Northern Health conference in Happy Valley-Goose Bay this week
An international conference on northern health is coming to Happy Valley-Goose Bay this week.
The Northern, Rural, and Remote Health (NRRH) conference, being held from Oct. 6 to 9, aims to share and collaborate on practices in rural and remote areas.
Dr. Michael Jong, president of the Canadian Society of Circumpolar Health, said the last conference like this was about 15 years ago. He said they have participants from across Canada, from all the territories and almost all the provinces, people from Greenland and three people from Australia taking part. He said it was important to have a conference like this in a northern community.
“When we have a conference in a big city, big city solutions are not our solutions, they don’t work for us,” he told the Labradorian. “We often innovate and do our own solutions but we can do things better and faster if we share it. The whole plan is to get people together and we learn from them and they learn from us; we collaborate and work together and faster.”
The conference is presented by the Canadian Society for Circumpolar Health and the Society for Rural Physicians of Canada, and aims to “brings together leaders in Indigenous health, health professionals, community workers, governmental representatives, policy and decision-makers, educators, researchers, members of the public, and trainees with an interest in all aspects of health in northern, rural, remote, and Indigenous communities,” according to a press release from Labrador Grenfell Health.
Jong said there is a disparate health status across northern Canada and the more rural and remote an area is, the worse the health status.
Keynote speakers and special guests include Natan Obed, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami; and Dr. John Haggie, minister of Health and Community Services, Newfoundland and Labrador.
“We are thrilled to be welcoming conference participants to Happy Valley-Goose Bay and to Labrador for this diverse gathering,” said Dr. Ashlee Cunsolo, co-chair of the Scientific Committee, and Director, Labrador Institute in a release. “Northern, rural, and remote regions are often the frontiers for innovation, creativity, and inspiration in healthcare provision and research, and this conference highlights an impressive program of research, clinical developments, practical applications, and community leadership from which all can learn.”
The conference is being planned in co-ordination with the 10th anniversary of the Trapline Marathon and all conference participants are encouraged to get involved in the event as runners, walkers, or volunteers.
To view the full slate of events and speakers visit http://www. csch.ca/northern-rural-andremote-health-20.