Make WONCA APR conference in NZ your 2020 resolution

Now that 2020 is underway, it’s only a few months until the WONCA APR Conference lands in Auckland, New Zealand.

If you’re looking for a new experience this year, WONCA could be just the ticket. Be inspired and reinvigorate your career at this four-day conference where you will have the chance to connect with your peers from different parts of the globe, learn about innovations that can improve your practise, and engage in hearty discussions about equity and the future of general practice.

If travel is also on your list of resolutions for 2020, you can tick that off at the same time! Extend your visit to New Zealand and explore our fascinating country. This small island nation at the bottom of the world is brimming with breath-taking scenery, rich cultural practices, adventurous pursuits, world-famous wine, and of course, warm and friendly Kiwis (the people, not the small bird or fruit!).

Get your 2020 goals locked in and register now for WONCA NZ (23 – 26 April, Auckland).
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Meet Ian Couper - keynote speaker

We are excited to have Professor Ian Couper on board as one of our keynote speakers at WONCA this April.

Hailing from South Africa, Ian is Director of the Ukwanda Centre for Rural Health, Stellenbosch University, and has a wealth of experience in rural and remote medicine.
Ahead of the conference, we had a chat with Ian about his keynote address and his plans for his time in New Zealand.

What are you most looking forward to about speaking at the WONCA Asia Pacific Conference in New Zealand next year?

It will be 25 years ago that I was last in New Zealand, having spent a few days on the North Island in 1995. Thus, I look forward to being back in your beautiful country. At the conference, I look forward to stimulating discussions and to sharing ideas with participants and fellow speakers.

Could you please tell us what you will be speaking about at the conference?

I plan to unpack the idea of collaboration – we like to use the word a lot, but what does it really mean? How do we collaborate? What are the issues that we need to consider when we talk about collaboration? I will suggest that one key issue is powered. Another issue is the system in which work. Both of these need to be addressed

What are you hoping delegates will take away from your presentation?

Some insights into the way they function in teams, and one practical action they can implement to make a difference.

What are the challenges that face the rural health sector in Africa? Do you see any parallels with New Zealand’s rural health sector?

Access to care is THE rural health issue – this is the basis for inequity. Human resource shortages are key to the access challenge. Collaborating in teams can make a difference to that, as it can in any context.

What else are you planning to do while you’re in NZ?

I am participating in the annual Rural Health Research Day before the conference. After the conference, my wife and I will be visiting the South Island, because we have never been there before.

Read about our other fantastic keynote speakers