In this interview, originally published by RRR, I participate in an interview with Jenny Davis as she explores the history of female medical doctors in 19th century Melbourne.
Jenny Davis explores the history of female medical doctors in 19th century Melbourne. She chats to: Dr Merrilyn Murnane, retired consultant paediatrician at Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital, then Monash Medical Centre, where she established the child protection unit; Dr Magdalena Simonis, a practising GP and the President of the Victorian Medical Women’s Society; and Dr Jacqueline Healy, Senior Curator of the Medical History Museum and Henry Forman Atkinson Dental Museum at the University of Melbourne. Listen from 7pm Thursday to catch this.
Listen to the interview here: www.rrr.org.au/explore/programs/max-headroom/episodes/10893-max-headroom-27-february-2020
Magdalena is the President of the AFMW (2020-) and former President of VMWS (2013 & 2017-2020).
Magdalena’s deep engagements with the RACGP over many years includes chair of Women in General Practice, is currently on the RACGP Expert Committee Quality Care, prior to that on RACGP eHealth Expert Committee. She is a regular media spokesperson on numerous health issues, being interviewed most weeks by mainstream and medical media. Magdalena has represented the RACGP at senate enquiries and has worked on several National Health Framework reviews.
Both an RACGP examiner and University examiner she supervises medical students and undertakes general practice research. Roles outside of RACGP include the Strategy and Policy Committee for Breast Cancer Network Australia, Board Director of Women’s Health Victoria and Chair of their Strategy and Policy subcommittee and the AMA Victoria GP Network Committee.
Magdalena has presented at the United Nations as part of the Australian Assembly and was recently appointed the Australian representative to the World Health Organisation, World Assembly on COVID 19, by the Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA).