Large Turnout for Northern Health Conference

Wednesday, January 14, 2004 at 13:56



Organizers are reporting an extremely strong turnout for the Northern Health Conference, which began today in Prince Albert.


Registration for the 3-day gathering was already at 165 before people even started to arrive this morning, but that figure has since soared well past the 200 mark.


Today, those in attendance heard presentations from key experts about population health statistics and the impact they are having in the 3 northern health regions.


Mamawetan Churchill River Health Authority chair Louise Wiens says the rising youth demographic is becoming more of a factor in how resources are allocated for the region.


Wiens says it’s almost impossible for people in southern Saskatchewan to understand the impact the North’s increasing population is having on health indicators.


Wiens points out that, while some issues vary, the 3 northern health regions have the same basic concerns.


She also hopes to see progress this week on the Northern Health Strategy.