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Australia
AMSA
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Location Australiamap2.jpg
Participating cities (LC's) Cairns/Townsville, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Perth
Languages English
Currency Australian Dollar (1 AUD = 1.04 USD, Aug 2012)
Time zone Australian Eastern Standard Time, Australian Central Standard Time, Australian Western Standard Time
Number of Doctors per 1000 people 2.5
Number of incoming students per year 15
Who are our NEO's Skye Kinder & Jade Lim (neo@amsa.org.au)
Our official website www.amsa.org.au
Come for exchange!
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Welcome note

Welcome to the Country from Down Under! With some of the most famous beaches in the world, be ready to grab an ice-cold beer and party in the sun, sand and surf!

Overview

Australia is the sixth largest country in the world with the lowest population density. We are envied for our pristine coastline, linked by over 10,000 beaches, stretching almost 50,000 kilometres. We have some of the most unique wildlife, with the iconic kangaroo being the most easily recognised. Australia has it all - whether it is climbing the Harbour Bridge in Sydney, scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef, or going on an outback road-trip through the Nullabor, you will simply have the best experience in your life!

Our health care system

About 80 percent of the population lives in cities. There are large regions which have only small, scattered settlements or are unpopulated. Australia is a developed country with a generally high standard of living.

The Commonwealth currently has a leadership role in policy making, especially regarding issues like public health and research. The States and Territories are primarily responsible for the management of public health services, delivering public acute and psychiatric hospital services. There is wide range of community health services available including school health, dental health, maternal and child health and environmental health programs.

The State and Territory governments directly fund a broad range of health services. The Commonwealth funds most medical services out of hospital, and most health research. The Commonwealth, States and Territories jointly fund public hospitals and community care for aged and disabled persons.

There is a large and vigorous private sector in health services. The Commonwealth Government considers that strong private sector involvement in health services provision and financing is essential to the viability of the Australian health system. For this reason the Commonwealth Government provides a 30 per cent subsidy to individuals who acquire private health insurance and has introduced additional arrangements to foster lifelong participation in private health insurance.

The Australian population has a generally good health status, with life expectancy at 75.2 years for men and 81 years for women. However, there are some groups with poor health status, notably Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Otherwise the pattern of disease is similar to that of other developed countries. One exception to this is skin cancer, specifically melanoma, of which Australia has a particularly high incidence. For this reason, Australia is a world leader in skin cancer and melanoma research.

Our medical education

We have two entry pathways into medicine.

1) Undergraduate: varies between 4.5-6 years to complete

2) Postgraduate: 4 year program with a previous degree All universities in Australia use the problem-based learning teaching method. Most universities are divided into pre-clinical and clinical years. However, some programs will start clinical studies at the very beginning with integrated PBL for the theoretical knowledge. After graduation, medical students are required to finish two post-graduate years (PGY1 and PGY2) before they can apply for further specialised training. Full registration is achieved after PGY1.

Cultural differences

Of sporting heroes, working heroes and plucky migrants. It’s all about a fair go, the great outdoors and a healthy helping of irony. Today Australia also defines itself by its Aboriginal heritage, vibrant mix of cultures, innovative ideas and a thriving arts scene. We are a multi-cultural nation! Today, more than 20 percent of Australians are foreign born and more than 40 percent are of mixed cultural origin. Our rich cultural diversity is reflected in our food, which embraces some of the world’s best cuisines. You can also embrace our melting pot of cultures in the many colourful festivals. See samba and capoeira at Bondi’s Brazilian South American festival, dance behind the dragon parade during Chinese New Year or stroll through streets transformed into a lively piazza during the annual Italian celebrations. We love the outdoors! The beach has become an integral part of our famous laid-back lifestyle. We jostle for a spot on packed city beaches, relax at popular holiday spots and drive to secret, secluded beaches in coastal national parks. We go to the beach to enjoy the sun and surf or to sail, parasail, fish, snorkel, scuba dive and beach comb.

Accommodation & Boarding

Free lodging will be provided on a bilateral exchange. You will stay in student housing, basic hospital accommodation, hostels or be allocated to a host family. Board is not included, but you do get discounts at hospital canteens.

Social program

Social programs are organised by Local Exchange Committees, though students are expected to be independent. Day trips and city tours can be organised, by the best way to explore Australia is to get a map and a car, then go on a ROADTRIP!!

Local & National transportation

Australia is a big country, but quite easy to get around with well-established public transport. But remember the rule: make local friends = free driving you around.

Local: walk, tram, bus, train, ferries, taxis

National: car (would be fun but will take a long time), train, ferry, fly

1) Airlines: Qantas, Virgin Blue

2) Budget airlines: Jet Star, Tiger Airways, Air Asia

3) Regional airlines: Regional Express (Rex)

Weather

Australia is considered as a country that can be visited the whole year round. We have four seasons:

1) Summer (25-38°C): December – February

2) Autumn (15-32°C): March – May

3) Winter (7-25°C): June – August

4) Spring (15-30°C): September – November

In the north, there are tropical regions with high temperatures and high humidity, with distinct wet and dry seasons. In the centre, there are dry, desert regions with temperatures reaching 50°C with little or no rainfall.

Exchange conditions

We only accept final year medical students. Applications must be submitted 12 months prior to clerkship and documentation must be received 9 months in advance. Please note, boarding is not provided. Please refer to the IFMSA SCOPE website for the complete exchange conditions. http://ifmsa.net/public/ecscope.php?id=80.