Honorary Auditor

Dr Lucy Ooi

A group of women doctors have banded together to set up the first-ever women doctors’ society here to help them and their colleagues network and promote health issues, especially those related to women.

Called the Women Doctors of Singapore, the group will be applying to the Registry of Societies by year’s end and hopes to obtain approval in three to six months, said its pro-tem president, Dr Lucy Ooi-Tan, in an interview on Thursday.

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The idea for the group, comprising medical and dental professionals, was mooted by orthopaedic surgeon Kanwaljit Soin, a former Nomination MP, in March this year, she said.

Dr Tan said: “We would be in a good position to provide resources. We could cull from different disciplines. The doctors have experiences to share and they have connections too.”

Besides organising seminars and talks on health issues relevant to women and giving advice to doctors starting their own practices, she said that the group was planning to publish web pages and newsletters.

They are working currently with the Family Court to set up a clinic at its Paterson Road premises to help speed up the examination of family abuse victims.

Said Dr Tan, in her mid-40s: “If there was a clinic operating within the Family Court, the women