- 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'
- Published: 28 April 2014
Happy Autumn Everyone!
AFMW has had a number of busy months since our last newsletter. The Council continues to consider how best to share all the relevant information with the State Committees and members - as the balance between too much information and not enough is a hard one to strike. To that end, a summary is provided below!
- Some lucky AFMW members have attended the Commission on the Status of Women annual meeting which was held in New York last month. The theme was 'Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls'. Professor Gabrielle Casper and a number of her Notre Dame students attended and presented - hopefully their reports will be ready for the next newsletter.
- Please remember to notify the secretariat if you know of a medical woman registered for over 50 years as both AFMW and MWIA have a Golden Jubilee Certificate for them!
- May 2014 is the World Health Organisation (WHO) World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. If you wish to attend, AFMW can register you with MWIA and you are welcome to attend. Contact AFMW Secretariat to register your interest.
- Published: 16 February 2014
AFMW has partnered with five other Australian organisations in a 3 year ARC funded research project that seeks to elucidate the increasing demand for female genital cosmetic surgery in Australia. The study is administered by Monash University and involves the Jean Hailes for Women's Health, Women's Health Victoria, Family Planning Victoria, Southern Health and the Australian Federation of Medical Women.
We are seeking women who have considered or had genital modification (surgery, vajazzling, waxing, colouring, piercing and more), and professionals (doctors and beauty therapists) who have patients or clients who seek genital modification. We would love to hear your perspectives through a 15-30 minute interview conducted by phone or email with a Monash University researcher.
The results of this study will contribute to programs for sexuality and body image education, public health campaigns about normal genital diversity, and professional development for doctors and beauty therapists.
Please share this information through your networks!
- Published: 16 February 2014
Female doctors are pretty amazing. Here are the top eight reasons you should want to date or marry one.
- Published: 30 September 2013
Welcome to the Australian Federation of Medical Women’s (AFMW) Annual Report for 2013. We have had a very busy year as you will see from the summary on the following page. I would like to take this opportunity to formally thank all my colleagues on the Council and commend all those who run their state committees.
I would like to reflect on why we, as busy doctors and medical students, continue to volunteer to help administer our organisations. After all, making the ‘processes run’ in ‘spare time’ is not the most exciting thing most people can think of!
I believe that there are several reasons, including the networking and the opportunity to meet like-minded colleagues locally, nationally and internationally as well as the advocacy work. Subjects raised at dinners, seminars and conferences are often of specific interest to medical women and not readily available in other fora. There is also that sense of the historical place of our organisations and the importance of acknowledging those who have gone before in addition to recognizing how their work contributed to the advantages we have today. It is also interesting to contemplate what still needs to be done.
- Published: 09 July 2013
Happy New Financial Year to all members!
Who has found the level of political discourse rather disappointing over the past months? Whilst much can be said about the loss of our first female Prime Minister and her treatment in office (and the wider discussion of women in leadership positions), I am looking forward to what I hope will be a focus less on personalities and more on policy. As members of the general community as well as providers in the universal health care system in Australia, as well as for many of us, small business owners, there is so much to consider. However, enough said on these topics - whole essays and books could be written!
As for AFMW news, we are pleased to welcome Dr Rachel Goh as our AFMW Newsletter Editor. She has held extensive roles in editing, publications, advocacy and rural committee positions. Rachel is currently Secretary for the AMA's Women in Medicine Committee and is heavily involved in the AMA VIC Doctors in Training Committee, such as organising the annual DiT Ball this June. She has helped edit reports for the World Health Organisation, submitted articles to VicDoc and Medical Observer, and been Executive Editor and Chief Writer for an arts magazine and Monash Council. Throughout medical school she has acted on her keen interest in rural medicine. Rachel has over a year of clinical experience in both rural & remote areas such as Wadeye (the largest Indigenous community in the NT), Oenpelli, Shepparton, Cobram, Mt Beauty, and is currently based in Horsham. For her ongoing commitment and services to rural areas, she has received the Rural Communities Award. We look forward to working with Rachel.