Hey guys! My name is Nandini 🙂
I’ll be a 3rd year medical student in 2017 and am super excited to be the AUMSA advocacy officer for this year.
I believe advocacy work and medical professions go hand in hand. As future healthcare practitioners we must be able to advocate effectively in a variety of areas in our field; we must be advocates for our patients, for underrepresented populations, for ourselves as doctors, and for other medical professionals. On a wider scale, we can also play a powerful role in ensuring inclusive and equitable healthcare policies are put in place in New Zealand.
I have often found, however, that knowing what steps to take in order to effectively advocate for an issue can often be a challenge. As advocacy officer I’m hoping to provide medical students with opportunities to develop the knowledge and skills needed to be effective and confident advocates. In my mind, that starts with gaining well-rounded knowledge on relevant issues so we can become confident in our opinions. After that, we need to know how to translate those beliefs into actions.
My role in AUMSA is :
- Advocating for academia, education, wellbeing and any wider health issues within or outside the medical school.
- Engaging with existing student interest groups to identify any areas that AUMSA is able to advocate for and support.
- Being a visible person that medical students and interest group members can approach with an area they would like to advocate on, and seek AUMSA’s support with this.
- Leading advocacy in areas that the executive identify to be important for students/doctors.
(- Jimmy Chancellor, 2015)
- Helping medical students gain the skills and experience to become effective advocates
I can’t wait to start this role and get the chance to work with all of you!
On a personal note, I love music, hiking, coffee and talking to people (so come chat with me!).