- Published: 18 July 2009
The International Society of Gender Medicine’s 4th Congress “Sex and Gender in Medicine” will be held on November 6-8 2009 in Berlin. This conference is hosted by the Centre for Gender in Medicine (GiM), whose aim is the systematic analysis of sex and gender differences in medicine and its introduction into medical education. This includes:
- Published: 18 July 2009
Are you interested in rural General Practice? The Rural Health Education Foundation has produced an excellent video about women GPs in rural practice that is available for viewing at the RHEF website (free registration required). The 51 minute video features interviews with rural GPs Dr Jenny May (Chair, RDAA Female Doctors Group), Dr Miriam Grotowski (Tamworth, NSW), Sheilagh Cronin (Cloncurry and Gold Coast, QLD), Nola Maxfield (Wonthaggi, VIC), Ruth Stewart (Camperdown, VIC) and Angela Titmuss (Alice Springs, NT). These remarkable women discuss their experiences and issues including their practice models, their children's education, the need to maintain strong personal and professional networks and support, and the lifestyle options available to a rural GP. Click here to read more about the video on the RHEF website.
- Published: 11 July 2009
AFMW has made a submission to the National Women's Health Policy Consultation highlighting issues of importance including violence (both domestic and occupational), gender equity and improving the responsiveness of the health system to the specific needs of women and groups of women most at risk. It recommends a focus on prevention, the use of a strong and emerging evidence base and a lifecourse approach, and is underpinned by the key principles of the AFMW philosophy - caring, respect, service, equity, equality, human rights, gender competence and development. To download the AFMW submission please click here. For more information about the National Women’s Health Policy click here.
- Published: 04 July 2009
- Published: 20 June 2009
Medical professionalism comprises a set of values, attitudes and behaviours that lie at the heart of good medical care. The trust that patients have in their doctor is critical to their successful care. However, the relationship between doctors and society, the doctor-patient relationship and the environments in which doctors undertake their training and their practice have all changed. Public trust has been undermined and a questioning of traditional values and behaviour have also greatly influenced the life and work of doctors.
- Published: 19 June 2009
"Today more than half of all new medical students are female. Compared with the early 1960s, the number of men entering medical schools each year has doubled: but for women the number has increased by a factor of ten. Further along the career path, women form a majority – sometimes substantial – of the annual training intake into most specialties.Women already make up 40% of all doctors and 28% of all consultants. As the demographic change now underway works through to consultant level, women are likely – on present trends – to become the majority of general practitioners (GPs) by 2013, and the majority of all doctors sometime after 2017."
Thus begins the introduction to the UK Royal College of Physicians summary on the study "Women and Medicine: The Future". The report was commissioned following heightened interest in the increasing number of women entering the medical profession at undergraduate level. The aim of the report and its recommendations is to guide the profession and policy makers towards the development of a high quality workforce.