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March 2023

Family Physicians pride themselves in providing continuity of care and personal care in the community. Family Physicians provide what is often referred to as ‘cradle to grave’ care. Not only do they know the patient but also their relatives and extended family and the many people they interact within the community. There comes a time when the doctor realises that the patient may likely have a short time to live due to various reasons, e.g. an acute life-threatening illness or a long-term condition where the person is reaching end of life. Professor Rodger Charlton, a practising General Practitioner and Professor of Undergraduate Primary Care Education, Leicester Medical School, The University of Leicester, United Kingdom wrote an editorial on “Saying Goodbye” in the March issue of The Hong Kong Practitioner. He examined this topic from various angles, including his personal reflections, literature and seminal papers from experts in the field. He concluded by sharing practical tips in saying goodbye to the patients when the time comes. Hope you enjoy reading the March editorial of the College journal.

A Symposium on “Medical-Social Collaboration — Insights from the Primary Healthcare Blueprint” is being organized by The Hong Kong College of Family Physicians (HKCFP) & the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) to be held on 17 Mar 2023 at the Duke of Windsor Social Service Building in Wanchai. Over the years, the HKCFP has been advocating that “Everyone should have a Family Doctor”, as Family Doctors provide accessible continuing comprehensive whole-person patient-centred care to people of all ages and coordinate multidisciplinary care for people according to their needs throughout their life journey. The HKCSS has over 500 non-government organizations as their agency members and they provide a wide range of social services to the people of Hong Kong. Medical-Social Collaboration has been advocated for quite a while, this symposium aims at exploring the future potentials on this topic in the era of the new Primary Healthcare Blueprint. Government officials, members of the Primary Healthcare Development Steering Committee, professionals from the social service and healthcare sectors would be invited to share their expertise in the symposium. More details can be found in our web link. (Please Click)

It is now about 200 days till the WONCA Sydney World Conference which would take place from 26–29, October 2023. The WONCA 2023 World Conference programme will include family doctors, GPs, and primary healthcare specialists from around the world who will share research and discuss best practice, keeping communities healthy on an international level. As usual, there is an early registration rate providing a discount on the normal rate, please feel free to take advantage of that. (Please Click

The HKCFP Assessment Enhancement Course aims at improving participants’ clinical knowledge, problem solving and consultation skills through a series of seminars, workshops, self-help support groups and mock examinations. It also provides opportunities for inter-professional networking and enhancement of time management skills, all thanks to the hard work of the Board of Education and our College Secretariat. For more details, please check out our College website.  (Please Click)

Dr. David V K CHAO

President

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