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  • 07 Dec 2018 9:11 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    The 3rd Annual National Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) Conference

    May 31 – Jun 1 (Fri-Sat) | Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel | Vancouver BC

    Target audience: family physicians, specialists, lawyers, policy makers, nurses, nurse practitioners, residents and medical students
    Email us at to be notified when registration opens

    ** Research Forum | Call for abstracts now open **

    Preliminary agenda now available online at

  • 04 Dec 2018 9:19 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    THE CALL FOR ABSTRACTS IS NOW OPEN – deadline extended until January 6!

    20th Canadian Collaborative Mental Health Care Conference

    May 10-11(Fri-Sat) | Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel | Richmond BC

    Target audience: Interprofessional/intersectoral teams, family physicians and other primary care providers, mental health care providers, psychiatrists and psychologists, administrators and policy makers, other health disciplines working with primary care and/or community care, consumers and family members, educators and their students, and researchers.

    Submit an abstract here

    Please note that you can make edits to the abstracts up until Jan 6, 2019! Notifications will be ready in February 2019.

    The 2019 abstracts guidelines are available on our conference webpage

    Keynote Presentations include:

    • Dr. Patricia Conrod, PhD. Professor, The Université of Montréal, Department of Psychiatry. The personality-targeted approach to treating substance use problems was first developed and tested by Dr. Patricia Conrod at McGill University in Montreal, Canada (1995-2000).
    • Dr. Anna Ratzliff, MD, PhD. Associate Professor, The Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington. A national expert on collaborative care and specifically, on training teams to implement and deliver mental health treatment in primary care settings.
    • Dr. Cornelia (Nel) Wieman, MD, FRCPC. President, Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada. The first female Indigenous psychiatrist (Anishnawbe – Little Grand Rapids First Nation, Manitoba). In January 2018, Nel joined the First Nations Health Authority in BC as a Senior Medical Officer, Mental Health & Wellness, in the FNHA’s Office of the Chief Medical Officer.
    •  Dr. Evan Wood, MD, PhD, ABIM, FASAM, FRCPC, ABAM Diplomat. Director, British Columbia Centre on Substance Use; Professor, The University of British Columbia. Dr. Wood is a general internal medicine specialist and diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine who has been responsible for the creation of a number of addiction clinical and clinical training programs. 

  • 09 Nov 2018 10:58 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    Diagnosing & Managing Autism Spectrum Disorder in Adults

    This 2-day intensive review of Autism Spectrum Disorders in adults will:

    • Provide attendees with the knowledge they need to diagnose adults who do not also have intellectual disabilities
    • Review common obstacles for adults with ASD and present appropriate interventions for maximizing developmental progress
    • Teaching will be supplemented by video clips of affected individuals to illustrate particular aspects of psychopathology and also by panels of individuals diagnosed in adult life who will be able to take questions from the audience

    Who Should Attend?
    Psychiatrists, primary care physicians, therapists, and other mental healthcare professionals

    Faculty Presenter & Course Author
    Anthony Bailey, MBBS, DCH, MRCPsych, FRCPC. Professor and Chair of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, UBC

    Date: February 1-2 (Fri-Sat), 2019

    Location: UBC Robson Square, Vancouver BC    **also available via webcast**

    In-person:   $399 [by Nov 19]
    Webcast:     $299 [by Nov 19]
    *Daily rates also available*

    Accredited for:  10.5  MOC Section 1 / Mainpro+



  • 06 Nov 2018 11:17 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    Canadian Geriatrics Society


    Call for Abstracts opens November 6, 2018
    Deadline for submissions is January 27, 2019

    Version française
    On behalf of the 2019 Scientific Planning Committee of the Canadian Geriatrics Society (CGS), we are pleased to announce that the Call for Abstracts for the 39th Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) of the CGS is now open!

    This year, the ASM will be held in Halifax from May 2 to 4, 2019, at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel. The theme of the 2019 ASM is “Frailty: The Joy of Geriatrics”.

