• Student Advisory Council

  • Established in 2006, the Avant Student Advisory Council (ASAC) comprises a group of medical students and an Avant representative who advise on student-related issues. The ASAC acts as a focus group in identifying emerging and existing issues within the medical student community in areas specific to (but not limited to) medical education, postgraduate training, medical indemnity and student advocacy.

    The ASAC encourages all medical students to provide suggestions and feedback to the ASAC so that they can be the voice that supports the needs for medical students in Australia.

    Becoming an ASAC member

    To be eligible to join ASAC you need to be a current student member of Avant. We are looking for passionate and highly motivated individuals who want to make a difference. Becoming an ASAC representative is a great opportunity to:

    • Network with fellow peers around the country
    • Shape and influence student initiatives
    • Make a difference and play an important role within the student community
    • Participate in various Avant programs
    • Gain leadership skills with the role of Chairperson

    For further information, to apply for a position, or to contact a member of the ASAC please email your resume to asac@avant.org.au

  • Members of the 2018 ASAC are:

    Avinesh Chelliah 2017

    Avinesh Chelliah

    NSW (University of New South Wales)
    ASAC Chair

    Avinesh is a final year medical student at the University of New South Wales, having left Sydney to complete his final two years in Coffs Harbour. His interests are in surgery and paediatrics, and in his spare time he enjoys playing sport with his friends and teaching younger students. Avinesh also loves playing music and volunteers with the State Emergency Service.

    Thomas Ikonomidis

    Thomas Ikonomidis

    WA (University of Western Australia)

    Thomas is a final year medical student at the University of Western Australia. Before starting Medicine, he completed a Bachelor of Medical Science in his hometown of Sydney. Thomas enjoys playing soccer and writing music on his guitar. In the future, Thomas wants to pursue a career in either Paediatrics or Neurology.

    Vijay Pather

    Vijay Pather

    WA (University of Notre Dame)

    Vijay is a final year student at UNDWA. Before starting medicine he completed a Bachelor of Pharmacy at LaTrobe University. Other than medical studies Vijay is a keen sportsman, and participates in many extra-curricular activities such as public speaking and volunteering with local community organisations (Kids Camp WA, AIME).

    Helena Qian 2017

    Helena Qian

    NSW (University of Newcastle)

    Helena is a third year medical student from the University of Newcastle. She was born in Auckland but grew up in Sydney. She spends her spare time learning new languages and travelling with friends. She has a keen interest in global/public health and would love the opportunity to work with WHO, Médecins Sans Frontières and/or affiliates in the future.

    John Ward 2017

    John Ward

    QLD (University of Queensland)

    John is a third year student at The University of Queensland (UQ). Before starting medicine, he completed a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry & Biomedical Science), also at UQ. Outside the prescribed medical curriculum, John enjoys watching and playing any sport he can get his hands on.

    Pedram Rajabifard 2017

    Pedram Rajabifard

    VIC (Monash University)

    Pedram is a final year student at Monash University. Aside from medicine, Pedram also practices as a clinical hospital pharmacist. Pedram enjoys business and entrepreneurship and hopes to get into the business and managerial side of medicine. He also has a keen interest in free open access medical education.

    Sara Alamyar

    Sara Alamyar

    NSW (University of Sydney)

    Sara is a second year medical student at the University of Sydney. Before starting medicine, she completed a combined Arts/Law degree at the University of Sydney and worked as a family law and litigation lawyer. Sara is interested in the intersections between law and medicine and volunteers as a policy author with the Australian Medical Students' Association. In her spare time, she enjoys reading mystery novels and drawing.

    Kay Hon

    Kay Hon

    SA (Flinders University)

    Kay is a final year medical student who is passionate about medical education and continuing professional development. She actively advocates for fair and equal medical training opportunity. Prior to medicine, she worked as a podiatrist with special interest in high risk foot care and rehabilitation. In her spare time she enjoys baking, music and movies.

    Haydn Dodds

    Haydn Dodds

    QLD (Bond University)

    Haydn is a fourth year medical student at Bond University and holds a Bachelor of Medical Science. He has interests in health systems and medico-politics. Outside of medicine, he enjoys the outdoors and donating blood.

    Samantha Lee

    Samantha Lee

    NSW (University of Notre Dame)

    Samantha is a second year medical student at the University of Notre Dame, Sydney. Before embarking on a career in Medicine, she completed a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) at The University of Sydney and worked for five years as a digital and social media manager. Beyond the world of medicine, Samantha is a trained dancer, creative writer and lover of fiction novels. In the future, she hopes to pursue her keen interest in both women’s and mental health.