As a student who is interested in global health you will find heaps of useful information and loads of opportunities on the Global Health Gateway! Here are answers to a few frequently asked questions to help you make the most of the Global Health Gateway, including a few resources especially for students.
What is ‘global health’ all about?
Global health has become a sexy phrase that is thrown about to mean many different things. Check out Global Health 101 to learn more about global health and what working in the field can involve.
Where can I find information about Electives (and other international placement opportunities)?
Health placements can be a great way for students to explore their interest in global health – either formally through your institution, or on your own time. Your experience largely comes down to how intentional you are in getting organised – so here is some information to get you started!
In planning your elective, consider the following questions:
- What are your expectations for the elective? (e.g. relaxed vs busy, clinical vs non-clinical, hands-on vs observational)
- Do you have a particular interest area? (e.g. community health care, ophthalmology, tropical medicine, paediatrics, women’s health)
- How will you manage communication? (e.g. need for translator)
- How will weather and climate influence your activities? (e.g. transport in monsoon season, risk of natural disasters, work-load in peak disease seasons)
- What is your budget? (e.g. funding sources, savings, emergency plan)
- How far in advance should you start planning? (e.g. how much organisation is required)
- A Guide to Working Abroad for Medical Students and Junior Doctors
- Ethics and Medical Electives in Resource Poor Countries – A Toolkit
- Lonely Planet’s ‘Travellers Guide for Making a Difference around the World’
- Mark Wilsons ‘A Medic’s Guide to Work and Electives Around the World’
- Hamish Graham’s ‘Beyond Borders: McGraw-Hill’s Guide to Health Placements’
More on the Global Health Gateway
Where is my local student Global Health Group?
Australian and New Zealand university students are leading the way in organising global health related activities. Contact them directly to get involved (and let us know if any are missing).
- AMSA Global Health – national peak-body for medical student global health societies
- Medical Students for Global Awareness – www.facebook.com/msga.nz
- Australian National University – Engaging Students in Global Health (EnSIGN)
- University of Newcastle – Wake Up!
- University of Notre Dame Sydney – International Health Study Program
- University of New England – Armidale Students Promoting International Rights and Equity (ASPIRE)
- University of New South Wales – Medical Student’s Aid Project (MSAP)
- University of Sydney – globalHOME
- University of Western Sydney – Global Health Awareness at Western Sydney
- University of Wollongong – Health over Wealth
- Deakin University – Universal Health at Deakin
- Monash University – Ignite
- University of Melbourne – Melbourne University Health Initiative
- University of Tasmania – IMPACT
- Griffith University – HOPE4Health
- James Cook University – Supporting All National Towards Equality (SANTE)
- Bond University – Making a Difference (MAD)
- University of Queensland – Towards International Medical Equality (TIME)
- University of Western Australia – Interhealth
Can I volunteer with the Global Health Gateway?
Yes! The team that runs the Global Health Gateway website are a diverse group of volunteers with an interest and experience in some aspect of global health. To find out more, check out our Volunteer page.
NB: The Global Health Gateway doesn’t run programs internationally or send volunteers on placement. But you will find lots of information opportunities shared through our Work section.