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Over 120 Health Care policy makers, researchers and analysts from over 20 countries will gather in St Andrews this week for a major three-day conference on Strategic Issues in Health Care Management.

The fifth international conference of its kind to be hosted by the Department of Management at the University of St Andrews, this year’s theme is ‘Policy, Finance and Performance in Health Care’ – three inter-linked issues for any health care system.

The conference begins tomorrow (Thursday 11th April) and runs until Saturday 13th April.

Co-organised by Dr Manouche Tavakoli and Professor Huw Davies of the Department of Management, the conference is aimed at health care industry strategists and analysts, managers and decision makers, policy makers, researchers and economists.

“Health care systems across the globe face serious challenges in delivering high quality care within tight budgets”, said Professor Davies.

“This conference looks at how research can help policy makers meet these challenges – with the aim of improving health service,” he said.

Over the three days, around 100 oral presentations and many poster presentations will be given by speakers from countries as diverse as Iran and New Zealand.

The three keynote speakers are Sir Alan Langlands (Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of Dundee and former Chief Executive of the NHS in England), Professor Aidan Halligan (Director of Clinical Governance for the NHS and Head of the NHS Clinical Governance Support Team) and Dr Rod Taylor (Department of Public Health and Epidemiology, University of Birmingham and former Head of Appraisals at The National Institute for Clinical Excellence). Professor Halligan and Dr Taylor will deliver the opening lectures, while Sir Alan will deliver the closing lecture.

The major issues to be covered at the Conference are: Health Care Organisation & Governance, Health Care Performance and Evaluation, Health Care Access and Equity, Health Care Development, Health Care Financing, Health Care Quality and Health Care Policy.

Weblinks: Official Conference website: http://www.st-and.ac.uk/academic/management/text/fp02.htm

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NOTE TO EDITORS:

A FULL PROGRAMME OF THE CONFERENCE IS AVAILABLE ON THE OFFICIAL WEBSITE.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND ANY OF THE KEYNOTE PRESENTATIONS, PLEASE CALL 01334 462877 TO ARRANGE ACCESS.

Issued by Beattie Media On behalf of the University of St Andrews Contact Gayle Cook on 01334 467227, mobile 07900 050103, or email gec3@st-andrews.ac.uk Ref: SIHCM conf 2002 pr 100402 View the latest University news at http://www.st- andrews.ac.uk/extrel/press.htm

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