This list of updates from The Conversation is all about Climate and why AFMW’s Climate Health Action Group (CHAG) is so important. It explains why we as AFMW should be engaged and outspoken on this issue of climate change and climate health impacts.
It’s at the very heart of health and wellbeing of everyone but wherever there are vulnerable people, these very often are women and children, women with children, marginalised people such as refugees, CALD community members with minimal English who often work in compromising and harsh conditions, the effects are felt earlier and more intensely.
AFMW is taking action as listed:
- AFMW Statement on Climate Change Health Emergency
- AFMW advocacy at state, national and international levels
- AFMW member participation and awareness through articles, webinars and workshops
- Better Futures Australia Roundtable’s discussions participated in the working groups and attending the BFA conference 17/18 August 2021
- DEA – forging a strong relationship with Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA) through our MOU and joint work/ projects
- Climate and Health Health Alliance (CAHA) membership
- Climate Action Network Australia (CANA) – adding our logo to their joint statement sent to federal decision makers of the necessity for shorter term targets and that Australian must slash climate pollution this decade
- Sharing and recirculating of articles that inform and call us to action such as the following from this weeks’ The Conversation’
photo credit – https://theconversation.com/the-water-cycle-is-intensifying-as-the-climate-warms-ipcc-report-warns-that-means-more-intense-storms-and-flooding-165590
Magdalena is the President of the AFMW (2020-) and former President of VMWS (2013 & 2017-2020), National Coordinator AFMW, MWIA Scientific and Research Subcommittee co-Chair, MWIA Mentoring and Leadership, Special Interest Group, Chair
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).