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Shared Teachings of Elders/Ancestors – Caring for Community

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Shared Teachings of Elders/Ancestors – Caring for Community

Elder Roberta Price

Dr. Elder Roberta Price is Coast Salish Matriarch of Snuneymuxw & Cowichan heritage, Mother, Grandmother & Mentor to many, receiving Honourary Doctor of Laws in 2021 recognizing her dedication to welcoming Indigenous & Non-Indigenous people to work together towards Equity in Healthcare for close to 40 years.


Opportunities to Advance the Health of Older Adults Amid Contemporary Challenges in Healthcare Systems

Roger Wong

Dr. Roger Wong is a Clinical Professor in the Division of Geriatric Medicine in the University of British Columbia (UBC) Department of Medicine and is a Consultant Physician of the Geriatric Consultation Program at the Vancouver General Hospital. He is the Vice Dean (Education) in the UBC Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Wong has been appointed to the Order of Canada, the country's highest civilian honour, for his contributions to the field of geriatric medicine, including the advancement of policies, education and specialized, culturally sensitive health care.
Dr. Wong received his M.D. degree with Honours in Research from the University of Alberta. He was elected to the Fellowship of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, Fellowship of the American College of Physicians, and Fellowship of the Canadian Geriatrics Society to recognize the impact of his work.
Dr. Wong has received a number of prestigious awards for his exceptional leadership in older adults’ health, including the Ronald Cape Distinguished Service Award from the Canadian Geriatrics Society. He has also received numerous medical education awards, including the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada’s Duncan Graham Award for his outstanding contribution and impact to medical education across Canada, the UBC Killam Teaching Prize, the UBC Faculty of Medicine Clinical Faculty Award for Career Excellence in Clinical Teaching, and the UBC Department of Medicine Master Teacher Award.
Dr. Wong works tirelessly to advance geriatrics, with significant impact on the care for older people in Canada and the world. He was the 13th President of the Canadian Geriatrics Society, the 2017 Trevor Howell Lecturer bestowed by the British Geriatrics Society, and he received the 2019 International Visiting Professor Medal from the Australia and New Zealand Society of Geriatric Medicine. He is Board Member and Chair, Research and Knowledge Transfer and Exchange Committee of the Alzheimer Society of Canada.
Dr. Wong has published and lectured extensively on geriatric medicine and medical education. He is also a TEDx Speaker whose talk has been curated by the TED website and viewed by international audiences around the world.

Thriving Together: Combating Burnout and Fostering Supportive Work Communities

Maureen Mayhew

Dr. Maureen Mayhew is a family doctor, a public health physician and a certified leadership coach who currently works for BC’s Physician Health Program. For more than 30 years she has provided primary care and led public health programs in Canada, Asia and Africa. In her newly released memoir “Hand on My Heart: A Canadian Doctor’s Awakening in Afghanistan” Dr. Mayhew describes a journey of self-discovery over a decade while helping Afghans rebuild their shattered healthcare system.

Deprescribing – Innovation and Implementation

Nathalie van der Velde

Nathalie van der Velde is a consultant and full professor at the Geriatrics Department of the Amsterdam UMC, The Netherlands. Besides, she serves as Deputy Editor-in-Chief for Age & Ageing. Nathalie is both nationally and internationally involved in activities to improve falls prevention, with a focus on optimizing deprescribing of fall-risk increasing drugs. As member of the EuGMS SIG Pharmacology and chair of the Task and Finish Group on fall-risk-increasing drugs she has recently co-lead aEuropean survey on deprescribing practices and she is also one of the committee members of the soon to be published STOPP-START version 3.


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