Profiles And Contributions To This Article

Rural health activism over two decades: the Wonca Working Party on Rural Practice 1992-2012

Ian  Couper

Ian Couper

qualifications: MFamMed, FCFP(SA)

contribution: original concept, collected data, wrote the first draft, contributed to drafts, contributed to drafts

position: Professor, Director

South Africa

Professor Ian Couper is Director of the Ukwanda Centre for Rural Health and Professor of Rural Health at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. A trained family physician, he spent nine years practising in a remote rural hospital in northern KwaZuluNatal province, and then 16 years working in primary care and health service development in rural North West province. He held the first chair of rural health at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). He has chaired both the Rural Doctors Association of Southern Africa (RuDASA) and the Wonca Working Party on Rural Practice (WONCA Rural).

Roger  Strasser

Prof Roger Strasser

qualifications: MBBS, MClSc, FRACGP, FACRRM

contribution: original concept

position: Dean


Rural Health education, workforce and services; family medicine/general practice.

James  Rourke

Prof James Rourke

qualifications: MD, FCFP(EM), MCISci, LLD

contribution: contributed to drafts

position: Dean


Dr James Rourke is Professor Emeritus, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. He was Dean of Medicine and Professor of Family Medicine at Memorial from 2004 to 2016. Previously, Dr Rourke was a rural family physician for 25 years in Goderich Ontario where he was the founding Director of the Southwestern Ontario Rural & Regional Medicine Program of the University of Western Ontario and Assistant Dean, Rural & Regional Medicine.

John  Wynn-Jones

Dr John Wynn-Jones

qualifications: BSc, MB BS, FRCGP

contribution: contributed to drafts

position: Chair, Wonca Working Party on Rural Practice

United Kingdom

Chair RuralWonca Senior Lecturer in Global and Rural Health, Keele University, UK

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