About AFMW Membership
- Leadership development, networking and mentoring opportunities
- The opportunity to become actively involved in key issues surrounding the health and wellbeing of women and children, in Australia and globally
- Automatic membership of the Medical Women’s International Association, an organisation with United Nations representation
- Access to attend educational and social events
- Access to or the opportunity to join the AFMW leadership skills database and offer your skills and expertise in areas that interest you
- Access to special updates and e-newsletters from AFMW and MWIA
Medical women can join AFMW directly, or through joining their affiliated state medical women’s society (see below). Full membership is open to registered female medical practitioners of Australia. Associate membership includes non-registered female medical practitioners and medical students.
HAVE YOU JOINED YOUR STATE MEDICAL WOMEN’S SOCIETY?
To join your state Medical Women’s Society please select your state below and follow the link:
Rural, regional and remote medical women
We are keen to further extend our membership and representation of rural, regional and remote Australian medical women. Our state based organisations have noted limitations in their ability to encompass these valuable medical practitioners as many of the state activities focus around social networks or events in metropolitan areas.
AFMW aims to take practical steps to address issues facing our country colleagues. We know that the issues faced by regional, rural and remote female practitioners are different to their metropolitan counterparts, but there are common themes relevant to both groups.
The issues we have identified for non-metropolitan medical women include:
Rural practitioners crave social support and a chance to debrief with other colleagues, as they are not able to network with colleagues on a regular basis. A national female network offers support and debriefing opportunities as well as mentoring and distribution of information for interested practitioners and students.
Females often have difficulties with training including timing, content and presentation of CME and other educational programs. Training programs need to be more responsive to the needs of female doctors with children in relocating to or requiring training in rural or remote areas.
Rural females are often less informed regarding extra assistance such as relocation and training assistance.
Females in rural communities encounter issues with personal safety – house calls to new clients out of town become a balance between delivery of service and personal risk. Practice and personal safety requires awareness and vigilance.
Support and Stresses of Workplace
As females and males have different ways of dealing with stress, there needs to be gender specific support and mental health programs.
Due to the fact that females spend more time per appointment with their patients, females experience less remuneration per hour. In rural regions where bookings are full for periods in advance, there is less time with shorter appointments for acute problems.
Rural practitioners generally have more on-call time and need child care facilities available almost 24hrs a day. Access to child care in the rural setting is a barrier for females to rural practice: practitioners are separated from their extended families and have difficulties keeping their family issues separate from the residents of the community.
The majority of decisions made on behalf of female rural GPs is done with an inherent gender imbalance. The decisions made can only hope to represent the opinions of the demographic of the people making the decisions. Females need appropriate representation in order for decisions to be relevant to their issues.
Leave when having a family is almost an impossibility in rural practice. This often hinders the retention of female GPs during their child bearing years.
AFMW Membership Types
STUDENTAFMW at large
Student membership is open to female medical students.
Full membership benefits
DOCTORAFMW at large
Open to women who are legally qualified & registered medical practitioners registered in Australia and where there is no state Medical Women’s Society
Retired Doctors are welcome
ACT, NSW, Qld & VIC members requesting AFMW website access
Rural, regional and remote medical women