Healthcare Leaders Gather in Ottawa

    Halifax 7 Starts October 11

    OTTAWA, Oct. 10 /CNW/ - More than 700 health care leaders from across
Canada with a desire to improve healthcare safety and enhance the overall
quality of our healthcare system will meet in Ottawa this week for a symposium
that will focus on providing a better understanding of the phenomena of health
system hazards, the behaviours of patients and healthcare providers,
environmental and organizational factors, and the role of regulators.

    Halifax 7: The Canadian Health Care Safety Symposium will be held at the
Westin Ottawa from Oct. 11 to 13. The safety symposium, originally hosted in
Halifax (hence the name), is being held this year in Ottawa as a result of
strong interest and commitment to the patient safety agenda from all the
organizing partners.
    The symposium features many seminars including: Is a tired worker better
than no worker? looks at how healthcare organizations can help personnel
minimize and manage fatigue; Superbugs: Why bother examines the difficulty in
determining the contribution of infections caused by antibiotic-resistant
bacteria on the ultimate result of hospital treatment and in balancing the
costs and benefits of prevention methods; and Recruiting a hundred thousand
eyes and selling what they see looks at how learning about what patients and
their families see and experience can help healthcare providers, hospitals and
regions provide better and safer care.
    Thursday morning's dynamic keynote speaker, Dr. James Reason, Professor
Emeritus, Manchester University is a pioneer of the organizational framework
for the proactive analysis of safety in high technology systems. Professor
Reason will speak on Myths, truths and non-traditional insights: patient
safety and education, and discuss the roles of education and training in the
context of healthcare safety.
    Also on Friday morning, the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health
and the Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern
Ontario, and Philip Hassen, CEO of the Canadian Patient Safety Institute will
provide opening remarks.
    Media are welcome. Some speakers are available to do interviews.

    For more information on Halifax 7: The Canadian Healthcare Safety
Symposium see

    Halifax 7: The Canadian Healthcare Safety Symposium - Ottawa

    Superbugs: Why bother, Marc Bonten MD
    Professor of Molecular Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases, Eijkman
Winkler Institute for Microbiology, Inflammation & Infectious Diseases, Julius
Center for Health Sciences & Primary Care, Department of Internal Medicine &
Dermatology, Netherlands
    Marc Bonten, MD is Head of the Department of Hospital Hygiene and
Infection Prevention at the Eijkman Winkler Institute for Microbiology,
Inflammation and Infectious Diseases, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
    He is Associate Editor of Intensive Care Medicine, and is on the
editorial board for Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology and Infection.
He has also been a member of several guideline committees, including those for
IDSA/ATS (Nosocomial Pneumonia 2003), SCCM/ESICM (Surviving Sepsis Campaign
2003), SWAB (Community-acquired Pneumonia 2004, Surveillance of MRSA 2005, and
Eradication of MRSA 2005), and the SHEA/APIC Position Statement on MRSA/VRE
Surveillance Legislation.

    Is a tired worker better than no worker? Drew Dawson PhD
    Director, Centre for Sleep Research, University of South Australia,
Adelaide, South Australia

    Drew Dawson, PhD, has worked extensively with the aviation,
manufacturing, retail, entertainment, transportation, and mining sectors in
Australia and is a world-renown expert on fatigue in the workplace. He has
instigated fatigue management programs, developed shift work and fatigue
policy, undertaken pre-employment assessments, and facilitated shift work
education sessions. Professor Dawson also regularly presents at national and
international conferences and has provided expert witness testimony in several
fatigue-related court cases.

    Recruiting a thousand eyes and selling what they see, Paul Hodgkin FRCGP
    Chief Executive, Patient Opinion, Sheffield, United Kingdom

    Paul Hodgkin, MD, has been a GP for 26 years mostly in Sheffield, UK
where he started a new practice from scratch in 1985 and grew it to five
partners. He still practises as a GP but now spends most of his time as Chief
Executive of Patient Opinion, a not-for-profit social enterprise that runs a
website where patients can rank health services and share the story of their
care (see for example
    In the past, Dr. Hodgkin has worked as a Consultant to the Kings Fund,
provider and commissioning organisations in the UK and the Department of
Health, UK.
    In the 1990s he co-founded and directed the Centre for Innovation in
Primary Care, a charity promoting innovation and future building. He has
published widely including in the BMJ, British Journal of General Practice and
the Guardian.

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For further information: Media contact: Canadian Patient Safety
Institute, Communications, Trish Filevich, cell (780) 974-3539

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