Rural story on Northern Ireland crisis goes viral
In recent weeks a story on the Primary Care crisis in Northern Ireland written by our colleague Michael Smyth has stimulated enormous discussion on the WONCA Working Party on Rural practice google group. If you are not a member, find out what all the fuss is about as Michael writes for WONCA News.
Rural round-up: Dave Schmitz on collaboration with the USA
David Schmitz, executive member of the WONCA Working Party on Rural Practice (WPRP) for North America and the president of the USA's 2017 National Rural Health Association (NRHA), shares his hopes for collaboration and upcoming conferences.
Rural round up: The World of Rural Health
John Wynn-Jones, Chair of the WONCA Working Party on Rural Practice speaks of his hopes for the 14th WONCA Rural health conference coming up in Cairns at the end of April.
Rural round up: The development of the Rural Family Medicine Café
Mayara Floss is a keynote speaker at the WONCA World Rural health conference coming to Cairns, Australia from 29 April- 2 May 2017. she created the Rural Family Medicine Café to provide a forum to discuss Rural Health and has now written a "how to" manual so others can expand on the rural cafe movement
WONCA Rural comes to Cairns Australia, in April 2017
The 14th WONCA World Rural Health Conference will be held at the Cairns Convention Centre, Australia, from 29 April to 2 May 2017. The conference will be based around themes most relevant to all rural and remote health practitioners. These include social and environmental determinants of health; leadership, education and workforce; social accountability and social capital, and rural clinical practices: people and services.
Donate or register for bursaries to attend WONCA Rural Conference
“Young Doctors”, doctors from developing countries, and medical students, are invited to apply for bursaries to support them to attend the WONCA Rural Health Conference which will be held in Cairns, Australia from 29 April -2 May 2017.
Others are invited to support bursaries for colleagues or medical students.
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.
Young Doctor Movements Engaging in Rural Health Policy
Presented as a joint workshop from VdGM-EURIPA at WONCA Europe 2016 conference in Copenhagen this month - the aim was to get doctors thinking about ways in which they could influence policy changes to improve care for their patients and their own working conditions.
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.
Rural Round-up: Scott Kellerman - what we have in common
Bwindi Community Hospital, adjacent to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest of southwestern Uganda, is a 120 bed hospital rated as one of the best in Uganda. The hospital’s original focus was addressing the health care of the Batwa pygmies, the original inhabitants of the Bwindi Forest.
Rural Round-up: reflections on three years
John Wynn-Jones write: On behalf of the WONCA Working Party on Rural Practice (WWPRP), I wish you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year. We are coming to the end of our latest triennium and it’s a good time to reflect on what we have achieved and what we need to do in the next three years.
Rural Round-up: a Tokunoshima after party
Ewen McPhee writes of an exchange of ideas between rural doctors from Queensland, Australia, and rural doctors in Japan, after a chance meeting at the WONCA rural conference in Dubrovnik.
Rural Round-up: a rural practice in Southern Italy
I am a middle aged Italian family doctor who lives and works in a rural village in Southern Italy. I work in a solo doctor practice and my surgery is in a wing of my own house. This is quite unusual and considered barely legal nowadays, but is tolerated as I started my practice long ago.
WONCA Working Party on Rural Practice feature
This month we make a special rural feature in WONCA News. In April, the WONCA world rural health conference was held in Dubrovnik and our very active WONCA Working Party on Rural Practice formally met. The WWPRP is chaired by Dr John Wynn-Jones of Wales and he and Dr Jo Scott-Jones of New Zealand have fueled such a wave of enthusiasm from working party members that we have decided to make a special rural feature in this month's WONCA News.
Engaging Students and Young Doctors with Rural Health
Veronika Rasic, a family medicine trainee, from Croatia and a member of the Vasco da Gama Movement for young doctors writes on her experience with the WONCA Working Party on Rural Practice in Croatia recently. She is now looking to connect with other young rural enthusiasts.
Working Party on Rural Practice’s resource page
At the WONCA Rural health conference in Dubrovnik the new Working Party on Rural Practice’s resource page was launched to augment the existing webpage on WONCA's website. The new resource page will provide an up to date working space
Rural Round-up: Island hopping in the Atlantic
Dr Noreen Lineen-Curtis, a general practitioner from Achill, County Mayo, Ireland says that life as a rural GP on the West coast of Ireland is never, ever dull. Read on to find out why ..
