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About the MWS NSW

For 99 years, Medical Women’s Society NSW has been the peak representative body for medical women (including students!) in New South Wales.


The MWS of NSW offers our members, colleagues and the community access to the collective knowledge and experiences of medical women. We seek to ensure equity and equality for women doctors to achieve their potential throughout all stages of their professional and personal lives.We are a not for profit, politically neutral, non sectarian, non government organisation that seeks to improve the health of all people, especially the health of women and children, both in Australia as part of the AFMW, and internationally as part of the MWIA.

Our Membership

Membership is open to female medical students and practitioners in NSW. We run events and networking opportunities, and provide member only resources and education. Joining MWS NSW confers automatic membership to the Australian Federation of Medical Women (AFMW) and Medical Women’s International Association (MWIA).

What We Do

Our Aims

  • To further the professional development of medical women through education and research – to improve the health and welfare of all persons but especially women and children in the Australian and international community.
  • To stimulate, encourage and promote the entry of women into the medical and allied sciences throughout the world and assist its members in optimum utilisation of their medical training.
  • To foster friendship, respect and understanding among medical women throughout the world without regard to race, religion or political views.
  • To afford medical women the opportunity to meet at stated times to consider common problems together and gain the co-operation of medical women in matters concerning the health and well-being of humanity nationally and internationally.

Our Affiliations

We are affiliated with the Australian Federation of Medical Women which is in turn affiliated with Medical Women’s International Association.  We have members on multiple national Women’s lobby groups, particularly in relationship to women’s health. NSW MWS works closely with the Australian Medical Association to professionally develop women doctors and advocate for gender equity in the medical profession.

Our Executive Committee

Dr Erika Strazdins


Dr Sharon Tivey


Dr Ashna Basu


Professor Gabrielle Casper

Committee Member

Dr Sharon Miskell

Committee Member
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Dr Gabi Cher


Dr Isabella Williams

education director

Dr Helena Obermair

education director

Our History

In 1896 Australia’s first medical women’s society was formed by an inspiring group of ten Victorian female doctors, including Constance Stone.

The AFMW was formed in 1927 and today the AFMW offers an important network for female doctors Australia wide.

In 1921 MWS NSW was formed. 

The History of the Medical Women’s Societies

Our Partners

Interested in being involved?

We welcome new members and participation in MWS NSW activities.