The latest WONCA News (April 2017) is accessible via the WONCA website, with lots of WONCA news, views and events.From the President
This month, Professor Amanda Howe reports on her recent visit to Xiamen in China, where she attended the meeting of the Cross Straits Group, a WONCA Member Organization. She also reports on the WONCA Eastern Mediterranean Region conference in Abu Dhabi in early March.WONCA Rural Health Conference
Later this month the WONCA Rural Health conference will take place in Cairns, Australia (29th April to 1st May). This month’s WONCA News has an article giving four great reasons why you shouldn’t miss this important event, and it also highlights the excellent keynote speakers lined up.Rural Health Crisis in Northern Ireland: Story goes Viral
Sticking with rural health matters, in recent weeks a story on the Primary Care crisis in Northern Ireland, written by our colleague Michael Smyth, has stimulated enormous discussion on the WONCA Working Party on Rural Practice Google group. As Michael writes for WONCA News:
“it is a commentary of recent events in General Practice as they happen in Northern Ireland. It is a difficult situation and is being played out mainly in rural areas initially as these seem to be the most vulnerable. They are for the most part unavoidably small and the demographics is that many, especially in my area have GPs over 55 years and approaching retirement. On retirement, there are no younger doctors interested in taking over responsibility for the practices. I hope this is helpful in demonstrating the difficulties faced in rural practices as part of the NHS.” WONCA Working Party on Education: Cairns and Prague Workshops
Finally for this week, and at least in part continuing the Cairns theme, Val Wass, Chair of WONCA’s Working Party on Education, summarises the group’s planned activities at the next two WONCA conferences – the world rural conference in Cairns in late April, and WONCA Europe in Prague in late June. The workshops planned for both Cairns and Prague are listed, and there is a warm invitation to attend for anyone who is interested.