The James Cook University Medical Students Association (JCUMSA) was established in 2000 and is the peak representative body for medical students studying at JCU.
JCUMSA advocates for students on three levels. We work with the medical school locally to advocate about assessment, student feedback and improvements to our medical course. We work with the QLD Medical Students Council (QLDMSC) to advocate on a state level regarding changes to internships and during state elections. On a national level we work with the Australian Medical Students Association (AMSA) attending National Council and advocating on behalf of our students on national issues!
JCUMSA promotes and supports the well-being and interests of ALL our students irrespective of differences including, but not limited to gender, race, age, sexual orientation and/or religion.
JCUMSA is a student organisation with student officials elected by the students for which it exists to serve. Everything we do is in abiding by the objectives and rules set out in our Constitution.
Please remember to look after yourselves and your friends this exam period. Support services and materials to help you cope with stress can be accessed through the Wellbeing section of our website: jcumsa.org.au/index.php/wellbeing
It has been an absolute privilege to work for you this year as your 2018 team, we wish you all the best and we will see you next year for much more!
This week, State Parliament will be debating and voting on whether to legalise access to Termination of Pregnancy (TOP) in Queensland.
AMSA has a strong pro-choice stance on the issue, advocating for all women to have access to safe and legal TOP services. The AMSA policy, last updated and voted on in 2017, can be read here: bit.ly/2GFg03V
The Queensland Medical Student Council (QLDMSC), with the support of the National AMSA Executive, have been working hard over the last few years in this area. They made a submission to the Law Reform Commission and have advocated to MPs and other stakeholders.
JCU med students raising money and awareness for men’s health! Get around this great cause by growing a mo yourself, or donate here: au.movember.com/team/2318753 Follow their page for more! #mo_tober ... See MoreSee Less
Maisha is a 4th year medical student currently based in Cairns. She has been involved in JCUMSA from her early days in the degree and was the JCUMSA secretary in 2017. As president this year, she endeavours to work assiduously to enhance the medical student experience at JCU through academics, events and advocacy to make 2018 a magnificent year. Despite the mounting pressures of the degree, Maisha is never hesitant on taking time out to mingle, so don’t be shy if you see her around, come say hi!
Academic Vice President
Darren is a 4 th year medical student based in Townsville and is your Academic Vice-President
for 2018. During the year, he will oversee and collaborate with JCUMSA’s Academic Team to
provide you with a vast array of academic events for your enjoyment. Moreover, his role
entails being the medical students’ voice for all concerns pertaining to the curriculum.
Whilst echoing the desires of medical students he will strive to resolve issues with medical
staff to improve your medical experiences. As such, feel free to chat with him for any of
your student needs!
Events Vice President
After having too much of a good time at all of JCUMSA’s events over the years, Tara decided she wanted to be involved in the behind-the-scenes planning, starting as a 4th year Events Rep and now as Events VP for 2018 and loving it! She lives for the excitement that comes with seeing everyone enjoy events as much as she does.
Events VP involves overseeing the planning of JCUMSA’s social events throughout the year, and works with a team of amazing and dedicated Events Reps throughout our four sites (Townsville, Cairns, Mackay and Darwin). Tara is in her 5th year based in Townsville, and thrilled for the big year ahead.
Publications & Promotions
Dan is a 3rd year medical student in Townsville and has been involved in JCUMSA for each of his 3 years, working on our Academic Team. His role in Pubs & Promos involves managing all of our social media, website and publications such as the JCUMSA Handbook! A bit of a tech nerd, Dan is obsessed with keeping up with the latest gadgets, apps and software crazes! This usually means he has access to all of our platforms at any given time of the day or night so if you ever have any questions about anything we do, send him a message through our JCUMSA Facebook page!
Josh is a 3rd year medical student, and has been with the JCUMSA team for 2 years now. As the 2018 JCUMSA Treasurer his role oversees all of JCUMSA financial assets, payments and spending and making sure theres enough molla for all big events planned for you guys. Although he identifies as a Central Queensland rural kid, born out of the blistering heat of 100x suns and surfing up on QLD's finest beaches, don't be fooled. You'll only see this man in public playing Pokemon Go, making a fool of himself with bad fashion choices, and playing Pub G excessively. Regardless, he's here to help, so please let him know if you require any assistance!
After an incredible 2017 working on the JCUMSA team, Isabelle, a 3rd year medical student, is ready to throw herself into the secretary role this year. Isabelle has you covered with all of your needs, from Gold Memberships to meetings, elections and general operations. She has swapped bargain hunting in Melbourne op-shops, with helping you to get the best bang for your buck with our JCUMSA Gold Membership. This jellybean of enthusiasm loves a good chat +/- banter, a solid meme (or 6) and picking up (reasonably useless) new skills. Isabelle is delighted to answer any of your questions - no matter how big or small - and lend a helping hand.
Keegan is a 4th year medical student based in Townsville for 2018 and has taken on board the role of Sponsorship Officer for JCUMSA as his first venture this year. He has a strong passion for social justice and is always seeking to broaden his horizons with international travel, experiences and friendships. His role of Sponsorship Officer involves liaising with medical indemnity companies, professional bodies, local and private businesses to help secure the best offers and opportunities possible for our student members. Keegan is looking forward to a great year on the executive and to welcoming new students into JCUMSA!
Shaurya (Shaz) is a gentleman and a scholar of sorts known for his networking and strong instagram presence. Homing from the suburbs of Townsville, his sense of humour and willingness to make the best of every situation tie in well with his work hard, play hard attitude. Currently a clinical student in his 5th year, Shaurya is accompanied by extensive experience and leadership roles including the Australian Medical Students' Association (AMSA) National Executive and National Core Advocacy team. Skilled, motivated and as enthusiastic as they come, he is ready to build upon the work of last year and engage with the medical students of JCU. His role in JCUMSA involves representing the views of JCU medical students on local, state and national levels and form the conduit of communication between JCU and these organisations. The Liaison officer sits on the Queensland Medical Students' Council which forms a key stakeholder in the Australian Medical Association Queensland (AMAQ) advocating for state-based issues including internship allocations. On a national level, Shaurya is the primary representative of JCU at AMSA Councils and votes on policies and advocacy issues after thinktank discussions have taken place. If you'd like to know more, want to attend an AMSA event or are eagerly awaiting the next JCU Thinktank don't hesitate get in contact! Come say hello and spin a few yarns!
Community & Wellbeing
Pip is your enthusiastic and hat-loving Community and Wellbeing Officer for 2018! Aside from enjoying Year 4, her interests include baking (she makes a top-notch oreo slice) mentoring, and spending time with friends and family. She is delighted be working with JCUMSA to make 2018 our most dynamic year yet!
As your Community and Wellbeing Officer, Pip is passionate about promoting student welfare, especially regarding mental health. She is also excited to facilitate engagement with her local community through programs such as the Teddy Bear Hospital and ABC&D Volunteering at Cleveland Youth Detention Centre.
If you have any questions or are feeling a bit lost, Pip is more than happy to help out, so feel free to say hello!