2012 Accelerating Primary Care Conference / November 18 - 20 / Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel / Banff, AB

Banff Lake Louise Tourism/Paul Zizka

Learn about new and innovative ways primary care services are being designed and delivered in Canada and abroad. Explore opportunities to accelerate advances in primary care. Current research and examples of primary care teams in action will be featured in workshops, in conference sessions, and a robust poster session.

Daily Summaries and Additional Documents

Speaker Handouts

Handout files, for which consent to post has been provided, are available to download from the program listing on the sessions page.

Conference Videos

Accelerating Primary Care: Neil Houston from Institute of Health Economics on Vimeo.

Accelerating Primary Care: Rob Wedel from Institute of Health Economics on Vimeo.

Accelerating Primary Care: Brian Hutchison from Institute of Health Economics on Vimeo.

Accelerating Primary Care: Q&A from Institute of Health Economics on Vimeo.

Accelerating Primary Care: Fred Horne from Institute of Health Economics on Vimeo.

News Release - Sunday, November 18 ,2012

Primary care experts discuss measurements of success at a Banff, Alberta conference

November 18, 2012 - (Banff, Alberta) The Accelerating Primary Care Conference hosted by the Primary Care Initiative is one of Canada's premier events in primary care held annually in Alberta, Canada and attracts hundreds of participants. Leading primary care professionals from the provincial, national and international community gather to present information and exchange strategies on primary care service delivery.

The conference contains two days filled with sessions chaired by national and international primary care experts who have been invited to further develop several conference themes including:

  1. Describing what should be measured in primary care to demonstrate effectiveness
  2. Outlining creative achievable strategies to address the issues facing primary care
  3. Identifying steps that can be taken to improve the performance of primary care
  4. Describing the vision for the future of primary care in Canada

There are more than twenty conference speakers including:
Michael Evans, Associate Professor, University of Toronto - creator of the 23 hours viral video
Steven Lewis, Adjunct Professor, Simon Fraser University, Conference Moderator
Neil Houston, GP, National Clinical Lead, Safety Improvement in Primary Care, Healthcare Improvement Scotland
Michael Allen, Director, Alberta College of Family Physicians

Positive, long-term health outcomes result from an effective and accessible primary care system. Research and practical application prove that consistent, available care by a dedicated team of multi-disciplinary health professionals means patients get the best care from the most appropriate care provider at the optimal time.

The goals of the conference are to provide opportunities for new research and knowledge to be shared by experts in primary care and to highlight Alberta's leadership in primary care in Canada. A further goal is to encourage and prepare practitioners to revolutionize their practices and policies, with an aim of improving local services and outcomes.

Contact Information:
Join the conversation on Twitter with hashtags: #apcc12 #primarycare

On-site media may contact:
Kendall Olson
Cell: 780.863.9481


Download a copy of this media advisory in .pdf format here.



  • learn about new and innovative ways primary care services are being designed and delivered in Canada and abroad
  • explore opportunities to accelerating advances in primary care
  • hear about current research and examples of primary care teams


  • 3 pre-conference workshops
  • 40+ posters
  • 10 exhibits from organizations with an interest in primary care

Focused on Improving Primary Care

At this inspiring conference, participants will learn about driving the transformational change that is needed to ensure that primary care is functioning at its fullest potential. National and international speakers will discuss the latest developments in team formation, function and integration. Sessions on measurement, accountability and quality will round out the program. You’ll leave this conference with the understanding of the importance of broadening the team to include communities as well as how empowering patients will lead to significant improvement in outcomes.

More than 400 practitioners and leaders are expected to participate in the sixth annual Accelerating Primary Care conference. The audience includes physicians, nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, rehabilitation professionals, mental health professionals, including psychologists and social workers, other health care service providers, senior managers of health services, leaders in professional licensing bodies, advocacy organizations, and government.

Hosted by the Primary Care Initiative, a tripartite agreement between Alberta Health, Alberta Medical Association and Alberta Health Services.


Important Dates

Abstract Notification:
August 31, 2012

Early Bird Registration:
October 15, 2012

Conference Starts:
November 18, 2012

For more information, please contact:

Accelerating Primary Care
Conference Secretariat
BUKSA Strategic
Conference Services
P   780.436.0983 ext. 234
F   780.437.5984
E   primarycare@buksa.com
Twitter: #APCC12 #primarycare

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