Help the #interncrisis appear on ABC’s Q&A

Help the #interncrisis appear on ABC’s Q&A

Our dreams have been answered and on Monday the 22nd of April the Federal Health Minister and the Shadow Health Minister will be on Q&A for a health policy debate.

This is our chance to make sure medical training and the security of Australia’s future health workforce are on the national agenda. Members of MSAT will be in the audience and we need everyone to submit questions, make noise on Twitter and make sure we are heard!

ABC’s Q&A is a unique and innovative program in the Australian political and media landscape. The show features a varied panel including politicians, celebrities and thought leaders and has the power to set the agenda for media discussion each week.

The current crisis in all stages of vocational medical education has been 10 years in the making and needs a long term collaborative solution from all levels of government, education providers and health bodies. If a solution is not found it will have a major impact on the provision of health care in Australia and do irreparable damage to our reputation as a world class provider of medical education.

As a live show that makes extensive use of social media, Q&A can react quickly to the power of public opinion.

To get their attention we need your help. Keep reading to find out how you can help bring the #interncrisis campaign to the attention of the Q&A team and ensure that the future of Australian health care is put on their agenda. 

Ask a Question (Text or Video) at Q&A

You can submit a question to the panel through the Q&A website. You can either submit a text question here or you can use your phone or webcam to record a video question and submit it here.  (Registration at ABC Communities required to submit video questions)

Join the Q&A Discussion Board

The Q&A website has its own discussion board where you can discuss the show and the questions from the audience. You can sign up here so that you can raise awareness for the #interncrisis campaign.

Discuss the #interncrisis on Twitter

Share your thoughts on the intern crisis with the Q&A audience.

  1. Sign up for a Twitter Account (if you don’t have one already)
  2. Join the conversation from 9.30pm-10.30pm AEST (VIC/NSW/QLD/TAS), 9.00-10.00pm (SA/NT) and 7.30-8.30pm (WA) or view all times here: timeanddate.com
  3. Share your thoughts on the intern crisis and submit questions for the panel. Make sure you include the #interncrisis, #trainingcrisis and #qanda hashtags in your tweets.
  4. Remember to follow the Rules of #interncrisis and keep all of your tweets constructive, not desructive.

What should I tweet about?

If you are looking for ideas for what to tweet about, topics to consider include:
  • The security of Australia’s health workforce & the impact on Australian health care.
  • The serious bottlenecks in postgraduate training meaning many medical students will struggle to complete general practice or other specialty training in coming years.
  • Over 100 more graduates in 2013, what is being done to secure enough internships?
  • The need for state and federal governments to work together to solve the problem.
  • The Doctor shortage especially in rural and remote communities.
  • The ongoing great work by AMSA, the AMA, the AMA Doctors in Training and other peak bodies who are lobbying for all of us.
  • The stories of International students who want to stay and work as Doctors in Australia
  • The impact of the #interncrisis on Australia’s reputation as a provider of medical education.
If you are looking for more ideas, check out our Be Informed page and the AMSA Intern Crisis update page.

I’m too busy studying!

If you are short of time you can still help. We know most medical students are swamped with exam preparation at the moment, and we don’t want anyone’s studies to suffer. To help you we have created some “ready made” tweets that you can post on your account. You can view them on the #interncrisis Facebook page.

And if you are unable to be in front of a computer when the show is on tonight there is still hope! TweetDeck and FutureTweets are fantastic free tools that allow you to schedule your tweets. With these tools you could write a few tweets that share your thoughts on the #interncrisis when you are having a break from your studies and then schedule them to appear during the Q&A #interncrisis campaign.

Sign up to join the Q&A Studio Audience

We are keen to see as many students, junior doctors and #interncrisis supporters in the Q&A studio audience as possible. It will increase our chances of getting a question to the panel before a national TV audience. You can sign up to be in the audience here.

Applications for Monday’s show have closed, but there are many other panels coming up. If your application to join the audience is successful, please let us know. Students from around the country have submitted to a pool of questions that you can choose from or use as a guide in developing your own question.

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Medical Student Action on Training (MSAT) is a grassroots movement by Medical Students Australia wide who have united to raise awareness and demand political action be taken to solve the #interncrisis
  • Sasha

    You guys are legends!