Welcome and welcome back to the slew of new members who have joined us this year and to all of the returning members. For those who I haven’t had the chance to meet, my name is Aaron Tracey and I am a third year medical student at the Melbourne Clinical School of the University of Notre Dame. As the new National Student Representative, I’d like to take the opportunity to thank you all for signing up to make a difference. My job is to represent all of you at the DEA National Committee meetings and therefore, I’d love to hear from you, whether you have feedback, suggestions, complaints or questions. Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org any time.
This year, we have three primary goals, to grow as an organisation, to give members the opportunity to be regularly involved in taking action and to help students and doctors within DEA engage more often. It’s also a great time for you to talk to people about why you care and encourage them to join you in making a change by getting involved with DEA as well. Hopefully you have had a chance to attend a Fact & Action meeting, a number of which will be running through the year. These provide a great opportunity to get informed and to do something positive to protect the environment and improve the health of your community.
We are also already planning for iDEA 2013 and we’re hoping that we can make it even bigger and better than this year’s.
Finally, I’d like to remind you that whatever your passion is, in DEA you have a group of friends who can support and help you, so don’t be afraid to let your State Rep know what you’d like to do, or would like to see DEA doing more. Keep an eye out because there are a lot of activities planned and lots of opportunities to be involved.