Student Representative Committee

The AIDA Student Representative Committee (SRC) comprises Indigenous medical student representatives from most Australian medical universities. They are leaders among AIDA’s Indigenous medical student membership and provide advice and guidance to AIDA on the development of initiatives that support medical students through their medical journeys.

  • Miss Kayla Arabena-Byrnes – The University of Queensland, QLD
  • Mr Ryan Bulger – The University of Sydney, NSW
  • Ms Kathryn Dalmer – University of Wollongong, NSW
  • Ms Brylie Frost – University of New South Wales, NSW
  • Mr Kiri Gates – The University of Melbourne, VIC
  • Miss Cassandra Geeman – The University of Newcastle, NSW
  • Miss Rhiannon Hein –University of Adelaide, SA
  • Mr Ethan Johnson – Western Sydney University, NSW
  • Mr Blake Jones – Griffith University, QLD
  • Miss Myora Kruger – Bond University, QLD
  • Mr Ian Lee (Student Director) – Flinders University, NT
  • Ms Monique Lucas – The University of Western Australia, WA
  • Ms Reagan O’Neill – Australian National University, ACT
  • Ms Jean Pepperill – Flinders University, NT
  • Mrs Natalie Pink – Flinders University, SA
  • Ms Destiny Powell – University of New England, NSW
  • Mrs Amanda Robinson – The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle, WA
  • Miss Krystal Stringfellow – James Cook University, QLD

Governance

Student representatives are elected by their Indigenous medical student peers at their respective universities. The AIDA Student Director is elected through a formal process, as per AIDA’s Constitution. The AIDA Student Director sits on the AIDA Board and provides a student perspective to the Board and their deliberations. The AIDA Student Director is a full Company Director with the same responsibility as all Directors. The AIDA SRC reports to the Chief Executive Officer.

Role

The role of the AIDA SRC is to represent their Indigenous medical student peers to AIDA. Student representatives also represent AIDA at the university, community and national level.

The SRC provide advice to AIDA on issues that affect Indigenous medical students, such as medical curriculum and Indigenous student support. The SRC also provides input into AIDA’s policy and advocacy work, such as AIDA’s Research Agenda and Cultural Safety.

The SRC are leaders amongst AIDA’s Indigenous medical student membership and provide advice and guidance to AIDA on the development of initiatives that support our growing membership.

Achievements

Throughout the existence of the AIDA SRC, a number of achievements have been made:

  • an annual increase in the number of Indigenous medical students joining AIDA;
  • Indigenous medical student engagement activities at universities;
  • increased engagement with the Australian Medical Students’ Association (AMSA), the National Rural Health Students’ Network (NRHSN) and the General Practice Students’ Network (GPSN);
  • the AIDA publication, Journeys into Medicine was originally a concept developed by the SRC;
  • the AIDA publication, Indigenous Medical Students’ Guide to Internship;
  • the AIDA publication, Indigenous Medical Students’ Guide to Medical School;
  • the AIDA and the Australian Medical Students’ Association collaboration video project “Debunking the Myths”; and
  • significant contributions to AIDA’s policy work, such as AIDA’s Research Agenda and Cultural Safety.

 

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Back row (left to right): Mrs Natalie Pink – Flinders University, SA; Ms Reagan O’Neill – Australian National University, ACT; Miss Cassandra Geeman – The University of Newcastle, NSW; Mr Blake Jones – Griffith University, QLD; Miss Krystal Stringfellow – James Cook University, QLD; Ms Monique Lucas – The University of Western Australia, WA; Mr Kiri Gates – The University of Melbourne, VIC; Mrs Amanda Robinson – The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle, WA; Ms Destiny Powell – University of New England, NSW; Mr Ethan Johnson – Western Sydney University, NSW. Front row (left to right): Ms Kathryn Dalmer – University of Wollongong, NSW; Miss Kayla Arabena-Byrnes – The University of Queensland, QLD; Mr Ian Lee (Student Director) – Flinders University, NT; Ms Brylie Frost – University of New South Wales, NSW; Miss Myora Kruger – Bond University, QLD.

Missing in this photo: Miss Rhiannon Hein –University of Adelaide, SA; Ms Jean Pepperill – Flinders University, NT; Mr Ryan Bulger – The University of Sydney, NSW.

“Debunking the Myths” – full playlist
These videos created by the Student Representative Committee address some of the challenges that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students encounter during their university studies. Senior AIDA members and leaders answer questions based on their own experiences, offering insight, wisdom and useful advice for AIDA student members, as well as broader mainstream audiences.