EFPC 2019 Conference | Vulnerability and Compassion: The role of Primary Care in Europe


Foreword from EFPC

Primary Care is a context for which this deep relationship between vulnerability and compassion can be expressed and understood. But we try to do so in a period of European history that is entrenched in economic hardship, political unrest, democratic breakdown and global migration. Social cohesion is at risk and the wounds of society are laid bare. How can Primary Care respond? How can we create person-centered, compassionate health care systems that will strengthen our communities and the individuals and families that we work with?

During the conference we will have the opportunity to think and reflect on these issues and to contribute to our knowledge and understanding of how Primary Care can be strengthened and what it means for policy and practice to respond to vulnerability with compassion, and the knowledge and evidence that we still need to convince our governments of the value of Primary Care in times of austerity for everyone, everywhere.

Pre-Conference: 23 September 2018

Conference: 24 & 25 September 2018

Technological Educational Institute of Crete – Heraklion, Crete (Greece)


Key-note Speakers

Richard Wilkinson – Emeritus Professor of Social Epidemiology

Richard studied economic history and the philosophy of science at the London School of Economics before training in epidemiology. From the 1970s onwards, his research focused on of social class differences in death rates. He has played a formative role in international research on the social determinants of health and on the societal effects of income inequality. His early research on class differences in death rates resulted in David Ennals, the Labour Secretary of State for Health and Social Services, setting up the inquiry into health inequalities which produced the Black Report. Since then, his books and papers have drawn attention to the tendency for societies with bigger income differences between rich and poor to have a higher prevalence of a wide range of health and social problems. Two of his books have been the subject of documentary films – one called The Great Leveller for the Channel 4 TV’s Equinox series broadcast in prime time in 1996 (to coincide with the publication of his Unhealthy Societies) and another, called The Divide (based on The Spirit Level) released in April 2016 and now available on Netflix.

Aikaterina Nomidou – CRPD Legal Consultant, WHO Quality Rights consultant

Mental health & Human rights practicing lawyer . WHO PFPS Champion for Greece. Secretary General of the Global Alliance of Mental Illness Advocacy Networks GAMIAN-Europe, Brussels. Vice president, Association of families/carers for mental health, Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders SOFPSI N.SERRON, Serres, Greece. Visiting lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Crete, Greece

Following a degree in Italian language and literature at Aristotle University in Thessaloniki-Greece and a degree in Law at Democritus University of Thrace in Komotini-Greece, she received a postgraduate degree in mental health, law and human rights from Indian Law Society in Pune, India.

Aikaterini is a member of the pool of experts of the EC (Chafea) and has worked with governments and organisations on mental health policies and legislations, including in Afghanistan, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Sierra Leone.

Juan Tello – Head of Office WHO European Centre for Primary Health Care

Division of Health Systems and Public Health. WHO Regional Office for Europe

Dr. Juan Tello has held varied assignments as a policy advisor and public health expert in countries of Central Asia, Africa, the Americas and the Mediterranean for international organizations including the European Commission, UNICEF, the World Bank and the British and Italian cooperation agencies. In 2008, Dr. Tello joined WHO and since has held assignments, as resident policy advisor in Tajikistan, as sub-regional advisor to health ministries across Central America and as Health Governance Programme Manager at the WHO Regional Office for Europe in Copenhagen, Denmark. Currently, Dr. Tello is the Head of the WHO European Centre for Primary Health Care, based in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The office operates as a center of excellence on health services delivery in the WHO European Region.

Alexis Kalokerinos – Professor of General Linguistics

Professor of General Linguistics in the Department of Philology, Faculty of Letters at the University of Crete.

Head of Department (2016-present); formerly, Director of the Department’s Program of Prostgraduate Studies (2004-2007), Dean of the Faculty (2006-2010), member of the University Council (2013-2016). Visiting Professor at the Freie Universität Berlin (2010-2011, 2015-2016) and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris, 2013).

President of the Society of Cretan Historical Studies/Historical Museum of Crete (2009-present). Responsible for the A. & M. Kalokerinos Foundation Social Space (2013-present). Awarded the Municipality of Heraklion Nikos Kazantzakis Prize for the Humanities, 2011.

Academic / Research interests: Biolinguistics, Linguistic Pragmatics, Language and Mind; History of Ideas on Mind and Language from the Enlightenment to the present.


Scientific Committee

Sally Kendall, EFPC Chair
Peter Groenewegen, EFPC Executive Board member
Andre Biscaia, USF AN, Portugal
Christos Lionis, University of Crete
Elena Petelos, University of Crete
Danica Rotar Pavlic, EFPC Executive Board member
 Maria Papadakaki, TEI Crete
Diederik Aarendonk, EFPC coordinator
Ioanna Tsiligianni, University of Crete
Athina Tatsioni, University of Crete
Emmanouil Smyrnakis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Kyriakos Soulitis, University of Pelop
Victoria Vivilaki, TEI Athens
Aikaterini Nomidou, Patients’ Rights Organizarion
Foteini Anastasiou, University of Crete
Argyroula Kalaitzaki, TEI Crete, Social Work Dept
George Kritsotakis, TEI Crete, Nursing Dept

Organising Commitee

Diederik Aarendonk, European Forum for Primary Care
Irene Cubells, European Forum for Primary Care
Diana Castro Sandoval, European Forum for Primary Care
Daisy van der Putte, European Forum for Primary Care
Marilena Anastasaki, University of Crete
Dimitra Sifaki-Pistolla, University of Cret 
Agapi Angelaki, University of Crete
George Kritsotakis, TEI Crete
Maria Papadakaki, TEI Crete 
Ioanna Tsiligianni, University of Crete
Athina Tatsioni, University of Crete
Emmanouil Smyrnakis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Victoria Vivilaki, TEI Athens
Aikaterini Nomidou, Patients’ Rights Organization
Foteini Anastasiou, University of Crete
Kornilia Makri, University of Crete
Nikolaos Tsakountakis, University of Crete
Constantinos Chliveros, University of Crete
Maria Antonopoulou, University of Crete
Emmanouil Symvoulakis, University of Crete
Theodoros Vasilopoulos, University of Crete
Charalampos Vittorakis, University of Crete
Filothei Voltyraki, University of Crete
Ioanna Stefanaki, University of Crete
Nikoleta Ratsika, TEI Crete, Social Work Dept
Sophia Koukouli, TEI Crete, Social Work Dept
Joannes Chliaoutakis, TEI Crete, Social Work Dept
Kleio Koutra, TEI Crete, Social Work Dept