WONCA inauguration speech 2013

Michael R Kidd
Med J Aust 2013; 199 (7): . || doi: 10.5694/mja13.10871
Published online: 7 October 2013

This editorial is based on edited excerpts from World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) president Michael Kidd’s address “Family medicine and WONCA — the challenges ahead” given in Prague, 29 June 2013*

This week, I asked some young Czech family doctors who they thought was the most famous Czech person ever. The name I was seeking wasn’t Kafka, Dvorak or Navratilova. Rather, it was Vaclav Havel, the first president of the Czech Republic, a playwright as well as a global political figure and a voice for world peace and my Czech hero. It was Havel who once wrote,

  • 1 World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA).
  • 2 Faculty of Health Sciences, Flinders University, Adelaide, SA.

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* The full transcript is available at: PresidentsBlog/FamilyMedicineandWONCA-TheChallengesAhead.aspx


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