YELLOWKNIFE, Aug. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - Close to 300 physician delegates from across the country converge today in Yellowknife, N.W.T for the start of the Canadian Medical Association's (CMA) 145th annual meeting. Delegates will discuss ways that Canada can address health gaps within the population so no one gets left behind.
The meeting will start with an address from the Federal Health Minister, the Hon. Leona Aglukkaq at St. Patrick High School. A special lecture will be given by Sir Michael Marmot, international leader on health equalities and social determinants of health. The meeting's first strategic session will focus on what physicians can do to promote health equity in Canada.
Program highlights for Monday, Aug. 13:
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. MDT
Ceremonial Opening of General Council
8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. MDT
Address by Federal Minister of Health, Leona Aglukkaq
10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. MDT
Special Lecture: Fair Society, Healthy Lives
Sir Michael Marmot, international leader on health equalities and social determinants of health
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. MDT
Strategic Session #1 - Physician Role in Health Equity
This session will explore issues and directions on the required future work in the area of health equity.
A press conference will be held at St. Patrick High School (Room 216) from 1:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. MDT. CMA president Dr. John Haggie, Dr. Gail Beck, French spokesperson, and guest speaker Sir Michael Marmot will be available to answer questions. Media members attending in person are asked to register at the media office upon arrival at St. Patrick High School (Rooms 128-129).
Reporters will also be able to participate by teleconference by dialing 416-340-2217 / 866-696-5910 (pass code: 9322564). Those wishing to take part are asked to register 15 minutes prior to the start of the press conference.
More details on the CMA's 145th General Council meeting can be found at www.cma.ca/media-guide-gc2012.
SOURCE: CANADIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
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