Health Care Conference focus on diagnosis issues

Health Care Conference focus on diagnosis issues
Providing tools for people to help themselves and others is the focus of the fifth annual Health Care Community Engagement Conference in Ballina on 22 November.

The Conference will feature internationally-respected researcher and author Dr Ray Moynihan. Dr Moynihan is well-known for his research into the issue of over-diagnosis.

A senior research fellow at Bond University’s Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice, Dr Moynihan says there is evidence that over-diagnosis is harming many people and even impacting the sustainability of the health care system.

“In sharing my research with the community, I’m interested in helping people understand the issue of over-diagnosis: how it might be avoided and how having a bigger say in your own health care could lead to better outcomes,” Dr Moynihan said.

The conference is an initiative of the Community Engagement Advisory Committee (CEAC), the peak community advisory group for Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD) and North Coast Primary Health Network.

This free event brings together health consumers, community representatives, health workers, clinicians and academics from across Northern NSW.

There will be information stalls offering free health checks, and information on healthy lifestyles and the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

The theme of the 2018 conference is ‘Improving Health – Everybody’s Business, Everyone’s Responsibility’ and features a wide range of health care topics including pain management, My Health Record, dementia and domestic violence.

“The conference is aimed at empowering and informing people about the health care system and being able to learn from the experiences of others,” CEAC Chair Anne O’Donoghue said.

The conference is open to the public, carers and service providers. Registration is from 8.15 am on Thursday, 22 November. Pre-register on The conference program is available on the NSWLHD website.

For more information, contact Gerald May, NNSWLHD Community Engagement Manager, on 0438 882 817.

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