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AFMW AGM Update: patron Dr Cathy Foley AO PSM, addresses AFMW at AGM, Inaugural President’s Awards and launch of annual report

2021 AGM delivered

The Australian Federation of Medical Women hosted its Annual General Meeting this Saturday 6th November.

We were privileged to have Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Cathy Foley AO, PSM attend and deliver her address to us in an informal conversational style. Dr Foley inspired us, and acknowledged the importance of the work we do.

After her address,  it gave me great pleasure to issue three inaugural President’s awards. This is the first time in nearly 100 years, that AFMW has ever given awards which made it an even more special event.

The list includes:

  1. President’s Award to the President of RACGP, Dr Karen Price for Excellent Service to the health of the nation, leadership and advocacy for general practice. Dr Price’s acceptance speech was moving and she addressed the ongoing need to continue supporting one another and to call out gender inequity in all systems we interact with.
  2. AFMW Honour to  Dr Kathleen Hayes, in Recognition of contribution to the community and profession
    Dr Hayes joined AFMW in 1959 and conducted seminal work in Cytomegalovirus (CMV)  and  Rubella.
  3. Young AFMW President’s Award  to Dr Marissa Daniels for excellent contribution to individual states, AFMW and MWIA.

AFMW Annual General Meeting with special guests; Dr Cathy FoleyChief Scientist Australia, Dr Karen Price President RACGP, Dr Diann Rodgers-Healey Director Australian Centre for Leadership for Women ( ACLW), Dr Chris Sotiropoulos, CEO Director APAC Health

This was followed by the launch of our Annual Report.

It was a fabulous event and we came away feeling good about the future.

Kindest regards,


Magdalena Simonis
President and National Coordinator AFMW


2020-2021 Annual Report AFMW


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