WONCA rural health conferences - why not come?

Have you ever considered attending a WONCA World Rural Health conference? The next one is coming up in Dubrovnik , in April. Below the chair of WONCA Working Party on Rural Practice, Dr John Wynn-Jones, from Wales, writes about the outputs of the previous two world rural health conferences

Dear Colleagues

Education for Health Vol 27, Issue 2, August 2014

I thought that it would be worth passing on this paper that Roger Strasser and Sue Berry have co-written and follows on from the 2012 WONCA World Rural Health conference held in Thunder Bay, Canada. This was an important event and for those of you who did not come , please read the Thunder Bay Communique.

We see our WONCA World Rural Health conferences are as one of our most important activities. Although they physically fill a short period in a timeline their repercussions and influence go on for many years to come. This is certainly the case with Thunder Bay.

The 2014 WONCA World Rural Health conference was held in Gramado, Brazil, and the WONCA Working Party on Rural Health has, at this conference, produced the draft Gramado Statement on rural health in developing countries . The Statement has yet to be approved by WONCA's Executive.

I have no doubt that our coming 2015 rural health conference in Dubrovnik will have a similar impact. There are many groups already working on themes that have a huge impact on rural practice and these discussions with culminate in important themed workshops.

Looking forward to seeing you all in Dubrovnik - for more information

John Wynn-Jones
Chair WONCA Working Party on Rural Practice

Read John's seasons' greeting and summary of the preparations fro Dubrovnik
  Read the latest Rural Round-up by Tanja Pekez-Pavlisko - "Dubrovnik - a temptation now and in history"
  Read about scholarships for young doctors to attend Dubrovnik