- Published: 22 October 2010
The ALRC is considering what, if any, improvements could be made to relevant legal frameworks to protect the safety of women and their children with reference to the interaction in practice of state and territory family and domestic violence and child protection laws with the Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) and relevant Commonwealth, state and territory criminal laws; and the impact of inconsistent interpretation or application of laws in cases of sexual assault occurring in a family/domestic violence context, including rules of evidence, on victims of such violence.
To register your interest and receive email updates on the progress of the ALRC Inquiry, go to http://www.alrc.gov.au/inquiries/current/family-violence/register.html.
- Published: 09 October 2010
This year‘s 28th International Congress of the Medical Women’s International Association was hosted in Münster, Germany from 27-31 July 2010. It was a memorable event with more than 618 participants from 44 different countries in attendance. AFMW attendees included Dr Desiree Yap, Dr Gabrielle Casper, Dr Susie Close, Associate Professor Deb Colville and from VMWS Dr Raie Goodwach.
This years’ congress theme was ‘Globalization in Medicine-Challenges and Opportunities’. The topics and workshops covered included gender strategies and violence, addiction, epidemic plagues, health care, nutrition, leadership training and employment rights for female doctors. The AFMW’s Deb Colville in association with Jo Wainer and Rosalie Aroni presented a Young Doctors workshop on the topic: ‘Belief in Gender Polarisation is Both Manifested and Resisted by Medical Educators’. The trio also submitted a poster: Cultural Lag Despite Numerical Equality: Gender and Leadership in Apprenticeship based Post-graduate Medical Training in Ophthalmic Surgery. The AFMW also presented four resolutions to the General Assembly of MWIA.
- 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.