VMWS Advocacy

The VMWS is enthusiastic about supporting women and non-binary gender individuals and groups. We actively advocate for several key issues as listed below. The VMWS is often invited to attend seminars, workshops and presentations regarding equality, gender in medicine, gender discrimination and other topics as listed below.

Support for parents who are students

Financial support The VMWS is aware of the challenge many tertiary students face when they take study leave for parental reasons, for both planned and unplanned circumstances. Many tertiary students

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Violence against women

In 2013, VMWS President Magdalena Simonis attended the 57th Commission of the Status of Women, held at the United Nations headquarters in New York, where she spoke about the “Primary

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Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery

The surge in requests for Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery (FGCS) has occurred in the context of broader sociocultural developments that endorse the appearance of the single hairless slit as the

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Part-time training

At the VMWS, we advocate for part-time training in medicine. Some of our members have completed their internships and residencies part-time. While part-time positions in junior medicine are still rare

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Breastfeeding in public and at work

Breastfeeding is a significant part of society, affecting many doctors’ lives, yet it is not always accepted and supported in our workplaces. Breastfeeding is important. The VMWS would like to

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Mental Health in the Medical Profession

Research such as the Beyond Blue National Mental Health Survey of Doctors and Medical Students demonstrates the extremely high incidence and prevalence of mental illness in our profession (1). As

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With a VMWS membership, experience:

Career Development

Enjoy leadership development, networking & mentoring opportunities. Plus join the AFMW leadership skills database.

Professional Contribution

Become actively involved in key issues surrounding the health and wellbeing of women and children, in Australia and globally.

Special Event Access

Receive invitations to access and attend educational and social events.

Member Only Resources

Access to our members only discussion forum, directory, special updates and e-newsletters.

Interested in being involved?

We welcome new members and participation in VMWS activities.