Crossing Borders is a transnational network of students endorsed by the World Health Organisation whose mission is to remove barriers to health care for refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants. Health care is a universally recognised, fundamental human right that transcends the boundaries of state, culture, race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, political affiliation, as well as economic, social or other status. We work to ensure that these rights are realised by migrants through education of this population and health care professionals, campaigns initiating policy change and direct assistance projects, including a buddy program. Our aim is to create a cohort of future healthcare professionals that are willing and able to provide refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented migrants with the highest standard of available health care. Click here for more information.
The Friends4Fiji (F4FJ) initiative is a grassroots international aid project initiated by Monash University medical students, who have developed a partnership with the rural, under-resourced Umanand Prasad School of Medicine in Saweni, Fiji, with the aim of sourcing learning equipment and resources, sharing our experiences and enriching our education and future medical practice. F4FJ is involved in collecting donations of medical textbooks, stethoscopes, tuning forks, tendon hammers, e-rays, videos and any other resources which may be helpful for the UPSM students. The initiative is also aiming to organise trips to Fiji in the future, for medical students to meet and work alongside our UPSM colleagues. Click here for more information.
The Global Health Mentoring Program (GHMP) aims to address the growing needs of Monash medical students with regards to global health by filling an educational gap in core global health subjects, initiatives and careers, and by providing an opportunity to interact one-on-one with an experienced global health professional. The Global Health Mentoring Program consists of a year-long mentoring partnership, with selected students being matched with global health professionals based in Melbourne. The mentoring partnership is expected to develop individualised partnership goals and to complete four discussion modules. The modules are aimed at stimulating further research and discussion between the student and the mentor. Click here for more information.