Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA)
DEA is a non-profit organization of doctors and medical students whose primary aim is to educate about and advocate for environmental issues that impact human health, such as climate change, the fossil fuel industry, sustainable hospitals, etc. This relatively new organization has experienced another fruitful year of engagement at UQ and in other neighbouring Queensland communities with events targeted on divestment, global warming, and the hazards of the coal mining industry. Committed to bettering our environment, DEA students participated in two tree-planting events this year, including a morning plant in Toowong, and a weekend-long plant on Moreton Island. DEA was also involved in demonstrations across the country encouraging Australian citizens to personally divest from national banks that support the fossil fuel industry. Over the past year there has also been documentary screenings on child health as impacted by climate change and hazards in the home. Aside from the daily advocacy operations of DEA, what is probably the most exciting endeavour yet to come is the annual conference, iDEA, which is being hosted in Brisbane in 2016. Being coordinated almost entirely by UQ DEA members, this upcoming environmental health conference is sure to be an event not to be missed and will be a major focus of the group until April 2016.
General Practice Students Network (GPSN)
We are GPSN, the General Practice Students Network! GPSN is a national student-run organisation with 21 clubs around the country and our aim is to get you thinking about a career and life as a GP. We provide free learning resources, host a number of awesome academic and clinical workshops and provide networking opportunities throughout the year. Even if you are unsure about a future in general practice, don’t worry. Our activities are open to and enjoyed by all!
2015 has been a huge year for GPSN: with just a team of nine, we started the year by welcoming 150 new members at the first year Affiliates BBQ and then successfully ran nine outstanding events. The biggest event of the year was our annual “GP Careers Information Night”. Invited speakers from RACGP, ACRRM, GPTQ, QRME, UQ SoM and GPN provided students with valuable information on general practice training pathways, as well as some personal experiences of training GPs.
GPSN clinical workshops are always popular among our keen peers and this year was no different. From suturing for the first years, to injection technique, punch biopsy and excision biopsy for the second years! A new workshop for 2015 was the “GP Grand Round and Clinical Workshop” and this gave third years an opportunity to practise commonly seen skills within GP land. We also ran the “Red Flags Evening” at both St. Lucia and Ipswich campuses, with the aims of preparing and calming the nerves of our second years before their big OSCEs. All workshops were taught by outstanding GPs who shared their vast knowledge and experiences in general practice. With overwhelming sign-ups across our workshops, the students loved it and continually wanted more!
Rainbow Med is the group for people interested in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) health at UQ. We hold workshops and theme evenings, social networking events, and also work to improve knowledge of and teaching relating to LGBTIQ health matters amongst medical students and in the medical curriculum.
We welcome anyone interested in LGBTIQ health (you don’t have to be LGBTIQ-identifying), and encourage all students to attend our educational events. If you are LGBTIQ and new to Brisbane, we’ll also be happy to share all our local knowledge with you.
Singapore Medical Association of Queensland
The Singapore Medical Association of Queensland (SMAQ) hopes to act as a bridge between medical students in Queensland and the healthcare sector in Singapore. This is achieved through the provision of information regarding career prospects, as well as keeping its members abreast of elective opportunities available in Singapore. The association also serves to voice any suggestions or concerns among its members to the Ministry of Health in Singapore.
Another function of SMAQ is to serve as a platform for its members to bond and support one another. Academically, peer tutorials and OSCE tutorials are held for the juniors throughout the year. Additionally, regular social events help develop camaraderie among members, which facilitates the establishment of a great support network for all members to discuss concerns or seek advice.
Supporting Women in Medicine (SWIM)
SWIM (Supporting Women in Medicine) is a UQ non-profit, student-run initiative that recognises the unique challenges faced by females in the medical profession. As an extension of this main mission, we encourage all medical students – irrespective of gender and background – to strive for balance and access to equal opportunities during a medical career.
