Canadian Healthcare Association

Canadian Healthcare Association

May 28, 2009 10:02 ET

Media Advisory: Leading Organizations Explore Health System Balancing Act on June 1 and 2 in St. John's

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 28, 2009) - National health decision makers will explore accountability and transparency in health services delivery at the 2009 National Healthcare Leadership Conference, on June 1 and 2, in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. Hosted in partnership by the Canadian College of Health Service Executives and the Canadian Healthcare Association, this conference is the largest national gathering of health system decision-makers in Canada, bringing together more than 750 delegates from across the country.

Themed, Accountability in Health System Leadership: The Balancing Act, the conference will explore the daily balancing act undertaken daily by health system leaders as they juggle competing system priorities and needs. Keynote speakers, abstracts, poster presentations, and concurrent sessions will discuss issues including quantity and quality of services, patient safety, transparency and accountability, and resource allocation among others.

Throughout the conference, strategies and leading practices supporting the role of health leaders as innovators, stewards and guardians of the health system will be featured.

Conference highlights include:

- Transparency in Cloudy Times: What do leaders need to know and when? Dr. Michael McDonald, Beth Kiley, and Catherine Gaulton will explore ethics and accountability at the clinical-research interface of the health system, and the role of the law with respect to disclosure. Seamus O'Regan will moderate this provocative discussion. (June 1, 9:00 am - 10:30 am)

- Bells and Whistles: Can we afford them? Can we afford not to have them? How can the public have continue to have a system voice in a world of extensive restructuring and change? Lord Nigel Crisp will speak about his experience as a leader in the transformation of the United Kingdom's National Health Service. (June 1, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm)

- The Balancing Act: Quality and Quantity. Panelists Dr. G. Ross Baker, Dr. Ben Chan, and Dr. John Wade will share their knowledge and experiences in patient safety, quality improvement and measurement as well as address the governance issues related to the various components of the health care system. Dr. Laurel Taylor will serve as moderator. (June 2, 9:00 am - 10:30 am)

- Governance: Political versus Management Accountability. Confusion often exists concerning the roles of both senior management and governing bodies. General Rick Hillier (Retired) will share his views on governance from the political and management perspectives. (June 2, 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm) Please note that General Hillier is available to media for15 minutes only following his address, on topics related to the address.

Concurrent sessions and other presentations of note explore:

- Pharmaceuticals - An Important Component of Health Care: Learn how New Zealand addresses distribution of rare and expensive pharmaceuticals, and how a large regional health authority evaluates non-formulary medication requests. (June 1, 11:00 - 12:00)

- Integrating Knowledge into Decision-making: This session focuses on valuable tools and strategies to manage knowledge and provide evidence-based information to health system leaders allowing them to make sound decisions. (June 1, 11:00 - 12:00)

- Management Accountability and Leadership: Leaders are responsible for the quality and timeliness of organizational performance, increasing productivity, and controlling costs. This session will address management competencies; accountability agreements, change management and sustainability. (June 1, 13:30 - 15:00)

- Ethics: Ethics is relevant to all aspects of healthcare delivery. This session will offer examples of an ethics consultation, a core value and governance-management tool for decision-making, and the results of a national survey on citizen perspectives on pandemic influenza. (June 2, 11:00 - 12:00)

More information, including the biographies of plenary speakers and a complete list of presentations, is available at

When: Monday, June 1, 2009, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Opening Ceremonies at 8:30 am to include greetings from Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Health and Community Services Ross Wiseman, and Mayor of St. John's Dennis O'Keefe), and Tuesday, June 2, 2009, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (NDT).

Where: St. John's Convention Centre, 101 New Gower Street, St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Contact Information

  • For more information, or to schedule
    an interview, please contact:
    Canadian Healthcare Association
    Teresa Neuman, Communications Specialist
    613-241-8005 x 205 / Mobile: 613-282-6003