Community

The mission

The Community Working Group will produce opportunities for medical students to volunteer in primary care and community care programs in the local community.

 

2016 Working Group Executive

Chair: Maelynn Burridge, University of Adelaide
Secretary: Megan Bleeze, University of Notre Dame Fremantle

 

How to get involved

Email Chair, Maelynn Burridge, at community@student.gpsn.org.au. Please include your name, university, year level and brief reasons for interest in the group/past experiences of relevance (maximum 50 words).

You can also join the Community WG Facebook Group here.

 

2016 projects

  • Health for the Homeless – to establish a health screening program for the homeless population, as well as volunteering and education opportunities for medical students
  • Facilitating national student volunteering with distribution of the High School Mental Health Seminar Package and Volunteer Database
  • Health promotion activities with local GPSN clubs including GPSN Notre Dame
  • Fremantle’s Flu Vaccination campaign

 

2015 projects

Shane Cameron (Immediate Past Chair) – University of Wollongong

  • Men's Shed Health Checks - establishing national student volunteering system and creating volunteer handbook
  • Further input on 2014 Volunteer Database and High School Mental Health Seminar Package

 

  2014 projects

  • Establishing a database of volunteering opportunities for medical students with various national and local organisations to get future doctors involved and engaged within their communities.
  • Completing the seminar template from last year to distribute it nationally to all the local GPSN clubs (this can then be tailored to suit whatever presentation is required, eg. sexual health, mental illness). This will involve working on the presentation and template and re-presenting it to a local high school to receive and implement further feedback before distribution.

 

2013 projects

  • The community working group built relationships with organisations such as Starlight Foundation and the Cancer Council providing fantastic volunteering opportunities for students.
  • University of Western Sydney did a Starlight Foundation BBQ (which they did again this year) and Griffith University volunteered with the Cancer Council for Daffodil Day and Breast Cancer pink ribbon day.
  • They also began piloting an exam stress and study technique seminar for high school students on the Gold Coast, creating a seminar and structure and presenting it to one of the local private schools. It was very well-received and feedback was obtained on how to improve.
  • This is a project we will continue to work on and develop this year, with the tentative month of completion being August at this stage.