WONCA E-Update
Friday 9th June 2017

WONCA News – June 2017
The latest WONCA News (June 2017) is accessible via the WONCA website, with lots of WONCA news, views and events. Activities held to celebrate World Family Doctor Day (19th May) feature prominently this month.

From the President
This month Professor Amanda Howe looks back at her time in Australia, at the WONCA Rural Health conference in Cairns. As well as a really excellent conference, highlights for her included visiting colleagues in two different clinics – one on Horn Island off the North East coast of Australia, and an Aboriginal Community and Health Clinic at Yarrabah near Cairns. Both emphasised the need to prioritise community engagement as a way of redressing the impacts of social disadvantage and improving public health: and showed her (again) the importance of family doctors who can work in a setting where they are both part of the community and may be surgeon, obstetrician and emergency care providers – as well as the community’s family doctor.

World Family Doctor Day (FDD)
Many of WONCA’s Member Organizations celebrated World Family Doctor Day on 19th May, and we were inundated with reports and photos of various events held throughout the world. We’ll be featuring some in more detail in the coming weeks, but WONCA News has all the photos and the reports on line athttp://www.globalfamilydoctor.com/News/WorldFamilyDoctorDay2017celebratedworldwide.aspx .

Education for Primary Care
Professor Val Wass, Chair of WONCA’s Working Party on Education, has advised us of an announcement from “Education for Primary Care”. As it becomes increasingly apparent that learning in the context of family medicine and the community can impact positively on career choice for primary care, they are pleased to offer free access for a limited period of time to an article from Elizabeth Newbronner and her colleagues in the North of England offering further evidence of how this can be achieved
Creating better doctors: exploring the value of learning medicine in primary care
Elizabeth Newbronner, Rachel Borthwick, Gabrielle Finn, Michael Scales & David Pearson
Education for Primary Care Published Online: 24 Jan 2017

New Chair for the Spice Route Movement
The Spice Route Movement – the young doctor movement for South Asia – has a new Chair. Dr Santosh Kumar Dhungana from Nepal has recently taken over from Dr Bhavna Matta of India, and he is one of this month’s featured doctors in WONCA News. He is currently working in Bayalpata Hospital, Achham, Nepal, where he is the medical director. This hospital is located in a very remote area of far west Nepal, where the government health care structure is almost non-existent.