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May 2024

In 2010, the World Organisation of Family Doctors (WONCA) declared that the 19th of May every year is to be the World Family Doctor Day (WFDD). It serves as an annual celebration of the key role of Family Doctors in delivering first contact, comprehensive, patient-centred, and continuous health care to patients in the community. It is a significant occasion to highlight the important contributions of family doctors and primary care teams in the healthcare systems around the world. This year, we celebrate World Family Doctor Day under the theme “Healthy Planet, Healthy People,” emphasising the link between the health of our planet and the health of our patients. (please click) Primary care is central to cutting healthcare sector's carbon footprint. By focusing on early disease detection and lifestyle changes, it leads to reduction on the need for resource intensive medical treatments later. Not only does this improve health outcomes but also significantly lowers emissions by minimising energy-intensive procedures. This year, our College has drummed up a series of WFDD celebration activities for this very important day of the year, including articles and appearance in the media, and coorganising celebration events with Primary Healthcare Office of the Health Bureau. We would make relevant announcements through the usual College channels. You are cordially invited to join in to celebrate the tremendous work of family doctors in serving the community!


Thanks to the great assistance of our Young Doctors Committee, the HKCFP Family Medicine Career Talk 2024 is to be held on 13th June 2024 (Thursday) from 18:30. This year it will continue to be held by hybrid mode. The Career Talk will encompass topics on Family Medicine vocational training in Hong Kong, the career options of a Family Physician in different settings and practical tips in securing a Family Medicine training post. Family physicians at various stages of their career will be there to share their experiences and answer any queries you may have on Family Medicine training in Hong Kong. Don’t forget to enrol early as spaces are limited, and mark your diary. (please click

The World Health Organisation (WHO) created World No Tobacco Day in 1987 to draw global attention to the tobacco epidemic and the preventable death and disease it causes. In 1988, the World Health Assembly passed a Resolution for the celebration of World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), every year on 31 May. (please click) The theme of WNTD 2024 is “Protecting children from tobacco industry interference”, calling for the tobacco industry to stop targeting at youth with tobacco products. Tobacco kills half of its users. New smoking products that appeal to youth and reduce harm perceptions of smoking, such as electronic cigarettes, heated tobacco products, flavoured cigarettes, “light” or “mild” cigarettes, and cigarette filters continue to emerge. Electronic cigarettes, in particular, have gained popularity in youth around the globe. WNTD 2024 provides a platform for young people, policy makers and tobacco control advocates to discuss tobacco industry interference, and to urge governments to protect young people from the manipulative practices of the tobacco and related industries. (please click

Family doctors are doing an excellent job in screening for smokers, advising and coordinating the smoking cessation programme for patients. Please keep it up. 
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Dr. David V K CHAO

President

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