Manitoba 10th Annual Travel Health Conference

April 26 & 27, 2012

On April 26 & 27, 2012 at the Viscount Gort Hotel, 127  health care providers attended the Manitoba 10th Annual Travel Health Conference hosted by the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, Travel Health & Tropical Medicine Services, in collaboration with Manitoba Health. The theme of the conference was “Highlighting PHAC/CATMAT” and we celebrated our 10th anniversary of hosting the conference!

Great networking opportunities took place as 61% of the conference attendees were from within the province of Manitoba, drawing the remainder representation from as far west as British Columbia to as far east as Newfoundland and from White Horse, Yukon in the north!  Conference participants ranged from 50% being nurses, to 15% physicians, 13% pharmacists, 4% students/medical residents, and to 17% being of the “other” category, which mostly consisted of sponsors or individuals with no professional classification listed.  Delegates ranged in professional classification, specializing not only in Travel Health, but also Public Health, Pharmacy, Family Practice, Infectious Diseases, Occupational Health, Primary Care, Pediatrics and Medical Technicians. 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 on practical applications 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 59 sponsors and supporters contributed their time and resources to make this conference a success. Among those included items for door prizes as well as items for individual conference participant bags.  A very special Thank You to the conference “Gold Sponsors” GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Novartis, Pfizer and sanofi pasteur and to our “Bronze Sponsors” Canada Safeway Pharmacy and Crucell Vaccines. There were 11 exhibitors in attendance, which were well attended by the participants during the break times:

  1. Pfizer
  2. Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
  3. sanofi pasteur
  4. Medécins sans Frontières/Doctors without Borders
  5. MERCK
  6. Manitoba Travel Health Network
  7. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc.
  8. EMAS Canada
  9. GlaxoSmithKline Inc.
  10. Canada Safeway Pharmacy
  11. Crucell Vaccines

The conference offered accreditation through the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the Manitoba Pharmaceutical Association and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

The initial welcome and opening remarks on the first day of the conference were provided by Kris Hastie, Team Manager for the WRHA Immunization, Travel Health & Communicable Diseases Program. Jacquie Shackel, Coordinator of WRHA Travel Health & Tropical Medicine Services, and chair of this year’s conference, was the Mistress of Ceremonies and facilitated the participants through the two day conference.

There was a range of topics this year with emphasis on speakers representing the Committee to Advise on Tropical Medicine & Travel (CATMAT) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). Presentations were rated by participants on a scale of 1 to 4, with 4 being “strongly agree”, for being informative & effective as a speaker as well as for relevancy to one’s practice, with ranges from 2.91 to 3.92 and 2.93 to 3.87 respectively.  Invited speakers and their topics were as follows:

Pfizer sponsored an evening symposium on Thursday which was well attended by 67 participants and featured Dr. Ethan Rubinstein who provided an overview on The Changing Landscape of Adult Immunization.

The conference organizing committee would like to thank everyone who helped make this conference a success.  A very special thank you is extended to Laura Wesenberg, conference secretariat, for making the job as Conference Chair a much easier and enjoyable task to complete, and a special thank you to Linnea & Shelly for their assistance on the day of the conference. 

We’re looking forward to seeing you in 2013 for our 11th Annual Travel Health Conference!  Based on the evaluations, a final date has been set for April 11 & 12, 2013.  Updates for the 2013 conference will be posted at this website sometime at the beginning of January 2013.

For more information, please contact:

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

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