National Health Sciences Students' Association

National Health Sciences Students' Association

March 13, 2010 12:58 ET

National Health Sciences Students' Association: Canada's Future Health Leaders Work Towards System Transformation

HAMILTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 13, 2010) - Students from every discipline in healthcare are gathering this weekend in Hamilton, Ontario to strategize and share ideas on how improved collaboration and teamwork by health professionals could strengthen the healthcare system and improve health outcomes for all Canadians.

"NaHSSA was built on the belief that collaboration can improve the patient and healthcare provider experience, and we want our students to model that teamwork and collaboration as they move through and beyond their university careers," said Lindsay Burke, President of the National Health Sciences Students' Association. "The goal of the 2010 conference is to equip as many students as possible with the resources to go back to their schools, their workplaces and their local communities and be the voice of change in transforming education and practice settings."

Each year the National Health Sciences Students' Association (NaHSSA) holds an annual conference bringing together students from nursing, respiratory therapy, medicine, chiropractics, rehabilitation sciences, dietetics, and many more. The theme of the 6th annual conference is, Interprofessionalism: At the Heart of Healthcare, representing an awareness that interprofessional care is a crucial component to improved patient-centred care for Canadians.

This year's conference will feature several new initiatives, including the launch of a new social networking tool and a provincial Health Care Team Challenge where teams compete to provide an interprofessional plan of care based on an assigned case study. There will also be an inaugaural faculty and clinician specific workshop.

"As students we recognize that without the continued support and guidance of faculty and clinicians, many of our initiatives would not be possible. NaHSSA has been making a much stronger effort this year to involve faculty and clinicians in our projects and hope that these relationships will continue to build in the future," said Jason Nickerson, Past President.

Each year NaHSSA presents the Interprofessional Education Mentorship Award to an individual who has provided outstanding support to students advocating for interprofessional education and collaborative practice. NaHSSA is proud to announce that this year's recipient is Dr. John Gilbert, project lead and chair of the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative (CIHC).

Established in 2005, NaHSSA is the first interprofessional student association in the world. Students who are driven to improve education and healthcare continue to network through NaHSSA each year. To learn more about NaHSSA please visit

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