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WONCA News August 2017

This month the CEO reflects on quiet times, but a number of our WONCA Working Parties and Special Interest Groups provide annual reports or recent activity reports: Education, Mental Health, Rural Environment, Quaternary Prevention, Family Violence – read the reports and consider joining a group.

Future WONCA conferences feature prominently this month so why not join us in 2018 or 2019? Our featured family doctors are always interesting people – this month Kim Griswold from the USA and Zalika Klemenc Ketiš from Slovenia.

Dr Karen Flegg. WONCA Editor.

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From the President - August 2017

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.

From the CEO's desk: quiet time reflections

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.

Policy Bite: Getting the evidence for the impact of family medicine

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.

WONCA signs MOU with IPCRG

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.

Another busy and fruitful year @RuralWONCA

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.

Education for Primary Care free access paper on supervision

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.



De la Presidenta

La evidencia del impacto de la Medicina de Familia


De la Présidente

Region news

Europe  -Prague Statement

Launch of the EGPRN Fellowship Programme

North America Annual Report

Working Party news

WP Education update

Promoting Planetary Health

Mental Health resources

Special Interest Groups

Family Violence- How to ignore it?

Quaternary Prevention & Overmedicalisation

Featured Doctors




E-book: Leadership in FM

Conference news

SAR Nepal 2017 deadlines

Rural 2018: New Delhi

Europe 2018: Krakow

Asia Pacific 2019: Kyoto