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EFPC Amsterdam 2015, August 30 & September 1

The EFPC will organize its' 2015 conference in Amsterdam, The Netherlands with the title "Integrated Primary Care: Research, Policy & Practice".

The pre-conference activities on Sunday 30 August will be concentrated in the North of Amsterdam like the "Tolhuistuin" and the "krijtmolen D'Admiraal" (pictures). The "Tobacco Theatre" in the city centre is already confirmed for the main conference on 31 August / 1 September 2015 where we will celebrate 10 year EFPC.

The first meeting of the Scientific Committee took place in Barcelona on the 1st of September and the first key-note speaker is already confirmed: Prof Chris van Weel will show us the history of Primary Care in the Netherlands with the numerous highlights where "Primary Care saved the nation"!

Looking forward to see you all in Amsterdam and spread the news by using the #EFPC2015 hashtag

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EFPC member speeches & "elevator pitches" 2014

Dear EFPC members,

Please get inspired by the recent speeches and "elevator pitches" of our own members in the previous months. Kathryn Hoffmann addresses herself to the Austrian Primary Care community from the beautiful "Prater" in Vienna whereas Giorgio Visentin from his home office states why Primary Care professionals are "hidden heroes". Niro Siriwardena has a passionate speech on why the EFPC is so important for him. Together with Katerina Venovska, Sophie Rodebjer-Cairns, Marije Bolt, Jan De Maeseneer and all interviews recorded in Istanbul this is a wealth of convincing messages which has to be used to convince others.

Please have a look and if you wish to add your own message, please send it to the EFPC secretariat or upload it yourself via the EFPC YouTube video channel

Also check the promotion snapshot-video made by our Turkish colleagues at the Barcelona conference and the video made in Nicosia, Cyprus already in 2009 but still very relevant.

The EFPC secretariat.

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EULAR conference Brussels, 16 October 2014.

In October an interprofessional one-day meeting with EFPC presence of Dr Imre Rurik was organized in Brussels: “Analyzing how to reduce the Access Barriers to Health Care for People with Chronic Diseases in Europe. Challenges, good practices and policy options for people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases” chaired by EULAR president Prof. Maurizio Cutolo. 
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KPMG report 2014 Staying Power, success stories in global healthcare

Healthcare leaders from 30 countries recently gathered at KPMG's global healthcare conference to discuss transformation.
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MENTAL HEALTH FOR ALL CONNECTING PEOPLE AND SHARING EXPERIENCE INTERNATIONAL MENTAL HEALTH CONGRESS, LILLE, FRANCE 28-30 April 2015

"The World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) has organized the first edition of the international congress : MENTAL HEALTH FOR ALL. The congress will take place at Lille Grand Palais, France, from 28 to 30 April 2015, and will focus on integrating Mental Health into Primary Care with a global perspective and also reflect the WHO Global Mental Health action plan and a matching platform between professionals (GP and Psychiatrist) and interaction with the general public."

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EFPC responded to DG Connect on Stakeholder Consultation for Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge "Health, demographic change and wellbeing"

EFPC has send a clear response to DG Connect to invest also in Research connected to Primary Care which should lead to more communication between Primary Care research, policy making and practice via a network dedicated for this goal which will improve access, equity and the comprehensiveness of health care provision. Not much "high tech innovations", just facilitating key experts to get in touch with fellow experts in Europe, including Central & Eastern European countries.

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EFPC co-signs open letter to team Juncker

Pharmaceuticals are back into the arms of DG Enterprise and the industry instead of keeping it with the Health sector where it belongs! The EFPC co-signed the open letter to Commissioner Juncker initiated by EPHA on the move of medicinal products and health technologies to the portfolio of the Commissioner for internal market and industry. Disseminate the letter via your own Social Media channels to increase the pressure on the Commission to withdraw this decision as requested in the letter.

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EFPC visit to DG Sanco, Health System Unit on 14 July 2014

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.

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Workshop organised in collaboration with the Prevention of Falls Network for Dissemination (ProFouND ) at EFPC Barcelona conference

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.

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EU Expert Panel on Effective Ways of Investing in Health (EXPH) at the EFPC 1/2 Sept Barcelona conference

 "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.

If you also want to ask your questions, please register for the conference!

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