Open Letter Against Offshore Processing and Mandatory Detention of Refugees

Due to the overwhelming evidence of Australia’s refugee detention policies negatively affecting health and human rights, a number of medical organisations have publicly expressed concern, and articles have been published in the Lancet, British Medical Journal, and Medical Journal of Australia. The Australian Medical Association (AMA), holds a position statement on the healthcare of asylum seekers and refugees, which includes clauses against prolonged, indeterminate detention on health grounds. Many other medical bodies (e.g. ACEM, RANZCOG, RACGP, RACP) have expressed similar sentiments, as seen here.

AMSA, which represents over 17,000 medical students nationwide, also holds a policy on refugee and asylum seeker health which calls for an end to indefinite and offshore detention. In the spirit of this policy, we ask you to officially and publicly support the attached open letter to be delivered to the Australian Federal Government.

Please read the Open Letter and add your voice against these policies by filling in the following form.

MIPS Wellness Lounge

After all the mental stimulation from the amazing plenaries, sessions, and workshops. emjoy some downtime in the Projects X MIPS Wellness Lounge!

Everything you could possibly want in a chill-out space, a place where you can:

– Relax
– Meet new people
– Play giant games
– Read cool books
– Recover from that pesky hangover
– Peruse global health posters made by peers
– Listen to our specially curated playlists: Ambient Wellness, Wellness and World, Wellness and Chill

Networking Balcony

At GHC this year, we are offering the opportunity to network with speakers and organisations. This will occur on the Networking Balcony (Portico balcony) during the lunchtimes (1-2pm) of Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August.

This will provide you with the chance to discuss the stimulating topics raised during the Academic and Projects sessions with fellow global health enthusiasts, and create invaluable interpersonal connections. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Saturday – August 18
– Dr. Alessandro Demaio
– Prof. Rob Moodie
– Mary Freer
– Climate and Health Alliance
– Many more!

Sunday – August 19
– Sally Goldner
– A/Prof. Michelle Telfer
– Airborne Aid
– Days for Girls
– Australian Volunteers Program
– Many more!

Poster Competition

This year at GHC18, we’re bringing posters back. Medical students do amazing and inspiring work throughout the year in the global health sphere, often with little recognition. So why not show their work off? Medical student-run are invited to present their work in poster format, to be displayed in Melbourne Town Hall during the conference. The winner will have the opportunity to present their work at Closing Ceremony on the last day!

FitBit Step Count Competition

Been too busy being wowed by our amazing academic program to get active? Medical school eating into your precious exercise time? Well it’s time to change that. For the first time ever, GHC is having our very own step count competition. Why bother? First prize is a Fitbit! Squeeze in a run before the day starts, get up and do star jumps between academic sessions, dance EXTRA HARD at our amazing socials. Whatever it is, get up and get moving for your chance to win a Fitbit and other great prizes!

Blood Drive

For those of you who literally believe in putting in ‘blood, sweat, and tears’ to the cause, a group of GHC18 delegates will be donating blood on Sunday 19 August! Sign-ups have already occurred, but if you’re interested in joining, feel free to ask a friendly volunteer at the rego desk!