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Students

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

Medical students working in roles to assist with COVID-19 pandemic

MIPS' free student membership classification is appropriate if you are performing a role to assist with COVID-19:

  • Where the role is employer indemnified (ie the hospital agrees to provide cover)
  • irrespective of whether the role is volunteer or paid

As with all membership you must have appropriate training and experience for the healthcare services you provide. You must be appropriately supervised by a registered healthcare practitioner (which includes direct or indirect supervision that provides adequate access to communication, oversight, interaction, direction and support from your supervisor throughout the activity).

If you are undertaking a role that doesn't meet these guidelines, refer to placements below for further information or complete a Student Placements, Healthcare Activities form for assessment.

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

International travel restrictions since 25 March 2020 means MIPS does not currently provide cover for clinical placements and healthcare activities (including electives, observerships, scholarship and exchange programs) commencing after this date outside of Australia. Membership continues to provide indemnity cover for both Australian and 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 are:

  1. commensurate with the level of education, training and experience for a healthcare student
  2. appropriately supervised by a registered healthcare practitioner which includes direct or indirect supervision that provides adequate access to communication, oversight, interaction, direction and support from your supervisor throughout the activity.
  3. either:
    1. employer indemnified, OR
    2. non-employer indemnified and you are not being remunerated nor volunteering (eg St Johns, charity groups etc.)

If you are unsure whether you are employer indemnified, you should obtain confirmation from your employer/hospital/clinic/university that they will provide indemnity for as MIPS cannot advise you if you are employer indemnified for your practice.

If your placement or activity does not meet the criteria above please submit a Student Placements, Healthcare Activities form for assessment.

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).

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.

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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 anumss.org
Medical Student Society of Bond University MSSBU QLD mssbu.org
Deakin Medical Student’s Association MeDUSA VIC http:medusa.org.au
Flinders Medical Student’s Society FMSS SA fmss.org.au
Griffith University Medical Society GUMS QLD gums.org.au
James Cook University Medical Student’s Association JCUMSA QLD jcumsa.org.au
Medical Undergraduate Medical Society MUMS VIC mums.org
University of Adelaide Medical Society AMSS SA amss.org.au
University of Melbourne Medical Society UMMSS VIC ummss.org.au
University of New South Wales Medical Society UNSW MedSoc VIC medsoc.org.au
University of Newcastle Medical Society UNMS NSW unms.org.au
Medical Students’ Association of Notre Dame MSAND NSW/WA msand.org.au
University of Queensland Medical Society UQMS QLD uqms.org
Sydney University Medical Society SUMS NSW sydneymedsoc.org.au
Tasmanian University Medical Students’ Society TUMSS TAS tumss.org.au
University of Western Australia Medical Students’ Society WAMSS WA wamss.org.au
University of Western Sydney Medical Society WSMS NSW wsms.org.au
Wollongong University Medical Students’ Society WUMSS NSW http:wumss.com

Dental student societies in Australia

Name Abbreviation State Website
Charles Sturt University Student Dental Association CSU SDA NSW  
Griffith University GUDSA QLD http://www.gudsa.org/
James Cook University Dental Students Association JCUDSA QLD https://www.jcudsa.org.au/
Bendigo Oral Health & Dentistry Society, La Trobe University BOHDS VIC http://bohds.org/
The Adelaide University Dental Students’ Society AUDSS SA https://www.audss.org.au/
Melbourne Dental Student’s Society, University of Melbourne MDSS VIC https://mdss.org.au/
University of Queensland Dental Student’s Association UQDSA QLD https://uqdsa.org.au/
Sydney University Dental Association SUDA NSW https://suda.org.au/
University Dental Students’ Society, University of Western Australia UDSS WA http://www.udss.net/