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Master of Health Leadership & Policy at the Geriatric Services Conference

April 25, 2019

On Friday, March 12 hundreds of seniors care professionals descended on Vancouver. This was a chance for registered, nurses, administrators, health practitioners, business managers and industry advocates to come together to discuss not only their industry, but their passion.

The theme of this year’s conference was “Connect. Collaborate. Create.” This was in direct relation to the focus of many of the presentations and seminars presented over the day including presentations on brain health, substance abuse and dementia. The outcome of these sessions was discussion on how the industry can work together to provide care for these vastly different groups.

However it was the plenary panel, featuring Dr. Tom Biley, Dr. Elizabeth Drance and Fiona Dalton that really got people talking. Together they discussed the future of gerontology, the challenges faced by the aging population, and the demands being placed on the health care system. It also touched on some of the research being done in these areas and provided those in attendance a brief glimpse of what the future could be.

Whilst all this was happening representatives from the UBC Master of Health Leadership & Policy were onsite to answer questions about how the professional master’s program is transforming health professionals into health leaders. Those in attendance were impressed by the dual nature of the professional master’s degree in combining technical skill and policy development with a solid understanding of leadership and management. This was an special interest to senior leaders as they recognized the need to have health professionals in positions of leadership, as patient care is not a business, it’s a vital service.

The 16th annual Geriatric Services Conference was a great success and from it’s, a number of new industry champions may have been born.

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