The Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter of the College of Family Physicians is a provincial, voluntary, not-for-profit organization whose mandate includes undergraduate, post-graduate education, the continuing professional development of family physicians and the maintenance of high standards of medical care and education in family practice.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter is the voice of family medicine in Newfoundland and Labrador and represents more than 710 family physicians who provide patient care for remote, rural, suburban, urban and inner city communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.
The building and maintenance of high standards of practice, the continuing professional development of our members and improved access to high quality family medicine services for all residents of Newfoundland are at the heart of our organization.
It’s been a busy few months, and your chapter has been working hard on several important endeavours.
On Thursday, January 18th, 2018, the Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter of the College of Family Physicians met with the provincial Minister of Health, John Haggie. The alarming statements reported in the media were addressed, and we clearly expressed our concern regarding his motives in making these comments and their potential ramifications. During the meeting, we comprehensively discussed our role in primary health care, including both the Family Medicine Professional Profile and the Patient’s Medical Home. The Minister indicated that the government is dedicated to discussing ways to move forward with this vision for collaborative care. He agreed to develop a working relationship with the NL CFP in order to better understand the current barriers and to chart a path forward.
A subsequent meeting was requested by Cameron Campbell, the Director of Primary Health Care, to discuss a draft Primary Health Care Action Plan developed by the Department of Health and Community Services. We met with Mr. Campbell in March to review the Action Plan, and we have since followed up with comments and recommendations. We plan to meet again in the coming months to provide continued input into the government’s plan for primary care reform.
Additionally, we are pleased to launch our revamped website, which provides easy-to-access information about the board, CPD events, and various college initiatives. It’s where you can also find our 2018-2020 strategic plan. We have updated the vision and goals of the Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter of the College of Family Physicians, and we hope you will be happy with the direction we have set out.
We appreciate all the feedback we continue to receive from our members, and we encourage your ongoing engagement and displays of passion for family medicine in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Nicole Stockley, MD, CCFP, President NL College of Family Physicians
David Thomas, MD, CCFP, Past-President NL College of Family Physicians
Dr. Nicole Stockley
As we welcome the change and renewal of Spring, the NL College is also growing and revitalizing. The board recently met in St. John’s to create our strategic plan for 2018–2020. We are busy updating our vision, mission and values, and we have identified goals which we feel are both central to the role of the NL College, and meet the needs of our members. The Awards Committee is looking for nominations for our Family Physician of the Year Award and the Awards of Excellence, while the CME Committee is already working on our Annual Family Medicine Conference (ASA), which will be held in Gander this October. I hope this year will bring with it many beneficial experiences and opportunities, as we work to better represent and promote family physicians in Newfoundland and Labrador while making important contributions to health care reform in our province.