Waitangi Symposium Summary

Northland GP Registrars Alex McLeod and Steven Thrupp reminded the 50 delegates attending the Waitangi Symposium the sharp benefit of a good audit in General Practice. The future of Northland specialists is positive with Joseph Foote and Lyndon Bradley delivering concise 'GP friendly' presentations on personality disorders and hips respectively. Chronic Kidney disease take home messages were refreshed by Walaa Saweirs while Chappie shared his experiences with the 'stem cell revolution'.

Delegates may view their reception areas differently following qualitative research derived from patients drawings, presented by Kyle Eggleton and the newly formed Rural SLAT introduced their role, generating interest as to how this groups decisions will develop over time.

The political panel of Nick Chamberlain, Rose Lightfoot, Mary Carthew and Aniva Lawrence was bolstered by the presence of the college CEO, Helen Morgan-Banda. Integration and workforce sustatinability were common themes with the drop in registrar numbers causing particular concern.

The Northland Faculty of General Practice will follow up issues raised during the symposium and invite members to further contribute their views on our members forum 3 chillies.