- Published: 04 October 2009
"If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?" George Berkeley 12 March 1685 – 14 January 1753
A female senior colleague recently said to me: ‘Medical Women’s Society? That’s so passé! Surely given 60% of medical graduates are now women it’s the blokes who need a Medical Society…’
So what do you think? What is AFMW doing for you? Are we worth your $20 membership fee (that you pay as part of your State membership – you also pay $10 to belong to the MWIA…). Given that I am going to ask you to consider increasing that to $40, I would like you to read on, and to read the article below regarding Equal Opportunity and the Government review of the Act.
- Published: 03 October 2009
A paper published in the September edition of the ANZ Journal of Surgery reports that Australasian female surgeons exhibit higher levels of personal burnout and work related burnout than their male peers. A survey by the authors of "Burnout in Australasian Younger Fellows" (ANZ J Surg 79 (2009) 590-597) found that female gender was more significantly associated with burnout levels than long work hours (>60 hours a week). The authors state that the reason for the gender discrepancy is unclear and that “further enquiry into potentially remediable causes for the increased burnout in these groups is indicated."
- Published: 26 September 2009
On September 22 the Minister for the Status of Women, the Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, chaired the inaugural meeting of Commonwealth, State and Territory Ministers to develop a joint plan to reduce violence against women. The new plan will be a joint plan of action for the Australian Government and all States and Territories to coordinate effort to reduce violence against women. The plan is expected to be finalised in 2010.
- Published: 25 September 2009
The Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing is commencing consultations around the country on the new National Women’s Health Policy. It is vital that as many women as possible attend these forums. Click here to view the dates, times and venues of the Forums are available here on the Department's website.
- Published: 24 September 2009
As the implementation of quotas is being debated in the community to ensure a gender balance in board composition, it is clear that we have reached the point where stricter measures are being considered to effect change of the size and scope needed. The Australian Centre for Leadership for Women (CLW) has today released its findings based on a survey of 317 women on the difficulties women experience getting into boards.
- Published: 24 September 2009
Equality is about social justice; a fundamental prerequisite for development and peace; and so women and men can work together for themselves, their children and for society to meet the challenges of the 21st century. -from the United Nations Platform for Action Mission Statement
The Working Together for Equality B+15 Review survey at the JERA International website asks women to talk about anything that is important to them; poverty, violence, the environment, media, young women, education, health, being involved in decision-making, refugees, war, human rights, housing, impact of the global financial crisis, whether government departments are providing services that are needed, the cost of living – anything that is an issue for you.
- Published: 11 September 2009
Medical Women's International Association President Dr Atsuko Heshiki has commissioned a questionnaire on the status of women physicians that is being distributed to MWIA members across the globe. Please join the chorus of women physician's voices by downloading the survey here, and returning it to the MWIA Secretariat (details in the survey) by February 2010.