WONCA South Asia Region Conference 2024

in conjunction with

Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the College of General Practitioners of Sri Lanka

"Celebrating Family Medicine - Nurturing Our Values across the Region"


WONCA South Asia Region Conference 2024

in conjunction with

Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the College of General Practitioners of Sri Lanka

"Celebrating Family Medicine - Nurturing Our Values across the Region"


Main Conference
Main Conference
4th May 2024
Time Hall A Hall B Hall C Hall D Hall E
7.30am Registration
8.30am Welcome
9.00am Plenary 1- Prof Karen Flegg- "Strengthening Primary care through Family Medicine."
9.30 am Plenary- 2 Prof Anna Stavdal -"Core values of Family Medicine - a global common denominator"
10.00am Tea
10.30 am Symposium 1

Being sensitive to hypersensitivity

Guest Lecture 1

Globalization of healthcare. Effect of family physicians migration on primary care in South Asia

Prof Marie Andradess

Workshop 1

Workshop by WONCA core values project(10.30 am to 12.noon)

Role of clinical audit in primary care.

Prof Tabinda Ashfaq

(30 minutes)

Oral Presentations - Session 1

Mental health

11.00 am Guest Lecture 2

Narrative medicine educational interventions to inculcate empathy and professionalism in medical students

Prof Nandani de Silva

Elderly care
Case based discussion

Dr Roshni JhanGanguly

(30 minutes)

11.30am Symposium 2

Somewhere over the rainbow: understanding and responding to health issues of the LGBTIQ community

Symposium 3

Lifestyle be thy medicine

  Workshop 2

WONCA Working Party on Women and Family Medicine

Oral Presentations - Session 2

Palliative care & elderly care

12.30 pm LUNCH
1.30 pm Plenary 3 - Prof Val Wass - "Sustainable health care development : how nurturing WONCA Family Medicine values impact."
2.00pm Plenary 4 - Prof Kay Mohanna - "Professional identity formation: medical education - responsibilities and role models"
2.30 pm Guest Lecture 3

Medicines: getting it right with older adults

Prof Chandani Wanigathunga

Guest Lecture 4

Ensuring patient safety in primary care

Prof Janaka Ramanayake

Oral Presentations - Session 3

Miscellaneous 1

Workshop 3

South Asian Region Working Party on Research(2.30 to 4.00)

Oral Presentations - Session 4

Medical education

3.00 pm Symposium 4

"AWaRe"- Towards antibiotic stewardship

Symposium 5

Navigating challenges- Primary care paradigms in South Asia

4.00pm Tea
6.30pm onwards Ceremonial Opening & Reception
5th May 2024
Time Hall A Hall B Hall C Hall D Hall E
7.30 am Registration
8.30am Plenary 5- Prof Michael Kidd - "Clinician leadership for Family doctors"
9.00 am Plenary 6 - Prof Viviana Matinenz-Bianchi - "Family doctors improving health for all - Health equity as personal value"
9.30 am Symposium 6

Facing the next phase with grace - Menopause

Symposium 7

Innovations in primary care: Harnessing AI for better healthcare

Meeting of South Asia young doctors movement

(30 minutes)

Workshop 4

Enhancing knowledge and skills of General Practitioners (GPs) in South Asia: Introducing a blended learning certificate course in Family Medicineby MRCGP(SA)team

Oral Presentations - Session 5

Primary care

Emerging models of family practice in South Asia region
A panel discussion

(30 minutes)

10.30am Tea
11.00 am Guest Lecture 5

Advocacy to act of Parliament - Journey of Family Medicine in India.

Dr Raman Kumar

Guest Lecture 6

Diabetic foot care in Family Practice

Prof Firdous Jahan

South Asia Council meeting. Workshop 5

WONCA Working Party on Rural Health

Oral Presentations - Session 6

Cardiovascular, respiratory and emergency

11.30 am Guest Lecture 7

Global health research.

Prof Athula Sumathipala

Guest Lecture 8

Evaluation and management of autoimmune conditions in primary care.

Prof Suranjith Seneviratne

12.00 noon Symposium 8

Beyond the looks:Symposium on Adolescent health

Symposium 9

Shedding light to the dark nights-Palliative care

Workshop 6

WONCA Working Party on Education

Oral Presentations - Session 7

Miscellaneous 2

1.00pm Lunch
1.55 pm Plenary 7- Dr Garth Manning -"Training and assessing the future GP"
2.15 pm Session by College of General Practitioners Sri Lanka -Role of the GP in Universal Health Coverage; South Asian perspective

 Bridging the gap between state and private sector - Dr Preethi Wijegoonewardene

How the College helped me to deliver in any General Practice clinic - Dr Suneth Rajawasan

Operationalization of bridging in the gap - Dr K Chandrasekher

 The way forward - Dr Dilini Baranage

3.15pm Guest Lecture 9

Infection prevention and control in primary health care workers

Professor Dr Basharat Ali

Guest Lecture 10

Climate change, health and the elephant in the room

Prof Sabaratnam Arulkumaran

Meeting the experts in Family Medicine Workshop 7

From Crisis to Confidence: Emergency Medicine Principles in Family Practice

Oral Presentations - Session 8

Lifestyle medicine and non-communicable diseases

3.45pm Symposium 10

Managing manly concerns - men's health

Symposium 11

One minute for the planet

Oral Presentations - Session 9

Miscellaneous 3

4.45 pm Tea