That means more than 160 days of the past 12 months have been challenging for most of us and worse even for women with children or living with domestic violence.
These are some help lines you can share with your patients.
If you are lucky enough to be living in another state enjoying the freedom of seeing loved ones, circulating without restriction, holidaying and socialising, please spare a thought for your Victorian sisters down here, who are managing patients who are grieving loss of loved ones, the frustration of having done the right thing and still feeling like they’re being ‘punished’.
Many people describe feeling powerless, hopeless, angry, frustrated and worse than anything they’ve felt before. An emptiness. People are describing losing hope. These are the conversations GPs are having everyday multiple times. It is hard to keep smiling and say that it’ll all get better even though we know, eventually it will.
On the upside however, vaccination queues are growing and media reports of ‘risks of dying from clots’ seem less important than loss of freedom. Onwards we go, AFMW congratulates all our Victorian Medical Women for keeping Victorians safe through yet another critical phase in the COVID-19 pandemic.”
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).