Media Advisory - The New Health Professionals Network presents the 4th Annual Tommy Douglas Celebration of Medicare Awards

    TORONTO, June 11 /CNW/ - This week, at a conference sponsored by the
Association of Ontario Health Centres (AOHC), Canada's future healthcare
professionals, the New Health Professional Network (NHPN), will present its
4th Annual Tommy Douglas Celebration of Medicare Awards.
    At the conference, over 500 health professionals and policymakers from
across Canada will gather to apply Second Stage of Medicare solutions to one
of the biggest dilemmas facing our health system: how to do a better job
preventing and managing chronic disease. The relevance of Douglas' early ideas
about a Second Stage of Medicare is on the rise as many current health policy
experts now point to the same solutions to make Canadian health care more
timely, accessible and effective. The NHPN is proud to make its Award
presentation at this important event.

    What:    The NHPN will be presenting the Tommy Douglas Celebration of
             Medicare Award to four winners from across Canada in the

             -  Disease Management: Dodging Diabetes in Saint John; Saint
             John, New Brunswick
             -  Home Care: Interprofessional Community Outreach Team, Gateway
             Community Health Centre; Tweed, Ontario
             -  Mental Health: Transcultural Mental Wellness Team, North
             Hamilton Community Health Centre in Partnership with St.
             Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton; Hamilton, Ontario
             -  Primary Care: Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health; Ottawa,

             This Award recognizes best practices by an organization or
             initiative that demonstrates excellence in the provision of
             health care within our publicly funded system with a focus on
             interdisciplinary teamwork.

    Who:     Members of the NHPN and recipients of the 2008 Tommy Douglas
             Celebration of Medicare Awards receiving their Awards during the

    When:    June 12, 2008 - 12:30 pm

    Where:   Westin Hotel
             11 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa


For further information:

For further information: Rhonda Trowell, (416) 597-3631

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