About the VMWS
Statement of Purpose
We envision a society that maintains good health and wellbeing and has access to safe, equitable and culturally-appropriate healthcare at all levels
We envision a medical workforce that maintains good health and wellbeing and is empowered to achieve its fullest potential in order to provide the best care possible to society
We seek equitable health and wellbeing for all Victorians, with a particular focus on marginalised communities and vulnerable populations
We seek equitable health and wellbeing for all women and non-binary doctors throughout all stages of their personal and professional lives
Together, we can create and maintain better
health, better healthcare opportunities, a better
workplace, and a better world
What We Do
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.
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
Of Victoria’s 5.9 million population:
- 50.9% are female (2)
- 18.2% are children aged 0-14 years (2)
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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We intend to achieve our goals by using a collaborative, inclusive effort and approaching advocacy with an intersectional lens.
- Raise awareness of health inequities affecting marginalised communities and vulnerable populations, both within the public sphere as well as within the medical community
- Partner with the community at both local and regional levels to achieve shared goals
- Spearhead and support educational initiatives geared towards dismantling systemic biases leading to health inequities
- Raise awareness of inequities affecting the personal and professional development of women and non-binary doctors
- Coordinate and consolidate engagement within the larger medical community and focus efforts on attaining shared goals
- Spearhead and support personal and professional development opportunities for women and non-binary doctors
- Strengthen community amongst medical women; provide a safe space for support, friendship and networking
Our Executive Committee
A/Prof Magdalena Simonis
Dr Lauren Malacria
Dr Angelica Armellini
Dr Kalyana Resosudarmo
Dr Katrina Harris
Dr Sonali Fernando
Dr Nikki Petrakis
Assoc Prof Deb Colville
Dr Rosalind Terry
Ms Lois Segun-Beloved
Ms Sofiya Fateeva
Ms Angelina Koh
Ms Elizabeth Bartetzko
Interested in being involved?
We welcome new members and participation in VMWS activities.