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Australian Federation of Medical Women

Represented by Magdalena Simonis, President

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How does your organisation address climate change?

Australian Federation of Medical Women’s current approach to addressing climate change occurs at local, state and national and international levels. We are active in responding to emergencies that are climate-related such as bush fires, emissions related air pollution, reducing the carbon footprint of medical practices, hospitals and the pharmaceutical industry. We educate our members who are influential in their respective fields of practice and provide them with advocacy materials to further the work of AFMW, and recently we have partnered with Doctors for the Environment (DEA) to achieve the same, on a larger scale. 

What is your organisation doing to create a better future?

Australian Federation of Medical Women aims to:

  • Establish a climate action plan and target
  • Encourage membership participation in Climate Change advocacy at local, state, national and international levels
  • Unify the voice of medical women to collectively pressure governments locally, nationally and internationally
  • Conduct research on climate change and health effects on women and children through our university affiliations
  • Commit to applying the gender lens and where applicable use evidence-based research to educate ministers and our our patient cohorts around issues of climate and health being interconnected.