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Issue 12. Term 1, 2013

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Sally Ryan, UNEMSA President UNEMSA ran a number of exciting events in Term 1, and I am thrilled to welcome in our new First Year students of 2013, who have really hit the ground running! Academically, we started off with the Surviving Medicine Night, where 2nd and 3rd year students passed down their tips and tricks on how to get through anatomy, the best iPad apps to download, and where to start with PBL. I would like to congratulate our new First Year Representatives, Adelaide Pratt and Phil St Flour, who were elected on this night, and have already proven to be enthusiastic and valuable members of the UNEMSA team! O’Camp was another experience altogether, with the chance to meet, mingle and compete with our JMP rivals at Newcastle. UNE really did ourselves proud, coming out on top in the Annual President’s Sumo Wrestling match, and absolutely smashing the boat race this year! Needless to say, there was a lot of fun to be had at Port Macquarie that weekend. We also had First Incision and the Graduation Ball, celebrating both our new students coming into medicine, and our first graduates to complete their medical studies at UNE.


THE ARMADILLO.  ISSUE  12   On a bigger scale, I have been involved in representing the students at UNE on a state and national level through events such as the 1st AMSA Council and the NSWMSC Medsoc Meeting. These events are a great chance to network and collaborate with medical students from all over Australia, and advocate for the important issues we are facing. If there is a particular area you are passionate about, I am always interested in hearing students’ opinions and feedback.  

Georgina Facchetti   UNEMSA  Social  Convener           Hello  Fellow  Armadillo  Readers!     2013 Social has been a fantastic position to hold so far and we have had some memorable events. The year started with First Incision, where we had students from all five years attend. The night started with an opportunity to talk with all of our great sponsors and sign up as members with all of them. From there everyone moved into the Somerville Lecture Theatre, where everyone was able to hear what our sponsors were able to offer us as students. With the smell of the barbeque outside, it wrapped up fairly quickly. During that time, we also got to support the lovely, Daniel Phung, Eli Stalidzans, Maddie Gramlick and Adam Smith, as they shaved their head (and waxed their legs) for leukaemia awareness. Good on you guys for putting yourselves out there and having the courage to do that. The second part of the night took part at the Booloomimbah Collection, where there was food, music and a bar tab. The night appeared to be a success apart from the closure of the GPSN Photo Booth. Everyone seemed to appreciate the availability of alcohol however and had a great night.

The second event for the year was Med Week: What an amazing week! There was a huge amount of effort put into the costumes of each of the nights, which made them all the more fantastic. The week started on M onday at 7.00pm with a Gero’s/Thrift Shop party at The Armidale Club. The night was a fantastic way to get into the spirit of Med Week with nibblies, pool and music. Tuesday Night was Graffiti Pub Crawl Night. The locals definetely did not know what had hit them as we turned up at the Wicklow where a few of our members tried to win the tallest Jenga competition, to the Royal, White Bull, and


THE ARMADILLO.  ISSUE  12   Newie to top off the night. I’m hoping that those locals weren’t reading us too much as some of the comment were quite... “unique”. The comments ranged from one word to essay’s and elaborate drawings on some very cluttered shirts. The W ednesday night, and my favourite, was the Anything But Clothes party at Earl Page College. All I can say is that people can be very, VERY creative. Great effort everyone on the fantastic outfits for the night!! Thursday. We celebrated ANZAC Day in style this year by turning out at the Annual Armidale ANZAC Day Races. Safe to say more money was won than lost of the day by particular individuals. On Friday ASPIRE ran a Movie Night “21 Jump Street” Thank you to everyone who put time and effort into organising the night and to those who turned up to enjoy the movie! Saturday night was held at the Stro where we entered the Jungle and things turned wild. So many interesting outfits!! This was also a very unique night as it was a dollar party. Everyone was given 5 tokens, which you could use for paying people to do things, or get paid to do things. This ranged from dancing by yourself on the dance floor to licking peoples nipples. The goal at the end was winning Sally Ryan (Pres) and Jacob Hampton (VP) for the next 24 hours as slaves. There was certainly a battle off. Sunday was sports day, which was jointly run with Steph Gorham, our Sports Rep and it was a great day. Unfortunately Sally and Jacob weren’t put to as much work as last years slaves but after a quick dip in the creek near Sport UNE I think they were very appreciative that was the worst of it. Jelly Wrestling has again been postponed due to lack of attendance on the day but will be run later in the year! That is Social up to this point however, the 2013 5th annual Medicine Charity Ball “A Night in Paris”is just around the corner and is so far promising to be an absolutely amazing night. Hope to see you all there.  