This past year, SWIM has been proud to continue offering clinical skills workshops, clinician dinners, social gatherings and volunteering expeditions. While we’ve persisted with our staples of clinical examination tutorials, Q&A dinners and fitness events, we’ve been proud to roll out new offerings over the last year as well!
To top off our impressive academic portfolio, our new mentoring initiative commenced in 2014 provides students the opportunity to connect with clinicians, providing invaluable experiences and insight into what lies ahead. Not neglecting our physical health, SWIM runs a variety of fitness groups such as delightful open-air yoga sessions in the Great Court of our St Lucia campus. It was a great reminder to our students to get a breath of fresh air amidst all the studying! To add to the fun of this year, we held two social events – Cocktail Night and Wine and Cheese – which were lovely nights for our students to unwind with great company and food.
SWIM has also been very busy supporting charities targeted towards issues faced by women and families in the community: we organised several sessions to bring a group of SWIM members to Ronald McDonald House to cook dinner for the families of patients while they are receiving treatment.
Towards International Medical Equality (TIME)
Engagement, empowerment and action – creating change and building a better world for all.
TIME is a global health charity working towards improving health in resource poor settings. We envision a world of medical equity – where the large disparities we see in health between nations, regions and groups no longer exist. We do this by fundraising for domestic and international health organisations and facilitating student engagement in global and community medicine. In addition, we seek to empower students through education and professional engagement with other local organisations and experts in the field.
- We kicked off the year with a hugely successful fundraiser for our partners at the Biaro Pite Clinic and can’t wait to send our four MBBS III students these this summer.
- We partnered with Ashintosh and OMSA to provide disaster relief to communities in Nepal and Vanuatu
- We collaborated with architects and HealthHabitat – working on a project to improve water and sanitation in rural communities
- We heard from past senators, refugee advocates and local change makers – challenging us all to consider how we can best make a difference
- We ran UQ’s first Healthy Start Workshop and Toowoomba sessions
- We came together with UQMS, GPSN and TROHPIQ to run a successful NAIDOC day and laid the groundwork for an Indigenous Teddy Bear Hospital
- We had our biggest ZONTA KIT delegation – working to reduce maternal mortality in Papua new Guinea
- We ran bake sales and BBQs to purchase medical supplies for our first years to take overseas
- Our Fashion Show – the premier social event on the UQ calendar – was a resounding success
And our Red Party continues to raise money and awareness for HIV/AIDs as part of the national Red Aware campaign
Towards Rural and Outback Health Professionals in Queensland (TROHPIQ)
Who are we?
TROHPIQ is UQ, QUT, ANU, CQU and USQ’s rural health club dedicated to helping medical, nursing and allied health students experience the unique career and lifestyle opportunities to be found beyond the big town of Brisbane. We were established in 1994 and have been working towards our mission ever since.
Put simply, RURAL HEALTH IS AWESOME. Here’s why:
- You’ll have a lot of fun, within TROHPIQ and within the communities
- Better teacher:student ratio means you’ll see more and do more than your urban colleagues
- Regional, rural and remote communities are many and varied, but always welcoming
As health professionals
- Treat people you know and would care for even if you weren’t their treating health professional
- As a Rural Generalist enjoy the challenge of doing one or more of GP, emergency medicine, obstetrics and more. Plus get paid as a specialist (because you’re considered one)!
- As a nurse or member of an allied health team enjoy more operational independence and a greater scope of practice with the learning opportunities that that entails
- The chance to work with aboriginals to really make a difference and help to Close the Gap
- Take a leadership role, both professionally and in the community
- Spend as long as you like:
- Locum work – diverse, challenging, well paid
- Years to a lifetime – well paid, rewarding work like no other
What TROHPIQ offers:
- Clinical skills days
- Trips to regional and rural Queensland
- Assistance with organising electives
- Social events
- Financial support to attend conferences
- Rural careers information and advice
- Representation to the National Rural Health Students’ Network
- And much more!