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The College’s Conference for General
Practice 2013, Generalism: The hear t of
health care, is barely two months away and its
organisation is progressing well.
The call for abstracts closed at the end of
April and, with that, the final touches to the
full programme are now being made.
The conference focuses on issues specific to
general practice and attracts attendees from
across the sector. This is an impor tant factor
as the College looks to ensure all stakeholder
groups are informed of the College’s position
on issues and so they can get a better sense of
the direction of general practice.
Having international speakers, such as
Emeritus Professor George Freeman
and WONCA President-elect Michael
Kidd, ensures attendees also get a global
perspective on general practice in different
Combined with a raft of speakers and
workshops from New Zealand, the
conference will challenge current thinking. It
will initiate debates and conversations on the
future of general practice and primary health
care, in par ticular the relationships between
primary and secondary care.
The format of the conference will include key
note addresses, as well as:
• CME opportunities
• practical skills workshops
• peer-reviewed research presentations
• networking opportunities and conviviality.
A concept trialled at the College’s Quality
Symposium in February will also make its
debut at the Conference. ‘ T he Dragon’s Den’
gives speakers five minutes to ‘sell’ to the
Dragons one idea that would enhance best
practice in the sector. At the Symposium,
the format elicited as much humour and
imagination as it did barbs and sideswipes.
The Conference also incorporates the
induction ceremony for new College Fellows
and the College’s Annual General Meeting,
including announcing the outcome of the
For more information and
I, along with many of my colleagues in health care, was deeply saddened
by the death of Peter Foley last month. It wasn’t unexpected as he’d
been suffering for some months from cancer, but was no easier to bear
because of that.
Knowing that Pete’s life would be foreshor tened by his illness, I
travelled to his home in Napier only two weeks before his death
to award him an Honorary Fellowship of the College. This is a very
special award and I was privileged to be able to present it to someone
so thoroughly deserving of it. Pete wrote later of the ‘prestige and
emotion’ of receiving his Honorary Fellowship.
He will be greatly missed by the College, the profession and all who
knew him. You can read a small selection of the many tributes from
Pete’s colleagues and friends on page 2.
We always hope to recruit new GPs of Pete Foley’s calibre into the
profession and this year we have an enhanced drive to attract them
through a new online campaign.
If you know any house officers or medical students who are
considering general practice as an option, please encourage them
to visit our website to find out more about becoming a GP
and the many benefits it offers.
Page 3 contains more details of the
I mentioned in my first GP Pulse
column as President that I was keen
to see the College take a stronger
advocacy role on health care issues.
We had a golden oppor tunity to
do this presented to us when we
were asked by MP Hone Harawira
to lend our suppor t to his private
member’s bill that has become
known as the Feed the Kids Bill. We got some good media coverage on
our involvement, including a spot on TVNZ’s Breakfast programme.
While not a silver bullet for solving the problem of kids from lower
socioeconomic areas going to school hungry, it is a step in the right
direction. The College is one of 24 organisations suppor ting the Bill,
ranging from religious and educational groups, to health, Maori and
child protection groups. Read more on page 2.
Dr Tim Malloy, President
Notification of acceptance of abstracts
Early-bird registration closes
Conference for General Practice
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