UNBC and Prince George to Host National Rural Health Conference

October 12, 2006
One of the biggest rural health conferences ever to be held in Northern BC will be in Prince George from October 19-21. Nearly 200 delegates are expected to attend and more than 100 presentations will be given on topics ranging from rural health care access and aboriginal health services to preparing health practitioners for rural practice. The conference is being presented by the Canadian Rural Health Research Society and will take place at the Prince George Civic Centre.
The mission of the Society is to facilitate research aimed at improving the health of people living in rural and remote Canada. Taking part in the conference will be researchers, educators, health care providers, policy-makers, health care planners and administrators, and others interested in rural health issues.
“Connecting research to improving the day-to-day practice of health care delivery is a top priority for the people attending this conference,” says Martha MacLeod, a professor of Nursing at UNBC and the conference Chair. “The presentations will present research on key health and safety issues affecting rural Canadians along with effective strategies to recruit and retain nurses and physicians in rural areas. We’ll also be examining the results of health programs that were developed by health agencies, agricultural producers, and communities across Canada.”

Among the presenters will be UBC professor Brett Finlay, Director of the SARS Accelerated Vaccine Initiative, who will give a keynote address titled “Battling the Bugs: Confronting the Microbial Menace” on Friday, October 20, at 9am. The following day, Saturday, October 21, also at 9am, plenary speakers Warner Adam and Mary Teegee from Carrier Sekani Family Services will talk about “Culture, Clan Systems and Colonialism: Impacts on Today’s Health and Social Issues.” Both talks will be at the Civic Centre.

UNBC is a national leader in teaching and research aimed at rural health and human development.

For more information about the conference, visit the website: http://crhrs-scrsr.usask.ca/princegeorge2006/

Martha MacLeod, Nursing professor, UNBC – 250.960.5262
Donna Bentham, Rural and Remote Nursing Research Coordinator, UNBC – 250-960-6405
Rob van Adrichem, Director of Media and Public Relations, UNBC – 250.960.5622


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