A rural doctor’s earthquake experience
This is the story of a doctor’s experience in the worst case disaster situation, it is a story unsung bravery and of the courage staff at Jiri Hospital, Nepal, displayed during and after the disaster - Dr Roshan Khatri, Medical Superintendent at Jiri Hospital, Dolakha district east of Kathmandu writes.
WONCA Working Party on Rural Practice report on Dubrovnik
The WONCA Working Party on Rural Practice met over two days before the beginning of the WONCA World Rural Health Conference in Dubrovnik in April 2015. People from all over the world, movers and shakers in rural health education, research and in health service provision, many jobbing doctors, trainees and students took part in two meetings
Rural round-up: Are you a rural hero?
Elsewhere we report on the launch of the Rural Heroes Project in April, in Dubrovnik. Are you a rural hero too?? ... take the Rural Health Hero test designed by Jo Scott-Jones of New Zealand.
Rural Heroes project launched in Dubrovnik
At the WONCA World Rural Health Conference in Dubrovnik we made the first presentations of stories of some of your rural heroes. Two of those stories are shared this month in WONCA News - Dr Andrija Štampar and Dr John MacLeod.
Welcome to Rural Health in Dubrovnik
The WONCA Working Party on Rural Practice is holding the WONCA World Rural Health conference in Dubrovnik, Croatia this week. Welcome messages were given by the WONCA President and also WONCA Europe Vice President, Anna Stavdal.
Rural Round-up: networking with rural colleagues around the world
The Working Party on Rural Practice as part of the WONCA Family provides support and adds an influential voice at international policy tables to further the needs of our communities.
If the idea of being “linked in” to rural colleagues around the globe appeal read more.
Rural Heroes Project 2015
The WONCA Working Party on Rural Practice Rural Heroes Project invites WONCA Member Organizations to celebrate the life and work of a rural doctor from their country who has inspired others, and led the way in family medicine for rural communities.
Rural round-up: Dubrovnik - a temptation now and in history
Tanja Pekez- Pavlisko is this month's author of rural round-up. Tanja is president of the Organising Committee of the coming WONCA World Rural Health conference being held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, in April. Here she reflects on the rich history of Dubrovnik and medicine.
Rural round-up: the proofing is in the practice
The phrase “The proof is in the pudding” became increasingly popular in the United States during the 1950s while its origins can be traced abroad and to as early the 14th century. Here in the US family physicians find themselves in times of unprecedented political, technological and social change in the midst of healthcare reform.
Rural Round-up: Being Rural - exploring sustainable solutions for remote and rural healthcare
Miles Mack, Chair-elect of the RCGP Scotland writes: Scotland is by no means unusual in having difficulties in recruiting to remote and rural posts. At present there are many isolated mainland and island practices that are unable to recruit and in many places the Health Boards have been forced to employ short term locums or even take over the running of practices to ensure patients are provided with the care they need
Gramado abstracts online
Did you miss the WONCA Rural Health conference in Gramado - abstracts are now available online. English and Portuguese
Rural Round-up : the John Macleod Oration 2014
Prof Roger Strasser, inaugural chair of the WONCA Working Party on Rural Practice delivered the 2014 John Macleod oration at Gramado. The oration is titled "Improving the Health of Rural People through Health Workforce Policy"
Rural round-up: Dr Jo Scott-Jones
Rural communities in the 21st Century need to build resilience and as health providers we can be powerful contributors to that work.
Rural Round-up : October 13
Much is often made of the poorer health status and standard of living in rural areas – this is true and desperately so in some places but with the provision of public health, good generalist health care and extra job opportunities, rural areas can be wonderful places to live
Rural Round-up - September 13
This month's rural round up is writen by Dr Jo Scott-Jones of New Zealand. He is the public relations member of the WONCA Working Party on Rural Practice
Rural round-up - August 13
The first of a monthly update from the WONCA Working Party on rural practice - keeping up the pace, our next triennium.
Rendez-Vous 2012 inspires many, advocates new ways of thinking
Rendez-Vous 2012 brought together the WONCA World Rural Health conference and The Network: Towards Unity for Health annual conference, as well as the next NOSM/Flinders conference on Community Engaged Medical Education, the Consortium for Longitudinal Integrated Curricula, and the Training for Health Equity Network. More than 850 delegates from nearly fifty countries and six continents attended.