Health Council of Canada Health Innovation Award Launched

    TORONTO, Sept. 10 /CNW/ - The Health Council of Canada is turning to the
leaders of tomorrow - Canadian college and university students - for their
ideas on improving the health care system.
    The Health Council of Canada Health Innovation Award will be given to the
student or students who best answer the question: "What do you propose to help
renew and sustain Canadian health care, and why?"
    "The Health Council of Canada is committed to highlighting innovation in
Canadian health care renewal. Who better to ask for their ideas than those who
will shape the Canadian health care system in the future?" said John G.
Abbott, CEO of the Health Council of Canada and member of the judging panel.
    The Health Council of Canada is hoping the discussion will make its way
into relevant courses across Canada, although health-related students are also
encouraged to submit ideas independently.
    "We're asking teachers and professors to take this discussion into their
classrooms, to challenge their students, and to have their students generate
well thought out and reasoned ideas. Who knows, the students may come up with
something no one has thought of before," said Abbott.
    The winners of the Health Council of Canada Innovation Award will have
their submission featured on the website, on the corporate site and in a nationally-distributed Health
Council of Canada e-newsletter.
    For more information on the Health Council of Canada Health Innovation
Award, including contest criteria, please visit The
site also features tools for professors, teachers, and students to get
started, including our discussion paper, Value for Money: Making Canadian
Health Care Stronger, and a slide deck for classroom presentations.


    The Health Council of Canada, created by the 2003 First Ministers' Accord
on Health Care Renewal is mandated to monitor and report on the progress of
health care renewal in Canada. Councillors were appointed by the participating
provinces, territories and the Government of Canada. For information on the
Health Council of Canada and to view past reports, visit

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For further information: or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Pierre Lachaine, Health Council of Canada - Media Relations, Phone (416)
480-7085, Cell (416) 779-4532,

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