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ISSUE 21 : March 2013 : P1
The February highlight for the College was without doubt
the Quality Symposium, held over a stunning summer
weekend in Wellington.
Our overseas speaker, Professor Martin Marshall from the
UK, not only gave an inspiring keynote address, but also
enthusiastically facilitated other parts of the symposium,
including a much-enjoyed Dragon’s Den session on new
initiatives to improve child health in primary care. It was a
pleasure to host him in New Zealand and hear his pragmatic
views and advice on improvement science.
I would like to thank my Board colleague, Dr John
Wellingham, for his excellent oversight of the whole
symposium and his insightful comments between
presentations, and the other College members and staff
who contributed to a successful event.
Now we look forward to our next event, the annual
Q&A with Tim Malloy
Dr Tim Malloy, the College President,
is a man of many hats.
In addition to his College duties, he has had a long
association with the Rural Chapter (being its inaugural
chair), has chaired two PHOs and is a medical educator.
He is also a GP at the Wellsford Medical Centre half way
between Auckland and Whangarei.
But what is his vision for the College? What are the real
challenges for 2013? And what, when he gets some spare
time, does he do?
Q How many hats have you got on at the moment?
A Other than College President, I’m also chair of the
Waitemata PHO and President of the General Practice
Leaders Forum. On top of that I am still doing some
practice work as time allows, around 0.6 FTE, and
am also on the Redevelopment Group for Grey Base
Hospital on the West Coast.
Q You’re coming up to ‘100 days in office’ – impressions
A Having been on the Board for some years, I was
familiar with the College’s governance, especially
with the rule changes last year. What I perhaps didn’t
realise was the extra time required. Also the thinking
and learning required is a few notches higher as
President. It gives me a greater appreciation of the
job Harry and his predecessors have done.
Q In the last GP Pulse, you noted a few issues you were
particularly keen to progress. Is there a priority order?
A It’s Newton’s law – to every action there is always
a complete and opposite reaction. We have finite
Conference for General
Practice. This year we take
as our theme ‘Generalism:
The heart of health care’.
It’s a theme I’m particularly
enthused about. The future
of generalism is becoming
increasingly complex and
demanding, yet offers
exciting opportunities for
growth and expansion of
the GP role in an integrated
model of health care.
You can find out more about the Conference for General
Practice in this issue of GP Pulse as well as a full write-up of
the Quality Symposium.
Dr Tim Malloy, President
resources, so cannot push one project forward at
the expense of another. That said, and while it’s
early days, the GP training programme seems to be
operating smoothly. That’s important because it shows
the sector the College’s capabilities extend beyond
its core business of looking after members’ interests,
providing continuing education and setting standards.
The training delivery review is well under way and
due to go to the Board in May. Our members have
also been saying for a while that we need to gear up
our advocacy role and I’m keen to put some time into
Q Two areas of keen interest to you are rural practice
and practice integration. Aren’t those two mutually
A I work in a rural area in an integrated practice, so it
can be done. But Northland is different from Central
Otago or the East Cape where populations are even
more scattered. It is definitely not ‘one size fits all’.
Doctors are bright, and usually opinionated, people
they will find solutions that fit the vagaries of their
situation. The more we share, the more we prosper –
a plug for this year’s conference right there!
Q Just on the conference (Generalism: the heart of
health care), do you see a role for generalism in the
A Absolutely, but not as we know it. It is so different
from 20 years ago – who knows what it will look like
in 20 years. The challenge is leading the debate and
putting words into actions – so my advocacy hat is on
Q Finally, you’ve got a rare weekend free – what hat do
you wear then?
A A farmer’s one.
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