Over 75 people attended the recent Great Russell Conference held recently. The Northland Faculty would like to thank Mobile Health for providing two of our speakers this year. Dr Anna Fenton and Dr Peter Freeman who, after sharing 'handy' tips, were both able to catch up with old friends and relatives during The Great Russell Conference. We heard from Dr David Bratt from the Minsitry of Social Development about issues relating to medical certificates and benefits. Dr Lou Querubin, who has the role of GP liaison for NDHB mental health service, presented on the future of mental health services in Northland. GPs welcomed the promise of better communication from the mental health services but the board will be writing to the GM of MHS to clarify that this is not a Trojan horse for a larger burden of mental health patient care.
Dr Alistair Dunn gave a passionate plea for othe GPs to join him in becoming a certifying consultant for terminations of pregnancy. Philip Balmer from the new PHE made himself available to talk to GPs about Mahitahi Hauora.
Dr Ian Murphy from NZ Rugby presented on concussion (and a big thank you to his children that travelled 700km by road to explore Northland this week). Local and national data on rheumatic fever, GAS and the throat swabbing program was laid out for us by Dr Michel Baker and Dr Anil Shetty and despite a fairly lively debate with the help of our Dr David Hammer we probably all needed a 30 minute bath and 20 minute lie down to reduce our SNS overdrive as suggested by Dr Giresh Kanji.
2020 will be the year of the WONCA Asia Pacific conference in Auckland. Members voted that, despite this, they would like the Faculty to continue with our annual conference. Dr Emma Clare has stepped up to organise next years conference as Dr Tanya Quin steps down. It is a great way to get to know your colleagues so please let us know if you have ideas or would like to join Emma in bringing us together next year.
If GPs need to further discuss issues with Philip Balmer, Alistair Dunn, Lou Querubin or David Bratt then you can contact the Faculty who can provide you with their contact details.
Photos from the conference are available for everyone to laugh at on our website