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WONCA Africa 2019 - Dr. Kath Stringer Delivers John Ross Lecture
On June 8th, 2019, Dr. Kath Stringer delivered the 3rd John Ross Memorial Lecture to attendees gathered at the WONCA Africa 2019 Conference. The lecture was very well-received and prompted a standing ovation and many comments from the audience on Dr. Stringer's presentation of an inspiring man’s legacy.  Dr. John Ross travelled from Memorial University to Makerere University approximately 30 years ago to establish Family Medicine in Uganda. In recent years, whenever a national family medicine conference has been held in Uganda, a speaker has been invited to present a lecture on John Ross and Family Medicine, in honor of his impact there. 

NL Recipient of Family Physician of the Year: Dr. Norah Duggan 

Congratulations to Dr. Norah Duggan on being the Newfoundland and Labrador recipient of Family Physician of the Year. She was honoured with the Reg. L Perkin Award on Friday, November 16th, at the CFPC’s annual Awards Gala in Toronto. More infomation can be found here.

CFPC Family Medicine Conference

The College of Family Physicians of Canada hosted the 30th Annual Family Medicine Conference on October 13-14, 2018 in Gander, NL.The conference featured a Celebration of Family Medicine and the Walk with the Docs, an event held in support of family medicine in Canada and around the world. Dr. Norah Duggan was named the Newfoundland and Labrador recipient of the Famly Physician of the Year Award.

North America 5-Star Doctor award presented 

The WONCA North America Region 5 Star Doctor Award 2017 was presented to Drs. James and Leslie Rourke at the 2018 Society of Rural Physicians of Canada Rural + Remote conference.  Both James and Leslie Rourke exemplify the five pillars of the WONCA 5-Star Doctor - a Care Provider, a Decision Maker, Communicator, Community Leader, and Team Member - through their individual accomplishments and their collaborative work with one another (click here to read full story).

Grassroots Success: Carbonear Family Physician Wins Major CIHR Grant

Dr. Chris Patey who recently joined the Discipline of Family Medicine and an alumni of the Discipline’s 6for6 program created an emergency department surge management platform and accompanying application with Mr. Paul Norman (BN, RN) to improve the efficiency of his local emergency department in Carbonear (click here to read full story).

Family Medicine Refugee Health Clinic Receives Canada 150 Community Award

As part of the Canada 150 celebrations, M.P. Nick Whalen recognized a selection of outstanding community members in the riding of St. John’s East with Canada 150 Community Awards.  The Canada 150 Community Awards are about recognizing the incredible contributions and leadership made by individuals, not-for-profit organizations and businesses throughout our community.
The Family Medicine Refugee Health Clinic was presented with a Canada 150 Community Award in recognition of their dedication and commitment to serving refugees arriving in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Clinic works extensively and collaborates with settlement workers, social workers, public health nurse, ESL teachers and the Association for New Canadians to provide holistic care to all government-assisted refugee newcomers.  The Clinic has provided ongoing medical care to over 500 refugee newcomers since September 2015. Pictured left to right are: Barbara Albrechtsons (public health nurse), Barbara Morrissey (clinical coordinator), Dr. Pauline Duke (Family Practice Unit), Dr. Petra Joller (Family Practice Unit), Raya Majid (health liaison, Association for New Canadians), Kari Brown (nurse practitioner), Dr. Christine Aubrey-Bassler (Torbay Road Medical Clinic) and Nick Whelan, Member of Parliament.

(Photo credit: Helena Vokey)