    Some of the topics that will be explored at the meeting this year include:

    • Assessment and management of frailty in primary care
    • Mobility and frailty
    • Frailty and prognosis


    Abstracts must contain original material that has not been published or presented at any other national or international meeting prior to the 39th ASM of the CGS.

    • Abstract submissions will be accepted only through the online submission platform.
    • More than one topic/theme is allowed per submission.
    • Text only: upload of graphics, tables, images, etc. will not be available.
    • The total length of the abstract (background/purpose, methods, results, discussion and conclusion) should not exceed 280 words, not including the title and authors.
    • Once the online submission has been completed, you will receive immediate automated confirmation of receipt of your submission.
    • All abstracts will be peer reviewed.
    • Language of submission is English only.

    Abstract submission deadline is January 27, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. ET

    Allsubmissions will be reviewed for quality, relevance and merit. Please ensure that your abstract does not contain spelling, grammatical or scientific mistakes, as it will be reproduced exactly as submitted. Abstracts will not be proofread.


    Those who submitted an abstract will be notified of decisions beginning the week of March 4, 2019. Further details may be requested from those whose abstracts are accepted. Selected abstracts will be published in the ASM Book of Abstracts and in a future issue of the Canadian Geriatrics Journal (


    If the primary author is a student or trainee, the abstract submission will be considered for an oral presentation. The primary author MUST register, plan to present, and attend the CGS ASM to be eligible. All oral presentations will consist of a nine-minute presentation, followed by a three-minute discussion period, and will be scheduled throughout the ASM during the concurrent sessions.

    Oral Presentation Awards

    Thefollowing prizes/awards will be available for oral presentations:

    Réjean Hébert Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Institute of Aging Prize

    This prize is for the best scientific presentation by a post-graduate medical trainee (Core Internal Medicine PGY1, PGY2, PGY3, General Internal Medicine PGY4, PGY5 or Family Practice PGY1, PGY2) at the CGS ASM.

    Jack MacDonell Prize

    This prize is for the best scientific presentation by a subspecialty resident (Geriatric Medicine PGY4, PGY5 or Family Medicine Care of the Elderly PGY3) at the CGS ASM. Graduate students are not eligible for this prize.

    Willard and Phoebe Thompson Award

    This award is for the best scientific presentation by a medical student, health professional student or undergraduate degree student at the CGS ASM.

    Edmund V. Cowdry Award

    This award is for the best scientific presentation by a Masters, Ph.D. or post-doctoral student at the CGS ASM.

    For queries regarding abstract submission, please email

    For more information on the 2019 CGS ASM, please visit the CGS ASM website.

    **Click here to submit your abstract.**

    **Click here to submit your abstract if you are a trainee or student.**

  • 07 Sep 2018 11:04 AM | CAGP (Administrator)

    Charter written by and for people living with dementia

    TORONTO, Sept. 5, 2018 /CNW/ - Today, the Alzheimer Society of Canada is pleased to officially launch the first-ever Canadian Charter of Rights for People with Dementia.

    The landmark Charter is the culmination of over a year's work by the Society's Advisory Group of people with dementia, whose members represent different walks of life from across the country. With the number of Canadians with dementia expected to hit nearly one million in less than 15 years, the Advisory Group set out to define a set of seven explicit rights to give a greater voice and authority to those with dementia. The Charter will help people with dementia as well as their families challenge situations where they experience stigma, are treated unfairly, discriminated against, or are denied access to appropriate care.

    The Charter empowers Canadians with dementia to self-advocate while also ensuring that the people and organizations that support them know and protect their rights. These include the right:

    • to be free from discrimination of any kind.
    • to benefit from all of Canada's civic and legal rights.
    • to participate in developing and implementing policies that affect their life.
    • to access support and opportunities to live as independent and engaged citizens in their community.
    • to be informed and supported so they can fully participate in decisions affecting their care and life, from the point of diagnosis to palliative and end-of-life care.
    • to expect that professionals involved in all aspects of their care are trained in dementia and human rights and are accountable to uphold these rights.
    • to access effective complaint and appeal procedures when their rights are not protected or respected.

