The medical community is undergoing rapid gender change – in the course of a generation women have gone from comprising a small minority of medical graduates to making up over 50% of each graduating year. Despite this women remain under-represented in senior leadership positions. With the vision to empower medical women, providing doctors and medical students with leadership skills and improved networking and mentoring opportunities, Dr Jill Tomlinson designed a project under the auspices of the Australian Federation of Medical Women (AFMW) to foster communication, networking, respect, leadership ability and opportunities among medical women. Successfully gaining funding, Dr Tomlinson awarded twenty-two AFMW Leadership Scholarships totalling $15,000 to medical women to attend the Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA) Western Pacific Regional Congress in Melbourne in October 2008.
This, and Dr Tomlinson’s other leadership initiatives for medical women is being recognised by CLW’s 2009 Leadership Achievement for Women Award launched in 2005, aiming to honour women in the community who use their own initiative to create and implement projects for the benefit of the community and in collaboration with the community. “
AFMW congratulates Dr Tomlinson and the other recipients of the 2009 CLW Awards on their leadership and achievements.