Calling for a National Senior Strategy: the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) and the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) host a parallel event to the Council of the Federation on seniors care in St. John's

OTTAWA, July 6, 2015 /CNW/ - The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) will co-host a seniors care roundtable on July 16th in St. John's as a parallel event to the Council of Federation meeting.

Ministers, MPs and the Mayor of St. John's have been invited to the roundtable and the event is open to the public and media.

While caring for someone in the hospital costs $1,000 a day, long-term care costs $130 a day and home care services just $55. Yet thousands of seniors are stuck in hospital beds because we as a society are not investing enough in long-term care and home care services.

The CASW and the CMA's seniors care roundtable discussion will help shape a national seniors strategy. The two organizations are working together to make a national seniors strategy a key priority in the upcoming federal election.


Event details:


Thursday, July 16th, 2015


1:00 to 3:00 p.m.


Murray Premises

5 Becks Cove

St. John's Newfoundland


Dr. Chris Simpson, President, CMA

Fred Phelps, Executive Director, Canadian Association of Social Workers


Open to media and public


The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is the national voice of Canadian physicians. Founded in 1867, the CMA is a voluntary professional organization representing more than 80,000 of Canada's physicians and comprising 12 provincial and territorial medical associations and 60 national medical organizations. CMA's mission is to serve and unite the physicians of Canada and be the national advocate, in partnership with the people of Canada, for the highest standards of health and health care.

Founded in 1926 the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) is the national association voice for the social work profession. CASW has adopted a pro-active approach to issues pertinent to social policy/social work. With its concern for social justice and its continued role in social advocacy, CASW is recognized and called upon by both nationally and internationally for its social policy expertise.


SOURCE Canadian Medical Association

For further information: or to arrange an interview, contact: Dominique Jolicoeur, CMA Communications,, 613.731.8610 ext. 2038; Fred Phelps, Executive Director, Canadian Association of Social Workers,, 613-729-6668 ext. 222


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