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The health of medical students is a priority for Medical Deans and its members. Studies have highlighted that medical students have high levels of stress, burnout and psychological distress compared to other professional groups. In response to these findings, Medical Deans have established a Student Health Committee (SHC).

The SHC provides a forum for medical schools to collaborate on best practice approaches to improving the health of students, including developing evidence based strategies and sharing resources. The committee comprises of eligible Deans from member medical schools, as well as the President and Vice President of the Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA) and the Prestident of the New Zealand Medical Students’ Association (NZMSA).

Achievements of the Committee

Since its inception in October 2017, the SHC have:

  • Hosted a webinar given by Professor Helen Christensen (from the Black Dog Institute) which discussed research trials and translational research to better understand how to prevent the onset and severity of anxiety, depression and suicidal behaviour among the health workforce, with a specific focus on junior doctors and medical staff
  • Developed and administered a questionnaire to capture successful practices of support services for medical students across all Australian and New Zealand medical schools
  • Provided feedback to the Consensus Statement on Medical Student Wellbeing that was circulated to members by Medical Deans
  • Chaired a panel session at the 2018 Medical Deans Annual Conference (link to program)