Dear colleagues,


This month we share a number of annual reports of WONCA Working Parties and Special Interest Groups, but you may prefer to see the full report here.

Feature stories include one by myself with the Editor's pick of past WONCA conferences; another by Dr David Ponka, Besrour Centre Director on a family medicine perspective on COVID 19 (français içi); and John Wynn-Jones writes on “Joy”.

We also introduce Dr Harris Lygidakis,  who assumes the role of WONCA CEO, in January 2021, and we look forward to sharing Garth Manning's reflections in the next issue of WONCA News.

Dr Karen Flegg

WONCA Editor

From the President: November 2020

Every poll and discussion we hold with Member Organisations about what the most important role is that WONCA can undertake on their behalf comes back with the plea to further escalate our involvement with WHO. Our members want us to use the leverage of 500,000+ members to increase visibility and recognition of family medicine.

From the CEO’s Desk: November 2020

The CEO reports on the, now virtual, WONCA Rural Conference and WONCA Europe conference as well as the current series of WONCA webinars on COVID-19. He also announces the release of the 2019-2020 WONCA Annual Report and anticpates a coming virtual WONCA Executive meeting.

Editor's pick: reports and photos of WONCA conferences

Karen Flegg writes: ​As part of finishing up my role as WONCA editor by the end of the year, I wish to reflect on the great joy and wonderful times I have experienced in attending WONCA conferences over the last 10 years. My Editor's Picks: Photos of Individuals, and Editors Picks: Photos of Groups received wonderful feedback and of course these photos of my colleagues were taken at WONCA conferences. Below you will find various conference reports from past years' WONCA conferences.

LYGIDAKIS, Dr Harris

WONCA CEO designate

A family medicine perspective on the COVID-19 pandemic

A perspective from Dr David Ponka. David is a family physician in Ottawa, Canada, and the Director of the Besrour Centre for Global Family Medicine at the College of Family Physicians of Canada. He has three daughters who are now back to school after testing negative for COVID-19.

Guest Feature by John Wynn-Jones: Joy

Dr John Wynn-Jones is well known in WONCA circles and immediate past chair of the WONCA Working Party on Rural Practice. During the COVID-19 crisis he has been writing a daily 'Rural Miscellany' email with poems and resource ideas to help and divert us in this difficult time. This month we feature his item on "joy".

Feature Stories

Allies improving PHC

Working Party News

A planetary health pledge

Annual report of the WICC

WP Research annual report

Education for Primary Care free access articles

Special Interest Group Annual reports

Adolescent and Young Adult Care (report & webinar)

Family Violence

Emergency Medicine

Health Equity

Young doctors' movements

Rajakumar Movement elects future office bearers

Conference news

Remote & Rural Institute Series

European Conference is virtual! Dec 16-19

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