About Us

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 Logo image

Our Constitution

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.
JCUMSA Constitution


Social Feeds


Unable to display Facebook posts.
Show error

Error: (#10) This endpoint requires the 'manage_pages' permission or the 'Page Public Content Access' feature. Refer to https://developers.facebook.com/docs/apps/review/login-permissions#manage-pages and https://developers.facebook.com/docs/apps/review/feature#reference-PAGES_ACCESS for details.
Type: OAuthException
Code: 10
Please refer to our Error Message Reference.


JCUMSA thanks the following sponsors for their support in 2018

Our Team


James Coventon
As a final year medical student, Covo is enjoying 2019. He has been given the unique opportunity to leave his mark on the college before graduating, and he’s determined to ensure JCUMSA has a strong platform to project itself into the new decade. Growing up in Townsville, Covo was captain of Ignatius Park College before commencing medicine after year 12. His passion lies in student tutoring, an outlet he began in third year, as well as competing in any sport that doesn’t require agility. This is best evidenced by his heavy involvement with Med League, and his fondest memory of university was ROLLING Team Zach at the Med League all star game in 2018. He now spends far too much time playing squash and is always looking for new opponents. He’s an avid cricketer and distance runner when his seasonal atopy doesn’t narrow his airways to the diameter of capillaries. Occasionally he can be found attending placement at the TTH.
E: president@jcumsa.org.au
Julian Pecora
Academic Vice President
Julian (Julz) is a 5th Year student based in Cairns, who has had had a diverse experience throughout his time at JCU. This began with a now infamous modelling gig at the on-campus Underwraps Hair Studio. For context, he is now being rejected from background roles in local NQ pest control commercials. Having played Rugby League for most of his life, he had an illustrious stint with the Med League team, racking up an impressive 0 tries and 0 goals across his two year-career. Julian retired from Med League the following year to take a lead acting role in the 2017 Med Revue, Game of Chron’s. Thankfully, most recall that his horrible and god-forsaken singing took the spotlight off any other criticism the show may have attracted. He moved to Cairns for the clinical years, seemingly only to host triple j related house parties, and convince his peers that he appreciates pseudo-alternative pop-rock stylings. In reality, he pays for Spotify Premium just to leave Untouched by The Veronicas on repeat (which is, admittedly, a tune). Julz grew up in Western Sydney and has always had a passion for leadership. He was School Captain in Year 12 and was Academic Representative in the MBBS program every consecutive year before accepting the VP position. His main goal for 2019 is in academic advocacy, aiming to achieve tangible change in the course’s structure and delivery in response to student feedback. This occurs via regular forums conducted with the College’s staff. He and his Academic Team’s portfolio include the JCUMSA Clinical Skills Nights, Maggie Grant Guest Speaker Night, Vaccination Drive, Trivia Nights, and Practice MSAT/OSCE events. If you are having difficulty locating Julian, be sure to look sure out for his abnormally large head: it can be occasionally seen to eclipse the sun and cast a dark, ominous shadow over his nearby surroundings.
Beth Edwards
Events Vice President
Beth is fourth year medical student, born and raised in FNQ and now continuing her study in Cairns. If you’ve been around a while, you might know her from her roles as Insaka Sponsorship Officer or Teddy Bear Hospital co-coordinator, or even for her lewd portrayal of prostitution in 2018’s Med Revue. As the person in charge of this year’s events, you’ll often hear Beth proclaiming the need for everyone to ‘get out and about’ and ‘get lit’, which is little rich coming from someone who spends her downtime knitting, watching the Antiques Roadshow and googling the new words her friends keep saying. Nevertheless, when Beth trades her usual cup of tea for more than 1.5 standard drinks, she loses all inhibitions and may even treat you to a disturbing display of her very Caucasian dancing. Beth’s primary motivation this year is getting people out of their books and into groovy events. She’s a big advocate for making the most of every penny to make sure you’re getting value for money. The events team will be behind the scenes of every cocktail party and mixer, so if you have any suggestions for a good time be sure to get in touch!
Georgia Westwood
