Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA) survey of COVID-19 experiences of women doctors as healthcare providers
Magdalena Simonis, Chair MWIA Scientific and Research Subcommittee
As chief investigator, and co-Chair of the MWIA Scientific and Research Subcommittee, I would like to thank my co -investigators – Professor Antonella Vezzani (Italy), Professor Magda Carneiro-Sampaio (Brazil) and everyone on the Scientific and Research subcommittee for their input and for helping to disseminate and promote this survey.
This is the first piece of international research of its kind so will hopefully help to fill an important gap in the research on COVID-19 impacts on women doctors.
As with any big piece of work, there are many to thank and this includes the MWIA President, MWIA Secretary General, Executive of MWIA for being supportive and the National Coordinators and all of the respective nations that participated.
The outcome of this will be detailed in presentations to follow and a publication.
MWIA COVID-19 SURVEY SUMMARY
- 24 questions in total
- Average time spent – 8 minutes
- 1478 Total responses
- 1110 Fully Completed surveys
- 75% Full Completion Rate
- 51.09% MWIA members
- 48.91% non-members
- 40% working Face-to-face
MWIA COVID-19 QUESTIONS
Other questions looked at:
- Impact COVID-19 had on ability to work
- Impact COVID-19 had on income
- PPE Supplies at onset of COVID-19
- Length of time it took to have access to PPE 1st wave
- PPE fit testing – yes or no and if so when
- Confidence in workplace preparedness to provide adequate supplies of PPE
- Confidence in workplace readiness to deal with subsequent wavs of COVID-19
- Which COVID-19 wave they are in
- Level of education and leadership activity within their communities.
- Direct exposure to COVID-19 patients
- Whether or not they have contracted COVID-19
- Have they been tested for COVID-19
- Measure of wellbeing during this COVID-19
- Challenges faced
- Updates and information – where these came from
- Vaccine readiness and willingness to have it
- Recommendations to better support women doctors in their workplace
A/Professor Magda Simonis
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).