The AMSS APY Exchange is a student run program allowing medical students from the University of Adelaide to volunteer in remote Indigenous communities of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara region of South Australia. The program aims to expose future doctors to Aboriginal culture and build knowledge and awareness around Indigenous health issues whilst providing the communities with a fun, interactive and engaging youth holiday program. Each school holiday program runs for one week, during which time the students run activities based around health promotion, such as sporting, craft and cooking.
One of the additional benefits of the program is the unique experience offered to the pre-clinical and clinical students, which allows them to extend their skill-set beyond clinical practice. By moving away from this setting, the students are encouraged to build their enthusiasm, passion and open-mindedness, engage with children, adolescents and adults on a personal level, develop relationships and share stories which allow for exchange of cultural and educational conversation.
The program is facilitated by the NPY (Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara), Women’s Council Aboriginal Corporation, an organisation based in Alice Springs. The program is funded by the AMSS along with GPEx, the Australian General Practice Training Program provider in South Australia.
If you are interested in volunteering for this years program, please send an expression of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the formal application. Applications will be open until 5pm on Friday March 24th 2017.
With a history of supporting Australian communities by providing a skilled and sustainable GP workforce, GPEx is proud to partner with the Adelaide Medical Student Society (AMSS) to deliver the APY Lands project. If you want the opportunity to become an exceptional doctor, GPEx should be your first choice. Visit the website for more information.