Media Alert - Updated - "Change that Works. Care that Lasts." Patient-centred
care the focus of CMA's 143rd annual meeting in Niagara Falls, ON

OTTAWA, Aug. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Medical Association's (CMA) 143rd annual meeting (General Council) will be all about patient-centred care as delegates will converge in Niagara Falls, ON from August 23 to 25, 2010 at the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel.

This year's General Council theme is "Change that Works. Care that Lasts".

The key features of the meeting include:

Sunday, Aug. 22nd

  • First educational session led by Dr. John Findley, physician consultant, US Planetree, focusing on quality health care.
  • Second educational session will focus on health care transformation and sustainability featuring Dr. Jack Kitts, CEO of The Ottawa Hospital and Alex Himelfarb, director, Glendon School of Public and International Affairs, York University and former Clerk of the Privy Council of Canada.

Monday, Aug. 23rd

  • Address by the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.
  • Strategic session on patient-centred care led by leading patient advocate, Durhane Wong-Reiger.

Tuesday, Aug. 24th

  • Presentation by Canada's Auditor General, Sheila Fraser, on the need to improve accountability and responsibility in the health care system. Fraser will also be available to answer media questions after the session in the press conference room.
  • Delegates' motions.
  • President Dr. Anne Doig's valedictory address.

Wednesday, Aug. 25th

  • Delegates' motions.
  • Incoming President Dr. Jeff Turnbull's inaugural speech.
  • Installation ceremony and CMA Awards presentation.

Press conferences will be held daily at 12:45pm from Monday Aug. 23 to Wednesday Aug. 25, featuring CMA spokespeople. These press conferences will also be available by teleconference. 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. Telephone questions will not be permitted 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

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
1-800-663-7336 or (613) 731-8610 ext. 1266 (until Aug. 20, 2010)
Mobile: (613) 447-0866 / Media office (905) 371-1144 (from Aug. 21-25, 2010)

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