It was with great shock that we all learned of the tragedy that occurred in Christchurch on Friday afternoon. At this difficult time, my thoughts and prayers are with all those who are affected. College staff and leadership also extend their heartfelt sorrow at this loss.
Like many of you, I am shocked to realise that such a horrific act of violence could be perpetrated in New Zealand. The consequences of this attack are far-reaching and will be widely felt in our nation, particularly by our Muslim, refugee, and migrant communities.
As GPs we are privileged to witness and celebrate diversity in our practice every day. At this time, I believe it is important to stand together as a community and reject any act of hate or discrimination.
Many of our GPs in Christchurch will have both staff and patients affected by the attack. Primary Health Organisations (PHOs) in Canterbury are offering significant support to our members.
I understand that many of us will want to support those efforts in some way. Some ways that members can offer assistance are listed below.
If you or someone you know requires urgent support in the meantime, there are contact details for a range of services below.
Dr Samantha Murton