• 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:

    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.

    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.

    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.