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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".

Call for abstracts (deadline for submission 1 May 2015) and registration is open now!

Draft programme with confirmed key-note speakers:

See below for related articles of the different key-notes speakers.

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

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TOGETHER WE CHANGE Eerstelijnsgezondheidszorg: nu meer dan ooit!

De Maeseneer, J, Aertgeerts, B, Remmen, R, Devroey, D. (red) Together we change. Eerstelijnsgezondheidszorg: nu meer dan ooit! Brussel, 9 December 2014. 

A joint action of the four Flemish General Practice faculties, Antwerp, Leuven, Brussels and Ghent, initiated by the ICHO (Interuniversitair Samenwerkingsverband HuisartsOpleiding) resulting in a visionary document for Flemish health care in Dutch language with below the English summary.

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Access to health care for Roma in Ghent, Seminar, 2 December 2014, Ghent, Belgium

On 2 December a seminar about access to health care for Roma took place in Ghent. This day, organised by the 'Integration department' of the City of Ghent in cooperation with Ghent University (department Primary Health Care and Family Medicine), was aimed at informing health care providers about the problems Roma in Ghent experience when looking for care.

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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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