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General Practitioner Council
Dr Kate Baddock GPC Chair
The NZMA General Practitioner Council (GPC) represents the interests of GPs across a broad range of issues. The GPC has both elected members and representatives of our major fellow organisations who openly debate issues of concern to general practice, and develop consensus policy that benefits our patients and professional environment. The NZMA is also a member of the General Practice Leaders’ Forum.
GPC members: Dr Kate Baddock (Chair), Dr Tim Baily-Gibson, Dr Peter Chapman-Smith, Dr Barney Montgomery, Dr Murray Tilyard, Dr Jan White, Dr David Wilson, Dr Harry Pert (RNZCPG representative), Dr Bev O’Keefe (GPNZ representative), Dr Paul Ockelford (Chair, NZMA, ex officio), Lesley Clarke (CEO, NZMA, ex officio).
The NZMA GPC strongly supports better integration of primary and secondary care, with more care being provided in a non-hospital setting. However it has expressed the need for improved clinical engagement and the need for appropriate funding. The input and engagment of clinicians is essential in determining our future health care delivery. The GPC advocates on a diverse range of issues such as better GP education and training, after hours services and ensuring changes to our health system, such as proposed changes to prescribing, do not lead to fragmentation of care. The GPC has input into NZMA submissions. Read copies here.
NZMA GPCME conferences
Find out about New Zealand's largest, most successful GP conferences (in both the North and South Islands), held annually www.gpcme.co.nz/.
Columns by GPC Chair
The following articles were originally published in New Zealand Doctor:
- October 2012: The changing fce of professionalism (PDF)
- August 2012: Self regulation part of the deal (PDF)
- July 2012: Euthanasia - the global debate (PDF)
- April 2012: New freedoms, new responsibilities (PDF)
- March 2012: Professionalism in medicine (PDF)
- November 2011: What makes a good PHO? (PDF)
- September 2011: Health and communities (PDF)
- August 2011: Health equity and our children - where to from here? (PDF)
- July 2011: Health Inequities in New Zealand (PDF)
- June 2011: Reflecting on time as GP Council chair (PDF)
- April 2011: Supporting global health issues benefits New Zealand health goals (PDF)
- March 2011: Resolving access to after hours care remains a priority (PDF)
- November 2010: Doctors often left in the dark over mergers (PDF)
Seeking member feedback
The GPC is keen to hear from members about issues of concern which it would like the committee to advocate on. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Zealand Medical Journal articles of interest to general practitioners, include:
Note: login and password required for accessing NZMJ articles less than six months old.
Skin infections in children in a New Zealand primary care setting: exploring beneath the tip of the iceberg
Cathryn O’Sullivan, Michael G Baker
09-March-2012, Vol 125, No 1351
[full text] [PDF] [abstract]
The financial impact of clinical task substitution between practice nurses and GPs in New Zealand primary care centres
Martin Hefford, Tom Love, Jacqueline Cumming, Mary Finlayson, Antony Raymont
09-September-2011, Vol 124, No 1342
[full text] [PDF] [abstract]
Can general practitioners provide effective cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention? Dreams and realities of CVD prevention
Emily Gill, Dee Mangin
21-January-2011 Vol 124, No 1328
The B4School Check - addressing the new morbidity in child health
26-Nov-2010 Vol 123, No 1326
For information about the Rural GP Network Locum Scheme, visit their website: www.nzlocums.com.