    "People with dementia, no matter the stage of their disease, have the same rights as every other citizen," says Pauline Tardif, CEO of the Alzheimer Society of Canada. "Yet, we know all too well that Canadians with dementia continue to face cultural, social and economic barriers to claiming these rights, leaving many facing discrimination, isolation and treatment that contravenes their basic rights as human beings. We're asking all Canadians to champion this new Charter."

    The Charter will not only help combat the ongoing stigma associated with dementia, but also help inform a rights-based approach to the development of services and supports for Canadians with dementia. In particular, it will serve to guide the federal government as it follows through on its commitment to develop and implement a national dementia strategy for Canada.

    British Columbia resident Mario Gregorio, one of the Advisory Group members who contributed to the Charter, says, "As a person living with dementia, it gives me confidence to know that I'm not alone and reassurance that my country, my health and social services and my family, friends and community are there to lend a hand. We, as a nation, need to play a leadership role to ensure that people with dementia are not marginalized."

    Throughout the month of September, the Society will feature stories written by some of the Advisory Group members on what the Charter means to them, and invite others impacted by dementia to comment. To read the stories, learn more about the Charter and download a free copy, in English or French, visit

    Notes to editors:
    The Canadian Charter of Rights for People with Dementia is guided by a human rights-based approach known as "PANEL," endorsed by the United Nations. This approach emphasizes: the rights of everyone to participate in all decision-making directing their quality of life and care; accountability, holding individuals, communities and organizations responsible for recognizing, protecting and fulfilling their rights; non-discrimination, to self-advocate and challenge stigma; empowerment, to know their rights and how to claim these; and legality, to have assurance their rights are understood and followed according to law.

    SOURCE Alzheimer Society of Canada

    For further information: Media contact: Rosanne Meandro, Director of Communications, Direct: 416-847-8920, Mobile: 416-669-5715,


  • 01 Aug 2018 4:25 PM | CAGP (Administrator)

    47th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting

    Canadian Association on Gerontology 

    October 18-20, 2018
    Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
    Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

    CAG2018 will be of interest to researchers, practitioners, decision- and policy-makers, students, older adults, community groups and all others with an interest in individual and population aging.  It is an interdisciplinary event featuring stimulating sessions across a diverse range of topics in gerontology and geriatrics.

  • 15 Jun 2018 9:12 AM | CAGP (Administrator)
    British Geriatrics Society Spring 2019 Meeting
    Date: 9-12 April 2019
    Location: Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Cardiff
  • 14 Jun 2018 1:28 PM | CAGP (Administrator)
    British Geriatrics Society Autumn Meeting
    Date: 14-16 November 2018
    Location: ExCel, London

    The BGS Autumn meeting will cover the latest scientific research and the best clinical practice in care of older people. Our ageing population is stimulating extensive NHS service redesign to deal with the challenge of caring for larger numbers of older people both in and out of hospitals. This conference will cover core areas of interest to all specialists responsible for the health care of older people in the United Kingdom.

  • 17 Jan 2018 1:54 PM | CAGP (Administrator)

    Mieux-être mental et vivre avec la démence — Mois de sensibilisation à la maladie d'Alzheimer — janvier 2018


    De la Commission de la santé mentale du Canada et la Coalition canadienne pour la santé mentale des personnes âgées

    17 janvier 2018 – Ottawa (Ontario)

    Janvier constitue le mois de sensibilisation à la maladie d’Alzheimer. Voilà donc une occasion de réfléchir à notre compréhension grandissante de la maladie d’Alzheimer et des autres formes de démence, et d’apprendre des personnes atteintes de cette maladie.

    La démence est encore entachée par la stigmatisation, une situation qui n’est pas si différente de celle vécue par les personnes aux prises avec des maladies mentales ou des problèmes de santé mentale. Armées de soutien et des soins adéquats, les personnes aux prises avec la démence peuvent jouir d’une vie saine et pleine.

