Look Globally - Act Locally: Integrating Care in the Community for Vulnerable Populations Symposium

    TORONTO, Oct. 17 /CNW/ - Top national and international speakers will
share their insights, research findings, and experiences on integrating care
in the community for vulnerable population at the Sheraton Parkway Hotel in
Richmond Hill on Monday, October 20, 2008 from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Concerned about?
    -   Being able to age at home
    -   Rising institutional costs
    -   The sustainability of our health care system

    Among the speakers who will address these questions will be:

    Dr. Marcus Hollander, one of Canada's leading experts on home and
community care evidence-based research, and Dr. David Pedlar, Research
Director for Veterans Affairs Canada - with one of the most innovative
programs in Canada to sustain veterans in their homes.

    -   International speakers will share integration initiatives from Europe
        and the
        -  UK:Jenny Billings, University of Kent, UK, will examine
           evidence-based practice elements, and what can be considered "good
           outcome measures"
        -  Henk Nies Vilans, the Centre of Expertise for Long-Term Care, The
           Netherlands, will present "on the ground" insights and outcomes
           from the Netherlands's user-driven regional integration, and
        -  Kai Leichsenring, European Centre for Social Welfare Policy &
           Research, Austria, will speak to the crucial components of best
           practice models in the European Union countries e.g. PROCARE
           (Providing Integrated Health & Social Care for Older Persons).

    Our Town Hall panel will take the integration challenges and opportunities
closer to home - in Ontario:
    -   Scott Dudgeon, CEO, Alzheimer Society of Canada
    -   Kathy Durst, Chair, Waterloo Wellington LHIN
    -   Judi Fisher, ED, Cheshire Homes London Inc. London
    -   Cathy Szabo, ED, Central CCAC, Newmarket

    "Mounting evidence from around the world is showing that the right
client-centred combinations of home and community care can keep seniors and
persons with disabilities maintained at home, delaying or eliminating the need
for long-term care placement and are cost effective for funders and the
taxpayers. Why wouldn't we seriously look at the evidence and implement new
ways of doing things in Ontario" say Professor Janet Lum and Professor Paul
Williams, Co-Chairs of the Canadian Research Network for Care in the Community
(CRNCC), www.crncc.ca, one of the Symposium sponsors.
    "These exciting speakers will provide us with alternatives to
institutional care, how to reduce visits to the ER and hospital, and decrease
caregiver burden. We need to look to new models of care that should be
seriously explored in Ontario", stressed Susan Thorning, CEO, Ontario
Community Support Association, (OCSA), www.ocsa.on.ca, co-sponsor of the
    Policy makers, academics, clinicians, researchers, managers or frontline
workers in the health care system will be interested to hear about the best
practices and initiatives from this impressive field of Symposium experts.
    To register or get more details about the Symposium:

For further information:

For further information: about CRNCC or OCSA, contact: Lori Payne,
Manager, Communications & Development, OCSA, lori.payne@ocsa.on.ca, (416)
459-9224, website: www.ocsa.on.ca

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