GP17 – Conference for General Practice

College news
23 June 2017

Whakamanawatia. Ma te mahi ngatahi, ka whakatutuki. 
Inspire. Invent. Intertwine. Working together we can do great things.

This year the College’s annual conference is being held in sunny Dunedin!  The programme offers an exciting array of sessions, as well as the opportunity to network and connect with your GP colleagues. Here’s a quick snapshot of what delegates will enjoy at this year’s gathering:

Inspiring keynotes

Our international keynote speakers will provide learnings from overseas including the challenge of multimorbidity, obesity and the future of technology in general practice. The programme will also feature New Zealand speakers offering local expert knowledge including practical skills, self-care, patient care networks, and the future of general practice in New Zealand.  
Don’t forget, our programme has been developed by GPs for GPs.  We’d like to acknowledge and thank the Otago Faculty for its input and enthusiasm developing and inspiring this year’s programme together. 

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Our most exhilarating social calendar ever

Along with the conference Welcome Reception and Saturday evening celebration function, we are whole-heartedly entrenching ourselves in Dunedin’s Scottish history by hosting the College’s first ever ceilidh.  This will be a fun filled night of music, great company and – of course – a bit of dancing! 

Make sure you pack your tartan and don’t miss the opportunity to join in on this fun!

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New Fellows graduating

One of our favourite occasions is welcoming a new cohort of GP Fellows to the College.  We’re excited to host this year’s graduation ceremony in the Glenroy Auditorium.  During this event we’ll also acknowledge members who have made an outstanding contribution to their community, the health sector or the College.  This is always an inspirational and uplifting event, and we look forward to sharing it with conference delegates, graduates and their families.

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This year we will be providing a crèche facility at the Conference for General Practice. The crèche will be run by qualified professionals, with a range of activities to keep the kids happy! It will be available on site from half an hour before the conference starts until half an hour after it ends each day. Available for children aged  three months to 10 years. 

Register your child

Medical Humanities panel at the Conference

At this year’s conference we will be having our first ever session in Medical Humanities. This will begin with a Medical Humanities panel followed by two writing workshops with Glenn Colquhoun - one for beginners and one as a masterclass.  Medical humanities is an interdisciplinary field of medicine which includes the humanities, social science and the arts. Doctors find their medical practice enriched and improved as a consequence of their involvement and experiences in the field of Medical Humanities.

As part of the Medical Humanities panel session we would like to showcase the artistic talents of our own GPs. If you are a graphic or sculptural artist please send a high res image of your work to We also think it would be interesting for colleagues to "see the artist in context” - so we would encourage you to also send a photo (selfie or otherwise) of yourself in your studio or at your medical workplace. With your permission, we will collate these and share them on our social media channels and on the big screen at the conference so they can be appreciated by the wider group.