Students studying medicine, dentistry, oral health or other healthcare disciplines such as nuclear medicine technology may apply for MIPS membership. International students in Australia may also be eligible to apply.

Student membership is free

It's simple - apply online now.  It takes 1-2 minutes to complete the form and membership is free for students. The key membership benefit is indemnity insurance, so you have insurance cover for any healthcare services you provide as a student such as:

  • taking a history or performing the physical examination of a patient
  • writing a patient management plan
  • administration and principles in admitting and discharging patients
  • ordering and interpreting investigations
  • communicating with patients, relatives and staff

Student placements and healthcare activities

MIPS membership provides indemnity cover for healthcare students doing clinical placements and healthcare activities such as:

  • electives
  • observerships
  • scholarships
  • exchange programs

This applies to:

  • Australian university students undertaking placements or healthcare activities as a student in or outside Australia (excluding the USA or where US law applies); or 
  • International university students undertaking placements or healthcare activities as a student in Australia.

There is no need to notify us, cover is automatically provided for members if the activities undertaken are commensurate with the level of education, training and experience for a healthcare student and you are:

  • appropriately supervised by a registered healthcare practitioner (which includes direct or indirect supervision that provides adequate access to communication, oversight, interaction, direction and support throughout the activity)
  • not being remunerated for the healthcare activities undertaken
  • not undertaking volunteer activities (eg St Johns, charity groups etc).

If your placement or activity does not meet the criteria above please submit a Student Placements, Healthcare Activities & Travel Cover form for individual assessment and approval.

Free travel cover with MIPS membershipFree travel cover

Subject to meeting the eligibility criteria, Australian student members undertaking a placement outside of Australia are eligible for travel cover for their trip. Apply for Travel Cover.

Other benefits

  • MIPS Protections for non-healthcare indemnity matters (for example we've helped students with complaints made against them by their university, disputes with their university and complaints from a hospital where they've done rounds) 
  • Communicable diseases cover (ie if you contract AIDS, HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C)
  • Comprehensive indemnity cover up to $20 million with no sub-limits
  • 24-hour Clinico-Legal Support (this service is available to all members at no additional cost).

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Medical and dental student Societies

Medical student societies in Australia

Name Abbreviation State Website
Australian National University Medical Students’ Society ANDMSS ACT
Medical Student Society of Bond University MSSBU QLD
Deakin Medical Student’s Association MeDUSA VIC
Flinders Medical Student’s Society FMSS SA
Griffith University Medical Society GUMS QLD
James Cook University Medical Student’s Association JCUMSA QLD
Medical Undergraduate Medical Society MUMS VIC
University of Adelaide Medical Society AMSS SA
University of Melbourne Medical Society UMMSS VIC
University of New South Wales Medical Society UNSW MedSoc VIC
University of Newcastle Medical Society UNMS NSW
Medical Students’ Association of Notre Dame MSAND NSW/WA
University of Queensland Medical Society UQMS QLD
Sydney University Medical Society SUMS NSW
Tasmanian University Medical Students’ Society TUMSS TAS
University of Western Australia Medical Students’ Society WAMSS WA
University of Western Sydney Medical Society WSMS NSW
Wollongong University Medical Students’ Society WUMSS NSW

Dental student societies in Australia

Name Abbreviation State Website
Charles Sturt University Student Dental Association CSU SDA NSW  
Griffith University GUDSA QLD
James Cook University Dental Students Association JCUDSA QLD
Bendigo Oral Health & Dentistry Society, La Trobe University BOHDS VIC
The Adelaide University Dental Students’ Society AUDSS SA
Melbourne Dental Student’s Society, University of Melbourne MDSS VIC
University of Queensland Dental Student’s Association UQDSA QLD
Sydney University Dental Association SUDA NSW
University Dental Students’ Society, University of Western Australia UDSS WA

Graduating soon?

If you expect to graduate in the next 12 months you can apply ahead of time to upgrade your membership to recent graduate basis. Currently, if you apply as a recent graduate (eg final year student), you will receive free membership from the day you complete your studies to 30 June. You can apply any time in your final year.


What is professional indemnity insurance?

MIPS' indemnity insurance policy provides cover for any acts, errors or omissions you make in providing healthcare. This means that should there be a complaint, claim, investigation or legal action made against you, then you can notify MIPS. This includes being sued (ie litigation). The legal defence costs and any further costs such as damages you are required to pay due to a settlement or court order are paid by MIPS provided they fall within the scope of the policy.

More information

We cover your international electives

Each year MIPS provides indemnity cover to students doing electives locally as well as outside of Australia.

Conduct a detailed online health check and access 6 to 10 week nutritional, physical or mental health programs. 

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MIPS Members enjoy a 9% discount with Australian Unity for private health insurance*.

Australian Unity

  Health insurance

You will be directed to Australian Unity's website

Australian Unity Health Limited (Australian Unity) ABN 13 078 722 568 is a registered health insurer. MIPS receives no financial benefit or commission from any health insurance products sold to members.

*9% discount includes all other retail discounts and is only available when paying by direct debit. The discount is not available through brokers or comparators, and excludes Overseas Visitor Cover. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer or discounts