On April 26 & 27, 2018 at the Viscount Gort Hotel, 78 health care providers attended the Manitoba 15th Annual Travel Health Conference hosted by the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) Travel Health & Tropical Medicine Services, in collaboration with Manitoba Health, Seniors & Active Living. The theme of this year’s conference was “On the Cutting Edge…Now & in the Future”.

Jacquie Shackel, Travel Health Coordinator for WRHA Travel Health & Tropical Medicine Services, facilitated the two day conference while Dr. Pierre Plourde, Medical Director for WRHA Travel Health & Tropical Medicine Services, moderated the presentations by introducing the various speakers and managing the Q & A component.

As facilitator for the conference and representative from the WRHA, we acknowledged that “WRHA provides health services in facilities located on the original lands of Treaty 1 and on the homelands of the Metis Nation.  WRHA respects that the First Nation treaties were made on these territories and acknowledge the harms and mistakes of the past, and we dedicate ourselves to collaborate in partnership with First Nation, Metis and Inuit people in the spirit of reconciliation”.

Carolyn Perchuk, WRHA Director of Population & Public Health provided the formal welcome & opening remarks for the conference.

Great networking opportunities took place as 81% of the conference attendees were from within the province of Manitoba, which meant that 19% of our guests come from outside of the province.  We had delegates from as far west as BC, as north as Nunavut, and as far east as Quebec. Conference participants ranged from 43% being nurses, 18% pharmacists, 18% physicians, 4 % Medical Tech’s, 1% nurse practitioners, 1 % students, and 19% being of the “other” category, which mostly consisted of sponsors or individuals with no professional classification listed.

According to our evaluation forms, delegates ranged in professional classification, mainly working in the areas of Public Health and Travel Health, but also specializing in areas such as Pharmacy, Primary care, Family Practice and Occupational Health. Based on comments from the conference evaluation forms and verbal feedback that we received, our goal of providing a forum of information exchange among health professionals in the field of Travel Health was very much a success! Participants shared both positive feedback and valuable information to better assist us with planning for next year’s conference.

A total of 49 sponsors and supporters contributed their time and resources to make this year’s conference a success. We would like to offer a very special “Thank You” to our two conference “Gold Sponsors”, Pfizer Vaccines and Valneva Canada Inc., as well as our “Silver Sponsor” Sanofi Pasteur.  Their ongoing support to the efforts of our annual conference is remarkable!  We were pleased to host 8 exhibits, which were all well attended by the delegates during the break times.

Our Exhibitors included:
1. EMAS Canada
2. Global MediKit
3. Munroe Pharmacy
4. Resource Centre for Manitobans who are Deaf Blind
5. Pfizer Vaccines – Gold Sponsor
6. Sanofi Pasteur – Silver Sponsor
7. Taché Pharmacy
8. Valneva Canada Inc. – Gold Sponsor

This year we are very pleased to note that we once again, met the accreditation criteria for:

  • College of Pharmacists of Manitoba: This program has been accredited for a maximum of 9.25 CEU by the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba for pharmacists in Manitoba. (CPhM File No. 18011M).
  • Attendance by Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners, may contribute to fulfillment of their continuing competence program self-development plan.
There were a wide range of topics this year, mainly focusing on pre-travel preparation, which incorporated a broad scope of the ISTM Body of Knowledge.  Speakers were of national and provincial acclaim, with representation at a national level from the Committee to Advise on Tropical Medicine & Travel (CATMAT) and Air Canada. We also had provincial representation from Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living (MHSAL) as well as regional speakers representing the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority and other private agencies.

We received a 51% response rate on the evaluation forms and based on these comments, participants rated the speaker presentations on a scale of 1 to 4, with 1 being “strongly disagree” and 4 being “strongly agree” in three areas:

Presentation was consistent with the stated objectives: ranged from 3.08 to 3.97, with an average of 3.73

Information was clearly presented: ranged from 2.65 to 3.92, with an average of 3.63

Presentation was balanced and unbiased: ranged from 2.87 to 3.92, with an average of 3.66

Provided information which will influence my practice: ranged from 1.82 to 3.70, with an average of 3.24

Invited speakers and their topics were as follows:

The conference organizing committee would like to once again thank everyone who helped make this conference a success!  A very special thank you is extended to Crystal Shea, conference secretariat, for another year of her dedicated efforts in ensuring all of the fine details in the conference planning were timely and efficiently taken care of.  It has been a pleasure working with you once again!  

In 2019, there will not be a Manitoba Travel Health Conference in April; however more details will follow regarding an educational session. Please refer to this website sometime in early 2019 for further details

Jacquie Shackel RN, BN
Conference Chair
Coordinator, WRHA Travel Health & Tropical Medicine Services
490 Hargrave Street
Winnipeg, MB     R3A 0X7
Phone: (204) 940-2538
Fax: (204) 940-8409
Email: jshackel@wrha.mb.ca
Website: www.wrha.mb.ca/travel





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