NoWEM was founded as a community of Emergency Physicians committed to promoting equality, diversity and respect in our profession.
Women represent just over one third of Emergency Physicians in Australasia, yet we are sorely underrepresented in leadership positions. In 2018, only 16% of Australasian Emergency Departments have a female director, there are no women on the ACEM Board of Directors, and there has been only one female president in the College’s 35-year history. An emerging body of research is increasingly confirming a reality that many women in medicine have known for a long time: sexual harassment, discrimination and inequality are commonplace, and these issues are adversely impacting our profession, our wellbeing and the quality of our patient care*. The situation is even more stark for women of colour and those identifying as LGBT+.
*For a detailed and accessible summary of the latest literature we highly recommend the Be Ethical Campaign Whitepaper, freely available here.