The College’s official stance on health issues; position statements provide advice for the government and health organisations.

College positions statements are developed for issues of particular importance or in response to new developments. They are formed after reviewing recent literature, existing College documents and the position statements of other health organisations in New Zealand and overseas. Our position statements are a collaborative effort; as well as internal peer review, we invite members to comment on draft statements before they are approved by the College Board.

Climate Change and Sustainability  

'The current and projected effects of climate change on health and equity led the College to believe that general practice has a key role to play in raising awareness of the impacts of climate change on health, in social leadership and the promotion of appropriate lifestyle choices and in supporting health sector movement towards sustainable systems.'

Read the College's position statement on 'Climate change, health and general practice in Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific' (November 2016).

We have also developed recommendations for GPs and for the College which are available to members through the Dashboard.

To support members and the sector to become more environmentally sustainable, the College has revised and updated the Greening General Practice guide; a toolkit for sustainable practice.


‘Around 5000 premature smoking related deaths still occur in New Zealand every year, both as a consequence of active smoking and through exposure to second hand smoke.’ 

Read the College's Tobacco Position Statement (July 2012).

Pacific Peoples' Health 

‘Pacific peoples have a higher death rate and a lower life expectancy than other ethnic groups, excluding Māori.’

Read the College's Pacific Peoples' Health Position Statement (March 2012)

Achieving health equity by eliminating health inequities 

‘In all countries, more socially disadvantaged groups have poorer health, greater exposure to health risks and poorer access to health services.’

Read the Health Inequities Position Statement (Feb 2012)

‘Doctors working in New Zealand general practice should be vocationally trained’ 

‘Around one quarter of doctors working in general practice are not vocationally registered, nor participating in vocational training.’ 

Read the College's Statement of Vocational Training (Sep 2010)