An afternoon with AFMW- who we are, what we aim for and how we do things! AFMW President Magdalena Simonis summarises the AFMW story in the Western Pacific meeting session 6th Feb 2021.
This special international event replaced our regular AFMW Open Forum. Hosted by the Medical Women’s International Association’s Western Pacific Region, lead by MWIA WPR Vice President, Dr Desiree Yap AM, provided an opportunity for AFMW to introduce ourselves to the region.
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).