National Health Sciences Students' Association

National Health Sciences Students' Association

January 19, 2008 13:00 ET

National Health Sciences Students' Association: Students Work Together to Revitalize Healthcare

LONDON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 19, 2008) -

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Health and human service students from across Canada are meeting this weekend to discuss the future of the healthcare system, and share ideas on how they as health professionals can collaborate better to improve the patient experience for all Canadians.

For the first time, the National Health Sciences Students' Association (NaHSSA) is holding its Annual Conference in Ontario, bringing together health students from a range of disciplines including medicine, nursing, pharmacy, social work, midwifery and speech language pathology, to name a few. As future healthcare providers, these students recognize that understanding and complementing the roles of their fellow team members will improve their own practice skills.

"Interprofessionalism is no longer a 'should' question, said Dr. Joshua Tepper, Assistant Deputy Minister, Health Human Resources Strategy Division, Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care, Government of Ontario. "We know it provides better working environments for providers and improves patient safety. And because the patient is the focus it involves and benefits everybody in that system, in that sector."

"When students are educated together and spend time living and working together, they gain an appreciation for the different skills and roles their colleagues and friends bring to the healthcare team," said Alex Harris, President of the National Health Sciences Students' Association and a fourth year nursing student at Queen's University. "Learning how to appreciate and collaborate with doctors and other health professions while I'm still in school has given me a real advantage when it comes to practicing in a hospital or other healthcare setting."

With chapters in most health science educational institutions in Canada, NaHSSA focuses on engaging health students from various professions in activities, seminars and forums designed to introduce and promote better ways for health professionals to work collaboratively as members of the healthcare team and focus on patient-centred care.

"Canadian governments at all levels are starting to take notice of the impact interprofessional education and collaborative practice are having on patient care," said Dr. Carole Orchard, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Interprofessional Health Education & Research for the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario. "The London Interprofessional Healthcare Students' Association (LIHSA) is proud to host the NaHSSA Annual Conference and have worked hard to ensure this weekend is a success. We know the presentations and sessions here will go a long way towards inspiring and energizing health sciences students from across Canada."

Now entering its fourth year as a national organization, NaHSSA is the first interprofessional student association in the world. LIHSA includes healthcare students from the University of Western Ontario and Fanshawe College.

Contact Information

  • National Health Sciences Students' Association
    Alex Harris
    (613) 583-1839
    National Health Sciences Students' Association
    Dr. Carole Orchard
    (519) 661-2111 x82234