NZMA's General Practitioner Council (GPC) represents the interests of GPs across a broad range of issues. GPC members openly debate issues of concern to general practice, and develop consensus policy that benefits our patients and professional environment. NZMA is also a member of the General Practice Leaders’ Forum.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the GPC and want to know what's involved, click here.
Current GPC members
Dr Jan White (Chair), Dr Buzz Burrell, Dr Luke Bradford, Dr Marcia Walker, Dr Stephanie Taylor, Dr Vanessa Weenink, Dr Kate Baddock (NZMA Chair, ex officio), Lesley Clarke (NZMA CEO, ex officio).
NZMA's GPC strongly supports better integration of primary and secondary care, with more care being provided in a non-hospital setting. However it has expressed the need for improved clinical engagement and the need for appropriate funding. The input and engagement of clinicians is essential in determining our future health care delivery. GPC advocates on a diverse range of issues such as better GP education and training, after hours services and ensuring changes to our health system, such as proposed changes to prescribing, do not lead to fragmentation of care. GPC has input into NZMA submissions. Read copies here.
NZMA GPCME conferences
Find out about New Zealand's largest, most successful GP conferences (in both the North and South Islands), held annually www.gpcme.co.nz/.
Columns by GPC Chair
The following articles were originally published in New Zealand Doctor:
- September: GPs find your voice and tell your story
- August: Continuity of Care or Fragmentation
- July: Engage or be damned: Advocacy and apathy make for very poor bedfellows
- May: What lies beneath...
- April: Greater Numbers of Primary Care Physicians / GPs Decrease Mortality
- February: General Practice of Value or Past the Use by Date!
- January: Wisdom and care with commitment
- October: Small savings in practice add up to more health dollars to spend
- September: Watch the pennies...
- April: Decluttering to de-stress
Seeking member feedback
The GPC is keen to hear from members about issues of concern which it would like the committee to advocate on. Email NZMA.