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Continuing Medical Education

February CME: Dementia—Achieving positive outcomes

Susan Millar – Carer
Julie Butler – Manager, Alzheimer’s Society
Jules Pickford – Community Support Officer, Alzheimer’s Society
Needs Assessors (NASC), Southern District Health Board
Helen Paton - Clinical Psychologist, Older People’s Health, Southern District Health Board

Date: Tuesday 14 February 2017 at 7pm 
Venue: Jan Breward Seminar Room, Department of General Practice and Rural Health

(Enter via back door on Great King Street, up driveway opposite car park entry to Centre City New World, and proceed up the concrete stairs from ANZ carpark - Doors open 6.30pm)

Please RSVP by Monday, 13 February to

This meeting qualifies for points under the RNZCGP MOPS scheme.

An invitation to join a Medical Humanities Peer Group

Language, that most human invention, can enable what, in principle, should not be possible. It can allow all of us, even the congenitally blind, to see with another person's eyes.

— Oliver Sacks

We are delighted to announce the formation of the above peer group to start next month. The College has indicated that it is very happy to support this group and will register it for MOPS points as with any other peer group.

There’s a long-standing affinity between doctors and writing. Join us in exploring how literature treats the human condition and how this can make us better doctors. Sue Wootton, a widely published poet and writer, has constructed an initial enjoyable and stimulating reading series compiled with practising doctors in mind. It includes fiction, poetry and essays, many written by doctors, which creatively reflect on illness, disability, crisis, healing and health.

The Medical Humanities CME Group will meet at 7.30pm to 9.30pm on the 3rd Tuesday of every month in the Department of General Practice’s tea room (the room you enter via the department’s back door) for conversation about the readings, tea, coffee etc. Sue will be joining us to offer a literary perspective. Depending on interest, there may also be an opportunity for participants to practice their own creative writing about their medical work if they desire.

Please register your interest in joining the group by contacting Dr Katherine Hall via email:

If you wish to register for MOPS points please include your Medical Council number in the email. Thank you.

Check out the new medical humanities blog Corpus

"Corpus is a forum for conversations about medicine and life. We publish a wide range of perspectives on health and medical practice, especially reflective or creative work which fleshes out the biomedical version of illness and disability.

"Corpus is co-edited by University of Otago historian Professor Barbara Brookes and writer Sue Wootton."