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P2 : ISSUE 64 : August 2017
They say a week is a long time in politics, and with the leadership
changes we’ve seen in the Green, Labour and United Future parties
so far – this month, I think we can predict the lead up to this year’s
general election is going to be anything but dull.
Since I last wrote this column I’ve had the opportunity to spend an
hour with the Minister of Health at the Beehive, where I delivered
359 postcard comments outlining members’ concerns for primary
It’s fair to say we had a full and frank discussion about these issues
and, at the very least, the Minister is now under no illusions as to
what our concerns are – particularly around the need to train more
GPs. I reiterated that our new 2017 Workforce Survey confirms
27 percent of GPs intend to retire within five years, and 47 percent
intend to do so within the next decade.
We agreed to continue to work together to develop workable
solutions, and I was pleased to see the Minister announce extra
funds for accessing primary care. Overall I think our goal of drawing
attention to these issues has been very successful. I appreciated the
feedback received from conference delegates about this work.
It was wonderful to see so many
of you at the College conference
in Dunedin. I trust those who
attended enjoyed the conference,
learnt a lot, were encouraged to
challenge their thinking, and were
able to catch up with colleagues
they don’t often see.
There were many highlights,
but I was particularly pleased
to welcome Dr Joanna Blakey
to the Board and 45 new Fellows to the College during our
Fellowship Ceremony, and meeting their families who were there to
celebrate with them. Presenting the Distinguished Fellowships and
Community Service Awards is always a privilege.
GPs have busy jobs and we make a significant contribution to our
local communities. Gatherings like the conference are a great way
to take a break and take stock of our achievements. After all, a
week is a long time in general practice too.
Tim Malloy, President (Perehitini)
The College’s Conference for General Practice is a highlight of the
year for us. The event presents a fantastic opportunity to showcase all
the great things happening within general practice across the country.
The programme was full of really interesting sessions, but for me, the
medical humanities panel discussion on ‘The art of being a GP’ was a
The conference is always a busy time, but it’s also really important for
us to spend time with our members - and to create opportunities for
members to spend time with each other.
I’d like to thank Nigel Thompson and the Otago Faculty who
spearheaded the conference planning this year. The venue was great,
and the breadth and depth of the presenters was spot on. We really
make an effort to ensure our conference is developed by GPs for GPs
and I hope those who attended agree that we hit the mark this year.
Plans are already underway for next year’s conference, which will be
held in Auckland, so we encourage members to think about submitting
an abstract and being part of GP18.
Operationally, the College has a few big projects on the horizon.
These include finalising placements for our successful 2017/18 GPEP1
applicants, preparing the 2016/17 cohort for their written and clinical
exams, updating the curriculum for the College and the Division
of Rural Hospital Medicine, and adjusting our CPD programme in
response to new MCNZ requirements.
On this front, we had anticipated
we’d be able to develop a new
CPD programme during 2017,
however MCNZ has confirmed
that, in response to feedback
from the College and others in
the sector, it wants to do further
consultation with the sector
before finalising its requirements
for vocationally registered
We think this is a good thing – it’s far better to get it done right,
than to get it done fast. While we’ll have to delay the development
of a brand new CPD programme, we don’t anticipate this causing
any significant disruption to members. What we’ll do is move all
Fellows who completed the last triennium requirements onto another
triennium programme – which will look very similar to our old one.
We are also starting a process to integrate the Health Care Home
model of care guidelines into Aiming for E xcellence, we are building a
following on our new patient-focussed Facebook page (The
Patient’s Voice), and we’re organising a primary health care technology
summit. As you can imagine, there is never a dull moment working at
Helen Morgan-Banda, Chief Executive (Tumu whakarae)
Dr Tim Malloy
Taking stock and planning ahead
Never a dull moment!
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