Working Party News
Rural round-up : from Norway to Rio: three locations, three messages
John Wynn- Jones writes: I have just returned from a remarkable international symposium in Norway on the research associated with generalism in rural practice, which was hosted by the Centre for Rural Medicine at the University of Tromso. Although the term rural generalism appears to be new, it is really a reaffirmation of the fact that doctors working in rural & isolated communities are by nature generalists. Good rural doctors, who have such a wide scope of practice have to be good generalists.
WONCA Policy on eHealth
WONCA has launched its new policy statement on eHealth developed by the WONCA Working Party on eHealth. The statement on eHealth calls for information technology that supports the family doctor in providing patient-centered care that has high quality and is safe.
World Mental Health Day (October 10) educational material
World Mental Health Day (10 October) is a day for global mental health education, awareness and advocacy. Professor Gabriel Ivbijaro current
President WFMH (World Federation for Mental Health) encourages us all to promote the day.
Rural round-up : A look at telehealth
Dr Jo Scott-Jones of New Zealand and Dr Kate Dawson of Scotland (NHS) write about telehealth - Following the lead of the USA and Australia three years ago we developed a Rural Health Alliance in New Zealand, bringing together 40 different organisations that have an interest in the health and wellbeing of rural communities.
Rural Roundup: Rabia Afridi in collaboration with Sameena Shah
A story from Pakistan - Dr Rabi Afridi moves to a remote area of Pakistan and commences work in charge of a Basic Health Unit. "My name is Rabia Afridi, the youngest and most pampered of my family. I was born into a Pathan family from the North West province of Pakistan"
Rural Health Stories – a Pakistan example, Dr Sanam Shah
Aa sample story has been submitted from the rural areas of Pakistan by Dr Sanam Shah. You will realise after reading this story that why there is need for accessible, affordable and quality healthcare in rural areas. She has written it so beautifully that you can almost feel and visualise the situation faced by doctor as well as the patient.
WONCA Mental Health Consultancy in Moldova
Members of the WONCA Working Party on Mental Health are participating in a major policy initiative to help Moldova move from institutional to community-based mental health care. In collaboration with the European Association for Communication in Healthcare (EACH) and NIVEL in the Netherlands, and with coordination from Trimbos, we are running a series of 'train the trainer' courses.