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
Shared opinion piece "Why Australia has made a big mistake with AstraZeneca"
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 A/Professor Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

Australia’s ’unforgivable’ AZ mistake

An opinion piece worth sharing. As Victoria reports 2297 new locally-acquired COVID-19 cases yesterday. It’s the highest number ever recorded in a day. Another 11 people in Victoria have died after contracting COVID-19. Australia had the opportunity to do something truly remarkable in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic. Instead, we’re stuffing it up.

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Caring for the Carers – Expert Panel Discussion on Current Health and Safety Challenges in Healthcare Sector event recap
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 A/Professor Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

Recap: Caring for the Carers – Expert Panel Discussion held 5 Oct

EVENT RECAP: To mark both National Work Health and Safety Month and National Mental Health Month in October, a special complimentary workshop was held 5 October looking at the health, safety and well-being concerns of people working in the healthcare sector – ‘Caring for the Carers‘. AFMW President Magdalena Simonis presented at the OSHM / Occupational Health & Safety / Work Safe. Watch the recording.

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Professor Helen O’Connell Open Forum Recap
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 A/Professor Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

Recap: AFMW Open Forum with Professor Helen O’Connell AO held 22 Sept

EVENT RECAP: Let’s get ‘cliterate’. Professor Helen O’Connell AO presented at our AFMW Open forum on September 22nd, and educated us around the complex anatomy of the female genital tract focussing on the clitoris. Her research is a world first and has instigated the ‘cliteracy movement‘ bringing the arts and science together. Watch the recording.

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Professor Caroline De Costa Open Forum Recap
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 A/Professor Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

Recap: AFMW Open Forum with Professor Caroline De Costa AM held 25 Aug

EVENT RECAP: Professor Caroline De Costa AM presented at our AFMW Open forum on August 25th in a Q&A style conversation between the two of us which was then opened up to the audience. Professor Caroline De Costa AM is Australia’s first female Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, sexual and reproductive health trailblazer, mother of seven, author of 15 books and numerous research publications. Watch the recording.

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Medical Women in Technology and Health; Dr Magdalena Simonis podcast
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 A/Professor Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

Medical Women in Technology and Health; Dr Magdalena Simonis Podcast

As part of the Strategic Plan in November 2020, I instigated a Medical Women in Technology and Health ( MedWiTH) group. The Technology Health (Digital Health) industry is THE FASTEST GROWING industry in medicine and intersects with many sectors and industries. In this “Taking Health” podcast I discuss the career opportunities and challenges that exist for women within the healthcare and technology space.

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Dr Desiree Yap Swei Lien - Herstory profile
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 A/Professor Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

‘Herstory’ – Dr Desiree Yap Swei Lien AM

Herstory this month features our own Dr Desiree AM, specialist gynaecologist in cervical dysplasia, esteemed AFMW member, current Vice President of Western Pacific MWIA, past President of AFMW and VMWS. Many years ago, Desiree called me at my practice and invited me to attend the WP MWIA regional conference that was taking place at the Sofitel Hotel in Melbourne. That was my first introduction to VMWS, AFMW, MWIA and the beginning of many wonderful experiences. Hopefully by reading these vignettes, you enjoy learning something new about career development and aspects of mentoring.

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iDEA2021: Planet, Health and Hope event
 A/Professor Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

iDEA 2021: Planet Health and Hope (DEA) – 15-17 October

15-17 OCTOBER. The annual Doctors for the Environment Australia’s conference is taking place Fri 15th Oct 2021, 2:00 pm – Sun 17th Oct 2021, 4:00 pm ACDT. The theme for iDEA21 is “Planet, Health and Hope”, an inspiring and important conference on climate and health run by Doctors For The Environment.

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RSVP to AFMW AGM - Saturday November 6th, 10am Melb/Syd time
 AFMW Events Coordinator

AFMW Annual General Meeting (AGM) – 6 Nov

6 NOV: Dear AFMW Members, you are warmly invited to the first AFMW Annual General Meeting for the triennium which will be held via Zoom. Our AGM will be held Saturday 6th November, 10am-12:00pm (Melbourne/Canberra/Sydney); 11am-1pm (Brisbane). Please RSVP if you can attend or not. We welcome the submission of items for discussion.

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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.

Interested in being involved?

We welcome new members and participation in AMFW activities.