The Health and Human Rights Conference has run annually for the past 12 years. Wholly student-organized, the conference is tailored to student participants. We host a range of students from a wide variety of professions, including law, medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, and physiotherapy. In the past, we have welcomed speakers such as Samantha Nutt, the Hon. Charlie Angus, Albert Schumacher, Jacalyn Duffin, Beverley Chalmers, and many more. In 2012, the conference was awarded the Queen’s University Human Rights Initiative Award.
This year’s conference is titled Shaping Inclusive Health Policy, and our keynote speaker is Canada’s former ambassador to the UN and internationally renowned health advocate, Stephen Lewis. By examining the relationship between health policy and human rights, the conference will aim to answer the following questions:
What is the future of health policy in Canada? Who is marginalized by Canada’s health care system, and how will future health policy revise these barriers? How are barriers to access and effective care shaped by system-level factors? How does our current health care paradigm affect the attitudes of health care professionals and policy makers? What is currently being done in Canada to address health disparities at the local, provincial, national, and global level? How is Canada’s health policy shaped by our relationships with other countries, and how do we shape health policy in other countries? What is Canada’s role in impacting global health?