Michener's Board of Governors Spearhead Community Forums on Healthcare & Education



    Inaugural Topic: Emerging Healthcare Providers

    TORONTO, Sept. 18 /CNW/ - Learn about the trends and current conditions
that are impacting the future of Canada's health human resources at The
Michener Institute's community forum on Emerging Healthcare Providers: The
Changing Landscape.
    The Board of Governors of The Michener Institute for Applied Health
Sciences is bringing together a panel of prominent healthcare experts to share
their expertise and thought-provoking opinions on this timely topic. The
experts include Dr. Robert Bell, President and Chief Executive Officer,
University Health Network, Ms. Diane McArthur, Executive Coordinator, Health
and Social Policy, Cabinet Office and Dr. Gail Tomblin Murphy, Professor,
Dalhousie University, School of Nursing and Community Health and Epidemiology.
    The forum will offer members of the public and those within the
healthcare community an opportunity to hear first hand about the driving
forces and environmental realities currently affecting Canada's healthcare
providers.
    "There's a great deal of change underway in our healthcare system in
terms of how health services are delivered, the demographic and needs of our
health services providers and the population to whom health services will be
offered," explained Wendy Sutton, Chair, Board of Governors.
    According to the Allied Health Workforce: Innovations for the 21st
Century, Final Report (2004), Canada's allied health workforce accounts for 50
per cent of the total number of healthcare workers, and over the next two
decades tremendous growth in the demand for these healthcare providers is
expected.
    Sutton says healthcare education systems must take into account these
emerging trends in order to ensure that healthcare learners develop the
knowledge and competencies to practise in the changing landscape. The Michener
Institute has taken a proactive stance on ensuring the preparedness of their
learners with the introduction of interprofessional collaboration into its
curriculum to support team-based healthcare delivery.
    The institute's Board of Governors will present regular forums on
healthcare and education to foster linkages with the community. "We're very
excited to lead the first of many interactive community forums on behalf of
The Michener Institute," said Sutton. "The community forum is an opportunity
for the public to engage with us on critical issues impacting the future of
healthcare education and the healthcare system as a whole."
    The Board of Governors is responsible for setting the Mission of the
organization, and represents Michener's ownership, which includes the
community, corporate membership and other public stakeholders. The Michener
Institute is publicly funded by the Province of Ontario through the Ministry
of Health and Long-Term Care.

    
    When:     Tuesday, September 18th, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

    Where:    The Michener Institute, Auditorium
              222 St. Patrick Street
              Toronto, Ontario
              Free admission, all welcome!

    Who:      Dr. Robert Bell, President and Chief Executive Officer,
              University Health Network
              Ms. Diane McArthur, Executive Coordinator, Health and Social
              Policy, Cabinet Office
              Dr. Gail Tomblin Murphy, Professor, Dalhousie University,
              School of Nursing and Community Health and Epidemiology
    

    About Michener
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    The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences is Canada's only
post-secondary institution devoted exclusively to applied health science
education. Since 1958, Michener has educated allied health professionals who
serve a vital role in the country's health care sector in such fields as
medical laboratory science, medical radiation sciences, respiratory therapy,
chiropody, diagnostic cytology, genetics technology, ultrasound, magnetic
resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT).
    Michener's academic excellence is rooted in: interprofessional education,
simulation education, readiness assessment, clinical education, and
theoretical education to deliver the Best Experience, Best Education hallmark
of learning to our 800 full-time and 3,300 part-time and continuing education
students. The Michener Institute's academic programs are publicly funded
through the Province of Ontario and further enriched through partnerships with
universities, private sector companies and leading healthcare organizations.





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For further information: to reserve a media place at the session or to
set up an interview: Iliana Arapis, (416) 596-3120, IArapis@michener.ca

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