WONCA Europe Newsletter October 2021

WONCA Europe Newsletter
October 2021

Dear members of WONCA Europe,

As mentioned in the last newsletter, the current development is quite promising since the member organisations and networks of and WONCA Europe itself turns back to a normal modus. This is illustrated by a number of conferences which could be attended physically. Examples are the meeting of the Czech Society of General Practice (Prague, CR), European Medicines Agency meeting (online), WHO Europe 71th Regional Meeting (online), Euroson Pocus School (Vienna, AT), the EURIPA meeting (Siedlce, PL), the coming meeting of the WE Executive Board with the networks (online), upcoming WE Executive Board meeting (Vienna, AT), and the EGPRN conference at Halle (GER) as well as the informal council meeting of Wonca Europe (online).

Hopefully, we can now work on overcoming the consequences of the pandemic situation and refocus to work on the other challenges with the help of the community of general practice and family medicine. We, the Wonca Europe Executive Board, will support this with all our abilities.

With the best regards,

On behalf of WONCA Europe Executive Board
Thomas Frese, President-elect
WONCA Europe Newsletter Editor

The WONCA Europe president’s corner

Dear colleagues,

The COVID pandemic will stay with us for a while, but we are slowly adapting ourselves to live with COVID. It is difficult to plan ahead, regulations are changing all the time, bureaucracy is high and also the costs, but there is no substitute for face to face meetings

I attended both Euroson Pocus School (Vienna, AT) and the EURIPA meeting (Siedlce, PL). And met the Polish minister of health and other leading stakeholders in the Polish healthcare system and we had discussions that I am sure will contribute to the new reform in primary care that is planned in Poland. In the Euroson Pocus School conference I had the chance to practice with new POCUS devices that are primary care oriented, and hope that will be available to all of us.

All these activities could not be done by Zoom, and of course neither meeting and mingling with old friends after almost two years.

It is time to normalize our life and to evaluate what we learned from the pandemic and its future implications.


Professor Shlomo Vinker
WONCA Europe President

Upcoming Events

WE Talk with Assoc Prof Viviana Martinez - Bianchi
2 November 2021, Virtual

Leonardo EURACT course level 2 for trainers in Family Medicine
3-5 November 2021, Virtual

Prevention, diagnosis, treatment and following Heart Failure
5 November 2021, Virtual

7th VdGM Forum
28-29 January 2022, Edinburgh, Scotland

94th EGPRN Meeting
12-15 May 2022, İstanbul, Turkey

27th WONCA Europe Conference
28 June - 1 July 2022, London, UK


Independent online case-based CME programme

WONCA and EURACT recently partnered in the development of an independent online case-based CME programme on the management of COVID-19 in family medicine: 22 short cases on testing, treating and follow-up Direct feedback (expert...

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Wonca Europe activities as Podcasts!

Audio recordings of the Wonca Europe webinars on managing chronic kidney disease are available as podcasts on your favorite platform. Look up "Wonca Europe" in Spotify, Apple iTunes and Google Podcasts to listen to on the go. Do not...

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90th-93rd EGPRN Meetings

With the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2019, the world found itself in a pandemic. Everything started to change suddenly. On order to comply with the recommendations on social distancing, the formats of the activities that have taken place in our lives...

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Briefing of the Euroson Pocus School Vienna, 10-11 September 2021 organized by EUVEKUS.

The Point of Care Ultrasonography is now an investigation in development, which can complement the physical examination of the family doctors and can guide the case management to the bedridden patients. We need training and quality standards, to...

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WONCA Europe is a partner in the Digital Educational Platform for Paediatric Urology Project

WONCA Europe is a partner in the DEPPU project (Digital Educational Platform for Paediatric Urology) initiated and supported by an educational grant from Ferring, kicked off last year during the pandemic. The project is ready and launched on...

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Joint WONCA Europe and EURACT Statement on Portuguese Minister for Higher Education proposal to shorten Vocational Training in the field of GP/FM

Due to the information on the press interview given by Mr. Manuel Heitor - Portuguese Minister of Higher Education for Jornal Diario de Noticias on the 2nd of September 2021, WONCA Europe as a family medicine scientific association and the...

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EQuiP and Wonca Europe Statement on the Occasion of World Patient Safety Day 2021 - "Safe Maternal And Newborn Care"

Under international human rights all women and their babies should have access to safe and high quality perinatal healthcare. However, there are some inequitable differences among European countries in providing access to maternal health care...

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