Friday 5th January 2018

WONCA News – December 2017
A very Happy New Year to all our readers. 2018 will be a busy year for WONCA, culminating in the 2018 World Council and Conference in Seoul in October, but rest assured that all important news and information will be circulated weekly, either through the WONCA News or through these weekly e-updates. The latest WONCA News (December 2017) was only issued in mid-December, and will remain current until February’s news is published on 3rd February.

From the President; December 2017
In her most recent column our President, Professor Amanda Howe, reflects back on 2017 and the many achievements of WONCA throughout the year:

Key successes this year include: our membership continues to grow; and we have also seen increased engagement by members through our Young Doctors’ Movements, conferences and Working Parties and Special Interest Groups. We have had increasing numbers of invitations and contribution to consultations from the World Health Organization, and have had formal representation at five out of seven regional meetings – thus ensuring that the voice of family medicine is able to be heard, as countries debate how to meet the health needs of their populations. We have also been actively bidding for additional opportunities to fund new projects that would allow more evidence and ‘outputs’ from WONCA.

Read more of her reflections at:

Bhutan joins WONCA as Academic Member
One of the new members referred to by Amanda Howe is Bhutan, which has started a GP residency programme at the Khesar Gyalpo University of Medical Sciences Bhutan and granted Academic Membership of WONCA by the WONCA Executive at its meeting in October 2017. Professor Michael Kidd, WONCA’s Immediate Past President, attended an international conference in Thimphu, Bhutan, in early November, and presented the membership certificate in person, to reinforce the status of family medicine in the country. Amanda Howe made a similar presentation to colleagues from Bhutan at the South Asia Region conference in Nepal in late November, when she welcomed Bhutan to the WONCA family.

WONCA Conferences – Abstract deadlines EXTENDED
In light of the holiday season, which may have delayed plans and schedules, we’re delighted to announce that the deadline for abstract submission for both Seoul 2018 and for the rural health conference in Delhi have been extended.

WONCA World Conference 2018 – Seoul, Korea

The Host Organizing Committee for Seoul 2018 have announced that they have extended the deadline for workshop submission to 31st January 2018. Those wishing to organize a Workshop or Seminar should submit a proposal which includes the aim of the session, session description, estimated number of attendees, and keywords for your audience. More details can be found at

Meantime deadline for abstract submission is 28th February 2018. More details on this can be found at

15th WONCA Rural Health conference Abstract submission deadline for the WONCA Rural Health conference has now been extended to 31st January 2018. The conference will take place in New Delhi from 26th to 29th April 2018, with more details at: