WONCA E-Update
Friday 19th January 2018

WONCA News – December 2017
Welcome to the latest WONCA E-update. The latest WONCA News (December 2017) was only issued in mid-December, and will remain current until February’s news is published on 3rd February.

Calling members in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam!  Take WONCA’s Needs Assessment Survey and Win Free Registration
WONCA is conducting a survey about educational needs of family doctors in the Asia Pacific and part of the South Asia Regions. The responses we receive will help to plan medical education in this region.  Everyone who completes this brief survey will be enrolled in a draw for free registration to an upcoming WONCA meeting. In all 10 free registrations will be given.

To take the survey, click here: https://wonca-survey.questionpro.com

The survey will take about 5 minutes to complete. We will not report any identifiable information and personal information is only collected for the purpose of the registration give away. Winners of the free registrations will be notified in February.

Fourth Global Forum on Human Resources for Health
One of the departments in WHO HQ with which we liaise most closely is the Human Resources for Health Directorate. It’s led by Dr Jim Campbell, who many of you will have heard speak in Rio de Janeiro last year, either at the WONCA Council meeting or in the world conference itself. Jim’s Department organized this 4th WHO forum, held from 13th to 17th November 2017, in Dublin, Ireland. It was attended on behalf of WONCA by three members of our World Executive (Anna Stavdal, Job Metsemakers, and Ana Nunes Barata for our Young Doctors’ Movement), and a number of the WONCA Working Party on Rural Practice leaders including John Wynn Jones, Bruce Chater and Jim Rourke. You can read their various reflections on the forum, including statements resulting from the meeting, on the WONCA website.

Rural Roundup: Society for Young Rural Surgeons
Lauren Smithson MD, together with some American colleagues struggling with communication and isolation in wanting to train in rural medicine, started the society for young rural surgeons (SYRUS). This was something that came out of a need for people with rural interests in health care being able to find mentors, jobs, and training opportunities in rural medical careers. Basically, we need connectivity, and we need a strong rural voice in medical training. Lauren is a surgeon in St Anthony, Newfoundland and writes more about SYRUS in this month’s WONCA News.

WONCA SIG on Family Violence: December 2017 Newsletter
WONCA is fortunate to have a very active Special Interest Group (SIG) on Family Violence. The group published its latest newsletter in December 2017, including a summary of a meeting in Brussels on 1st and 2nd December led by the Europrev Working Group on Mental Health and Family Violence. It also has details of “Mentor Mothers in Family Practice” – the implementation of a low threshold intervention for abused mothers and their children – and some details of “WAVE” – Women Against Violence Europe. The full newsletter can be accessed at: http://www.globalfamilydoctor.com/News/SIGFamilyViolencenewsletter-December17.aspx

WONCA Conferences – Abstract deadlines 
A further brief reminder of the impending deadlines for abstract submissions for some WONCA conferences.

WONCA World Conference 2018 – Seoul, Korea
The Host Organizing Committee for Seoul 2018 have announced that they have extended the deadline for workshop submission to 31st January 2018. Those wishing to organize a Workshop or Seminar should submit a proposal which includes the aim of the session, session description, estimated number of attendees, and keywords for your audience. More details can be found at http://www.wonca2018.com/abstract/index.kin?gubun=7

Meantime deadline for abstract submission is 28th February 2018.  More details on this can be found at http://www.wonca2018.com/abstract/index.kin?gubun=3

15th WONCA Rural Health conference
Abstract submission deadline for the WONCA Rural Health conference has now been extended to 31st January 2018. The conference will take place in New Delhi from 26th to 29th April 2018, with more details at: http://www.globalfamilydoctor.com/Conferences/15thWorldRuralHealthConference.aspx