Supporting Women in Medicine (SWIM)

SWIM is a UQ non-profit, student-run initiative that recognises the unique challenges faced by females in the medical profession. As an extension of this main mission, we encourage all medical students – irrespective of gender and background – to strive for balance and access to equal opportunities during a medical career.

SWIM has been proud to continue offering clinical skills workshops, clinician dinners, social gatherings and volunteering expeditions. While we’ve persisted with our staples of clinical examination tutorials, Q&A dinners and fitness events, we’ve been proud to roll out new offerings over the last year as well!

Not neglecting our physical health, SWIM runs a variety of fitness groups such as delightful open-air yoga sessions in the Great Court of our St Lucia campus. It was a great reminder to our students to get a breath of fresh air amidst all the studying! To add to the fun of this year, we hold several social events – Cocktail Night and Wine and Cheese – which are lovely nights for our students to unwind with great company and food.

SWIM has also been very busy supporting charities targeted towards issues faced by women and families in the community: we organised several sessions to bring a group of SWIM members to Ronald McDonald House to cook dinner for the families of patients while they are receiving treatment.