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Women Doctors

Med J Aust 2003; 178 (12): 663.
Published online: 16 June 2003

In February of this year the Federal Committee of the British Medical Association in Australia passed a resolution at the instance of the New South Wales Branch to the effect that the remuneration of medical officers in the Commonwealth and State medical services should be the same for men and for women, provided that the work undertaken be the same. Three years and a half ago there was occasion to call attention in these columns to the resistance still offered to the woman doctor in her claim for equality with men within the profession. Time and circumstances have combined to compel the opposing forces to yield to the claims of the educated and intelligent woman in public life ... In Australia women students compete on equal terms with men in the medical schools and there is ample evidence of success on the part of individuals of both sexes. In practice women are required to recognise the same ethical rules and to conduct their practices in exactly the same manner as men ...



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