Media alert - Assisted Dying in Canada Discussed at CMA's 148th Annual Meeting in Halifax

HALIFAX, Aug. 24, 2015 /CNW/ - The Canadian Medical Association's (CMA) 148th annual meeting continues as delegates contribute to a proposed regulatory framework that will guide the CMA in its advocacy, initiatives and policy formation. The CMA President Dr. Chris Simpson will also deliver his valedictory address to delegates. The installation ceremony and the CMA's award ceremony will be held in the evening. This year, the CMA is recognizing 13 exceptional individuals including dedicated physicians, innovative medical students and inspiring health advocates.

Program highlights for Tuesday, Aug. 25:

8:00 am8:40 am ADT
Education session: Setting the context for a principles-based approach to assisted dying in Canada

8:40 – 10:10 am ADT
Strategic session: Principles-based approach to assisted dying in Canada

10:10 am11:10 am ADT
Delegates' motions

12:10 – 12:30 pm ADT
President's valedictory address

1:45 – 2:45 pm ADT
Strategic session: Building momentum for change in the postgraduate medical training system: matching output with practice opportunities

3:05 – 4:20 pm ADT
Education session: The Demographic shift in Canada: our health care system and the again population


News conference:


Monday, Aug. 25, 2015


1:00 pm to 1:30 pm EDT


World Trade and Convention Centre, 1800 Argyle St, Suite 303


CMA President Dr. Chris Simpson and Dr. Pierre Harvey, French spokesperson


Members of the media attending in person are asked to register at the media office upon arrival at the World Trade and Convention Centre (Suite 303). Reporters may participate by teleconference by dialing 416-340-2217/866-696-5910; code: 6512411 15 minutes prior to the start of the news conference.

More details on the CMA's 148th General Council meeting can be found at:

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.


SOURCE Canadian Medical Association

For further information: CMA Communications,, (613) 806-1865


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