National Representative: Dr. Magdalena Simonis (Australia)
Australian Federation of Medical Women hosted its Annual General Meeting on Saturday 6th November.
We were privileged to have Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Cathy Foley AO, PSM (Fig. 1) attend and talk with us for the first 40 minutes in an informal conversational style. Dr Foley inspired us and acknowledged the work we do.
After her address, AFMW´s President Dr. Magda Simmonis issued three President’s awards. This is the first time in nearly 100 years, that AFMW has ever given awards which made it an even more special event.
The list includes:
- President’s Award to the President of RACGP, Dr Karen Price for Excellent Service to the health of the nation, leadership and advocacy for general practice
- AFMW Honour to an elder, Dr Kathleen Hayes (joined AFMW in 1959 and is still working as a pathologist in an honorary capacity)
- Young AFMW President’s Award to Dr Marissa Daniels.
It was quite an emotional experience for the recipients. This was followed by the launch of our Annual Report (https://afmw.org.au/afmw-2020-2021-annual-report)
It was a fabulous event and we came away feeling good about the future.