China Memorandum of Understanding
Last month the Head of International Dr Sandra Mather and Honorary Secretary Professor Nigel Mathers had a successful visit to China for the Zhejiang International Mission to Ningbo. During their visit they attended and spoke at the International Family Medicine Workshop in Zhejiang, a well attended conference with over 200 delegates. In the province of Zhejiang, they submitted and signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a three year action plan for collaborative working between Ningbo Province and RCGP.
Ningbo is an economically strong and independent city within Zhejiang Province which has autonomy over its health development strategies. Currently we are making plans to host a two week Study Tour of GPs from the region as we continue to strive to support the further development of family medicine in this area.
BJGP International Primary Care Issue
The British Journal of General Practitioners launched a special issue on international health last month. Editorials include articles on the future of general practice in China and the issues posed by short placements in resource-poor settings. Research articles include Attitudes towards domestic violence in Lebanon, The inverse primary care law in South Africa, Out of hours Palestine, and an article on global approaches to primary care from the Junior International Committee. You can access the full journal and previous issues by logging on to www.bjgp.org.
European Union of General Practitioners (UEMO) Report
Attached is the latest UEMO report [PDF] from RCGP’s representative to the British Medical Associations working group for UEMO, Dr Kate Adams. The latest meeting took place in Croatia and featured presentations by the President of the Croatian Medical Chamber, Director of the Croatian Instance Fund and Deputy Minister of Health as well as a Presidents Report. The full report from Dr Kate Adams is attached below. For more information about visit the UEMO website.
Junior International Committee Japanese exchange
Five Junior International Committee (JIC) Members recently participated in an Japanese exchange, where they had the opportunity to observe family medicine in different areas of Japan before attending the Japanese Primary Care Conference in Sendai to present posters on GP career options in the UK. Dr Robin Ramsey and Dr Vikesh Sharma were invited as speakers in a symposium on international exchange and all members of the group contributed to a workshop on generalism.
This is the second year of the UK-Japan exchange, and there was a significant difference in the JPCA conference this year with more attendees and a much higher quality programme. Also during the visit Dr Greg Irving was filmed by Japanese TV during his exchange in Fukishima with Professor Ryuki Kassia and Dr Noriaki Sawa.
PHASE Worldwide: Informal Meeting for GPs Interested in Global Volunteering
PHASE Worldwide is a South Yorkshire based charity that works with its partner PHASE Nepal to improve access to and quality of health and education services and livelihood opportunities for remote and disadvantaged Himalayan communities. For the last 5 years PHASE has been offering experienced GPs the opportunity to spend 2-3 weeks in Nepal teaching basic primary care skills to rural health workers.
PHASE arranges twice yearly meetings of former and prospective volunteers, to exchange experiences, discuss practical and ethical issues of short term volunteering and to support continual improvement of the programme. This year they are extending an invitation to any interested GPs to join in and share mutual learning opportunities. The meeting will take place in Derbyshire on 21 September 2013. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
IAMRA London 2014, 11th International Conference on Medical Regulation
The International Association for Medical Regulatory Authorities hosts its 11th International Conference in September this year. This year the conference theme is ‘Medical Regulation – Evaluating risk and reducing harm to patients’ and will take place in London, 9-12 September 2014.
The programme is based around the key functions of medical regulation: registration; education and training standards; quality assurance; professional standards; fitness to practice and revalidation. Speakers include Dr Daniel Poulter MP; Professor Malcolm Sparrow; Sir Ranulph Finnes and Professor Sir Peter Rubin. Full details of the conference and early bird tickets can be booked on the IAMRA website.
THET Annual Conference
The THET Annual Conference will take place this year on the 25-26 September 2014 in Birmingham. This years theme is ‘Milestones and Horizons’ and will bring together the health partnerships community to explore common challenges, take stock of progress to date and consider future opportunities. Early bird rates still apply and full details and booking is available here.
Indian Medical Association Journal: The Family Doctor, Issue 4.
We are delighted to share the latest issue of the Indian Medical Associations Journal The Family Doctor. This issue covers a number of topics including how IT can be used to empower primary care; a case of flapping tremor; ECG of a woman who fainted; clinical presentation of dengue and x-ray of a diabetes patient.
The Indian Medical Association are part of the MRCGP[INT] South Asia programme which runs MRCGP[INT] accredited postgraduate examinations for local GPs. You can find out more about them through their website.
Professor Amanda Howe’s Policy Bite
This month, RCGP Vice Chair and Wonca President-Elect Professor Amanda Howe has written a Wonca Policy Bite following her visit to the World Health Assembly. This month’s article explains the terms ‘Universal Coverage, Integrated Care and People-Centred’. You can read the full policy bite here and also access this months Wonca newsletter here.
In the Press
The Conversation: Lifestyle diseases make global health promotion more difficult than ever
Lancet Global Health: Global Causes of Maternal Death: a WHO systematic analysis
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