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National Interprofessional Healthcare Conference

When: September 29, 2014
Time: 9:00 am
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Ensuring sustainable primary healthcare across Canada: Embedding interprofessional models and overcoming barriers to collaborative practice

Creating sustainable health care delivery through collaboration. The inaugural National Interprofessional Healthcare Conference will bring together key policy leads and management professionals from primary care networks to discuss strategies to help strengthen interdisciplinary team models.

The 2 day agenda will present interprofessional practice case studies from across Canada, Australia and Europe and investigate different types of interdisciplinary team models including; best practice for governance and leadership structures, overcoming barriers to collaborative practice, data collection and analysis, and case studies showcasing high functioning teams and the models in place to provide education and training, communication tools, leveraging electronic health records, and much more.


– Interprofessional Teamwork: Successes & Tensions
– Panel Discussion. What Levels Of Organisational Change Do We Need To Support Interprofessional Teams?
– Toolkit For Progressing, Measuring And Evaluating Team Communication And Performance
– A Framework For Understanding Return on Investment for Interprofessional Care
– Incorporating The Patient Voice
– Cross-Provincial Case Studies Showcasing Interprofessional Practice



  • Scott Reeves, Kingston & St George’s, University of London; Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Interprofessional Care
  • Esther Suter, Director Workforce Research & Evaluation, Alberta Health Services, AB
  • Caroline Nicholson, Mater Health Services & University of Queensland
  • Hélène Racine, Director of Nursing, Douglas Institute, QC
  • Elisabeth Willumsen, Professor in Social Work, University of Stavanger
  • Kathleen Klaasen, Winnipeg Regional Health Authority Home Care Program, MB
  • Roberta Heale, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Laurentian University
  • Lesley Bainbridge, Director Interprofessional Education, The University of British Columbia, BC
  • Sue Griffis, Executive Director, North York Family Health Team, ON
  • Melanie Mooney, Primary Health Care Director, South West Health Nova Scotia, NS