Updates from the Flinders Medical Students’ Society (FMSS)

FMSS would like to acknowledge the Kaurna people, the original custodians of this land, and recognise the relationship between Indigenous people and the lands and waters of the Adelaide Plains, on which we learn and grow every day.

In line with our committee goals of increasing our community impact through creative means, during NAIDOC week this year, FMSS displayed a blank canvas in our medical library and students contributed by hand-drawing Indigenous symbols. We aim to display this canvas in the University in support of Indigenous communities. We also recently completed our first Auslan workshop for medical students, a new FMSS event this year in which we learnt sign language to aid in communicating with deaf or hard of hearing people in clinical practice. Following this, we held our annual Mental Health in Medicine workshop. A special thank you to Flinders alumni and psychiatry registrar, Dr Michael Fyfe, and psychologist and eMental Health Project Officer within Health, Counselling and Disability Services (HCDS) and Oasis, Dr Gareth Furber, for their inspirational insights and education during this seminar. Finally, our Australian Medical Student Association (AMSA) representative recently returned from the second AMSA Council in NSW, where representatives from all medical schools across Australia meet to discuss national policies and advocacy issues.

I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate our final year medical students who have recently received their internship offers for 2023. We can’t wait to see these competent, dedicated students take their skills into the workforce and supports patients in their healthcare journeys.

Kritika Mishra (she/her)
FMSS President

NAIDOC week canvas with hand-drawn Indigenous symbols by Flinders medical students
FMSS members participating in our first Auslan workshop, learning how to communicate in sign language
FMSS’ annual Mental Health in Medicine workshop
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