My only overseas trip since the last news was to the excellent WONCA Europe conference in Prague, and I am about to make trips to Africa – to Tanzania, and to the regional conference in South Africa. In Tanzania, I shall be the guest of one of our ‘organisations in collaboration’, the International Federation of Medical Students Association (IFMSA), with whom we want to work closely to promote the profile of family medicine.
The CEO reflects on a "quiet" time of year.. conferences just held, more to come and the 2017 Annual report in final preparation. And WONCA signs an MOU with IPCRG. See what Garth Manning has to say.
A different kind of evidence is needed to evaluate the impact of new inputs through primary health care and – in our specific area of interest – family doctors. Prof Felicity Goodyear-Smith (Chair WONCA Working Party on Research) and Prof Amanda Howe (WONCA President) write this month's policy bite.
At the recent WONCA Europe conference in Prague, WONCA President, Professor Amanda Howe, signed a Memorandum of Understanding jointly with Dr Jaime Correia de Sousa, President of the International Primary Care Respiratory Group.
Dr John Wynn-Jones, Chair of RuralWONCA (WONCA Working Party on Rural Practice) summarises the annual report of the Working Party: It has been particularly busy year with two conferences within six months; at the World WONCA Conference in Rio de Janeiro (November 2016) and at our own 14th WONCA World Rural Health Conference in Cairns Australia (April 2017). Both were highly successful and it was valuable for our council to meet on both occasions.
This paper explores ways peer group supervision in a long term well established group of general practitioners can improve communication and patient centred care at the same time maintaining enthusiasm and preventing burn out. In Denmark group supervision for general practitioners is an established part of continuing professional development.