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The Australian Federation of Medical Women (AFMW) is a not for profit, politically neutral, non sectarian, non government organisation that seeks to improve the health of all Australians, especially the health of women and children. AFMW is a member of the Australasian Institute of Digital Health, Australian Women’s Coalition, partners with Doctors for the Environment Australia and is affiliated with Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA) and Climate and Health Alliance in Australia (CAHA). We have a network of affiliated Australian state and territory societies:
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Activites of MWIA and its Regions Edition 6, 2022
 Dr Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

MWIA-Newsletter No. 6 | June, 2022

The Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA) most recent newsletter is now available. AFMW is affiliated with Medical Women’s International Association, an association of medical women and students representing women doctors from all six continents and eight regions. In this newsletter, the Secretary General shares thanks and a summary as her triennium for MWIA comes to a close; The Past President and Treasurer provides an update; and a review of activities of the MWI and its Regions is presented.

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For Ukraine: By Women of the World Kindle Edition
 Dr Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

“For Ukraine By Women of the World” E-book now available

“For Ukraine: By Women of the World” is a collection of powerful poetry and prose by all who identify as women about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine led by Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin. Thirty-five women express their concerns about Putin’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, its impact on Ukrainians and the reactions of world leaders to the war. The women are from countries including Australia, Fiji, United Kingdom, United States and New Zealand. Special thanks to Diann Rodgers-Healey of the Australian Centre for Women in Leadership ( ACWL)who instigated this. It is available now on Amazon.

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Examples of doctor happy places
 Dr Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

The importance of finding your happy place – AMA Victoria

Published by AMA Victoria, this articles highlights when working long hours in a demanding role as a doctor or healthcare worker it is important to have a safe place to unwind and relax. It also includes a selection of ‘happy places’ as shared on social media during AMA Victoria / Doctors’ Health Fund’s #MonthofMindfulness campaign. Where’s your happy place?

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MWS ACT and Region Fundraising Dinner 24 June 2022 header
 AFMW Events Coordinator

MWS ACT & Region Fundraising Dinner – 24 June 2022

REMINDER – MWS ACT EVENT All AFMW members and friends are invited to attend the MWS ACT & Region Fundraising Dinner Friday 24 June at the Harmonie German Club Narrabundah. Even if  you can’t attend, please donate – MWS ACT does a lot of great work for the wider community and provides bursaries for medical women. Please bring gold coins and cash for entry to the competitions. Enjoy the fun with a Quiz with a German theme, Best Fairy Tale costume, Wine tasting competition, Auction and Raffles. Proceeds will go to our charities. RSVP today.

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NAIDOC Week: Purple Bush Leaves Medicine Bursary Celebration announcement
 Dr Lydia Pitcher

NAIDOC Week: Purple Bush Medicine Leaves Bursary Celebration – 5 July 2022

REMINDER – 5 JULY: During NAIDOC week, there will be a joint celebration for the 2021 Purple Bush Medicine Leaves Bursary Recipients in Brisbane on Tuesday 5 July 2022. We will also be celebrating the launch of the inaugural 2022 NCWQ – QMWS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Bursary sponsored by Mater. All members of the AFMW are warmly invited to participate in this event, either virtually or in person. Places to attend in person are limited however Zoom attendance is unlimited. Please RSVP by Tuesday 21 June.

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Circle of Kindness- AFMW Fireside Chats event details for 28 July 2022
 Dr Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

Circle of Kindness – AFMW Fireside Chats – 28 July 2022

28 JULY EVENT: As President of AFMW it gives me great pleasure to invite you to the next session in our new regular monthly sessions “Circle of Kindness: AFMW Fireside Chats”. Our next ‘chat’ will be held Thursday 28 July, 2022 8-9PM AEST, hosted by Dr Elysia Robb, VMWS and job share advocate. The AFMW Fireside Chats are a safe space filled with kindness and trust where you can meet other medical women and talk about the challenges you’re facing. Come, bring a friend who is not a member but think will benefit from having access to our Circle of Kindness.

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Medical Women's Society ACT & Region

Support and further professional development of ACT and Region female colleagues, including medical students.


Medical Women’s Society NSW

For 99 years, MWS NSW has been the peak representative body for medical women (including students!) in New South Wales.


Victorian Medical Women's Society

No matter where you are in your medical career, VIC MWS is here to support you.


QLD Medical Women's Society

Supporting QLD medical women and advocating for equitable health for all, especially women and children.

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