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THE ARMADILLO.  ISSUE  12               Georgie Burrough NSWMSC representative NSWMSC is the central body encompassing and representing all student medical societies within NSW. They are responsible for creating interuniversity connections, advocating and creating policy and holding amazing social and academic events! So far this year there have been a number of events; these include the Leadership Summit/ “MedSoc meet and greet”, Cocktail Party and first council for the year. The leadership summit was this year combined with the first council so we were able to collaborate on a much greater level having the majority of medsoc members present. We discussed issues on the National Internship allocation system with the perspective of moving towards a national allocation system, the HETI internship Application fee with the concern as to whether it is equitable and finally any issues regarding clinConnect compliance. NSWMSC is in the process of writing policies regarding these issues and if any of these areas interest you or you find that certain aspects of these points of discussion or something else is affecting you please don’t hesitate to have you’re say and express you’re interest to myself ( or the NSWMSC secretary ( At the leadership summit, amongst hearing presentations from each medsoc and learning from their initiatives we also had some interactive media training and heard from Dr Andrew Pesce the past President of AMA. The day was a success and very insightful not to mention the catering was amazing! That night we had the NSWMSC Cocktail party, in one of Sydney’s most exclusive venues. NSWMSC had exclusive access to the third level of IVY with cocktail deals, canapés and entertainment overlooking the famous Pascha Night Club. It was a great chance to meet and mingle with other medical students across NSW and tickets sold out within the first few days!  



Events like these are just an insight for what is to come and there are many more exciting events such as the NSWMSC Sports day followed by a Global Health after party and also A Pre-Internship Meet and Greet! If you are interested in any of the discussion topics raised by NSWMSC, want to find out more or have issues of your own, we’d like to hear what you have to say! Please don’t hesitate to contact me at!



Dave Townsend, Renowned NSW Medical Student Personality

On Friday, April 05, 2013 the inaugural UNEMSA Graduation Dinner was held at the



Armidale Bowling Club following the UNE SRM Graduation Ceremony earlier in the day. Sponsored by Avant and attended by over 40 graduating students and their families, the dinner was a fantastic opportunity for the past and present faculty members to congratulate the graduating students on their achievements. The dinner included speeches from the founding Head of School Prof John Fraser and from the current Head of School Prof Peter McKeown. And the night also saw the return of 2 of UNE’s greatest performers. We last heard them at the UNEMSA Med Ball all the way back in 2010 and Dr Pat Laws and Dr Dan Tilley kindly agreed to reunite and come back to perform for one night only. Unfortunately Graduation (and therefore the Ball) was scheduled when none of the current Armidale students were in town. It is a pity that the current cohort were unable to acknowledge in person the debt of gratitude we owe to the graduating class of 2012. They were the 1st fleet, the trailblazers, the guinea pigs. They endured all of the growing pains of this young medical program and they did it with style. They also created a legacy. They established the University of New England Medical Students Association, which has grown from strength to strength and is now the strongest and most active student organization on the campus. As well as the broad range of social and educations events UNEMSA runs, the establishment of UNEMSA opened up amazing opportunities for UNE students. UNE students are known and respected around the country to the point where our students are involved at a national level with the National Rural Health Students Network, the General Practice Students Network and two former Presidents of UNEMSA now sit on the National Executive of the Australian Medical Students Association. None of this would have been possible without the vision and hard work of the first cohort. They led through example and every UNE student that has followed in your footsteps owes you all a true debt of gratitude. The final speech of the night went to the graduating class. They now have their degree, so they had nothing to lose and could probably have gotten away with saying just about anything. But Dr Xander Whifield and Dr Alex Rack showed their usual class and closed out the proceedings with a funny and moving speech, thanking their



teachers, their mentors and their family for the support they received during their 5 years of study. The night also saw the presentation of the inaugural 2013 Pro Vice Chancellor & Dean’s Medals & Commendations for Overall Academic Excellence. They were presented by Professor Victor Minichiello, Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean, Faculty of the Professions. The prizes are presented for exceptional academic achievement over the last four years of the course.              

Commendations (for a GPA of greater than 5.5) Liam Back Bernadette Nolan Harriet Ambrose Alexander Whitfield Liam Shun Sophie Waller Riarne Smith Joel Parrey Rebecca Hogbin Francoise Naeyaert Medals (for a GPA of greater than 6) Daniel O’Hara Rhiannon Williams






Persis Samuel, Academic Representative UNEMSA Surviving Medicine Night was on March 21st this year. This event was run for the new first year cohort, designed to give them a heads up on what to expect from medicine at UNE, and some tips and tricks for their first year. Five second years generously volunteered their time to pass on their valuable knowledge – thanks to Steph, Georgie, Prash, Bluey, and Joanne. They also heard from various committee reps about GPSN, AMSA, and Med Revue, as well as the outcome of their first year rep voting, which resulted in Adelaide and Phil being elected!  






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