Media Alert - "Change that Works. Care that Lasts." Patient-centred care the
focus of First Day of CMA's Annual Meeting

OTTAWA, Aug. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - Efforts to make Canada's health care system more patient focused will be the big topic for discussion on the first day of the Canadian Medical Association's (CMA) 143rd annual meeting of General Council. Physician-delegates from across the country will converge on Niagara Falls, ON from August 23-25, 2010 at the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel.

The first strategic session will be led by leading patient advocate and President and CEO of the Anemia Institute for Research & Education, Durhane Wong-Reiger. In this strategic session, physicians will discuss how a charter for patient-centred care can set out a new vision for our health care system, one that optimizes the patient experience and has a service focus.

The strategic session will be preceded by opening remarks from Ontario's Minister of Health, the Honourable Deb Matthews. The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada will also address the delegates following the strategic session.

Key highlights of Monday, Aug. 23rd program:

  • Ceremonial opening of General Council
    Greetings from Ontario's Health Minister, Deb Matthews
    8:30-9:15 a.m. (EDT), GC chambers (3rd floor, Room ABC)
  • Strategic session: Getting to patient-centred care
    Durhane Wong-Reiger,
    10-11:30 a.m. (EDT), GC chambers (3rd floor, Room ABC)
  • Address by the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada
    11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., GC chambers (3rd floor, Room ABC)

CMA spokespeople will be available at a 12:45pm press conference. Members of the media are invited to attend in person or participate by teleconference. For journalists dialing in, please follow the instructions below:

Telephone lines are open for media registration at 12:30pm. The press conference will begin promptly at 12:45pm. It is not possible for journalists to ask questions over the telephone during the press conference, but interviews can be arranged later by calling the media office.

Dial-in number(s): 416-641-6104 / 866-696-5894
Participant pass code:        7085864

Attending members of the media are asked to register at the media office upon their arrival at the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel. The media office is located on the 5th floor at the Upper Fallsview Studio B.

For a full update on CMA's General Council, please consult the "Media Guide to CMA's General Council" at:

SOURCE Canadian Medical Association

For further information: For further information:

Lucie Boileau, Media relations Manager
Media office (General Council, Niagara Falls): (905) 371-1144 (from Aug. 21-25, 2010)
Mobile: (613) 447-0866 / 1-800 663-7336 or (613) 731-8610 ext. 1266 (after Aug. 26, 2010)

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