A great day at Dargaville

Thank you to the attendees, at the Dargaville hosted Northland GP symposium held last month, for submitting images of their past times. We have creative, fit and interesting GP's who clearly enjoy the benefits of living in Northland. Medical projects and post-graduate ideas were shared with encouragement to consider remote medical relief. For those feeling inspired University links have been made available on the website for Otago and Auckland post-graduate studies. A fitting tribute to Dargavilles late Dr Matich opened the symposium where Northland GP's were challenged to step up into leadership roles. Training is available via the DHB for interested members. As well as introducing the valued role of a clinical pharmacist facilitator, the Fusion Centre was introduced as a unique Northland information sharing forum, about patients and communities of concern, that GP's can contact and be contacted by. There was discussion around neighbourhood health homes as well as frustrations about bowel cancer screening plus simplification of new Hep C treatment regimes found in clinical pathways. Again the registrars presented thorough audits to challenge our prescribing. There was a great show of support from Dargaville medical staff, only out shone by the fabulous food from local caterer 'Kim's Cuisine'. Gifts for the speakers were purchased from the Dargaville museum. Suggestions of local Northland venues for future symposiums will be gratefully received. Moving away from corporate venues means that we can provide low cost CME, support local organisations and enjoy dessert!! Presentations are available through this link and photos of GP's hobbies are available on our website. Don't forget to save the date for our May conference and AGM in Russell - 20th May 2017, see you there.