Today the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) released its final report from the National Dementia Strategy Conference. Hosted by the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, federal Minister of Health, the two-day conference was held in Ottawa on May 14-15, 2018. The event was required by the National Strategy for Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias Act, which states that the Health Minister must convene a conference with stakeholders for the purpose of developing a comprehensive national dementia strategy.
Approximately 200 invited participants were in attendance. They represented a number of key stakeholder groups, including people living with dementia and their care partners. Other participants included researchers; healthcare professionals; care providers; advocacy groups; and representatives from provincial and territorial governments. Dementia Justice founding director, Heather Campbell, was in attendance.
The conference report identifies a handful of cross-cutting issues, including human rights, especially in the context of criminal justice:
"Participants emphasized the application of a human rights lens to the national dementia strategy and the integration of principles of equity, diversity and inclusion throughout. They also signaled the importance of aligning with global and national charters of rights for people living with dementia, particularly with respect to criminal justice."
Regarding next steps, the conference report states:
"In fall 2018, a What We Heard report will be shared that will synthesize the sum of input received through this conference and other activities undertaken by PHAC in the lead up to the May 2018 National Dementia Conference.
The National Dementia Conference was a critical milestone. The Public Health Agency of Canada will continue to engage with dementia stakeholders and partners through the newly established Ministerial Advisory Board on Dementia and the FPT Coordinating Committee on Dementia as well as bilateral opportunities to inform the development of the National
The Dementia Justice Society of Canada thanks PHAC for releasing this document, and for specifically acknowledging the discussion around rights and criminal justice. We look forward to the forthcoming "What We Heard" report.
To read PHAC's final report, please click here.
Dementia Justice recap of Day 1 and Day 2 of the conference.