- Published: 18 December 2014
The Committee on Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) of the Department of Public Information (DPI) have approved AFMW for association with the DPI.
This association embodies our commitment to the purposes and activities of the United Nations and to raising awareness of issues of global concern.
The UN has 4 main purposes:
- To keep peace throughout the world;
- To develop friendly relations among nations;
- To help nations work together to improve the lives of poor people, the conquer hunger, disease and illiteracy, and to encourage respect for each other's rights and freedoms;
- To be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations to achieve these goals.
For more information on UN conferences, seminars, briefings and other events, please see the DPI NGO Relations website here.
- Published: 24 October 2014
As we barrel up to another Christmas, I bid you farewell as President of AFMW. I have now served two terms of three years and am very pleased to hand over the baton to Dr Sharon Tivey, who has served with distinction for many years as AFMW Treasurer.
There have been many highlights over the past six years - involvement in activities of importance to medical women as well as women and children in ours and the global community (for a few of the latest examples, see below), as well as the more mundane - like modernising the AFMW Constitution and ensuring our Governance remains compliant!
It has been a honour to contribute to an organisation which exists on behalf of medical women, and has done since 1927.
- Published: 15 December 2014
Women's Legal Services NSW, the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria and WESNET have created a survey to learn more about technology-facilitated abuse around the country. It aims to collect evidence about how technology is being used by perpetrators of domestic violence as a tool of abuse, and to help shape policies and practices to keep women safe. The survey is based on the 2013 SmartSafe research by the Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRSC) that examined workers' observations and survivors' experiences of technology-facilitated abuse within Victoria.
This current research extends the SmartSafe survey nationally, and is a collaboration between Women's Legal Services NSW, the DVRSC, and WESNET, funded under the ACCAN Grants Scheme. Workers around Australia who have direct contact with women and children who are experiencing or have experienced domestic violence are completing the survey and providing their valuable knowledge and experience.
Your responses to this survey will ensure that the resources created will be informed directly by experiences of Australian women and children.
To complete the survey, click here.
- Published: 11 October 2014
All Medical Women's Society members are invited to attend the AFMW AGM.
This will be held at Trinity College in Room 1/Drama Room of the Evan Burge Buildling (see map) in conjunction with the VMWS AGM. Trinity College is located at The University of Melbourne, Royal Parade, Parkville, 3052. It will follow the AFMW Annual Face-to-Face Meeting and the AFMW Triennial General Meeting.
Order of Proceedings:
1. 1000 - 1230 hrs. AFMW Council Meeting. For more information, click here.
2. 1230 - 1300 hrs. AFMW Triennial General Meeting. For more information, click here.
3. 1300 - 1700 hrs. AFMW Strategic Planning Meeting.
2. 1800 hrs - VMWS AGM. For more information, click here.
3. 1830 hrs (immediately following VMWS AGM) - AFMW AGM
4. VMWS Constance Stone Oration and Dinner will follow.
- Published: 13 October 2014
The AFMW has been required to update its Constitution and incorporate the Model Rules to comply with incorporation requirements.
The AFMW Governance Sub-committee, in particular Dr Catherine Duncan (Vic) and Dr Marjorie Cross (ACT) have volunteered many hours to drafting a constitutional revision, available here. We will be required to endorse the new constitution at the November 15 2014 Face-To-Face Meeting.
Under our current constitution, the rules for altering or amending the constitution are as follows:
15. Alteration to Constitution
This Constitution may be altered or amended at any General meeting or at a Special General Meeting called for that purpose provided that particulars of the proposed alterations or amendments shall have been given to each Member Association not less than six weeks before the date of such a meeting. A two-thirds majority of those present and eligible to vote is necessary to change the constitution.
We look forward to your contribution!
- Published: 12 October 2014
Notice is hereby given that the Annual Face-to-Face Meeting and the Annual Triennial General Meeting for the Australian Federation of Medical Women (AFMW) will be held on Saturday November 15 2014 from 12:30 until 17:00.
Location: Room 1/Drama Room, Evan Burge Building, Trinity College, Royal Parade, Parkville, 3052. See map.
For more information, including the Agenda for the Annual Face-to-Face Meeting and the Annual Triennial General Meeting, see here.
The AFMW AGM will follow at 18:30. All Medical Women's Society members are invited to the AFMW AGM. For more information, click here.
- Published: 02 July 2014
Happy New Financial Year to all!
Here at AFMW we have been busy these past three months! I have briefly summarised our main activities below:
- AFMW lobbied the Minister for Foreign Affairs and other MPs to lend their support to the 'Bring Back Our Girls' campaign for the release of abducted Nigerian schoolgirls.
- AFMW saw the production of the first progress report for the Australian Research Grant-funded study 'Elucidating the increasing demand for genital cosmetic surgery among girls and women in Australia', carried out in alliance with The Jean Hailes Foundation, Southern Health, Family Planning Victoria and Women's Health Victoria.
- AFMW members A/Prof Jan Coles, Dr Desiree Yap, Prof Gabrielle Casper and Dr Raie Goodwach submitted a response to the World Health Organisation's (WHO) recent Secretariat report entitled 'Addressing the global challenge of violence, in particular against women and girls'