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AMA Victoria International Women’s Day Interviews – #IWD2023

AMA Victoria  interviewed 8 women for International Women’s Day #IWD. AMFW President, Dr Simonis and VMWS President, Dr Naidu were interviewed. This #InternationalWomensDay, learn more about the impactful work of Victoria’s female doctors #IWD2023 #VICDOC


Dr Madhura Naidu

Dr Madhura Naidu

“I love the humanity of medicine in critical care.”

Dr Madhura Naidu is an intensive care registrar and a trainee with the College of Intensive Care Medicine of Australia and New Zealand (CICM), in training to become an ICU consultant. She has previously worked in a variety of clinical specialties in multiple centres, including St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne. She is also the Victorian State Representative for The Australian Federation of Medical Women (AFMW). In January 2021 she was elected to the role of President of the Victorian Medical Women’s Society (VMWS), and is the youngest woman ever elected to the role.

In her time at the Victorian Medical Women’s Society, Madhura says she has met many wonderful women and professional role models. “Being a part of the society and getting to know other women has really opened my eyes to the real issues that affect women in both the professional and personal worlds.”

[See the AMA Victoria LinkeIn post featuring Dr Madhura Naidu]


Dr Magdelena Simonis

Dr Magdelena Simonis

“I got involved in research out of a need to address gaps in research areas, and a desire to advocate. Where [evidence-based research] didn’t already exist, I decided to undertake research myself to understand what was happening.”

Dr Magdelena Simonis has been in full-time general practice in the Melbourne CBD for three decades. One of the first areas that brought her into research was female general cosmetic surgery, which came to her through her general practice. Her research then expanded to include body dysmorphic disorder, sexist advertising, and gender equity in health.

Magdelena is a BMJ published researcher with the Department of General Practice and the Safer Families Centre of Research Excellence at the University of Melbourne. A leader in her field, a sought-after speaker and a participant in numerous roundtables, steering committees, and advisory groups, Magdalena was the 2022 recipient of the AMA Victoria Patrick Pritzwald-Steggman Award, which celebrates a doctor who has made an exceptional contribution to the wellbeing of their colleagues and the community.

[See the AMA Victoria LinkeIn Post featuring Dr Magdelena Simonis]

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