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 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:

ACT and Region
NSW MWS
NSW
QMWS
QLD
VMWS
VIC
Dr Ros Terry featured as Herstory this month
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 Dr Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

Herstory – Dr Rosalind ‘Ros’ Terry

Herstory this month features Dr Rosalind ‘Ros’ Terry, Surgeon, Victorian Medical Women’s Society Seniors Rep and Constance Stone Award recipient. Dr Ros Terry has been a valued member of the Victorian Medical Women’s Society (VMWS) since she graduated from medicine in 1973 and to this day remains the VMWS Senior Member’s Representative.

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LATEST COVID-19 RESOURCES
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 Dr Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

COVID-19 Resources List [UPDATED 12 JAN 2022]

[UPDATED 12 JAN 2022 – Flow chart for use of disease-modifying treatments for adults with COVID-19, Clinical recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines, and ATAGI recommendations on the use of a third primary dose of COVID-19 vaccine added] View the updated list of the latest COVID-19 resources. Please share with your colleagues.

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President's Address - December 2021
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 Dr Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

President’s Address December 2021

As 2021 comes to a close, I’d like to wish you all a wonderful and safe festive season and hope that you can spend time with your loved ones. It’s a time to celebrate our ability to connect in person again, to listen to each other’s stories, to rest and switch off from work. As you reflect on the year that has passed, make sure you celebrate your achievements, your health and your relationships and remember that achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by trying to achieve your goals. This will be our final eBulletin for 2021 and the eBulletin team will return in late January 2022.  I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

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Omicron Update from Magda
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 Dr Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

Omicron Is Here and what we should know

The good news is that it appears that there is still some protection against severe disease and hospitalisation afforded from vaccination with two doses of Astra Zeneca and Pfizer although the protection from two doses of these vaccines, is limited. Cases are expected to climb so a third booster dose is highly recommended and ideally, earlier than the 6 month mark as previously planned. Last week ATAGI reduced the minimum gap between primary vaccination and booster doses to five months.

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AFMW awards
 Dr Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

The AFMW Inaugural awards have been received!

It gave me great pleasure to deliver the inaugural AFMW awards to the recipients Dr Karen Price, Dr Kathleen Hayes and Dr Marissa Daniels. The Australian Federation of Medical Women President’s Award for Excellent Service to Health 2021, was given to Dr Karen Price President, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, for her excellent contribution to the health of Australia, leadership and advocacy for general practitioners. The Australian Federation of Medical Women President’s Honours was given to one of our elders, Dr Kathleen Hayes in recognition of her excellent contribution to the community and profession. The Australian Federation of Medical Women President’s Young AFMW Award was given to Dr Marissa Daniels, in recognition of her excellent contribution to individual states, AFMW and MWIA.

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Vaccine hesitancy and practice efficiencies Webinar 2 Dec, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (AEDT)
 Dr Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

RACGP Webinar – Vaccine hesitancy and practice efficiencies – 2 Dec

[REMINDER] 2 DEC: Join Magda and three other presenters at this important National RACGP webinar on vaccine hesitancy and practice efficiencies. Magda will be speaking with a panel of GP experts and her talk will cover issues around addressing CALD communities, as well the the importance of GP self care during COVID which has resulted in increased, constant pressure on GPs. COVID is with us to stay and as our borders open to international travel, GPS and the health sector will be facing new challenges which we will all need to adapt to.

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SPHERE Annual Meeting 2021
 AFMW Events Coordinator

SPHERE Annual Meeting 2021 – 23 & 25 Nov

[REMINDER] 23 & 25 NOV: The SPHERE NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health for Women in Primary Care invites you to attend their virtual annual meeting to hear the latest about their research in abortion, contraception, and preconception care. Showcasing the latest research from SPHERE in abortion, contraception and preconception care on 23 and 25 November 2021 (AEDT).

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Masterclass 20 Nov event invitation
 Dr Marissa Daniels (MBBS, BMedSc)

QMWS Re:Set Masterclass facilitated by Dr Marga Gooren – 20 Nov

[REMINDER] 20 NOV. Burnt Out? Pandemic Fatigued? Suffering from Compassion fatigue? Learn how to work with Self-Compassion during and after Covid-19. Please join the QMWS for an online Masterclass event by Self-Compassion expert Dr Marga Gooren, Saturday 20 November 2021.  Online bookings for all AFMW members and network are welcome.

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Advocating for, and supporting, the health and welfare of our communities.

Join a passionate and dedicated group of women working towards equitable personal and professional opportunities for medical women and equal health care for all, especially women and children. 

Visit our affiliated state and territory

Medical Women Societies

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Medical Women's Society ACT & Region

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

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NSW MWS

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.

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Victorian Medical Women's Society

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

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QMWS

QLD Medical Women's Society

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

Contact us

The Australian Federation of Medical Women (AFMW) is operated by a volunteer team of medical women. Please contact us via our Facebook page or send an Email. Or use our contact form available here.