National Health Sciences Students' Association

National Health Sciences Students' Association

March 21, 2009 12:03 ET

National Health Sciences Students' Association: Future Healthcare Leaders Push for System Change

KINGSTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 21, 2009) - Students from every discipline in healthcare are gathering this weekend in Kingston 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.

Each year the National Health Sciences Students' Association (NaHSSA) holds an annual conference bringing together students from nursing, occupational therapy, medicine, chiropractics, rehabilitation sciences, dietetics, and many more. The theme of this year's conference, "Empowering Minds: A Unified Vision of Interprofessionalism", represents an important next step in healthcare transformation - developing strong, interprofessional leadership for the future.

"The future of our healthcare system rests on today's students, whether they are studying nursing, social work, medicine, pharmacy, care aide or one of a multitude of other health professions," said Dr. Joshua Tepper, Assistant Deputy Minister, Health Human Resources Strategy Division, Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care, Government of Ontario. "As a student-run organization, NaHSSA demonstrates that our future leaders are focused on working collaboratively in interprofessional environments to strengthen, streamline and support patients and their families."

"This goal of this year's conference is to motivate as many students as possible to go back to their schools, their workplaces and their local communities and be the voice of change in transforming education and practice settings," said Jason Nickerson, President of the National Health Sciences Students' Association. "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."

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. Carole Orchard, RN, EdD from the University of Western Ontario of London.

Established in 2005 as the first interprofessional student association in the world, NaHSSA continues to network students who are driven to improve education and healthcare. To learn more about NaHSSA please visit

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Contact Information

  • National Health Sciences Students' Association
    Kama Kalia
    (519) 619-0015