We plan to create a conference programme with our GPs’ and rural hospital doctors’ interests in mind which will appeal to the wider primary health care sector with informative presentations, panel discussions, and practical sessions featuring sector experts.
It’s a challenging time to be working in primary healthcare with workforce shortages and burnout numbers higher than they’ve ever been. Nobody chooses community medicine as a career because it’s the ‘easy’ option and our whakatauki this year speaks to that. We are about community, collaboration, working for the greater good, and being stronger together.
By speaking with a shared voice, we strengthen what is said, and create greater impact for change in our section. By weaving together and being connected we use the strength of the whole to do more, to be courageous and innovative, and to effectively advocate for better ways of working.
Being sustainable is so much more than greening general practice; it’s about how we support and grow the workforce so that in 10; 20; 50 years our communities are still served by a diverse workforce of highly skilled medical specialists who understand their specific and complex health needs and can deliver care.
Our nine sub themes are:
- Pro-equity and anti-racist, te tiriti compliant, culturally safe
- Hauora Māori
- Pasifika communities
- Our changing workforce
- Excellence in education and research
- Mental health and wellness
- Rural health
- Sustainability and climate
- Continuous quality improvement
While we’re off the mark early this
time, abstracts don’t close until Friday 31 March so there’s plenty of time for
idea generation or working a research concept into a presentable idea. We’re so
excited to hear what you come up with this time.
International borders are open too
so please share with colleagues and use this as a chance to meet up in Auckland
in July 2023.