The AMSA Global Health Conference is a staple calendar and moral-awakening event for every international and public health fan kid in Australia and New Zealand. This kind of conference connects you with all your friends you’re yet to meet and opens doors, windows and ceilings to new opportunities during your medical studies and after. This kind of conference puts your life back in perspective.
Though difficult to whittle down to a finite number of experiences, I think the below quotes highlight some of the most impacting moments for me in Perth:
Empathy is seen as a threat to a largely conservative agenda.
Nic Holas (Writer/Activist)
Build [self] redundancy into everything you do.
Akram Azimi (Young Australian of the Year)
[Concerning cultural competency], as soon as you think you understand it all, you’ve failed.
Dr Christine Reid (GP)
There is only now.
Ronni Kahn (Founder & CEO OzHarvest)
While in Perth, I also had the pleasure of running a workshop on motivation, deconstructing apathy and social media campaigning, as part of the AMSA Training New Trainers pre-conference seminar, and assisting with AMSA Code Green’s advocacy campaigning throughout the conference. Let me tell you, it’s not hard to get involved with National AMSA projects, so stop that ho-humming and start applying!
Finally, and obviously, I encourage everyone to attend GHC16 in Newcastle next year. If you’re passionate about refugee stories, you should attend. If you think humanitarian aid could be done a lot better, you should attend. If you’re curious about whether climate change is a joke, you should attend. If you want to remain numb and live in your bubble of “first-world-bliss”, you above everyone else, should attend.
Glad we got that sorted. See you there next year.