WONCA E-Update
Friday 1st December 2017

WONCA News – November 2017
The latest WONCA News (November 2017) is still accessible via the WONCA website, with lots of WONCA news, views and events. As ever, many articles also appear in Spanish and French. December’s WONCA News will appear over the weekend of 15/16 December.

Policy Bite: Rural priorities and progress in Australia
This month’s Policy Bite looks at the work of WONCA’s Working Party on Rural Practice, and in particular some recent developments in Australia.

The Working Party’s vision is “health for all rural people around the world”, and, as for WONCA as a whole, one of the key aims of their advocacy is to ensure governments recognise the importance of family medicine and its rural and remote workforce. It is therefore a source of celebration that Prof Paul Worley, a member of the WONCA Rural Working Party, has been appointed as the first Rural Health Commissioner of Australia.

You can read much more on Paul, and his new role, on the WONCA website, and can also view a YouTube video of his inspiring inaugural speech: http://www.globalfamilydoctor.com/News/PolicyBiteRuralprioritiesandprogressAustralia.aspx

WONCA Working Party on Education at APR Conference
In this month’s WONCA News, Prof Val Wass, Chair of the WONCA Working Party on Education reports on the groups’ activities at the recent WONCA Asia Pacific Region conference.  She led a series of workshops at the Pattaya conference, in collaboration with a number of colleagues including Professor Nobutaro Ban (Japan) and Drs Eva Irene Maglonzo (Philippines), Victor Ng (Canada), Hashmet Parveen (Brunei) and Chandramani Thuraisingham (Malaysia).  Topics of the workshops included: The Undergraduate (UG) Curriculum; Continuous Professional Development (CPD); and Formative Assessment.  You can read more of the report at: http://www.globalfamilydoctor.com/News/EducationWPattheAsiaPacificconference.aspx

PCI GP Update Global Programme 2018 
WONCA has an association with Primary Care International (PCI) which is the only organisation accredited by the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) to deliver primary care updates specifically developed for family doctors practising internationally. PCI’s GP Update Global Programme 2018, to be held at the Wellcome Trust in London from 16-20 April, has been awarded 30 CPD credits by RSM in accordance with its current guidelines. Further details, including how to book early bird tickets (deadline 15th December), are at https://www.gp-update.co.uk/gp-update-5-day-2018

The course is a unique opportunity open to GPs/family doctors practising outside of the UK to network with colleagues from around the world. It will bring delegates up to speed on all the latest evidence-based updates in primary care – and offers 30 hours of consecutive learning (30 CPD credits).

Feedback from the last course was incredibly positive: 100% of delegates said that they would come again and would recommend it to colleagues.