Participants from all over the world came together at the Rendez-Vous 2012 to discuss community participation in health professional education, research and service. Conference delegates, including health professional students, health professionals, and trainers of health professionals created the Thunder Bay Communiqué, a press-release which included the main recommendations below:

The Way Forward

Quality in Primary Care, Volume 20, Number 4

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With a guest editorial "Interprofessional education: a vital concern and a lever to better primary care", written by Loes van Amsterdam and Marc Bruijnzeels of the Jan van Es Institute and the latest EFPC Position Paper with the title "Improving interprofessional collaboration in primary care: Position Paper of the European Forum for Primary Care" written by EFPC members Marianne Samuelson, Paolo Tedeschi, Diederik Aarendonk, Carmen de la Cuesta, and Peter Groenewegen.

Today, 31st of October 2012, the EFPC response has been send to the WHO secretariat for the "zero draft" WHO global action plan for the prevention and control of NCDs covering the period 2013 to 2020. We hope this will result in more attention  for Community Oriented Primary Care in coping with the NCD epidemic and a better understanding of comorbidity issues and how a horizontal approach can help to provide the best care the populations in need of care during the Second informal consultation with Member States and UN Agencies on the 1st of November in Geneva.

The EFPC welcomes two new Premium Members, the University of East Anglia based in  Norwich, United Kingdom and Primary Health Care Research & Information Service (PHC RIS) based at the Flinders University in Bedford, Australia. We appreciate the support and look forward to enjoying effective working relations including stimulating Primary Care research programmes. And we hope others will follow this initiative to secure the voice of Primary Care will be heard in Europe.