Potential Areas of Collaboration with established WONCA Working Parties and Special Interest Groups:
The SIG on conflict and catastrophic medicine and migrant health would be natural partners for collaboration. While the scope of these SIGs extends beyond clinical acute care medicine, there may be some alignment in our work plans in planning workshops and advocacy material for family doctors. There are also opportunities to work with the SIG on migrant health to provide learning opportunities and practice support materials to assist family doctors caring for displaced persons, particularly in an acute medicine setting.
Some other logical areas of collaborations are with the working party on rural practice and education working party. From the perspective of rural practice, many family doctors practice acute medicine as part of their continuing comprehensive care. As such, there would likely be a need to provide clinically relevant workshops in this area for professional development. From the education perspective, the SIG can assist advocacy in family medicine training to include multiple domains of care including acute care medicine such that family doctors who graduate from training have the necessary knowledge (competencies) to practice full scope and able to respond to community needs.
There would also be an opportunity to partner with the Working party on mental health. As acute mental health and addiction conditions are seen in urgent care/emergency medicine settings, discussions regarding the care of these patients are important. The development of standards or a guidance document may help our colleagues in practice - ensuring safe and compassionate care. Finally, the concept of transition of care between family doctors in the emergency department and the clinic could be explored. This would be particularly important for patients receiving palliative care or elderly patients. Collaboration and joint projects can be undertaken with the respective SIGs to address this.