As individuals, we should each try to respond to this. It’s an Australian first and an important process for us each to go through as we envisage the future of our precious planet.
I recommend you share this with your family members too. Lots to read through (details below). Here’s to making a difference, one person at a time!
Chair, Climate Health Action Group AFMW
National Health and Climate Strategy – Consultation
The Australian Government is developing Australia’s first National Health and Climate Strategy, in recognition of the urgent need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the health system, and strengthen the resilience of the health system and communities to anticipate and respond to the health impacts of climate change.
The overarching purpose of the Strategy will be to protect the health and wellbeing of Australians from the impacts of climate change. The Strategy will align with the Government’s broader climate mitigation and adaptation policies and account for work already underway.
Further details regarding the Strategy, including proposed objectives and principles, can be found in the Consultation Paper.
Visit the Australian Government National Health and Climate Strategy – Consultation website for further information.
Associate Professor Magdalena Simonis AM is the President of the AFMW (2020-) and former President of VMWS (2013 & 2017-2020). She is a full time clinician who also holds positions on several not for profit organisations, driven by her passion for bridging gaps across the health sector. She is a leading women’s health expert, keynote speaker, climate change and gender equity advocate and government advisor.
Magdalena was awarded a lifetime membership of the RACGP for her contributions which include past chair of Women in General Practice, longstanding contribution to the RACGP Expert Committee Quality Care, the RACGP eHealth Expert Committee. She is regularly invited to comment on primary care research though mainstream and medical media and contributes articles on various health issues through newsGP and other publications.
Magdalena has represented the RACGP at senate enquiries and has worked on several National Health Framework reviews. She is author of the RACGP Guide on Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery and co-reviewer of the RACGP Red Book Women’s Health Chapter, and reviewer of the RACGP White book
Both an RACGP examiner and University examiner, she undertakes general practice research and is a GP Educator with the Safer Families Centre of Research Excellence, which develops education tools to assist the primary care sector identify, respond to and manage family violence . Roles outside of RACGP include the Strategy and Policy Committee for Breast Cancer Network Australia, Board Director of the Melbourne University Teaching Health Clinics and the elected GP representative to the AMA Federal Council. In 2022. she was award the AMA (Vic) Patrick Pritzwald-Steggman Award 2022, which celebrates a doctor who has made an exceptional contribution to the wellbeing of their colleagues and the community and was listed as Women’s Agenda 2022 finalist for Emerging Leader in Health.
Magdalena has presented at the United Nations as part of the Australian Assembly and was appointed the Australian representative to the World Health Organisation, World Assembly on COVID 19, by the Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA) in 2021. In 2023, A/Professor Simonis was included on the King’s COVID-19 Champion’s list and was also awarded a Member (AM) in the General Division for significant service to medicine through a range of roles and to women’s health.