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And a Pre-conference programme on Sunday 31 August with a Primary Care Experience Workshop at the CASAP Primary Care centre and an EFPC networking event at the beach of Castelldefels.
EFPC was invited at the DG Sanco office, Health Systems Unit, to discuss possible future cooperation between the EFPC and the European Commission in order to strengthen Health Systems in the member states.
A delegation of 6 EFPC members (Kathryn Hofmann, University of Vienna, Austria, Dick Tromp, EuroPharmForum, The Netherlands, Judith Liddel, EFAD, Germany, Marc Bruijnzeels, JvEI, The Netherlands, Jan De Maeseneer, EFPC, Belgium & Diederik Aarendonk, EFPC, The Netherlands) joined the meeting on Monday 14 July and met with Mr Dirk Van Den Steen and Mr Federico Paoli.
Falls are the leading cause of fatal injuries among older people, but experts from across Europe argue they shouldn’t just written off as a unavoidable consequence of ageing. Research shows that there are plenty of things people can do to prevent falls escalating with age.
Many people wrongly think that falls are just a part of ageing and something to be expected as you get older, but that is not true. But this misunderstanding is not surprising as falls happen so often – around a third of people over-65 and half of those over 80 will fall every year.
"Everything you always wanted to ask the EXPH ........."
At the second day of the EFPC 1/2 September Barcelona conference a Q & A session will be organised with the EU Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health (EXPH) members Prof Jan De Maeseneer and Dr Sarah Thomson. We will provide a time-slot of 45 minutes to ask your questions which have come to your mind while responding to the EXPH preliminary opinion on "Definition primary care with emphasis on financing systems and referral systems" which got a great response of many Primary Care experts throughout Europe.
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With new confirmations from WHO Geneva, ProFound and the European Medicines Agency the EFPC conference raises its profile. Their contributions will focus on the new WHO report on Adolescent Health and the competences of Primary Care professionals in this respect, presented by Ms Valentina Baltag, the latest development if it comes fall-prevention from the 7thFP ProFound project and the input from Primary Care professionals related to their role in the safe and rational use of medicines. The EMA head of department for Patients and Healthcare professionals, Ms Isabelle Moulon will take part in the EMA workshop in order to stimulate the creation of a Network of Primary Health Care to the European Medicines Agency (EMA) - a new EFPC Working Group. Also for the fall-prevention topic EFPC will create a new working group chaired by Ms Marije Bolt, EFPC advisory board member.
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Following the workshop “Inequity by disease … a new challenge?” at the EFPC meeting in Götenborg (2012), the department of Family Medicine and Primary Health Care of Ghent University and NIVEL (Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research) started a research project on “inequity by disease”.
Tuesday 06 May 2014 - Eight delegates from as many European cities*, together with Ghent University and the European Forum of Primary Care (EFPC), signed a declaration of intent to join forces on local health care. Policy makers, health workers and academics have united in the Working Group "Primary Care and Population Health for European Cities (PriPHECi)" to exchange knowledge and experience regarding illness prevention, health promotion and community oriented primary care.
A number of high level workshops are already confirmed for the 1/2 September Barcelona conference by several EU funded programmes like the European Innovation Partnership programme on Active Healthy Aging (EIP-AHA), the 7th Frame Work Programme projects IMPLEMENT on the Implementation of Chronic Care Improvements and QUALICOPC sessions with first results on the comparative analysis for European Primary Care systems related to costs including several country presentations from Finland, Turkey, Austria and Spain.
In the framework of the close collaboration between the European Medicine Agency (EMA) and the EFPC, the EMA is looking for 1. GP's for the review of draft safety communications and 2. GP's & nurses involved in diabetes care at Primary Care level. Candidates should be EU nationals and practicing in an EU member state. Please send a message to the EFPC secretariat and we will bring you in contact with the EMA coordinator for this assignment.
As announced the European Forum for Primary Care was present in Brussels at three different high-level meetings in Brussels last week, organised by WHO Europe, International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC) and DG Sanco of the European Commission.