National Health Sciences Students' Association

National Health Sciences Students' Association

March 12, 2011 10:30 ET

NaHSSA: Canada's Future Health Leaders Work Towards System Transformation

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 12, 2011) - Canadian students from every healthcare discipline are gathering this weekend in Toronto to strategize and share ideas on how improved collaboration and teamwork in healthcare could improve health outcomes for all Canadians.

"NaHSSA was built on the belief that collaboration can improve the patient and healthcare provider experience," said Luciano Di Loreto, President of the National Health Sciences Students' Association. "As Canada's future healthcare providers, we are passionate about shifting the healthcare system from one that focuses on uniprofessional patient care to one that focuses on interprofessional patient-centred care."

Each year the National Health Sciences Students' Association (NaHSSA) holds an annual conference bringing together students from occupational therapy, nursing, respiratory therapy, medicine, chiropractic, rehabilitation sciences, dietetics, and many more. The theme of the 7th annual conference is Crossing the Bridges of Socioeconomic and Cultural Diversity in Healthcare, which represents our growing awareness that cross-cultural diversity management in healthcare is extremely relevant to today's professionals.

This year's conference, a joint venture hosted by the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, the University of Toronto, Canadian Naturopathic College of Medicine, and Ryerson University, will include a workshop for student-run clinics, an interprofessional problem based learning session, and the National Health Care Team Challenge where teams compete to provide an interprofessional plan of care based on an assigned case study.

Each year NaHSSA presents the Dr. John Gilbert 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. Scott Reeves, the Research Advisor at the Centre for IPE and Editor for the Journal of Interprofessional Care.

Established in 2005, NaHSSA was 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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