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Circle of Kindness – Return to Work or School Debrief

8 February @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm AEDT

Details for the next Circle of Kindness 8 February hosted by Dr Desiree Yap Swei Lien AM

AFMW President, Dr Sarah Coll (She/Her) Yirrganydji Country, invites you to attend the next session in our regular series “Circle of Kindness: AFMW Fireside Chats”.

Our next chat “Return to Work or School Debrief“‘ will be held Thurs 8 Feb 2024, 8pm-9pm AEDT (Melb/Syd/ACT) / 7pm-8pm AEDT (Qld), hosted by Dr Desiree Yap Swei Lien AM. Please join us if you are a medical woman – non-members welcome!


About The Host

Dr Desiree Yap Swei Lien AMDr Desiree Yap Swei Lien AM is a specialist obstetrician and gynaecologist who has retired into gynaecology only with public health qualifications. Desiree has been a medical doctor for over 30 years with a varied career with an emphasis on women’s health and health advocacy and the professional development of women in medicine. Desiree’s was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her ‘significant service to women’s health, and to medicine.’
In 2022, Kate was appointed as a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia for services to the medical profession and women’s health.

Read Dr Desiree Yap Swei Lien’s Herstory >>



About Circle of Kindness: AFMW Fireside Chats

We all have moments in life when we need a listening ear and sometimes, it’s easier to share with someone you don’t know that well.

I’ve been asked several times by members and non-members if we provided peer group sessions to support this, and recently invited members to meet and set our parameters. We all agreed that there is a need for a safe space filled with kindness and trust where you can meet other medical women and talk about the challenges you’re facing, so we formed the Circle of Kindness: Fireside Chats.

As President of AFMW it gives me great pleasure to launch these monthly sessions. Times will change so that no one misses out so watch out for our eBulletin and website. Come, bring a friend who is not a member but would benefit from having access to our Circle of Kindness.

This event is open to all AFMW members and non-member guests.

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What It Is

  • Peer support for women doctors
  • Kindness centred
  • Informal advice – sharing lived experiences
  • Reflection – making time for this
  • A safe space
  • Sessions never recorded
  • No guest speakers
  • Confidential
  • Sessions run for up to 60 minutes – as required
  • Kindness centred
  • Trust
  • Respect – intersectionality
  • Fun & Relaxed
  • Camaraderie / friendly
  • Eat your dinner with us, enjoy a drink, it’s casual!


What It Isn’t

  • Counselling
  • Mental health support
  • AFMW related – we do not discuss AFMW activities nor decide on AFMW issues outside of Council meetings
  • There is no formal meeting agenda


When & who runs them

  • Monthly
  • Interested members take turns hosting a session



Registration to this Fireside Chat is free. Please join us on the evening via this Zoom link.


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8 February
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm AEDT
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