On behalf of the organising committee, it gives me great pleasure to invite you to join us, and your colleagues from around the world, for the WONCA Asia Pacific Regional Conference 2020, in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Taking place from 23 – 26 April, more than a thousand GPs, nurses and allied health professionals are set to gather in Auckland for this educational and inspirational event.
Jointly hosted by The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners, the New Zealand Rural General Practice Network, and Te Ohu Rata o Aotearoa - Māori Medical Practitioners Association, the WONCA APR Conference 2020 will combine the strengths of all three organisations' annual conferences, making it one of the leading health conferences in New Zealand. This event will replace the College, Network and Te ORA conferences in 2020.
The theme of the conference will be:
Family Medicine leading the way towards an advanced world of equity, quality and compassion
The essence of this theme is captured in the Māori whakataukī (proverb):
Ko te pae tawhiti whāia kia tata, ko te pae tata whakamaua kia tina
which translates to Seek distant horizons in pursuit of excellence.
During the conference we will explore the scientific and human contributions we can make to create a future that embraces progress, while still retaining the core values needed to move us towards the goal of equal health for all.
We invite you to experience New Zealand's natural wonders and unique culture that you won't find anywhere else in the world. Our immense and diverse landscapes, mix of spectacular scenery and modern cities makes it the perfect destination for WONCA APR Conference 2020.
Professor Les Toop
Chair on behalf of the Organising Committee
WONCA Asia Pacific Regional Conference 2020