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FGS 2007Felicity Goodyear-Smith is a General Practitioner and Head of the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care at the University of Auckland, New Zealand


Primary care in New Zealand

What do populations need?

Populations in the community need a health care provider for first contact, continuity, coordination and comprehensiveness of care. Care needs to be patient- and family-centered, and culturally appropriate. ...continue reading

BMiedema 1Baukje (Bo) Miedema is Professor and Director of Research at the Dalhousie University Family Medicine Teaching Unit and Adjunct Professor in the Sociology Department, University of New Brunswick

 “The constitution” of primary health internationally, as a core component of the structure of health, care can be traced back to the Declaration of Alma-Ata (1978), even though its origins go much further back in time: 1941 in the Netherlands and 1948 in the United Kingdom. The Declaration states that governments have to be responsible for the health of their people. Primary health care is seen as an important vehicle to deliver health care to the population, and is defined as care that “addresses the main health problems in the community, providing promotive, preventative, curative and rehabilitative services accordingly.” The Declaration of Alma-Ata also states that by the year 2000 there should be “health for all.” ...continue reading