Message from the President

It is three months since the new Council was elected in April and during this time the Council has rightly been discussing directional issues to methods of enhancing the goals of the Academy.

In going forward, the Council has decided to embark on blueprinting a workable three year plan to give a solid structure to advance. In trying to set the scene as it were, every department has to set out their vision and mission for the future of the Academy.

General practitioners in Malaysia look to the Academy for leadership in post graduate medical education and continuing professional development (CPD). As far as continuing medical education (CME) is concerned there are many other institutions which offer such events. Education in general is universal, however when provided to general practitioners, we must encourage high standards in education by those who provide it. How then does AFPM provide leadership in setting the high standards of education? Can AFPM provide leadership in other issues which affect the profession? There are issues which require leadership, such as CPD/CME points, fee schedule, issues such as the meaning of a "clinic", separation of dispensing, integration of private public healthcare services, quality and safety in family medicine, practice management, ICT issues, fitness to practice and physician burnout, the code of medical practice and many other issues.

In the past, members were complacent to let the MOH or others decide on their fate, but when changes were made which affected them, it was too late and members had to bear with the changes.

For instance, on the world scene, at the recent World Health Assembly, there was much talk about, "universal health coverage", "integrated care" and "people-centred care". These phrases may sound music in our ears but on closer scrutiny, these phrases are garbed in public health meaning. The definitions of the terms are already in WHO material, and need to be remembered by all those of us who advocate on behalf of family medicine, because our governments and ministries will probably be using these terms when they address health service reforms in our countries.

Universal coverage is defined as: "Ensuring that all people have access to needed promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative health services, of sufficient quality to be effective, while also ensuring that the use of these services does not expose the user to financial hardship".

Integrated care is: "The management and delivery of health services such that people receive a continuum of health promotion, disease prevention, diagnosis, treatment, disease-management, rehabilitation and palliative care services, through the different levels and sites of care within the health system, and according to their needs throughout the life course."

And people-centred care means: "An approach to care that consciously adopts individuals', families', and communities' perspectives as participants in and beneficiaries of trusted health systems that respond to their needs and preferences in humane and holistic ways. People-centred care also requires that people have the education and support they need to make decisions and participate in their own care. It is organized around the health needs and expectations of people rather than diseases." Our Ministry of Health cannot ignore the cries of general practitioners of their concept of "universal health coverage", "integrated care" and "person centred care".

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Annual Scientific Meeting, Double Tree By Hilton,KL - 24th & 25th Apr 2015

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Annual Scientific Meeting 

Venue : DoubleTree By Hilton, Kuala Lumpur

Date : 24th April 2015

Time : 8.00 am - 5.00 pm

AGM / Convocation / Annual Dinner, Double Tree By Hilton,KL - 25th Apr 2015

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AGM / Convocation / Annual Dinner 

Venue : DoubleTree By Hilton, Kuala Lumpur

Date : 25th April 2015

Time : 1.00 pm - 10.00 pm

International Forum, Hong Kong - 28th - 30th Sept 2015

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Registration and AFPM Discount Code savings:

o As a Supporting Partner, AFPM Colleagues are eligible for:

§ Savings of US$300 (30% off the 2 day fee) = US$700/2 days

§ To book, visit: https://www.eventsforce.net/bmj/107/register

§ To benefit from this, enter AFPML30 in the “Partner Discount Code” box

§ This code is valid until 30 March 2015 (after which a new code will be issued to allow tracking)

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Please click here for Annual Scientific Meeting, DoubleTree By Hilton Kuala Lumpr, 24th & 25th April 2015.

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Please click here for 9th Asean Conference on Primary Health Care, Kinta Riverfront Hotel & Suites Ipoh, 24th  - 26th April 2015.

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Please click here for International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare Asia , Hong Kong , 28th - 30th Sept 2015

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Registration and AFPM Discount Code savings:

o As a Supporting Partner, AFPM Colleagues are eligible for:

§ Savings of US$300 (30% off the 2 day fee) = US$700/2 days

§ To book, visit: https://www.eventsforce.net/bmj/107/register

§ To benefit from this, enter AFPML30 in the "Partner Discount Code" box

§ This code is valid until 30th March 2015 (after which a new code will be issued to allow tracking)

 

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