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Activites of MWIA and its Regions Edition 6, 2022
 Dr Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

MWIA-Newsletter No. 6 | June, 2022

The Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA) most recent newsletter is now available. AFMW is affiliated with Medical Women’s International Association, an association of medical women and students representing women doctors from all six continents and eight regions. In this newsletter, the Secretary General shares thanks and a summary as her triennium for MWIA comes to a close; The Past President and Treasurer provides an update; and a review of activities of the MWI and its Regions is presented.

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For Ukraine: By Women of the World Kindle Edition
 Dr Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

“For Ukraine By Women of the World” E-book now available

“For Ukraine: By Women of the World” is a collection of powerful poetry and prose by all who identify as women about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine led by Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin. Thirty-five women express their concerns about Putin’s illegal invasion of Ukraine, its impact on Ukrainians and the reactions of world leaders to the war. The women are from countries including Australia, Fiji, United Kingdom, United States and New Zealand. Special thanks to Diann Rodgers-Healey of the Australian Centre for Women in Leadership ( ACWL)who instigated this. It is available now on Amazon.

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Examples of doctor happy places
 Dr Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

The importance of finding your happy place – AMA Victoria

Published by AMA Victoria, this articles highlights when working long hours in a demanding role as a doctor or healthcare worker it is important to have a safe place to unwind and relax. It also includes a selection of ‘happy places’ as shared on social media during AMA Victoria / Doctors’ Health Fund’s #MonthofMindfulness campaign. Where’s your happy place?

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long-COVID interview
 Dr Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

Long Covid already tortures Australians – SBS Interview

Reaching out to CALD communities – I gave an interview in Greek (English version) for SBS on Long- COVID. Long covid syndrome is more common in women, but can affect patients of all ages. It causes a variety of symptoms, which can last for months. It has already started torturing many patients in Australia. Listen to the interview.

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Sanna Marin talking to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in 2019.
climate health
 Dr Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

Finland will be a world leader on climate with its carbon negative goal

In this article, published in Women’s Agenda, Madeline Hislop outlines how Finland could soon become the first country in the world to legally commit to carbon negativity. Recently, the Finnish parliament approved a new Climate Change Act, that would legislate a policy of carbon neutrality by 2035 and carbon negativity by 2040.

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“We are Women. We have a voice. We are change-makers.”
 Dr Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

ENGAGING CALD Women in gender and climate change – “We are Women. We have a voice. We are changemakers.” [Recap]

[RECAP] Proud to be invited to talk gender and climate change with my Greek friends at Food for Thought on Sunday 22nd May regarding the agency of CALD women and how we can influence our communities to advocate for renewable energy and the health of the planet. Founder of Food For Thought (FFT), a Greek Australian Women’s Group, Varvara Athanasiou-Ioannou and FFT patron Professor Vasso Apostolopoulos and I have enjoyed sharing our ideas on a variety of issues.

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AFMW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Purple Bush Leaves Medicine Bursary: 2022 Applications Open 23 May – Close 20 June 2022
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
 Dr Lydia Pitcher

AFMW Bursary 2022 – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Purple Bush Medicine Leaves – NOW CLOSED

APPLICATIONS OPEN 23 May – CLOSE 20 June 2022: During Reconciliation Week, the Australian Federation of Medical Women, is making a tangible commitment to the support of continuing education of Aboriginal and Torres’s Strait Islander women in medicine with an inaugural bursary. As part of their commitment to reconciliation and the Makarrata Commission, we would like to encourage and empower a female medical graduate who identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, to further their medical career and/or leadership aspirations. Applications are now being accepted.

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