Coronavirus: Myths, open questions and overhyped treatments

GP Dr Magdalena Simonis sifts through the sea of information on the coronavirus and separates facts from fiction. 21 April 2020

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COVID19: How to help patients contemplating a pregnancy this year

Insight, 11 May 2020

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Metabolic coenzyme shows promise for improved egg quality

newsGP, 10 July 2020

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Transvaginal mesh implants inquiry: What GPs need to know

newsGP, 26 April 2018

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Why I want doctors to know the secret history of our medical women

newsGP, 6 March 2020

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Care Pathways for Transvaginal Mesh

Body Dysmorphic Disorder in young women

newsGP, 15 January 2019

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Fertility issues

newsGP, 15 May 2019

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What should GPs know about bioidentical hormone therapy?

newsGP, 12 August 2019

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Transvaginal Mesh

Mesh Injured, 26 April 2018

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Men’s Health Week: 15-21 June 2020

Healthy Male, 15-21 June 2020

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Study links hot flushes, night sweats to CVD in women.

newsGP, 6 July 2020

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Optimising patient fertility

with Dr Magdalena Simonis

YouTube, 29 May 2019

GP webinar: Addressing fertility and preconception health with patients

by Dr Magdalena Simonis

Vimeo, 23 April 2019

Talking about fertility

with Dr Magdalena Simonis

YouTube, 29 May 2018


A regular contributor to RACGP NewsGP, Medical Republic, Medical Observer, Bauer media publications – Yours, New Idea, Cosmopolitan, Women’s Weekly; Prevention magazine; ABC Radio National.

