WONCA E-Update

Friday 4th September 2015

WONCA News – September 2015

The latest WONCA News, containing the usual mix of WONCA news, views and events, is available via the WONCA website. 

From the President – the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

“2015 is a landmark year in global health as we come to the end of the Millennium Development Goals. In September 2015, the United Nations will be asked to adopt the 17 new Sustainable Development Goals. There is only one health specific goal, number 3: [“Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages”] but each of the 17 goals has an impact on global health and the health of individuals and communities.”

Professor Michael Kidd uses part of this month’s column to discuss the new SDGs.  He has been working especially hard on WONCA’s behalf in liaising with various UN agencies to ensure the voice of family medicine is heard in the implementation and monitoring of these goals, and will no doubt report on progress in future columns.   

WONCA Conference photographs

2015 has been a big year for WONCA conferences – and with WONCA Europe in Istanbul still to come.  Karen Flegg has compiled albums of the various conferences so far – click on the link and scroll through the various albums and relive the memories.

World Mind Matters Day

Today (4th September) our colleagues in the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) are launching World Mind Matters Day.   This is part of a global campaign that aims to achieve a FAIR DEAL in mental healthcare across the world and focuses on the following priorities:

  • Fairness and equity in funding, resources, outcomes and research
  • Accessibility to effective services
  • Integrating physical and mental health
  • Reducing discrimination and stigma
  • Dignity and equality for all
  • Education of public and stakeholders
  • Alliances and advocacy with patients and carers
  • Links with organisations and across specialties

Also being launched is the report of the Presidential Taskforce on migrant and refugee mental health, which is of special interest to the WONCA Working Party on Mental Health and the WONCA SIG on Migrant Care, International Heath and Travel Medicine.

WONCA Direct Membership

A reminder to everyone that significant discounts on delegate registration are available at all WONCA conferences to WONCA Direct Members.  Brazil is offering particularly generous discounts to WONCA Direct Members so now would be an excellent time to consider taking out this individual membership. 

Direct Membership is normally available for three years, for $140, but with a discount for anyone from less developed countries.  Even better value is:

Life Direct Membership which is to support the work of WONCA through a one-off donation, currently $750.  For this Life Direct Members, as well as supporting the work of WONCA, also get a special certificate, a unique lapel pin and their name is entered onto the Roll of Honour on the WONCA website.  

Further details about Direct Membership and Life Direct Membership can be found here, Or contact Arisa, our Membership Officer, on admin@wonca.net