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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:
ACT and Region
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President's message
 Associate Professor Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

AFMW President’s Address – Welcome back Jan 2023!

Welcome back friends and members of AFMW. I hope you have had a restful time off or if not, that you have planned some time off.  As we return to our office, research departments and surgeries, the problems we try to address can direct us to a negative place so remember to take time every day to just breathe deeply, be in the moment and practise gratitude for living in this wonderful country.

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Meat free burger patties
 Associate Professor Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

Meat free meat products and questions they raise – How to advise your patients

Most people see meat-alternatives as healthy because they’re plant-based and because they are marketed as such. It is also a novel food choice. Meat alternatives should play a very small part in an average diet. There is a place for meatless meats – which is for those who don’t find vegetarian meals palatable. However, meatless meats vary in quality in terms of fat, fibre, additives and nutritional value. It is important to make the consumer aware of what they’re eating. Read how to advise your patients.

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Actor William Shatner
 Associate Professor Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

Star Trek My trip to space made me realise we have only one Earth – it must live long and prosper | William Shatner | The Guardian

The AFMW Climate Health Action Group ( CHAG) has been very active welcomes new participants as this will be a year where we join forces with more peak bodies and become even more vocal around the need to shift the dial closer towards helping to preserve our precious planet and its inhabitants so that earth may live long and prosper. William Shatner had his say on the matter in The Guardian article after visiting outer space recently. 

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Prof Helen O’Connell AO
 Associate Professor Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

Prof Helen O’Connell AO has been hailed a ‘legend in urology’

Professor Helen O’Connell has received another internationally acclaimed title as ‘legend of urology’ for her outstanding contribution to urology. Helen, the first female urologist in Australasia, kindly accepted my invitation to present at one of our AFMW Events in September of 2021, and talked to us about her work, research and the anatomy of the clitoris.

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 Associate Professor Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

MWIA Newsletter December 2022

This is a reshare of the Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA) December 2022 newsletter. 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.  Read the newsletter here.

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Details about the event "Let's Talk About Sex: Sexuality and Sexual Difficulties"
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“Let’s Talk About Sex: Sexuality and Sexual Difficulties” – An introductory course in Sexual Medicine and Therapy – Monash University

Being held 17 March and 25 March 2023, Monash University is again running an introductory course in Sexual Medicine and Therapy. This 2-day online multidisciplinary course on Sexuality and Sexual Difficulties, is relevant for all health practitioners, trainees and students. It will discuss the need to talk about sex, address the obstacles, and will empower the registrants to raise and discuss topics of sexuality and sexual difficulties with their patients.

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 Associate Professor Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

Circle of Kindness – AFMW Fireside Chat

EVENT: Our next chat will be held Wednesday 22 Feb 2022 8-9PM AEDT, hosted by Associate Professor Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President. 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 Societies


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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