WONCA E-Update
Friday 22nd March 2019

WONCA News – March 2019
The latest WONCA News (March 2019) can be accessed at https://www.globalfamilydoctor.com/news/newsletterarticle/march2019.aspx

WONCA President’s message to New Zealand colleagues
In the aftermath of the horrifying incidents in Christchurch last Friday our President, Dr Donald Li, sent the following message to the President of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (Dr Samantha Murton):

The President, CEO and all of the WONCA Executive extend our condolences to our Member Organisation on the massacre at the mosques in Christchurch. We realise that the horror of such an act, in a country which prides itself on its peacefulness and inclusivity, must be horribly shocking. We also realise that you, as family doctors, will be faced with the aftermath of the crisis, dealing with the consequences to families affected both directly and indirectly by the appalling act of terror. People no longer feel safe. That impacts on their ability to undertake normal, usual, tasks and makes people feel and act with caution where they previously would have lived, worked and worshipped in safety. Our hearts go out to all of you.

WONCA Europe conference in Bratislava

This year’s WONCA Europe conference will take place in Bratislava, Slovak Republic, from 26th to 29th June. The theme of the conference is “General practice: the human side of medicine”. In this month’s WONCA News Dr Michaela Macháčová, president of the 24th WONCA Europe Conference 2019, writes about the event.

Rural life: “In Patagonia the only thing running is the wind”
Adrián Castellote is semFYC’s representative in WONCA Europe’s Network, EURIPA – the organisation for doctors from rural and remote areas in Europe. He has embarking on a working trip on a sailing expedition to Antarctica and you can follow his footsteps live with semFYC with hashtag # MFenAntártida. You can also read the second instalment about his journey here.

Featured Doctor; Professor Marvin Reid
One of this month’s featured doctors is Professor Marvin Reid of Jamaica, who is President of WONCA’s North America Region. He is also professor and director of the Tropical Metabolism Research Unit (TMRU) and Associate Lecturer in Department of Community Medicine & Psychiatry at The University of the West Indies, Mona (The UWI). The TMRU, is the oldest (est 1956), dedicated nutrition research unit in the English-speaking Caribbean and is renowned for its research and treatment of severe childhood malnutrition.

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/