WONCA E-Update

Friday 3rd FEBRUARY 2017

WONCA News – February 2017
The latest WONCA News (February 2017) has just been published and is accessible via the WONCA website, with lots of WONCA news, views and events.

From the WONCA President
“Life as the new President has been quiet geographically but busy online. There is an odd tension between leadership and service, where the responsibility to ‘keep moving and improving’ is set against the ordinary repetitions of daily life. In fact, as family doctors our most important work is that which we do again and again, in our consulting rooms and clinics, with patients and colleagues – or with our students and residents, helping them to gain knowledge and skills in small steps that build to a whole”.
Read more on Amanda Howe’s reflections on her first few weeks in office:

Latest news on WONCA EMR Conference
The latest news from our Eastern Mediterranean colleagues regarding the upcoming conference in Abu Dhabi (2nd to 4th March) can be found on the WONCA website. There is a reduced delegate fee if you register before 15th February, with further reductions for young doctors. For further details, including news of the program and keynote speakers, go to the WONCA website.

WONCA International Classification Committee (WICC)
WICC is the oldest working committee of WONCA and currently has 45 members from 29 countries. Professor Thomas Kühlein of Germany is the new chair of WICC and in this month’s news he outlines the past year’s work of the WICC and also explains all those acronyms relating to classification. Thomas is also one of this month’s Featured Doctors.

“A classification is much more than the annoying outflow of bureaucrats. Instead it is a tool to separate the fuzzy world into disjunctive categories in order to make it countable and statistically describable. The data which emerge can be used for many different purposes. The first and foremost use should be the practising physician’s wish and need to know about the quality of care provided. Furthermore the data can be used for research in primary care (PC). In terms of professionalism both are central issues.”

Read more of WICC and its work on the WONCA website

WONCA Rural Conference – Early Bird deadline extended
We’ve been advised by our Rural Practice colleagues that the deadline for accessing Early Bird registration for the forthcoming Cairns rural health conference (29th April to 2nd May) has now been extended until 28th February. The program for the event is also now available. For all the latest news on the conference, including registration details and the full program, go to the WONCA website.