New Special Interest Group on Health Equity
A new WONCA Special Interest Group on Health Equity was approved by the WONCA Executive in January 2014. Dr WIlliam Wong (pictured) of Hong Kong, is the convenor. Find out more about William.
“Inequity is built into health systems- especially western health
systems that are based on a view of health needs disease by disease.
Therefore, the benefits of primary care, which is in person- and
population- rather than disease-focused, are underappreciated. Data
provide evidence not only of its benefit to populations but also of its
preferential benefit to the socially disadvantaged.
” (Barbara Starfield 2011)
With this vision, a Special Interest Group (SIG) on health equity was
approved. Health Equity SIG hopes to bring the essential experience,
skills and perspective of interested GPs around the world to address the
differences in health that are unfair, unjust, unnecessary but
seemingly avoidable. It aims to provide a focus of support, education,
research, and policy on issues relating to promotion of health equity
within primary care settings.
Therefore we call on any interested practitioners working within primary care to join us on:
• Understanding and utilising the current evidence base for promoting health equity in primary care;
• Exchanging ideas for developing new initiatives for primary care health equity promotion; and,
• Encouraging education and training for primary care health equity promotion.
General membership is open to interested family doctors.
For more information email convenor
or see the SIG Health Equity website
to find out about objectives, resources etc.