The Australian Federation of Medical Women (AFMW) is a not for profit, politically neutral, non sectarian, non government organisation that seeks to improve the health of all Australians, especially the health of women and children.

AFMW is a member of the Australian Women’s Coalition and the WomenSpeak Network, partners with Doctors for the Environment Australia and is affiliated with Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA) and Climate and Health Alliance in Australia (CAHA).

We have a network of affiliated Australian state and territory societies:

ACT and Region
NSW MWS
NSW
QMWS
QLD
VMWS
VIC
LATEST COVID-19 RESOURCES
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 A/Professor Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

COVID-19 Resources List [UPDATED 26 JULY 2021]

[UPDATED 25 JULY 2021] View the list of the latest COVID-19 resources. Please share with your colleagues. Please stay safe, look after yourselves and most importantly, maintain contact with your friends, families and loved ones during this time. (Magda)

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STAKEHOLDER PACK - COVID-19 Vaccines Multicultural Outreach
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 A/Professor Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

Dept of Health COVID-19 Vaccine Stakeholder Pack Released

The Dept of Health has released its July Stakeholder Pack – COVID-19 Vaccines Multicultural Outreach. This update includes resources explaining what to expect at your vaccination appointment, reasons to get the COVID-19 vaccine, how to find out when you can have your COVID-19 vaccination , how to book, and information on updates to the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Download the pdf pack here.

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President's Update - July 2021
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 A/Professor Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

AFMW President’s July Update

As I write, Melbourne is in its 5th Stage 4 lockdown, South Australia has announced a snap seven day lockdown and Sydney is in its 4th week of lockdown. We are all feeling the challenge and our patients are presenting with high levels of anxiety.

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VCOSS - Back To The Good Things NEW VIDEO CAMPAIGN
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 A/Professor Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

Back To The Good Things Videos (VCOSS)

Vaccination is the way to a new COVID normal like and getting back to the things and people we love. VCOSS has created videos and supportive information regarding the importance of getting vaccinated, in multiple languages. View more.

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View of The Challenge of Involving Medical Doctors as Important Frontline Responders in Fighting Domestic Violence
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 A/Professor Magdalena Simonis, AFMW President

The Challenge of Involving Medical Doctors as Important Frontline Responders in Fighting Domestic Violence

In this paper, originally published in CEPOL Europe website, our own Professor Bettina Pflederer, has issued this important paper, titled:  View of The Challenge of Involving Medical Doctors as Important Frontline Responders in Fighting Domestic Violence. We are very proud of Professor Pflederer’s work and thank her for her immense commitment to fight against violence against women and girls.

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recipients of the Inaugural AFMW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Purple Bush Leaves Medicine Bursary
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 Dr Lydia Pitcher

Recipients of the Inaugural AFMW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Purple Bush Leaves Medicine Bursary Announced

As part of NAIDOC Week celebrations, the Australian Federation of Medical Women is pleased to announce the recipients of the Inaugural AFMW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Purple Bush Leaves Medicine Bursary. Thank you to our kind bursary donors Ms Leann Wilson and Mr Colin Saltmere AM, as we congratulate Ms Tia Gordon, a Ghungalu/Bidjara woman, Dr Kerby Siemsen, a Wiradjuri woman from Weethalle and Dr Sarah McEwan, a Wiradjuri woman from Mudgee.

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Bursary Now Closed
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
 Dr Lydia Pitcher

Applications for the Inaugural AFMW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Purple Bush Leaves Medicine Bursary ($1000) now CLOSED!

Bursary applications now closed. We look forward to announcing the successful applicant during NAIDOC week. We would like to thank all our members and affiliated organisations for spreading the word. Contributions to the Project can be made directly online or through the purchase of Purple Bush Leaves Medicine Scarves.

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PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL EDUCATION WEBINAR
 AFMW Events Coordinator

Climate Action for Health Professionals (DEA Webinar)

26 AUGUST: Join us at the next “After Hours” webinar, hosted by Dr Kate Wylie, DEA and AFMW member from South Australia, and recent AFMW Open Forum Guest Speaker. There will be an informal Zoom available to AFMW members after the session, to discuss our response to this challenge.

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Western Pacific Regional Virtual Conference 2021 August 20-21
 AFMW Events Coordinator

MWIA Western Pacific Regional Conference 2021

20-21 AUG – SAVE THE DATE: The MWIA conference event, hosted by the Korean Medical Women’s Association, is being held as a Virtual Conference, Seoul, South Korea. The focus of the conference is on the topic “The Role of Medical Women in the Future”. Call for Abstract Submissions close 19 July. Early registration deadline is 6 August 2021.

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BETTER FUTURES FORUM
 AFMW Events Coordinator

Better Futures Forum – Our moment to drive national climate action

17-19 AUGUST: Join us for Australia’s most ambitious climate initiative in the lead-up to Glasgow 2021 Better Futures Australia’s growing community of climate champions are declaring their support for taking ambitious climate action, showcasing real-world solutions and building momentum towards a focal event – a virtual national Better Futures Forum – 17 – 19 August 2021.

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Advocating for, and supporting, the health and welfare of our communities.

Join a passionate and dedicated group of women working towards equitable personal and professional opportunities for medical women and equal health care for all, especially women and children. 

Visit our affiliated state and territory

Medical Women Societies

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Medical Women's Society ACT & Region

Support and further professional development of ACT and Region female colleagues, including medical students.

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NSW MWS

Medical Women’s Society NSW

For 99 years, MWS NSW has been the peak representative body for medical women (including students!) in New South Wales.

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Victorian Medical Women's Society

No matter where you are in your medical career, VIC MWS is here to support you.

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QMWS

QLD Medical Women's Society

Supporting QLD medical women and advocating for equitable health for all, especially women and children.

Contact us

The Australian Federation of Medical Women (AFMW) is operated by a volunteer team of medical women. Please contact us via our Facebook page or send an Email. Or use our contact form available here.

Interested in being involved?

We welcome new members and participation in AMFW activities.