WONCA E-Update
Friday 22nd February 2019

WONCA News – February 2019
The latest WONCA News (February 2019) has just been published and can be accessed at https://www.wonca.net/News.aspx

Rural Round-up: reform of Rural PHC in Ukraine
In this month’s Rural Round-up A/Prof Victoria Tkachenko, from Kiev, in Ukraine, writes on the new wave of reformation in primary health in her country. The implementation of family medicine in Ukraine started in 1986-1987. A more effective wave of health system reorganisation took place between 2011-2014, when independent primary care centres began to be created – independent of secondary care. In 2017-2018, another wave of health care reorganisation was introduced, aiming to give priority to the development of rural primary care. Read more of these reforms:https://www.wonca.net/News/RuralRound-upReformationofRuralPHCinUkraine.aspx

WONCA Featured Doctor: A/Prof Carmel Martin

One of this month’s Featured Doctors is A/Prof Carmel Martin from Australia. Carmel is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health at Monash University in Australia, a medical consultant to the local regional health service, as well as a part-time General Practitioner. She has a particular interest in chronic disease and illness, and patient centred care and complex systems. The main focus of her work is the experience of illness and wellness, and the biopsychosocial care of unstable complex health conditions that often fall between. She is Chair of WONCA’s SIG on Complexities in Health and she is a co-editor, with A/Prof Joachim Sturmberg, of the forum on systems and complexity in medicine and healthcare, in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice.


PEARLS – Practical Evidence About Real Life Situations – are a useful resource for busy family doctors. These are brief (minimalistic) summaries of Cochrane Primary care systematic reviews with the answer in the title (so you only read the ones you like). 

WONCA and Goodfellow Gems
Another useful resource on the WONCA website if Goodfellow Gems, from the University of Auckland Goodfellow Unit. Gems are chosen by the Goodfellow director Dr Bruce Arroll to be either practice changing or practice maintaining. The information is educational and not clinical advice. ©The Goodfellow Unit. 

PCI GP Update Global Programme 2019 
WONCA has an association with Primary Care International (PCI) which has been accredited by the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM), in accordance with its current guidelines, to deliver primary care CME updates specifically developed for family doctors practising in all countries of the world. PCI’s GP Update Global Programme 2019 will be held at the Welcome Trust in London from 17-21 June 2019.

Specially designed for family medicine doctors, this comprehensive 5-day course provides the renowned Red Whale GP Update overview of all the latest in primary care – plus extended sessions on respiratory issues, women’s health, effective consultation and managing musculoskeletal and chronic pain.  It will bring delegates up to speed on all the latest evidence-based updates in primary care and offers 30 CPD credits.

This GP-led course is open to GPs / family doctors practising outside of the UK. Further details are at https://pci-360.com/global-programme/