Notre Dame students to lead NSW medical student council

Antonia Watson and Liam Mason

31 October 2017

Two students from The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Sydney Campus have been elected to the influential New South Wales Medical Students Council for 2018.

Second year medical student, Liam Mason, was elected Chair (President) of the Council – which represents the shared interests of medical students across the State, while Antonia Watson, also in her second year at Notre Dame’s School of Medicine, was elected Advocacy Officer.

Students are elected to the NSW Council by a representative of each of the seven medical schools in the State, who vote annually for their preferred candidates based on their experience and their skills in relation to the role they are applying for.

“The role will give me the opportunity to act as the face of all NSW medical students in meetings with state Ministers, government bodies, parliament, the medical community and also the general media,” said Liam. “I feel very proud to be walking in the footsteps of many great past Presidents and extremely honoured to be representing our amazing university and medical school,” he added.

The NSW Medical Students Council is the largest council of its kind in Australia, representing more than 4,000 students. Its aim is to bring the medical students of NSW together and to advocate for their interests with key stakeholders in the healthcare system.

In taking over as Advocacy Officer for 2018, Antonia said she is looking forward to working closely with Liam to further engage medical students across the state and to develop the Council’s policy positions.

“I plan to use my previous skills in legal drafting to write concise and effective policies to underpin the Council’s advocacy,” said Antonia who is also a registered solicitor.

Professor Christine Bennett AO, Dean, School of Medicine, Sydney, said: “The appointment of two Notre Dame students to lead the medical student Council further underscores the goal of our medical program in developing the thinkers and leaders of the future.”

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