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Magda welcoming members to 2022
AFMW Council Meeting
 Dr Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

President’s Welcome to 2022

Dear AFMW Members and Friends, I hope you have all had an opportunity to rest and spend time with family and friends. We are already in full swing for the new year with a line up of Events and Open Forums planned.

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GP in the clinic discussing COVID
 Dr Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

‘Squandered any gains we made’: Australian GP clinics overwhelmed by rising Covid cases

In this article, originally published in The Guardian, Dr Magdalena Simonis suggests if GPs and reception staff continued to get sick with Covid or to suffer burnout, it would have repercussions for the hospital system. “We always have been the gatekeepers to the tertiary health system. If we are becoming unwell, and we can’t keep up with the load and we can’t manage patient expectations, then they will end up in hospitals. When GPs fall, the whole system breaks down.”

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Dr Ros Terry featured as Herstory this month
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 Dr Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

Herstory – Dr Rosalind ‘Ros’ Terry

Herstory this month features Dr Rosalind ‘Ros’ Terry, Surgeon, Victorian Medical Women’s Society Seniors Rep and Constance Stone Award recipient. Dr Ros Terry has been a valued member of the Victorian Medical Women’s Society (VMWS) since she graduated from medicine in 1973 and to this day remains the VMWS Senior Member’s Representative.

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LATEST COVID-19 RESOURCES
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 Dr Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

COVID-19 Resources List [UPDATED 12 JAN 2022]

[UPDATED 12 JAN 2022 – Flow chart for use of disease-modifying treatments for adults with COVID-19, Clinical recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines, and ATAGI recommendations on the use of a third primary dose of COVID-19 vaccine added] View the updated list of the latest COVID-19 resources. Please share with your colleagues.

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President's Address - December 2021
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 Dr Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

President’s Address December 2021

As 2021 comes to a close, I’d like to wish you all a wonderful and safe festive season and hope that you can spend time with your loved ones. It’s a time to celebrate our ability to connect in person again, to listen to each other’s stories, to rest and switch off from work. As you reflect on the year that has passed, make sure you celebrate your achievements, your health and your relationships and remember that achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by trying to achieve your goals. This will be our final eBulletin for 2021 and the eBulletin team will return in late January 2022.  I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

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Omicron Update from Magda
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 Dr Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

Omicron Is Here and what we should know

The good news is that it appears that there is still some protection against severe disease and hospitalisation afforded from vaccination with two doses of Astra Zeneca and Pfizer although the protection from two doses of these vaccines, is limited. Cases are expected to climb so a third booster dose is highly recommended and ideally, earlier than the 6 month mark as previously planned. Last week ATAGI reduced the minimum gap between primary vaccination and booster doses to five months.

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AFMW awards
 Dr Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

The AFMW Inaugural awards have been received!

It gave me great pleasure to deliver the inaugural AFMW awards to the recipients Dr Karen Price, Dr Kathleen Hayes and Dr Marissa Daniels. The Australian Federation of Medical Women President’s Award for Excellent Service to Health 2021, was given to Dr Karen Price President, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, for her excellent contribution to the health of Australia, leadership and advocacy for general practitioners. The Australian Federation of Medical Women President’s Honours was given to one of our elders, Dr Kathleen Hayes in recognition of her excellent contribution to the community and profession. The Australian Federation of Medical Women President’s Young AFMW Award was given to Dr Marissa Daniels, in recognition of her excellent contribution to individual states, AFMW and MWIA.

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National Women in Digital Health Leadership Program launched by AIDH CEO Dr Louise Schaper
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 Dr Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

National Leadership Program Women in Digital Health Launched

Dr Louise Schaper, CEO of Australasian Institute of Digital Health (AIDH) is launching the first National Women in Digital Health Leadership Program. The AFMW members who attended our Medical Women in Technology and Health (MedWiTH) evening with Dr Schaper and Dr Amandeep Hanrsa, were fortunate to catch a glimpse into this comprehensive leadership program. It is modelled on a similar program in the USA run by Women in AMIA which has been tremendously successful.

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