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ISSUE 61 : April/May 2017 : P9
GP conference update
As preparations for the College’s 2017 conference reach full swing, we are
constantly thinking of this year’s theme ‘Inspire. Invent. Intertwine. Working
together we can do great things’. The College and the Otago Faculty are
working hard to develop one of our most exciting programmes yet. And
although it hasn’t yet been published, we thought we’d whet your appetite
by sharing a couple of the programme highlights.
Professor David Haslam
This year we will be welcoming Professor
David Haslam, Chair of the UK National
Institute for Health and Care Excellence
(NICE), as one of our key note speakers.
NICE works independently of the UK
government to improve outcomes for people
using the NHS and other public health and
social care services.
David’s career began as a general practitioner
working in Ramsey, Cambridgeshire. He has
since been an expert member of the NHS
National Quality Board, and National Clinical
Adviser to both the Care Quality Commission
and the Healthcare Commission. He is the
former Chair and President of the Royal
College of General Practitioners.
As Chair of NICE David is responsible for
looking after the organisation’s long term
strategy, but he also personally feels that one
of the biggest challenges facing the sector is
multi-morbidity. There is clear evidence that
there are more people in the UK living with
two or more long-term conditions, than there
are with one. This means health professionals
must look at their shared decision making
when in the past, a lot of their work has
dealt with just one long-term condition at a
time. NICE is now trying to bring the different
health services together to ensure the best
care for patients.
At our conference, David will talk to
attendees about the guidance, quality and
equity that can be provided for patients
(tūroro) as health care and social services
become intertwined. He will explain how
‘working together’ will enable different health
services to provide the best care for patients.
Workshop - Whole life health;
evidence-based wellbeing for
27 July 2017, Dunedin (as a
A recent study in New Zealand showed that
more than 50 percent of doctors (ngā rata)
are experiencing symptoms of burnout, and
more than half would not choose medicine
as a career again. As a GP, knowing what you
should do to avoid burnout, does not mean
you will always do it.
On 27 July, as a pre-conference day in
conjunction with MedWorld, the College will
be running a one-day workshop focused on
helping GPs manage their well-being over
the course of their career. This day will cover
whole life health and the wellbeing of our
In 2016 the College published a Self Care
resource for members (ngā mema) which
encourages them to consider their own
wellbeing and take appropriate action when
necessary. This workshop will extend on this,
by providing practical sessions and advice.
This one day workshop will be presented
by Dr Sam Hazeldine, who spent four years
researching doctor stress and burnout
and recently lobbied the World Medical
Association to include a doctors’ own
wellbeing in the declaration of Geneva.
Sam will focus on some small but significant
changes that doctors can make to improve
their wellbeing. This includes discussing
what he considers to be the ‘three areas of
mastery’: wellbeing, finance and career. He
will address each area with evidence-based
methods to master them.
Registrations are now open!
Registrations for the 2017 GP Conference
and Quality Symposium (including Dr Sam
Hazeldine’s workshop) are now open. Go to
www.generalpractice.org.nz to register
now and receive early bird prices.
Register before 15 June and be in to win a
Dunedin (Ōtepoti) experience!
The Conference will also provide an
opportunity to expose medical students
(ngā tauira rata) to general practice and
encourage them to consider this as their
chosen specialty. We will be offering special
discounted prices to students, as well as the
opportunity to talk directly to experienced
GPs. See details of the special
discounted student rates.
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