About the VMWS

No matter where you are in your medical career, Victorian Medical Women's Society (VMWS) is here to support you. Our vision is to promote and defend equitable health care for all Victorians.

Statement of Purpose

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 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 AFMW and MIA) to address issues of importance to women.

Our Affiliations

We are affiliated with the Australian Federation of Medical Women which is in turn affiliated with Medical Women’s International Association.  We 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 women doctors 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)

(Supporting reference and source materials are available here)

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

Our History

VMWS was founded in 1895 to represent the needs of women and children within the community in response to the perceived disparity of opportunity and treatment.

In 1896 Australia’s first medical women’s society was formed by an inspiring group of ten Victorian female doctors, including Constance Stone.

 

The History of the Medical Women’s Societies

National & International Affiliates

VISIT OUR AFFILIATED NATIONAL AND STATE COUNTERPARTS

Medical Women Societies

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Australian Federation of Medical Women

The voice for Australian medical women, advocating for, and supporting, the health and welfare of our local, national and international communities.

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QLD Medical Women’s Society

Dedicated to supporting Queensland medical women and advocating for equitable health for all, especially women and children.

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Medical Women's Society of 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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Medical Women's Society ACT & Region

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

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Interested in being involved?

We welcome new members and participation in VMWS activities.