Tenayah Renshaw & James Whitehead
2016 Kate Seagrim & Caitlyn Sun
2015 Simon Tan & Nikhil Thyagarajan
2014 Tessa Moody, Susanne Nicholson, Paaree Senguttuvan, Katie Stranks & Lachy Stranks

Nominations #

Nominations will be displayed on this page once approved by the Returning Officer after 5pm on the day submitted up until voting opens.

Proxy Votes #

Proxy votes for positions that are being elected at the AGM will be accepted up until Wednesday 12th September at 5:00 PM. They must be submitted via email to returningofficer@amss.org.au.

To be accepted as valid, you must be a current AMSS member, and specify:

  • Your name and university email address;
  • The reason you cannot attend the annual general meeting;
  • The details of the ballot(s) [name of position] that you are wishing to lodge a proxy vote for, including:
    • the name of your first preferenced candidate with a number one placed against that name
    • optionally, as many of the names of other candidates of lower preference, indicating decreasing preference by placing higher integers against those names

The Returning Officer will determine if a written proxy vote is valid. Only proxy votes with a legitimate reason for non-attendance at the AGM will be counted. The legitimacy of reasons for proxy votes will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the Returning Officer. Please contact returningofficer@amss.org.au with any questions regarding proxy voting.

Nominate #

Nominations for 2018 Committee and Executive positions are open. Please note that the AMSS will be using online voting and nominees for most committee positions will not be required to speak at the AGM. Executive position nominees and nominees for Senior AMSA Representative and Junior Education Officer will be required to speak (2 minutes) and will be elected at the AGM.

Your nomination must include your name, your current MBBS year of study, and the position for which you are nominating. It should also include a statement of nomination, which may be up to 100 words for those applying for Committee positions.

You may apply for multiple positions by submitting this form multiple times. Online voting for the Committee positions not elected at the AGM will open soon after the conclusion of the AGM. If you are unsuccessful at the AGM, you will have the opportunity to immediately nominate for a Committee position.

Please note that, as always, campaigning for votes is strictly prohibited. Any nominee found to be in breach of this policy will have their nomination(s) revoked.

Elected Committee members are expected to attend AMSS meetings (approximately 8 per year), help out at AMSS events and write an article for the Society's annual publication, [stimulus].

Any questions can be directed to returningofficer@amss.org.au.

(Applications for Skullduggery Convenor(s), Functions Coordinator(s), MedRevue Convenor(s) and APY Exchange Coordinator(s) will open shortly after the election of Executive and Committee positions and be elected by the Executive and past convenors).

Submissions for this form are closed.