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 and the WomenSpeak Network, 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
IVF success rate increasing in Australia
IVF
 A/Professor Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

IVF success rate increasing in Australia

IVF success rates are increasing in Australia, however it is still important to emphasise that waiting longer, is not ideal for conception or freezing eggs. Although IVF rates have improved, which is a terrific thing, I identify the key factors affecting conception and healthy pregnancy.

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Magda announces MedWiTH Launch and upcoming webinar
MedWiTH
 A/Professor Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

MedWiTH Launch and upcoming webinar

Introducing Medical Women in Technology and Health MedWiTH, a site dedicated to Technology and Health, the opportunities for the medical work force and particularly for women in medicine. Nowadays, around 50% of medical graduates are women, yet there are very few in the digital health space. MedWiTH is about Raising awareness and taking action.

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Could the ways you cope with stress be undermining you? Here are healthier ways to respond
 A/Professor Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

Caring for the Carer – that’s you! Ask yourself ‘Am I OK? ‘ – the other side of RUOK?

In our busy lives we often forget to check in on ourselves and sometimes it can lead to a downward emotional spiral.  Here is something I’d like to share with you all in this week’s eBulletin which talks about knowing how to detect the signs of stress in yourself and learning how to redirect your effort towards positive strategies to help you cope. It’s simple, clear and includes dot points.

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Applications sought for AFMW Sponsorship and Grants Officer
 Dr Marissa Daniels (MBBS, BMedSc)

Applications sought for AFMW Sponsorship and Grants Officer

AFMW is taking applications for the new position of Sponsorship and Grants Officer. This volunteer position offers fantastic opportunities to develop your communication, negotiation and marketing skills as well as confidence and initiative as well as your computer and internet skills (including website content management.

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Associate Professor (Dr) Vicki Kotsirilos AM
herstory
 A/Professor Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

‘Herstory’ – Associate Professor (Dr) Vicki Kotsirilos AM

Please meet Associate Professor (Dr) Vicki Kotsirilos AM, esteemed AFMW member and inaugural contributor to ‘Herstory’. We hope that you enjoy learning something new about aspects of mentoring through Vicki. You are also invited to learn more about her amazing career by connecting directly with her on LinkedIn. Vicki’s generous contributions continue to make an impact in medicine and the environment. Read about her mentoring journey, as she kindly shares her wisdom with us in our first AFMW Herstory contribution.

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Gender Equity article presented by Magdalena Simonis
gender equity
 A/Professor Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

Gender equity: I’m not biased so what’s the big issue?

Earlier this year I was invited to speak with at one of the weekly RACMA webinars. RACMA is short for Royal Australasian College of  Medical Administrators. I chose my own title, “Gender Equity: I’m not biased, so what’s the big issue?” Around 90 attended from Australia, HK, NZ. Chatham House rules apply to these weekly meetings. The following is an extract of my talk and resources included in the RACMA’s Quarterly Journal (Q2 2021), “Changing Workplace Culture in the Health System”.

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Dr Magdalena Simonis, who was working at a pop-up vaccination clinic at a Greek church in Thornbury on Saturday, says some of her patients are not getting their information about vaccines from the right sources.
covid
 A/Professor Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

Mislaid fear leaves many older Australians exposed to COVID deaths

In this article by Aisha Dow, originally published in The Age, AFMW President, Associate Professor Magdalena Simonis contributes her experience working at a pop-up vaccination clinic at a Greek church in Thornbury on Saturday, where some of her patients were not getting their information about vaccines from the right sources.

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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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 A/Professor Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

Caring for the Carers – Expert Panel Discussion on Current Health and Safety Challenges in Healthcare Sector – 5 Oct

5 OCT: To mark both National Work Health and Safety Month and National Mental Health Month in October, AFMW president Magdalena Simonis is a guest speaker at a special complimentary 1-2 pm hour workshop (on Zoom), looking at the health, safety and well-being concerns of people working in the healthcare sector – ‘Caring for the Carers’. Please share this important session on caring for carers during Occupational Health and Safety month.

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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.