Critical health issues discussed by more than 700 pharmacists and stakeholders at Canadian Pharmacists Conference 2017


May 29, 2017 (Ottawa/Quebec City):  More than 700 pharmacists and pharmacy stakeholders will be in Quebec City from June 2-5 to discuss key issues facing Canada’s health care system and discover the latest in pharmacy practice research.  The opioid crisis, mental health care and antimicrobial stewardship are among the critical topics to be addressed at the Canadian Pharmacist Conference, jointly presented by the Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) and the Association of Faculties of Pharmacy of Canada (AFPC).

CPhA is also partnering with l’Association des pharmaciens des établissements de santé du Québec  (A.P.E.S.), l’Association québécoise des pharmaciens propriétaires (AQPP), l’Ordre des pharmaciens du Québec (OPQ) and Université Laval, Faculté de pharmacie on June 2 for L’Évenément des pharmaciens 2017.

The June 2 event also includes a joint plenary on Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Opioid Crisis. This will be followed by an invitation-only Pharmacy Opioid Summit.  Part of CPhA’s commitment in the Government of Canada Joint Action Plan on Opioids, the Summit will focus on sharing and discussing pharmacy-specific strategies and actions with a broad range of pharmacy stakeholders and identifying further opportunities for pharmacy involvement in resolving the crisis.

“The conference program has been designed to showcase innovative pharmacy leaders and provide delegates the opportunity to dive into the critical topics facing our health care system today,” said Phil Emberley, Director of Professional Affairs, Canadian Pharmacists Association. “Conference speakers and sessions will tackle a diverse range of subjects and highlight the growing opportunities for advanced pharmacy practice across the country.”

Among the topics to be addressed at the conference:

The Canadian Pharmacists Conference is also the largest annual showcase of pharmacy practice research in the country, highlighting the role of pharmacists in medication management and improved patient outcomes, as well as innovative pharmacy care models, patient services and education pharmacists are now providing.

“The pharmacy practice research showcased at the Conference enables delegates to apply best practices from dozens of top pharmacy practice research leaders from across Canada,” added Emberley. “This ultimately benefits patient care by fostering the exchange of information and evidence on successful interventions and innovative community pharmacy practice models.”

In addition to a diverse range of learning sessions and research exploring key pharmacy issues and innovative practices, Alexandre Bilodeau, two-time Olympic gold medalist, Freestyle Skiing, will open the Conference with a keynote address.  The Conference will also feature BJ Miller, M.D., one of the pre-eminent speakers on palliative and end-of-life care, as closing speaker, and Tasha Kheiriddin, political writer and broadcaster, as Conference MC.

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About the Canadian Pharmacists Association

The Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) is the uniting national voice of pharmacy and the pharmacist profession in Canada. As pharmacists undertake an enhanced role in the delivery of health care services, CPhA ensures that the profession is recognized as a national leader in health care, influencing the policies, programs, budgets and initiatives affecting the profession and the health of Canadians. More information is available at www.pharmacists.ca.

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