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ISSUE 30 : February 2014 : P9
Dr Philip Rushmer
MB BS London, LRCP,
MRCS, FRNZCGP Dist
24 May 1942 – 3 February 2014
It is with great sadness that we heard
that Dr Philip Rushmer passed away on
3 February 2014.
Philip had been a tireless advocate for general
practice and his patients, and was awarded
a Distinguished Fellowship of the College in
As well as championing the role of the
general practitioner in obstetrics, Philip
chaired the New Zealand Medical Association
General Practice Council from inception
until he stepped down in July 2001. He was a
member of the Ministr y of Health Well Child
Technical Advisor y Group and held a place
on the board of HealthWest PHO (one of
the largest PHOs in the countr y at the time)
before being appointed Chair in 2007, a
position he held until a week before his death.
Philip graduated from Guys’ Hospital in
London in 1966 before emigrating to New
Zealand. He joined the general practice at
Golf Road Medical Centre in Titirangi in
1976, star ting a 37 year association with
During his time at Golf Road Medical
Centre, Philip cared for three generations
of families. In early 2013 Golf Road Medical
Centre amalgamated with Kinross Family
Medical Centre, New Lynn Medical Centre
and Titirangi Family Health Care practices to
form Health New Lynn, operating from the
Integrated Family Health Centre known as
Totara Health Ser vices.
College President Dr Tim Malloy says ‘I had
the honour of being on the inaugural GP
Council of the NZMA chaired by Dr Phillip
Rushmer and the oppor tunity to obser ve
a man who carried himself with dignity and
calm. His decision making was considered
and yet he was passionate about keeping
the patient at the centre.
‘It was this passion that drove him to lead the
fight for choices in obstetric care long after
many had given up. It was this passion that led
him to help develop his and other IFHC at
a time in his life when he didn’t need to. His
driver was that it was the right thing to do.
We can all learn from that legacy, in my view.
‘GP leadership needs people like Phillip and
his dedication to general practise in West
Auckland will be sadly missed.’
Philip is sur vived by his wife Penny, three
children and four grandchildren.
Dr Philip Rushmer, MB.BS. London. LRCP. MRCS. FRNZCGP Dist. (1942-2014)
It is with great sadness that we announce that Dr Philip Rushmer passed away on 3 February 2014.
Philip graduated from Guys’ Hospital in London in 1966, emigrated to New Zealand and joined the
general practice at Golf Road Medical Centre in 1976, starting a 37 year association with West
Philip worked tirelessly on behalf of patients and the medical profession for many years. His efforts
were recognised in 2012 when he became a Distinguished Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College
of General Practitioners.
As well as championing the role of the general practitioner in obstetrics Philip chaired the New
Zealand Medical Association General Practice Council from inception until he stepped down in July
2001. He was a member of the Ministry of Health Well Child Technical Advisory Group and held a
place on the board of HealthWest PHO (one of the largest PHOs in the country at the time) before
being appointed Chair in 2007, a position he held until a week before his death.
During his time at Golf Road Medical Centre Philip cared for three generations of families. In early
2013 Golf Road Medical Centre amalgamated with Kinross Family Medical Centre, New Lynn Medical
Centre and Titirangi Family Health Care practices to form Health New Lynn, operating from the
Integrated Family Health Centre known as Totara Health Services.
Philip was excited about the future for the New Lynn locality and took some personal pleasure in
taking part in its development.
At the official opening of Totara Health Services on 6 June 2013 Philip noted that “our three original
practices agreed that the way we were able to care for our patients was limited by the space and
facilities available – we couldn’t add more patients, add extra services, nor run nurse led clinics. It
seemed to us that there would be a huge advantage in getting together to create a facility with a
patient centred focus and quality of care our mantra.
“We wanted to establish a strong community-based health care centre where our patients could
receive coordinated health services in a community setting beyond what each individual practice
Are you plugged in to
the 2014 Conference for
Planning for the 2014 Conference for General
Practice has been moving on at a pace.
This year’s Conference will be held in
Christchurch at the Air Force Museum in
Wigram from Thursday 24 to Sunday 27 July.
This time, the Thursday is taken up by the
highly-regarded Quality Symposium, before
the main conference begins on the Friday.
The theme for the 2014 Conference for
General Practice is ‘Making Connections: Are
you plugged in?’ General practice is all about
connections: connections with patients, with
colleagues, with other primar y health care
providers and with the wider primar y health
It’s also about you and how connected you
are to the latest research, techniques and
systems for patient care – all of which come
together to make you the exper ts in whole-
of-person health care.
With this theme in mind, the organising
committee has been developing a
programme full of connections, and formal
invites have been going out to some high-
profile and exciting speakers from both New
Zealand and abroad. Expect to hear more
news about the line-up over the coming
months but Dr Amanda Howe from the UK,
who is President-Elect of WONCA, is already
working on her presentation.
The Call for Abstracts went out at the
beginning of December and will be closing 28
Februar y and we’re looking at a good mix of
both research and practical, CME topics for
the concurrent sessions. If you are thinking of
presenting, make sure you get your abstract
in before the closing date, so the Programme
Committee have enough time to consider it.
Registrations will open in March but you can
pre-register your interest on the website, t o
make sure you don’t miss out.
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