Activities of the working party. Wonca News January 2013
“Family Doctors in the Field - stories from environmental family doctors from across the globe”
Grant Blashki, Alan Abelsohn, Margot Parkes and Karen Flegg are delighted to invite family doctors to contribute to our upcoming book, "Family Doctors in the Field -Stories from environmental family doctors from across the globe", which is to be launched at the WONCA Europe conference in Lisbon, in July 2014. The aim of the book is to profile ordinary family doctors around the world who are interested or involved in environmental issues. We are looking for contributions of between 500 and 1000 words and a good quality photo of the doctor at their clinic or at work on environmental issues. We are looking for contributions to be submitted before the end of the year.
If you might be interested why not drop an email to A/Prof Grant Blashki, Chair of the Environmental Working Party, and we will send you some more details and a guideline, email Grant at firstname.lastname@example.org. Look forward to hearing from you.
Greening the doctors’ office/ clinic
We plan to develop a guide to “greening the doctors’ office” for distribution through WONCA, and national colleges. We can use existing materials, including those from the Doctors for the Environment Australia and the Ontario College of Family Physicians. Alan Abelsohn discussed this, in Mumbai.
Climate change and health; The role of the family doctor
We plan to develop a user-friendly PowerPoint presentation, with speaker notes and references that can be used by colleagues in WONCA and beyond. We will develop a network of interested family doctors, in collaboration with other climate change and health medical groups.
Patients views on GP’s promoting Sustainability
Funded by the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, this s a study of patients’ views on the promotion of sustainability priniciples by GPs. It will be undertaken during 2012, in Australia, and it is hoped that the study will also be piloted in Canada.
Meetings attended and conducted
Grant Blashki held a very successful conference in Melbourne in October, on Creating Healthy Sustainable Societies. Alan Abelsohn is running a series of workshops on climate change and the family doctor in Canada, at national and provincial family medicine conferences, and gave a plenary on climate change and health at WONCA SAR 2011, in Mumbai.
Diagnostic imaging and radiation safety
Ernesto Mola and Giorgio Visentin (from Italy) attended a World Health Organization (WHO) workshop on Radiation Safety, in Geneva, in September, and Ernesto is now a member of the Working Group for Global Imaging Referral Guidelines through the WHO Global Initiative on Radiation Safety in Healthcare Settings. They presented at WONCA Europe 2011, in Warsaw.
Ezequiel Lopez attended an international meeting on occupational health and primary care, in The Hague, Holland, representing WONCA, in December 2011, and will continue to work with this group.
Our survey on the attitudes of family doctors towards climate change has been completed. The survey results will be analyzed and written up for publication. The group working on this are Grant Blashki and Claudio Villella (Australia) as leads, Gerald Koh Choon Huat (Singapore) and Alan Abelsohn (Canada).