- Published: 09 October 2010
Nine months in the making and 3 years since the Government committed to appoint a National Council for Violence Against Women, the night of Tuesday 14th September saw the culmination of a great body of work with the launch of the “Happy Healthy Women, Not Just Survivors” report which advocates for the long term health needs of survivors of sexual trauma. We were honoured to have Libby Lloyd AM, Chair of the Violence Against Women Advisory Group officially launch the report and give a keynote address highlighting the surprising figure that one in three women are victims of sexual violence and that sexual violence has far-reaching effects on victims. The health burden is to individuals, the community and the economy, and there is nothing in the national agenda to address the real, longterm needs of these women.
- Published: 01 October 2010
The publication 'Assessment and Management of Cardiovascular Risks in Women - A Short Guide for Menopause Physicians' is now available online. This short guide, which arose from a joint workshop under the auspices of physicians from the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), the European Society of Hypertension (ESH) and the International Menopause Society (IMS), contains essential information to assist menopause physicians in performing a key role in the overall management of women's health. Visit the website of the International Menopause Society to download the document in your language.
- Published: 16 September 2010
Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting (AGM) for the Australian Federation of Medical Women (AFMW) will be held on Saturday 23rd October 2010. The AFMW AGM will be at The Scarth Room, University House, The Australian National University (ANU), Cnr Balmain Cr & Liversidge St, Acton, ACT. The AFMW AGM will start at 1830hrs, (following the ACT MWS AGM at 1730hrs).
- Published: 11 September 2010
Happy, Healthy Women, Not Just Survivors is a joint advocacy initiative between the Australian Women's Coalition (AWC), the Australian Federation of Medical Women (AFMW) and the Victorian Medical Women's Society (VMWS).
Sexual violence is a common experience for women in Australia, with 1 in 3 reporting sexual violence over their lifetimes and 1 in 10 reporting penetrative or attempted penetrative sexual abuse. Significant health consequences result over a lifetime, and with domestic violence, sexual violence is responsible for the greatest burden of disease for women aged 18-45 years. In spite of this, women who experience sexual violence are reluctant to access healthcare services. There is a critical dissonance between survivors' needs and service provision. A consultation report that advocates a long-term model of care for survivors of sexual violence has now been released and will soon be launched in Victoria and New South Wales.
New South Wales Launch: 7pm Friday 24 September 2010
Venue: AMA House, Level 1, Conference Centre, 69 Christie Street, St Leonards
Sydney keynote speakers: Dr Gabrielle Casper (President AWC), A/Prof Jan Coles (Monash), Dr Bruce Morton (AMA)
- Published: 15 August 2010
Padmini (Mini) Murthy, MD, MPH, MS is a physician and an activist who did her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has practiced medicine in various countries. She has a Master's in Public Health and a Masters in Management from New York University (NYU). She is also a Certified Health Education Specialist. Murthy has been the recipient of several awards and has presented at numerous national and international conferences. Currently she is Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management and Global Health Program Director at New York Medical College School of Public Health. She is also Asst Professor in the Department of Family Community and Family Medicine. Murthy is the NGO Co-Representative of Medical Women's International Association to the United Nations.
- Published: 25 July 2010
The Fair Work Ombudsman has launched a national campaign aimed at helping women avoid pregnancy discrimination at work. About 100,000 information packs are being sent to hospitals, GPs and other health service providers in metropolitan and regional areas throughout Australia. Pregnant women will receive the packs when they register with their preferred health professional after becoming pregnant.
The Fair Work Ombudsman has had the power to investigate discrimination in the workplace since July 1, 2009. Fair Work inspectors can also investigate allegations of discrimination on the grounds of race, colour, sex, sexual preference, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, family or carer responsibilities, religion, political opinion, national extraction or social origin. For more information visit the Fair Work Ombudsman website.
- Published: 15 July 2010
Accommodation of pregnant physicians is a key issue in human resources planning. The extent to which the needs of pregnant physicians are accommodated - or not - is recognised as a significant influence on maternal and foetal health, the well-being of the mother and child during pregnancy and postpartum, and female physicians' career progression, career choices and practice patterns.
Medicine and Motherhood: Can we talk? is a consensus statement developed by the Taskforce on the Accommodation of the Pregnant Physician and published by the Physician Health Program of British Columbia that aims to inform and promote discussion around the important issues of combining medicine and motherhood. Click here to download