WONCA News – October 2016
The latest WONCA News (October 2016) is still available via the WONCA website, with lots of WONCA news, views and events.  

All change at WONCA
Following on from the recent WONCA Executive and Council meetings in Brazil there have been a number of significant changes in the WONCA Executive and in Chairs of the various WONCA Working Parties and SIGs.  The biggest changes are that Professor Amanda Howe has now taken over as the new WONCA President – and WONCA’s first woman President – whilst Dr Donald Li of Hong Kong was elected by Council as the new WONCA President-elect.  He will assume office in October 2018 at the WONCA Council meeting in Korea.

WONCA News in coming months will feature all the new Executive and Chairs, so keep clicking on www.globalfamilydoctor.com

WONCA Rio Statement 
At its recent meeting in Rio de Janeiro, WONCA Council approved the WONCA Rio Statement on the Contribution of Family Doctors to Universal Health Coverage:

The World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) calls for all countries to increase the number of family doctors in order to achieve high quality comprehensive primary care and universal health coverage.

Effective strategies include: improving the skills of doctors already working in the community; recognising Family Medicine as a specialty and enhancing the academic basis of the discipline; strengthening the family medicine experience of all medical students; actively recruiting more medical graduates into more postgraduate family medicine training programs; giving all family doctors and members of their teams the resources to carry out their work, recognising their contribution, and ensuring their retention in the workforce – all in order to deliver excellent integrated cost-effective people-centred care.

WONCA EMR Conference – abstract deadline extended
The next major event in the WONCA calendar will be the WONCA EMR (Eastern Mediterranean Region) conference scheduled from 2nd to 4th March 2017 at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Abu Dhabi. We have been advised that the deadline for abstracts has been extended until 1st December – more details are available through the conference website (www.woncaemr2017.com) or via the WONCA website.

WONCA Rural Health Conference – call for abstracts closes November 30
The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) is encouraging researchers, rural medical practitioners and other health professionals to submit abstracts for the 14th WONCA World Rural Health Conference which will be held in Cairns from 29 April to 2 May 2017.