After dipping her toes into Nursing for a year, Georgia was demoted to the MBBS program in 2017. As our JCUMSA Secretary, Georgia’s job can be demanding, though admittedly most of her days are spent deliberating over whether she’ll tuck into a cheeky Indian takeaway or Mac-and-Cheese for dinner. Either option is more bearable than physically dining in at Townsville “restaurants,” the Gold Coast-based Westwood notes. Undoubtedly, she was destined for the Secretary gig: the only thing Georgia Westwood sends harder than an assertively composed email is her Friday nights. Nevertheless, Georgia’s reputation for meticulous cleanliness on college and absolute organisation with her studies is prolific. You’ll be happy to know that we’ve snuck a peek and can confirm that her JCUMSA inbox is kept to a similarly immaculate standard, rife with colour-coding, flagging and marking all emails not from Dan Murphy’s as spam. If you’re struggling to locate Georgia, we recommend printing off a photo of a “deer in the headlights” and then searching any venue on Flinders St circa 2am for a woman that fits that description. You’ll find her, trust us.
Alexander Bykersma
Alex deals with the JCUMSA dollars. He’s never been a millionaire but reckons he’d be a darling at it. He loves his basketball and giving his all in the treasurer position.
Ashly Sabu
Publications & Promotions
Ash is a 4th year medical student based in her hometown Townsville. After being INSAKA'S IT officer in 2018, she decided she would self promote to join the JCUMSA executive in 2019. As JCUMSA's 2019 pubs & promo officer, she hopes that she can sway in the crowds and take JCUMSA's online presence to another level with her super creative posters #THANKGOD4CANVA. Apart from posting Game of Thrones related rants on Reddit, she likes to use her friends and fellow JCUMSA team as guinea pigs for exploring her inner cinematographer/photographer. (Stay tuned for our upcoming promo videos this year!) She tries to make minimal live appearances due to a strong preference for sleep and indoors in general but if you're lucky enough, you might spot her at the occasional sign in session. (Or the front wall of Big W Stocklands where she was "randomly" selected to represent someone of colour in the workplace, couldn't turn down a modelling opportunity though ;))
E: publications@jcumsa.org.auJCUMSA Facebook
Sachin Joshi
Sponsorship Officer
Sachin is a fourth year medical student who hails from the moist lands of South East Queensland. He has served the student body in different roles such as Insaka Year Rep and MedRevue Co-convenor in 2018, however, anyone that truly knows him understands where his true passion lies - memes. This year Sachin has traded the stage for more behind the scenes work as your Sponsorship Officer. You won't really see him in the midst of the action as most of his work is done behind closed doors. Selling his soul to numerous organisations and making frivolous deals to obtain sponsorship for JCUMSA, are just some of the aspects of the job. The rest... is better left unsaid. Sachin's primary goal this year is to expand the sponsorship portfolio to such proportions that could rival Kanye West's ego. Ultimately this will allow JCUMSA to plan and run even bigger and better events to benefit every JCU medical student. You can find Sachin most days lingering in the dimly lit prisons of the JCU Medlabs, socialising instead of studying. He is always keen for a chat and open to any and all suggestions, so slide right into those DMs if you have any questions or suggestions!
Remi Sayre
Community & Wellbeing
Remi is a 4th year student currently based in Townsville, and is absolutely thrilled to support the JCU medical student body through her role as Community and Wellbeing Officer. Hailing from the small coastal town of Boyne Island (yep… it’s actually a real island), Remi was the School Vice-Captain of Tannum Sands State High School in Year 11 and 12, Debating Captain in Year 12 and Musical Captain in Year 12. Leaving home at 17 to study medicine 12 hours away at JCU, Remi certainly understands how important pastoral care and student support can be to ensuring a positive and successful experience throughout medical school. She herself has been heavily involved in pastoral roles throughout her time at university, as a Residential Assistant at both Saint Marks and Saints Catholic College, and a home group co-facilitator. When she is not studying in her natural habitat of the Saints Catholic College dining hall (rugged up in her dressing gown), Remi enjoys making a fool of herself up on stage – as she did in the 2018 Med Revue production ‘Fantastic Lecturers and Where to Find Them’. She has been singing, dancing and acting since she can remember, and also plays a ridiculous number of instruments – including bass, double bass, guitar, ukulele, drums, piano and violin. In her downtime, Remi enjoys running away from her problems on the treadmill, lifting heavy things at the gym, and binge-watching Kath and Kim with her boyfriend Chris.


Nicholas Williams
IT Officer
Anoushka Kothari
Junior Sponsorship Officer
Tanish John
Junior AMSA Liason
Jasmin Banwait
Female Interfaculty Sports Representative
Bailey Anderson
Male Interfaculty Sports Representative
Simran Gill
International Students Representative
Joanne Kaczmarek
Indigenous Students Representative
Riya Gaikaiwari
RACGP Medical Representative
Mitee Parekh
Teddy Bear Hospital Convenor
Michael Cao
Graduation Week Convenor

InPsych Team

Lauren Gomes
Minurika Perusinghe
Vice President
Malki Senanayake
Finance Officer
Hannah Penner

Membership. Tickets. Merch. JCUMSA Store