National Working Groups

Want to make a difference to the future of general practice in Australia?

The GPSN national working groups are student-inspired, student-run groups for GPSN members who are interested in a particular area of primary healthcare.

Each group is made up of GPSN members from across Australia.

The groups are self-directed, selecting their own projects to work on, with the support of GPRA. Past project have included national events, research papers, local and national initiatives, pilot programs and more.

These national initiatives provide opportunities to experience and pursue roles in policy making, research, community involvement and public health. You’re invited to get involved!

Email gpsnenquiries@gpra.org.au if you are interested in joining a working group.

Community Working Group

The Community Working Group has an active role in providing opportunities for students to actively give back to the broader community.

This includes the newly established Refugee Health Initiative, with a pilot food-drive project planned to be hosted in Armidale.

We’re hoping to build on making this a national effort in future, bringing to light the difficulties faced by this population and providing much-needed supplies.

Research is also ongoing with our Homeless Health initiative having conducted surveys gauging the level of teaching on this often-overlooked area of health, with input from shelters and other organisations on how we as students may be able to help.

With all of these projects and more, we hope to build upon what has been achieved in the previous year and continue to create a positive impact on medical students and the wider community.

Email gpsnenquiries@gpra.org.au if you are interested in joining this working group.

Join the Community Working Group Facebook group.

Research Working Group

The Research Working Group produces research that focuses on the priorities of GPSN members.

With almost all medical schools in Australia shifting to a Doctor of Medicine degree, GPSN recognises there is an expectation of students to undertake research.

As GPSN has a strong, large and well-engaged membership base, there is the perfect opportunity and resources for students with a research interest to be supported and assisted through the process.

An example of the research this working group has done is investigating the links between personality types and undergraduate degrees with mental health in medical school.

This research is of high importance given the concerning and increasing number of suicides in junior doctors.

In the coming year, we have many more interesting and exciting research projects planned. You are invited to join us!

Email gpsnenquiries@gpra.org.au if you are interested in joining this working group.

Join the Research Working Group Facebook page.

Rural Working Group

The Rural Working Group focuses on projects which will foster an appreciation — if not passion — for rural and agricultural health amongst medical students.

An exciting initiative of this working group is the development of a pilot ‘Farm Stay’ program for 2018 in conjunction with Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) Rural Health and National Rural Health Student Network (NRHSN).

The aim is to provide medical students with the opportunity to experience rural and agricultural medicine in a hands-on, real-life environment

We recognise that it is next to impossible to teach medical students about rural health in a big city lecture theatre, so we hope that through exposing them to life on a farm they will have a better understanding of both the challenges and joys of rural medicine.

Ongoing projects include a mentor database, which will provide an avenue for students to connect with rural doctors who are willing to mentor and host clinical placements.

Email gpsnenquiries@gpra.org.au if you are interested in joining this working group.

Join the Rural Working Group Facebook page.

Close the Gap Working Group

The Close the Gap Working Group aims to encourage all medical students to make closing the gap and Indigenous health a priority in their future practice. The group will also develop programs to provide support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students during their time at medical school.

The poorer health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are well recognised. Medical students play an important role as Australia's future doctors in helping to improve this situation so that equality can be achieved.

The Close the Gap Working Group aims to increase awareness and encourage all medical students to make Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health a priority in their future practice. The group also plans to provide assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical student groups when needed.

The Cultural Immersion Experience Camp, an initiative of this working group, is an opportunity for medical students interested in general practice to gain experience indigenous health and culture firsthand.

The poorer health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are well recognised. Medical students play an important role as Australia's future doctors in helping to improve this situation so that equality can be achieved.

The Close the Gap Working Group aims to increase awareness and encourage all medical students to make Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health a priority in their future practice. The group also plans to provide assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical student groups when needed.

Email gpsnenquiries@gpra.org.au if you are interested in joining this working group.

Join the Close The Gap WG Facebook Group.

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