The first-ever Canadian Pain Summit will be held in Ottawa on April 24, 2012 at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel.
The Canadian Pain Society (CPS) and the Canadian Pain Coalition (CPC), along with their partner organizations will host this important event.
Up to 300 delegates are expected to attend the Summit, where all stakeholders - consumers, care givers and health professionals, along with educators, provincial, territorial and federal government representatives, business and not-for-profit groups will be able to provide valuable input to the National Pain Strategy for Canada.
The CPS developed a draft National Pain Stategy during the summer of 2010 and this document will be the focal point of a Stakeholder Forum to be held September 16 and 17, 2011 in Toronto. It is expected that a cross-section of up to 50 stakeholders will attend the Forum, to provide critical input to the draft strategy.
Once complete, the National Pain Strategy for Canada will be presented at the Canadian Pain Summit in April 2012 for final consideration and acceptance by all participants.
"Given the magnitude and scope of the problem of undertreated pain in Canada, a national strategy along with an associated Summit is the best way to proceed," says Dr. Mary Lynch, President of the CPS and Co-Chair of the Canadian Pain Summit 2012.
"We look forward to co-hosting this important Pain Summit event in Canada next year," advises Lynn Cooper, President of the CPC. "We learned a great deal from the International Pain Summit held last September in Montreal and we want to improve the situation for all Canadians living with pain," Cooper adds.