Erick is currently a third-year medical student at Griffith University on the Gold Coast after completing his Bachelor of Medical Science in 2013. He has a passion for surgical education, leadership and advocacy, and has a strong interest in pursuing a career in surgery. Erick has served as Director of Surgical Skills and President of the Surgical Interest Association Inc. (SURGIA) at Griffith University (2015, 2016) and resides as the student representative on the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Section of Academic Surgery committee for 2016 . He hopes to unite the student surgical societies and pioneer a collaborative and supportive network for medical students across the Australasian region.
Helena is in the fourth year of her Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree at Bond University, on the Gold Coast. She is enthusiastic about facilitating opportunities for medical students to network, acquire skills and knowledge from professionals, and develop a vocational interest in surgery as a specialty. Helena has been extensively involved in student surgical societies during her degree, acting as the inaugural Events Director and subsequently as President of the Bond University Surgical Society in 2014 and 2015 respectively. Helena was an Academic Convener for the Australasian Students’ Surgical Conference, held in Brisbane in 2016. As Vice President (External), she intends to strengthen a cohesive network between surgical interest societies, and convene National and State based student surgical events.
I am a 3rd year medical student at Griffith University with a special interest in Orthopaedic surgery. I was the convenor of the 2016 Australasian Students’ Surgical conference and currently is the treasurer of SURGIA. Also, I am a physiotherapist and enjoy combining professional work and volunteering.
I am a fifth year medical student at the University of New South Wales. In addition to my role as secretary at ASSA, I hold various executive roles at UNSW Surgical Society and UNSW Society of Medical Innovation. In the past I have been Deputy Convenor and Co-Convenor for the 2015 Introduction to Trauma and Surgery Conference and the 2016 Healthcare of the Future Conference. I have had a strong interest in surgery for as far as I can remember and I hope to build on this during my time at ASSA. As secretary, I will seek to help to coordinate the interests of the society while maintaining our professional relationships externally. In addition, I hope to use my role on the team in order to bring together surgically inclined students Australia wide. I look forward to a very exciting year ahead!
Raymond is a fourth year medical student at the University of Newcastle. He is an active member of the University of Newcastle Surgical Society, having held the position of treasurer from 2014-2016. In addition, Raymond was also the convener of the University of Newcastle Surgical Society activities for the first year orientation camp in 2015.
As treasurer, Raymond intends to ensure that there is adequate funding for the Australasian Students’ Surgical Association (ASSA) to conduct its activities and provide students with more exposure to surgery.
Hi, I'm Cam - currently a 5th year medical student at The University of Auckland in New Zealand. I’m the Academic Officer for ASSA, which fits well with my interests in research and teaching alongside clinical surgery. I always seem to be involved with a research project or two, and I’m looking forward to helping other ASSA members develop their academic and research skills! Aside from medicine, I’m a keen hockey player, I love the outdoors, and I’m always up for a good chat. Please feel free to flick me an email if there’s anything you think I can help with, or if you’re keen to contribute to a project with ASSA!
Charmaine is a 4th year medical student from the University of Newcastle keen to help other students get exposed to surgery, having held the position of Media Officer in the University of Newcastle Surgical Society in 2016. Previously she had graphic design and publication experience being AMSA Academy’s Promotions Officer and Crossing Borders for Australia and AFRAM’s Communication and Social Media Officer. She created pamphlets for the Labour Government in 2015 to highlight the mental and physically risks asylum seeking children are exposed to in Australian detention centers. She hopes to design and create publications from ASSA, and to establish strong ASSA branding for future years.
Zemar is completing the final year of his Bachelors of Medicine, Surgery and Science at the University of Queensland. Zemar has previously been actively involved in the running of national and international surgical conferences aimed at medical students during the clinical phase of his degree. He was previously an Academic Convenor of the 2015 International Association of Student Surgical Societies’ (IASSS) Symposium, as well as being a Sponsorship Officer of the 2016 Australasian Students’ Surgical Conference (ASSC).
As Sponsorship Director, Zemar intends to ensure that the Australasian Students’ Surgical Association attracts adequate funding and support from a diverse range of external stakeholders.
David is a resident at the Gold Coast University Hospital, having graduated from Griffith University in 2015. He has an extensive history in student society involvement, ranging from the Surgical Interest Association (SURGIA), Griffith University Medical School (GUMS), The International Association of Student Surgical Societies (IASSS), Queensland Medical Student’s Council and the Australian Medical Students Association (AMSA). His experience in IT, communications, website design and mobile application design have been of paramount importance to the advancement of each respective society. As a key developer he will create the foundations for a diverse digital network for the surgical student societies.