WONCA E-Update
Friday 10th June 2016

WONCA News – June 2016
The latest WONCA News is available via the WONCA website, packed with WONCA news, views and events.

Policy Bite – Can you measure quality?
“I was invited to a policy summit in Washington last month. Hosted by the Robert Graham Centre, and attended by many family medicine leads from the U.S.A., its declared purpose was to look at how changes in the payment structures for health care in the U.S.A. may, or may not, incentivise the ‘triple aim’ of first contact, coordinated, continuous, comprehensive primary care.”

This month Amanda Howe discusses whether it’s possible to measure quality, and highlights some experiences from the UK.

WONCA mhGAP Consultancy Programme
Members of the WONCA Working Party on Mental Health are participating in a major policy initiative to help Moldova move from institutional to community-based mental health care. In collaboration with the European Association for Communication in Healthcare (EACH) and NIVEL in the Netherlands members are running a series of ‘train the trainer’ courses. The objective is to equip more than 1000 Moldovan GPs and nurses with essential skills in primary mental health care.

Featured Doctor – Professor Chris Dowrick
Keeping to the theme of mhGAP consultancy, one of this month’s featured doctors is Professor Chris Dowrick, who is the WONCA mhGAP consultancy coordinator.  Chris is Professor of Primary Medical Care in the University of Liverpool and has been a general practitioner in north Liverpool for the past 25 years. He’s also Professorial Research Fellow in the University of Melbourne in Australia, member of the WONCA Working Party on Mental Health, and a technical expert for the World Health Organisation’s mhGAP programme. 

WONCA News in Spanish and French
A brief reminder to everyone that each month some of the key articles in WONCA News are translated into Spanish and French.  Just go to http://globalfamilydoctor.com/News and scroll to the side bar menu, then click on either “Espanol” or “Francais”.