/R E P E A T -- The "Parliament of Canadian Medicine" Meets on the East Coast/

OTTAWA, Aug. 5, 2015 /CNW/ - Physicians from across Canada will converge at the World Trade and Convention Center in Halifax for the Canadian Medical Association's (CMA) 148th Annual Meeting and General Council from August 23 to 26. The meeting represents the first time in two decades that the "parliament of Canadian medicine" will convene in Nova Scotia.

As it does every year, the CMA's main decision-making body will discuss and pass resolutions concerning the most important health issues and concerns facing Canadians. This year, those issues include end-of-life care, the need for a national seniors strategy and the training of Canada's future physicians.

On Monday, August 24, delegates will validate the physician role as part of a national seniors strategy. Outcomes from the debate will provide direction on what CMA can do to enhance the delivery of seniors care in Canada.

Later, delegates will take part in a discussion on opioid use in pain management. Presentations will be focussed on increasing awareness of pain management options, exploring guidelines and tools to better manage opioid therapy and providing input on areas for physician advocacy.

On Tuesday, August 25, the context for a principles-based approach to assisted dying in Canada will be outlined for delegates. Input on a proposed regulatory framework will be sought and discussion outcomes will provide direction in forming CMA policy in this area.

The day will conclude with a session on advocating for expanded capacity in the post-medical training system, better information resources for medical students and residents and national coordination in order to meet emerging population needs. 

On Wednesday, August 26, family physician Dr. Cindy Forbes will be installed as the CMA's president for 2015-2016. 

The Media Guide to CMA's 2015 General Council is now available online at: www.cma.ca/En/Pages/gc2015media.aspx. It contains details on the program, the media services available, how to register and more.

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is the national voice of Canadian physicians. Founded in 1867, the CMA is a voluntary professional organization representing more than 80,000 of Canada's physicians and comprising 12 provincial and territorial medical associations and 60 national medical organizations. CMA's mission is to serve and unite the physicians of Canada and be the national advocate, in partnership with the people of Canada, for the highest standards of health and health care 


SOURCE Canadian Medical Association

For further information: CMA Communications, MediaInquiries@cma.ca


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