We are the Australian National University (ANU) Rural Medical Society Inc., or ‘ARMS’ for short. In 2015 we consist of current ANU Medical School student volunteers across the four years of the Doctor of Medicine and Surgery (MChD) program who have a passion for rural medicine.

Since its inception in 2004, the ANU Rural Medical Society(ARMS) has continues to grow in membership as well as fulfil its primary intention of promoting careers in rural medicine and advocating for rural health issues. ARMS has developed a strong reputation in the Canberra community and surrounds as a committed, engaging and active student run Rural Health Club.

ARMS aims to provide members with opportunities to learn and practice clinical skills, understand the health issues facing rural communities and build relationships with doctors in rural areas in Canberra and surrounding regions.

In addition, ARMS endeavors to assist rural communities by providing free health checks, raising awareness of the components of a healthy lifestyle, and promoting career pathways in health to rural high school students.

Meg Davis

ARMS President.




The ANU Rural Medical Society would like to acknowledge and extend its gratitude to the following organisations for their support. If you would like to know more about our sponsors or would like to consider sponsoring ARMS you can read more here, view our prospectus or get in contact with our sponsorship officer.


ARMS Newsletter

If you didn't already know the ANU Rural Medical Society has an awesome newsletter.

ARMS host a number of events and activities over the year.

Here are the newsletters so you can get yourself back up to speed on all the fun and exciting events that you may have missed.

Enjoy reading

Crookwell Rural Show

Love is in the air and the medical students are out screening hearts (well... blood pressure actually)

On the 14th of February, ARMS registered their first rural show for the year and was there in fine form.

9 bright eyed first years attended, taking blood pressures and measuring glucose levels; under the supervision of the watchful eyes of our third years on rural placement and Dr. Hawke.

Want to know more? Read the article written by Gabriella from the event.

Scholarships, Placements and Conference Information evening

Wednesday, February 25, 6:00pm - 9:30pm for more information see the facebook event page

Want more hands on clinical experience that looks fantastic on your CV?
Feeling the pinch of being a student?
Do you enjoy networking with fellow medical students from around Australia at conferences and learning from the experts?

Regional RHSV Visit at ANU

50 eager regional high school students, 20 excited medical students, and 1 afternoon hour of incredibly interesting, hands-on, and exciting learning!

On the 31st of July, 50 grade 10 students from regional New South Wales visited the Australian National University Sciences Teaching facilities. These students from Gilgandra, Cowra, Deniliquin, Coleambally and Griffith visited the ANU as part of a larger tour
of Canberra supported by the Country Education Foundation which aimed to develop tertiary aspirations and big-city skills of these students.