    Le gouvernement du Canada travaille à l’élaboration d’une stratégie en matière de démence pour le Canada afin d’aider la population canadienne à composer avec les incidences et les coûts de la démence et de la maladie d’Alzheimer. Grâce à la recherche approfondie et à une approche coordonnée en matière de soins, la stratégie redonnera espoir aux plus de 500 000 personnes aux prises avec la démence au Canada.

    La démence ne constitue pas une conséquence naturelle du vieillissement, et les Lignes directrices relatives à la planification et la prestation de services complets en santé mentale pour les aînés canadiens proposent d’importantes recommandations en matière de promotion de la santé mentale, de prévention des maladies mentales et d’intervention précoce. Ces lignes directrices proposent également une vision marquée par les services de santé mentale intégrés pour les aînés, et ce, peu importe leur diagnostic.

    Il existe une autre ressource d’envergure, en l’occurrence, les Lignes directrices nationales pour un système de services complet afin de soutenir les proches aidants d’adultes aux prises avec des problèmes de santé mentale et des maladies mentales. Elles servent de feuille de route pour l’établissement d’un système de santé capable de mieux soutenir les proches aidants. Les études démontrent que les proches aidants peuvent éprouver un important sentiment de croissance personnelle et de satisfaction en assurant les soins d’un proche, mais les demandes quotidiennes et la prestation de soins à long terme peuvent avoir une incidence négative sur leur santé physique et émotionnelle.

    Nous vous invitons à en apprendre davantage au sujet de la maladie d’Alzheimer et d’écouter les puissants témoignages de personnes aux prises avec la démence dans le cadre d’une nouvelle Campagne de la Société Alzheimer du Canada sur les réseaux sociaux pour réduire la stigmatisation liée à la démence. Nous pouvons tous acquérir d’importantes connaissances à travers leurs perspectives et les expériences.

    Louise Bradley

    Présidente et directrice générale de la Commission de la santé mentale du Canada

    David Conn

    Coprésident, Coalition canadienne pour la santé mentale des personnes âgées


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  • 17 Jan 2018 1:46 PM | CAGP (Administrator)

    Mental Wellness and Living with Dementia—Alzheimer’s Awareness Month—
    January 2018


    From Mental Health Commission of Canada and Canadian Coalition for Seniors' Mental Health

    January 17, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario

    January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month – an opportunity to reflect on our growing understanding of Alzheimer’s and other dementias, and our need to listen to, and learn from, people living with the disease.

    Dementia is still clouded by stigma, not unlike that experienced by those living with mental health problems or illnesses. With the right care and support, people living with dementia can enjoy meaningful and healthy lives.

    The Government of Canada is developing a dementia strategy for Canada to help Canadians deal with the impacts and costs of dementia and Alzheimer’s.  Through strengthened research and a coordinated approach to care, it offers fresh hope to the more than 500,000 people in Canada who live with dementia.

    Dementia is not a natural consequence of aging, and the Guidelines for Comprehensive Mental Health Services for Older Adults in Canada include valuable recommendations for mental health promotion, prevention and early intervention. These guidelines also offer a vision of integrated mental health services for all older adults, no matter what their diagnosis may be.

    Another important resource is the National Guidelines for a Comprehensive Service System to Support Family Caregivers of Adults with Mental Health Problems and Illnesses, which serves as a roadmap towards a health system that better supports caregivers.  While studies show they can experience a significant sense of personal growth and fulfillment by supporting a loved one, the day-to-day demands of long-term caregiving can take a toll on their physical and emotional health.

    We invite you to find a moment to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and listen to the powerful stories of people living with dementia featured in a new Alzheimer Society of Canada social media campaign to reduce dementia stigma. We can all learn something important by seeing the world through the lens of their experience.

    Louise Bradley

    President and CEO, Mental Health Commission of Canada

    Dr. David Conn

    Co-Chair, Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health


    Media Relations

    Mental Health Commission of Canada


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    Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Twitter page

    Mental Health Commission of Canada’s Linkedin page

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