Aboriginal patient experience conference
Written by Connor Desharnais, Communications Assistant, Aboriginal Health

On November 9, the Patient Experience Conference will explore health care for Indigenous Peoples.

Fraser Health’s fifth annual Patient Experience Conference is fast approaching, spanning from November 6 to 9. For the first time in the history of these conferences, the event will dedicate a full day to exploring the unique health experiences of Indigenous patients.

The acknowledgement of Indigenous health and wellness is a significant milestone in Fraser Health’s Cultural Safety Initiative; an ongoing process of actively working to make health services and systems in the Fraser-Salish Region safer and more equitable for Indigenous Peoples.  The conference’s Aboriginal day is an important opportunity to discuss how we as health care providers can improve care for our Indigenous patients. By learning more about the health experiences of Indigenous people in our care, we are also contributing towards Fraser Health’s commitment of quality, patient-centred and culturally safe care for all people in our region.

The day will feature engaging speakers and performers, including Fraser Health Board Member Willie Charlie; traditional Salish song and dance group Tsatsu Stalqayu; Métis artist Lisa Shepherd; and more. A thought-provoking panel of three First Nation Elders and two Métis Elders will be a conference highlight with moderation by Fraser Health’s new Executive Director of Aboriginal Health Carolyne Neufeld. Through their wisdom and experience as knowledge keepers, the Elders will discuss their perspectives on the past, present and future of the Aboriginal health landscape.

To tie in with the conference theme of Achieving Quality and Safety through Innovation, the Aboriginal day explores the concept of innovation from a variety of perspectives. Physicians, Nations, communities, patients and health care providers will come together and share their ideas on positive changes for the health care system.

Don’t miss the chance to participate. Register for the Patient Experience Conference today. This year, single day conference tickets are available. Early bird discounts can be purchased until September 30.

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