About the VMWS

No matter where you are in your medical career, Victorian Medical Women's Society (VMWS) is here to support you.

Statement of Purpose

Our Vision is to promote and defend equitable healthcare for all Victorians.

The Victorian Medical Women’s Society advocates for the health needs of disadvantaged groups in the community, including, but not limited to, the opportunity to access formal health care services and equality in health outcomes.

While advancing the cause of marginalised communities, we take a leading role in promoting the needs of women and children, including the personal and professional needs of women working in healthcare industries. We aim to promote the professional development of these medical women through education, research and other means.

We hold firm the belief that all members of the community deserve an equal opportunity to maintain good health, and that no-one should be deprived of this for any reason.

Together, we can create a better workplace, better healthcare opportunities and a better world.

What We Do

We deal with the hard issues. The VMWS seeks to advocate for vulnerable populations in a sensitive manner, often behind the scenes to avoid negative public relations

What Makes Us Remarkable?

  • As the only Victorian organisation exclusively representing the female medical workforce, the VMWS is well placed to advocate for changes that will benefit all Victorians – women, men and children.
  • We tackle the issues others won’t
  • We are not politically aligned
  • We act in the interests of people whose rights and welfare need defending, and we do so without fear or favour
  • We make changes happen – our actions speak louder than words
  • We work collaboratively with local, national and international women’s organisations (including those we have strong affiliations with) to address issues of importance to women. 

Our Affiliations

We are a state medical women’s society, and are affiliated with the Australian Federation of Medical Women, which is in turn affiliated with the Medical Women’s International Association.  

Through these organisations, we have direct links to the United Nations, the World Health Organisation, and the World Medical Association

We also have members on multiple national women’s lobby groups, particularly in relationship to women’s health. VMWS works closely with the Australian Medical Association to professionally develop medical women and advocate for gender equity in the medical profession.

Who We Represent

Community Representation
Of Victoria’s 5.9 million population:

  • 50.9% are female (2)
  • 18.2% are children aged 0-14 years (2)


Professional representation
Of the 17,000 medical students in Australia (4000 in Victoria) 51.8% are female (3)

Of the 35,000 fellows in Victoria, 36.8% are female (approximately 12,800) (5)

In 2015-2016, there were 35,934 GPs in Australia, 45.4% of whom were female (approximately 16,300) (6)

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Our Executive Committee

2020

Dr Magdalena Simonis

President

Assoc Professor Deborah Colville

Immediate Past president

Dr Elysia Robb

VICE PRESIDENT

Dr Madhura Naidu

SECRETARY

Dr Rosalie Cooper

TREASURER and NATIONAL COUNCIL OF WOMEN REPRESENTATIVE (VIC)

Dr Jane Jeong

EVENT COORDINATOR

Dr Kate van Berkel

PUBLICITY OFFICER

Dr Claire Felmingham

NEWSLETTER/CONTENT EDITOR

Dr Rosalind Terry

SENIOR MEMBERS' REPRESENTATIVE, AMA REPRESENTATIVE and NATIONAL COUNCIL OF WOMEN REPRESENTATIVE (VIC)

Dr Anne Stanaway

ARCHIVIST

Student Committee

Lucia Alexander

UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE

Meg Ellis

DEAKIN UNIVERSITY STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE

Sarah Robinson

UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE

Jess Motyer

UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE

Shiva Sridhar

MONASH UNIVERSITY STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE

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Interested in being involved?

We welcome new members and participation in VMWS activities.