BMJ Open third most read article

8 November 2016

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  • 2019 Cambridge University Press, Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery: Solution to What Problem? edited by Professor Sarah Creighton & Dr Lih-Mei Liao
  • Chapter 12, Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery and the role of the General Practitioner, by Dr Magdalena Simonis
  • 2019 RACGP Silver Book edited chapters on Mental health and Dermatology
  • 2016  RACGP Red Book editing of Women’s Health chapter
  • Conducted review of National Cancer Council PAP smear guidelines, jointly with Professor Danielle Mazza
  • 2016  Edited ‘My Journey’ Breast cancer book which is delivered annually to around 15,000 newly diagnosed   women with breast cancer and ‘Hope and Hurdles’ guide-book for women with metastatic breast cancer
  • 2015, Authored the RACGP Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery resource for general practitioners and other health professionals.
  • 2013  October 15th, published article: ‘History of the Victorian Medical Women’s Society’ by Dr M Simonis, in ‘Strength of Mind – 125 years of University of Melbourne Medical Women Alumni’- University of Melbourne Press publication
  • 2017, Drip’s Big Journey, a children’s book outlining the water cycle. Illustrated by Artemis Siourthas
Research Publications/Citations
  • 2016 September, Publication: Simonis M, Manocha R, Ong JJ. Female genital cosmetic surgery: a cross-sectional survey exploring knowledge, attitude and practice of general practitioner. BMJOpen; DOI: doi:10.5061/dryad.b16n8
  • Journal manuscript number: bmjopen-2016-013010.R1
  • 2016 June, Publication: Howarth C, Temple-Smith M, Simonis M, Hayes J. What are young women’s views on ‘normal’ and ‘desirable’ vulval anatomy? Available here. Journal of Culture, Health and Sexuality
  • 2015 November Publication: Harding T, Hayes J, Simonis M, Temple-Smith M. Female genital cosmetic surgery: Investigating the role of the general practitioner. Aust Fam Physician. 2015;44(11):822-5.
  • 2013 December –publication: ‘Take a Stand’ presentation – Leading Issues Journal, Australian Centre for Leadership for Women
  • 2013 April – PapScreen Victoria Speculum eNewsletter – Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery, cited from paper ‘Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery, Brazilian Waxes and the GP’, by Dr Magdalena Simonis.
Journal reviewing
  • Frontiers, Review Editor on the Editorial Board of Women’s Mental Health (speciality section of Frontiers in Global Women’s Health)
  • International Journal of Marriage and Sexual Relationships
  • European Medical Journal Reproductive Health Peer Review Panel
  • Nature Journal
  • 2020, 17 June: GP speaker/advisor Everything you want to know about male fertility | Healthy Male Men’s Health Week 2020. Andrology Australia Initiative promoting men’s health, click here
  • 2020, 12 June WHISM (Women’s Health Interest Students Monash) Careers Speaker night
  • 2020, Coordinated and hosted an interactive Leadership Workshop for Medical Women, for Victorian Medical Women’s Society, Women’s Health Victoria 5th March 2020
  • 2020, 27th February, 3RRR interview
  • 2019, Female genital cosmetic surgery: how to address genital anxiety and requests for surgery from teenagers in general practice: key-note speaker and poster presentation. 19th FIGIJ World Congress on Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology Congress Melbourne, 30 November – 3 December 2019
  • 2019, July 25-28th, poster presentation: Introduction of a Hospital Doctor
    Strengths-based Mentoring Programme (SBMP),
    Medical Women’s International Association Centennial Conference, Marriott Hotel, Brooklyn New York
  • 2019, March 28th, St Vincent’s Hospital speaker at Hospital How We Do What We Do, hosted by VMWS
  • 2019, March 23rd, RACGP House, Planning for the Unplanned, addressing issues of abortion laws and access for women in Australia. A guide for GPs on how to navigate 1800 MyOptions and support patients seeking help
  • 2019, March 13th, Andrology Australia webinar Incorporating fertility and preconception health education into your practice, VARTA and Andrology Australia, click here
  • 2018, October 11-13, GP18: oral presentation: Labiaplasty: factors leading to increased requests amongst women from a survey of GP experience
  • 2018, June 27th, Webinar, Mental Health Professionals Network (MHPN), Identifying Body Dysmorphic Disorder and Psychological Assessments for People Seeking Cosmetic Surgery
  • 2017 November 7, Australasian Sexual Health Conference oral presentation; Labiaplasty: factors leading to increased requests amongst women from a survey of GP experience Canberra Convention Centre
  • 2017 August, AMA Women in Practice, AMA Building Your Practice conference. Melbourne Exhibition Centre
  • 2016 July 31st Medical Women’s International Association triennial symposium oral presentation; Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery and the issues for the General Practitioner in its management
  • 2016 March 5th: oral presentation Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery: What GPs should know, HealthEd Women’s Health Update, Melbourne Convention Centre.
  • 2015 23rd September GP15 conference Melbourne. Presentation: ‘RACGP Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery resource, a guide for GPs and other health professionals’
  • 2015 September 13th -15th, World STI and HIV Congress, Brisbane, Poster P013 Presentation: Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery toolkit
  • 2015 August 8th HealthEd Perth, oral presentation: Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery – what the GP should know
  • 2015 April 24 – 26 Western Pacific Regional Conference of the Medical Women’s International Association Taipei, Taiwan. Presentation: Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery – the General Practitioner and Health Professional’s toolkit
  • 2015 April 15, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists World Congress, joint RCOG/RANZCOG event Brisbane Convention Centre presentation: Labiaplasty, The Primary Care Perspective
  • 2015 April 15, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists World Congress joint RCOG/ RANZCOG event Brisbane Convention Centre, presentation: Neat and Pink and Tucked Away – Young Women’s Views on Vulval Anatomy Howarth, M.Simonis, M.Temple-Smith, J.Hayes
  • 2015 April 15, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists World Congress joint RCOG/RANZCOG event Brisbane Convention Centre, presentation: Management of Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery by Health Practitioners Harding,  M.Simonis,  C.Howarth,  M.Temple-Smith,  J.Hayes
  • 2014 October GP14 Conference, Adelaide, poster presentation: Mentoring Women GPs, K Price, M Simonis, L Moran
  • 2014 September 25, presentation: The Greek Conference, Costa Navarino Addressing young women’s desire for genital beauty
  • 2014 September 4, live webinar: Your Fertility, a government-funded national Fertility Week program, co-host Prof K Stern
  • 2014, RACGP Women in General Practice annual conference at Como, South Yarra.: ‘Female Genital Cosmetic Surgery, Brazilian Waxing and the GP: how to address young women’s desire for genital beauty.’ Dr M.Simonis
  • 2014 United Nations 58th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) New York presentation: ‘Toward the MDGs- Australia’s contribution to women’s health and caring’ Dr M.Simonis
  • 2013, 57th Commission on the Status of Women United Nations New York, oral presentation, “Take a Stand: primary prevention of violence against women”
  • 2013, Australasian Sexual Health Conference, Darwin – ‘Addressing young women’s desire for genital beauty.’ Novel pilot study of beauty therapists, exploring their role in educating women around genital diversity, Dr M.Simonis
  • 2013 GP education video: collaborated with the production of and featured in video Electronic Transfer of Prescriptions,  
  • 2012 November 17th – presentation Cabrini Hospital Melbourne: ‘E-Health – the Next Generation’, discussing the need to explore M- Health (mobile health applications) with a view to addressing the climb in non-communicable diseases
  • 2011 September – The 8th Greek Conference Rhodes, presentation: ‘E-Health in Australia: how ready are we? A General Practice perspective’ Dr M.Simonis
  • 2019, Service navigation as an adjunct to chronic disease management in Australian general practice, M Simonis. Health and Human Services Research Project In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Master of Health and Human Services
  • 2017-2018, University of Notre Dame Australia: Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting: Australian Medical Students’ Knowledge & Awareness
  • Human Research Ethics Committee reference number: 017091S. N Chaudhry, Dr M Simonis, A/Prof Charlotte Hespe
  • 2015 Female genital cosmetic surgery and the role of the General Practitioner in its management Host Department: Alfred Hospital, Project number: 348/15 Dr M. Simonis, Dr J. Ong, Dr R. Manocha
  • 2014, Mentoring Medical Women, Host Department: RACGP, Dr M Simonis, Dr K Price, Dr L Moran