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.
With an astonishing 426 donations (average 53.25 donations per week) and 1,278 lives saved, JCUMSA set a new record for the most donations EVER in Vampire Cup history!
This one is for each and every one of you who donated once, twice, three, four or more! Thank you for your generosity, we may not have the biggest student body but when we work together we sure have proven we're unbeatable
And of course absolutely none of this would have been possible without all the heroic work from our very own Jack Bryant. Thank you for donating all your blood, sweat and tears into this very worthy cause. You've done an absolutely astounding job and deserve every bit of praise.
Until we defend our title in 2019, keep training them veins by donating! You can donate plasma every 2 weeks! (Call 13 14 95 or donateblood.com.au) ... See MoreSee Less
JCUMSA would like to extend a massive GOODLUCK to our 2nd year students starting off the big week of exams! We have no doubt that all of you will absolutely smash these exams! Keep your head high, freedom is nigh!!
With exams (and holidays) fast approaching, now's the time to really look after yourself and your friends and have a few tools on standby to keep you in the zone. To do just that, we've made a Spotify playlist with everything (mainly lyric-less songs) from flamenco guitar, to movie soundtracks , to techno, and a few pump up songs. Feel free to send us a message with song requests for everyone to enjoy through the playlist 🎶
JCUMSA Delegates at the 2018 AMSA National Leadership Development Seminar (NLDS) in Canberra where they engaged in topical conversations with national politicians and were equipped with advocacy skills necessary for leadership in the medical field! ... 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!