World Family Doctor Day 19 May celebrations

College news
7 May 2018

About World Family Doctor Day

The World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) has 118 member organisations in 131 countries and territories (including New Zealand). The 500,000 family doctors (we call them GPs) who are members care for more than 90 per cent of the world’s population.

Every year since 2010 WONCA has celebrated World Family Doctor Day (WFDD). This year WFDD falls on Saturday 19 May. The purpose of WFDD is to “acknowledge the central role of our specialty in the delivery of personal, comprehensive and continuing health care for all of our patients. It’s also a chance to celebrate the progress being made in family medicine and the special contributions of family doctors globally.”

This year’s theme for WFDD is “Family doctors – leading the way to better health”.

Celebrating general practice

General practice is the speciality that treats patients with the widest variety of conditions and the greatest range of severity. GPs treat patients at all ages and stages of their lives, often providing continuity of care throughout a patients’ lifetime.

To acknowledge the work our GPs do, and in celebration of World Family Doctor Day on 19 May, we asked College members to tell us what a typical day in general practice might look like. You can read some of the comments we received in this booklet 'A Day in the Life of a Kiwi GP'.

College Medical Director Dr Richard Medlicott and Clinical Lead Dr Liza Lack tell us about what they might do in a typical working day below. Head to our Facebook page to see more comments sent to us by GPs across the country.