Graz Conference 2011

 

Conference in Graz 16 September 2011
Integrating Public and Personal Health Care in a World on the Move: the European Primary Care perspective

A recent rapid increase in the number of member countries in both the European Union and the WHO European Region, and the growing need to understand more clearly the overall impact on health and public service systems of both the emergent new clinical approaches and service delivery models in contemporary primary health care is reason to provide European policy makers with a clear description on what is lacking in the integration of Public Health and Primary Care.

But also to characterize the possible policy options for the integration of Public Health and Primary Care and to delineate key implementation considerations when policy makers choose for the integration of Public Health and Primary Care.
While as organisations these range internationally from the small general medical practice to multi-specialist polyclinics to public health services with large health promotion programmes, all national health systems share similar pressures for change and development.

The scope and range of activities to respond on the pressures has gradually increased to cover many aspects of individual lifestyle and risk. However, our understanding of what kinds of activities are undertaken and how they are undertaken is very limited. At the same time there are key questions about the evidence base underpinning many public health activities in primary care and the introduction of new health checks programmes raises particular concerns about how risk is both calculated and applied to patient populations.

Yet at the same time, as a key health care service located in the community and supporting individuals and families, primary care services play an important part in both supporting those people who are unwell as well as those who are well.
Collaboration in understanding the pressures and the responses is essential in the modern Europe to take forward its economic and social development, and to enhance the overall health status of its divergent but increasingly interdependent communities.
And as stated by the WHO Europe prior to the Andorra March European Health Policy Forum:

"Disease prevention and health promotion are particularly important elements of public health. In a number of countries of the European Region these have become institutionally and functionally lacking as a result of weaknesses inherited from the past as well as recent reforms and structural changes, such as decentralization and privatization of health care services, conducted without appropriate planning and investment in preventive services. The development of primary health care services will enable these elements to function more effectively."

The EFPC conference in Graz on the 16th of September will be used to discuss the increasing emphasis on the role of primary care in identifying and managing health problems and to show good practices that can be found everywhere in Europe to integrate Public Health and Primary Care.
At the Graz conference examples from Sweden and hosting country Austria, will be presented. These examples will be underlined by high level key-note speeches from different European Universities and the OECD.

We hope to receive your contribution as well in this timely discussion on how to reach smooth integration of Public Health activities and Primary Care in Europe as an example to the rest of the world.
See you in Graz!

1. Strengthening Public Health Capacities and Services in Europe: A Framework for Action Interim draft; WHO Regional office for Europe, First meeting of the European Health Policy Forum for High-Level Government Officials, Andorra la Vella, Andorra, 9/11 March 2011

With also the following quotes on page 7, point 37 - 39:

Primary health care and specialized health care services: the link with public health

  • 37. The Declaration of Alma-Ata (1978) defines primary health care as "essential health care based on practical, scientifically sound and socially acceptable methods and technology made universally acceptable to individuals and families in the community through their full participation and at a cost that the community and country can afford to maintain at every stage of their development in the spirit of self-reliance and self-determination. It forms an integral part both of the country's health system, of which it is the central function and main focus, and of the overall social and economic development of the community. It is the first level of contact of individuals, the family and community with the national health system bringing health care as close as possible to where people live and work, and constitutes the first element of a continuing health care process.
    Primary health care addresses the main health problems in the community, providing promotive, preventive, curative and rehabilitative services accordingly."
  • 38. Primary health care is a fundamental part of the health care system, which should work hand in hand with public health services to pursue health gain. It is important to highlight the fact that the primary health care services portfolio includes disease prevention and health promotion activities. It is therefore one of the main instruments for integrating public health into the wider health care system, as a primary vehicle for prevention, and as a nexus for all branches of the health system.
  • 39. Other specialized health care services should be properly linked to public health services. It is important to break the barriers between traditional health care services and traditional
    public health activities; to articulate primary and secondary prevention functions in both primary and specialized health care; and to provide bidirectional informational tools for
    appropriate health surveillance, using a coherent system approach.

     

    A recent rapid increase in the number of member countries in both the European Union and the WHO European Region, and the growing need to understand more clearly the overall impact on health and public service systems of both the emergent new clinical approaches and service delivery models in contemporary primary health care is reason to organise this conference that is organised in close collaboration with the Medical University Graz (MUG).

    While as organisations these range internationally from the small general medical practice to multi-specialist polyclinics to public health services with large health promotion programmes, all national health systems share similar pressures for change and development. Collaboration in understanding these pressures and the responses they require is essential in the modern Europe to take forward its economic and social development, and to enhance the overall health status of its divergent but increasingly interdependent communities.

    Programme

    16/9 Morning

    09.00 4 key-notes (2h)

    • Ms Karin Reis-Klingspiegl, Styria Vitalis
      Austrian perspective
    • Prof. Manfred Maier, Austrian Society of GP's
      Central European Regional perspective
      :
      Community oriented primary health care.
    • Ms Fiona Cook, lead of the innovative General Practice Unit at Faculty of Health, University of Plymouth
      Nursing perspective
    • Dr. Gerrard Abi-Aad, OECD
      European scientific perspective

    11.00 Coffee break

    11.30 4 Parallel sessions: Meet the key-note speakers ( 1h)

    Afternoon

    12.30 Lunch

    13.30 4 Parallel workshops (1,5 h; half hour intro, 1h discussion)

    • Primary Care and the health of Roma (EFPC, Danica Rotar/Pim de Graaf)
    • PHC and PH (Vastra Gotaland region,Daniel Pollack & Staffan Bjork
    • Interprofessional Collaboration and education (Jan van Es Institute, Loes van Amsterdam)

    15.00 EFPC Annual Member Meeting (45m)

    15.45 Coffee break

    16.15 The Future of the EFPC, including the feedback information gathered (Prof Jan De Maeseneer, 45m)

    17.00 Closure

    17/9 Morning

    10.00 -12.00 Workshop of the Alliance for Community Oriented Primary Care services (chair Mr. Ade Adeagbo)

    Afternoon

    13.00 - 15.30 Workshop of the Alliance for Community Oriented Primary Care services (continued)

     

    17/9 - 21/9

    Followed by: The Network: Towards Unity for Health
    International conference: Integrating Public and Personal Health Care in a World on the Move
    September 17 - 21, 2011 Graz, Austria

    Organizing Committee

    University of Graz, Dr. Ilse Hellemann-Geschwinder

    We would like to introduce Dr. Ilse Hellemann-Geschwinder, representing the University of Graz. Dr Hellemann studied Medicine and Psychology, and practised as a family doctor and established a department of General Practice / Family Medicine at the Medical University of Graz MUG.

    Dr Helleman is also part of the organization of The Network TUFH Annual Conference at Graz (Sept. 17th to 22nd, 2011), which will be held straight after the EFPC Conference.

     

    European Forum for Primary Care, Diederik Aarendonk
    Coordinator of EFPC

     

    European Forum for Primary Care, Anouk Faassen
    Project assistant