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 Associate Professor Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

Antenatal care item descriptor ‘doesn’t scratch the surface’ | RACGP

RACGP, AMA and Minister Mark Butler meet frequently on the ‘Strengthening Medicare Taskforce. Supporting GPs is top of the agenda and it makes sense as incoming RACGP President Dr Nicole Higgins stated at her opening address at GP22 this weekend because, “ general practice is the cost-efficient engine house of the Australian healthcare system”. On this note and as a GP who manages pregnant women in the community through a ‘shared care’ arrangement with the hospital system, I was asked to comment in this RACGP NewsGP article, which highlights the need to remunerate GPs adequately for these specialist services.

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Report cover with man riding a bicycle - Climate of the Nation 2022 Tracking Australia’s attitudes towards climate change and energy
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 Associate Professor Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

Climate of the Nation 2022 | Australia Institute

The Australia Institute’s annual Climate of the Nation Report provides a comprehensive account of changing Australian beliefs and attitudes towards climate change, including its causes, impacts and solutions. For the first time, Climate of the Nation 2022 includes a chapter on Australians’ views on transport solutions, including quantitative polling and qualitative focus group studies.

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Women in Digital Health Leadership program | Information session
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 Associate Professor Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

Women in digital health leadership program now open

Applications are now open until 20 January 2023 for the Institute’s Women in Digital Health (WiDH) leadership and professional development program. Now in its second year, WiDH was developed to advance the digital health careers of women through immersive coaching and personalised mentoring experiences. The 25 women accepted into the program will work with inspirational leaders, coaches and mentors from across the digital health community and join leadership retreats from February to August 2023.

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 Associate Professor Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

2022 AGM President’s Awards and Honouring the Recipients

Having the opportunity to honour three amazing medical women is the highlight of my AFMW year. The AFMW President’s Awards followed on from our AGM which was on Saturday 12 November, 2022. The recipients each gave a moving presentation. Look out for our next series of ebulletin updates, which will feature each of our recipients.

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 Associate Professor Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

Long COVID risk similar for kids and adults: Study | RACGP

In this RACGP NewsGP article, Assoc Prof Simonis was asked to comment on research from Germany, which shows that children and adolescents are not immune to long-COVID. “ ….the difficulty ( with children) is that they can’t describe their symptoms like adults can, so you’re probably never going to get an accurate picture of what they’re experiencing,’ Dr Simonis said.

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2022 Annual Report cover - report now available to download
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 Associate Professor Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

AFMW 2021-2022 Annual Report Released

AFMW President, Associate Professor Magdalena Simonis released the 2021-2022 Annual Report at the 12 November 2022 Annual General Meeting. Thank you to our patron, members, supporters, partners, sponsors and contributors throughout the year. Download a pdf copy of the Annual Report.

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CAHA annoucement
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 Associate Professor Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

A big budget win for the health sector after a decade of climate advocacy | CAHA

In October 2022, the government committed to a first tranche of funding to commence the National Health and Climate Strategy development. Thanks to Fiona Armstrong of CAHA, who inspired many, including myself as the representative of AFMW to be part of a little bit of history here. We each generously lent our time, expertise and intellect to offer advice, and to contribute to this important outcome.

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RANZCOG Mentoring Webinar recording
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 Associate Professor Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

RANZCOG Mentoring Webinar [Event Recap]

EVENT RECAP: RANZCOG is piloting a mentoring program (webinar held 31 October 2022) for a small cohort of advanced trainees and new Fellows as the first step towards establishing a full-fledged program. Watch the recording of RANZCOG recent mentoring webinar, where a panel of experienced Fellows and external speakers presented valuable mentoring content.

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 Associate Professor Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

High Court ruling on Psychological Health | OSHA

In a recent Occupational Safety & Health Associates ebulletin, OSHA describe how a recent High Court decision demonstrates that Employers can be held liable for mental harm inflicted upon their workers, whether or not the workers show evident signs of psychological and/or psychiatric injuries.

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Kate Jenkins introducing the Respect@Work website
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 Associate Professor Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

Introducing the [email protected] website | Kate Jenkins

Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioer, Kate Jenkins has luanched the [email protected] website.The portal brings together a comprehensive set of resources for employers and workers. It includes best-practice guides, training programs, workplace-assessment tools, information, videos and advice. It is the first time all this information has been presented in a single place in Australia. Watch Kate’s video introduction.

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