EFPC 2017 Conference | The Citizen Voice in Primary Care; a social commitment to ‘health for all!


Foreword from EFPC

Welcome to Porto!
European Primary Care functions nowadays at the crossroads of societal changes. Increasingly, people who are older (and this is not a problem but a success-story!), are presenting with more complex multi-morbidity, whilst our younger population are becoming more and more multi-cultural and presenting with problems created by our social world, especially stress and mental health difficulties. In order to face the challenges, strong primary health care teams should be prepared to address health promotion, empowerment, cure, care, palliative services and rehabilitation. Working in interprofessional teams, invites us to leave our “comfort zone” and be open to new perspectives, approaches and concepts. The topic of the 2017 EFPC-conference: The citizen voice in primary care: the social commitment to “health for all”! invites us to take the citizen on board in our primary care-activities and structures. People, communities and local authorities are important stakeholders when designing the future pathways of care delivery. To work together, drawing on the strengths of communities, to ensure we keep pace with the impact of social change and focus our resources on the priorities that are of the highest concern to our citizens is imperative.
What can primary care offer? There is increasingly evidence that strong primary care, contributes to social cohesion in communities. We can identify this as working towards the well-being of all members, fighting exclusion and marginalisation, creating a sense of belonging, promoting trust. Community-orientated primary care aligns with this concept and central to it is the notion of citizen participation and engagement with the aim that by contributing and influencing policies, citizens will be more empowered to change and be part of a social movement that creates social cohesion. EFPC is committed to these ideas and actions at a time in Europe when primary health care and social cohesion is needed now more than ever!

Pre-Conference: 24 September 2017

Conference: 25 & 26 September 2017

Casa do Medico – Porto (Portugal)


Key-note Speakers

Constantino Sakellarides – Emeritus Professor of Health Policy
Born in 1941 (Mozambique), Portuguese nationality, married, father of three daughters.
Medical Doctor, University of Lisbon, (1967); Master in Epidemiology, University of Texas School of Public Health at Houston, USA, (1972); PhD in Public Health, University of Texas School of Public Health at Houston, USA (1975).
Positions held more recently: Director for Health Policies and Services, WHO/Europe, in Copenhagen (1991-95);
Chairman of the Regional Health Administration of Lisbon (1996);
Director-General of Health (Portugal, 1997-99);
Founder and coordinator of the Portuguese Health Systems Observatory (2000-2005);
Director, National School of Public Health, Universidade Nova, Lisbon (2007-2011);
President of the Portuguese Public Health Association (2004-2010)
Presentation for panel Primary Care in Portugal: “How to promote health literacy and citizen participation in health”

Marta Temido – President of the Executive Board of ACSS – Central Administration of the Health System
PhD in “International Health”, area of Health Policy and Development by Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical, Universidade Nova de Lisboa (2015).
Master in Management and Health Economy by Faculdade de Economia da Universidade de Coimbra (2008).
License in Law by Faculdade de Direito da Universidade de Coimbra (1997).
Previous experience: Member of the Management Board of Hospital do Arcebispo João Crisóstomo (2012-2015).
Presentation for panel Primary Care in Portugal: “How is Health Care organised in Portugal. PHC in health system and National Health Service context”

Andre Biscaia – USF AN
PhD in International Health, specialty of Health and Development Policies, Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical da Universidade Nova de Lisboa (2010) [Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine of the Nova University of Lisbon], with the thesis “Satisfaction at Work of Family Physicians of the Portuguese Health Centers”
Medical Specialty of General and Family Medicine (1996).
Medical Doctor graduate at NOVA Medical School|Faculdade de Ciências Médicas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa [Nova University of Lisbon] (1990).

Víctor Ramos – ENSP (National School of Public Health – Universidade Nova Lisbon)
Family doctor at USF (Family Health Unit) S. João do Estoril (Cascais – Portugal). Invited professor at ENSP (National School of Public Health – Universidade Nova Lisbon). Actively involved in promoting family medicine and primary health care in Portugal, since 1982, through diverse institutional initiatives, projects and an extensive range of publications.
Presentation for panel Primary Care in Portugal: “Family and General Medicine historical evolution in Portugal”

Nicola Bedlington – Secretary general of the European Patients’ Forum (EPF)
Nicola Bedlington is British and was born in Kirkcaldy, Scotland.
Nicola studied business and human resource management in the UK and France. She lived for almost 10 years in Brussels, Geneva for 12 years, moving to Vienna in 2012.
Nicola was the founding Director of the European Disability Forum, an umbrella organisation uniting disability NGOs to advocate for the human rights of disabled citizens in Europe (1996 to 1999), and prior to this she worked as an expert for the European Commission, heading the NGO unit within the HELIOS Programme, a major European Commission Action Programme promoting equal opportunities for disabled people (1991-1996).

Katerina Koutsogianni – President Association People with Rheumatic Diseases Crete
My name is Katerina Koutsogiannis and I am the president of the Arthritis Foundation of Crete. I was born in Heraklion/Crete where I live.
I am a retired bank employee, mother of a daughter and recently a grandmother.
I was firstly diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 29.Having enough experience as a patient I, along with a group of other fellow patients that shared the same ideas , we established in 2003 our association.
Since then I have been working voluntarily with the other members of the Arthritis Foundation of Crete to support, educate and advocate patients, to raise awareness of both the state and the public for the severity of rheumatic diseases to ensure better quality health service and patient access to all available treatments.

Inês Alves – Fellow of the European Patients’ Academy on Therapeutic Innovation (EUPATI), Board member of EUPATI Portugal, President of the board of ANDO Portugal
Veterinary doctor by training; working full-time in patient advocacy since 2015; Patient Representative in BOND ERN – The Rare Bone Diseases group for the European Reference Networks; EUPATI fellow, National ambassador and founding member of EUPATI Portugal; Scientific advisor of ALPE Foundation (Spain); President of the board of ANDO Portugal; Task force member of PFMD – Patient Focused Medicines Development; Invited expert on Health Literacy and Clinical trials for the National School of Public Health, Lisbon University; Creator and writer of “Beyond Achondroplasia”, a scientific informative blog on achondroplasia.

Mitch Blair – Professor of Paediatrics and Child Public Health, Imperial College London
Prof. Mitch Blair, Professor of Paediatrics and Child Public Health, Imperial College, London , UK Consultant Paediatrican
General and developmental paediatrician , specialist in child public health. Senior Lecturer in Community Paediatrics 1990-98 in Nottingham. In 1998, he established the River Island Academic Centre for Paediatrics and Child Health at Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow.UK Research interests include international child health indicators, child public health monitoring, and health service evaluation. Co-author Manual of Community Paediatrics and also the first textbook on Child Public Health now in its 2nd Edition. US Edition Child Health – A population Perspective 2016.


Scientific Committee

Jan De Maeseneer, EFPC chair
Peter Groenewegen, EFPC Executive Board Member
Sally Kendall, EFPC Executive Board Member
Tino Marti, EFPC Executive Board Member
Andre Biscaia, USF AN
António Pereira, USF AN
Wim Van Lerberghe
Aigars Miezitis, Riga Stradins University
Diederik Aarendonk, EFPC coordinator

Organising Commitee

Diederik Aarendonk, European Forum for Primary Care
Irene Cubells, European Forum for Primary Care
Diana Castro Sandoval, European Forum for Primary Care
Annelien Boutens, European Forum for Primary Care
Andre Biscaia, USF AN
Tiago Vieira Pinto, USF AN