Welcome message for the 24th WONCA Europe Conference

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Slovak Society of General Practice it is my honour and pleasure to invite you to the 24th WONCA Europe Conference, which will be held on the 26-29th June, 2019 in Bratislava. 

In these times of intense scientific research and technological changes, the human side of medicine is becoming more and more important. Therefore the main theme of our conference is “General practice - the human side of medicine“. We believe that family doctors have to work on human and personal life-long relations with their patients. More open relationships helps family doctors increase the quality of prevention and care. To take care of our patients is more than just to diagnose them and to treat them. It also means tailoring the diagnostic process and treatment to the needs of our patients, avoiding overdiagnosing and overtreatment. Health and happiness can't be experienced individually or alone, rather, only in a healthy and happy human society.

The Scientific Committee has been preparing an exciting programme based on original abstracts and contributions from leading international scientific networks and special interest groups recognised by WONCA. We also offer interactive discussions between Slovak patient organisations and WONCA conference participants.

Slovakia is known as the heart of Europe and Bratislava is the capital. It is a small, safe and cosy city. The conference venue is located right in the centre, between the historical city centre and the river Danube (in many countries known as river Donau). The venue consists of three buildings around one square, the Slovak National Theatre, Sheraton Hotel and Cinema City, everything within short walking distance (two minutes as a maximum). We‘re connecting education, history, nature and entertainment together in one place.

Bratislava is ready to host the conference and we are looking forward to seeing you on the 26-29th June, 2019.
Save this date into your calendar for WONCA Bratislava.

Michaela Macháčová (Slovakia)
President WONCA Europe Conference 2019