WONCA E-Update
Friday 31st March 2017

WONCA News – March 2017
The latest WONCA News (March 2017) is accessible via the WONCA website, with lots of WONCA news, views and events.

Mental Health Matters: Focus on Depression and Working Party Activities
Professor Chris Dowrick, Chair of the WONCA Working Party on Mental Health, writes the second of his updates since our conference in Rio – speaking on activities of the working party and also on WONCA’s decision to use depression as the theme for World Family Doctor Day on 19th May.

WONCA Featured Doctor: Professor Maria Pilar Astier-Pena
Prof Maria Pilar Astier- Peña of Spain is the new chair of the WONCA Working Party on Quality and Safety in Family Medicine. She work as a family doctor in a rural health centre (Centro de Salud Tauste, Zaragoza, Spain) and is also a professor at the University of Zaragoza. She belongs to the Medical Ethics and Professionalism Unit and teaches medical students on improving clinical reasoning as a strategy to reduce diagnostic errors and improve professionalism. Her current research is focused on patient safety in primary care.

WONCA Europe conference: “Growing together in diversity”
Dr Bohumil Seifert, Chair of the Host Organizing Committee for Prague 2017, writes in this month’s WONCA News with details of the conference programme. He also includes two interviews with keynote speakers: Dr Cyril Hoeschl and Dr Harris Lygidakis.

Dear WONCA family,

Growing together in diversity is the main motto of our conference. Having been already united in WONCA family we want to grow as a discipline in European diversity by learning from each other and exchanging experience and knowledge.

We plan to prepare a balanced programme based on original abstracts, contributions suggested by leading international scientific networks, committees and groups recognised by WONCA. Contributions by networks and SIGs are regarded to be the scientific heart of the conference.

You can find out more about the WONCA Europe conference in Prague, scheduled for 28th June to 1st July, at the WONCA website.