The National Health Sciences Students' Association (NaHSSA)



The National Health Sciences Students' Association (NaHSSA) has been created at the University of British Columbia in 2005. Now after about two years, indeed, the association has expanded beyond its headquarters and includes over 20 local chapters all around Canada including the LIHSA.

As the world's first and only national student organization devoted to interprofessional education, NaHSSA aimed to promote interprofessional education and collaborative practice through innovative student-initiated programming. To Know more about the NaHSSA please visit its website at

News for February 2012

2012 NaHSSA Conference- Hosted By Conestoga College & WIHSC!
 The Waterloo Interprofessional Healthscience Student Collaborative (WIHSC) and Conestoga College are proud to host the 8th Annual NaHSSA Conference ‘Innovation & Technology in Healthcare’ from March 9th-11th, in Kitchener, ON. Additionally, in true collaborative practice, we will be joined by both IMAGINE and WISH from the SMIHILE group and CISN members
Visit www.WIHSC.comor www.NaHSSA.cafor more information!

2012-2013 NaHSSA Executive Committee Applications
Are you passionate about IPE and Collaborative Practice? Are you a student leader or champion?
Apply for the 2012-2013 NaHSSA Executive Committee!
All students are encouraged to apply. Elections will take place on Sunday March 11th, 2012 at the Annual General Meeting in Kitchener. Check out the attached document for more information and contact one of the NaHSSA Executives for more information.

John Gilbert Mentorship Award
Have you been encouraged or inspired by a particular mentor in interprofessionalism? The National Health Sciences Students' Association (NaHSSA) is please to announce the call for the 2012 John Gilbert Mentorship Award nominees. For more information please see the attached file or visit our website. Deadline for nomination is February 21st, 2012 to Konrad Binder

Essay Contest
The National Health Sciences Students' Association (NaHSSA) and the Journal of Interprofessional Care (JIC) is please to announce the call for the 2012 International Essay Contest on Interprofessionalism. Open to students enrolled full-time and part-time in  an undergraduate or graduate studies at a college or university pursing a degree in health sciences or affiliated program are eligible to participate. Deadline for submission is March 20, 2012. For more information please visit:

Chapter Recognition Award Winners
And the Winners are…

-University of Saskatchewan Health Sciences Students’ Association
-The Michener Interprofessional Applied Health Students’ Association
-Waterloo Interprofessional Healthcare Student Collaborative

Congratulations to the 3 winners of the first ever Chapter Recognition Award, each chapter will have the opportunity to showcase their chapter and their activities at this year’s NaHSSA conference!!!!!

Chapter Highlights

The Michener Interprofessional Applied Health Students’ Association (TMIAHSA)
Health Care Heroes
Lamees Wahab on behalf of TMIAHSA

Interprofessional collaboration is analogous to the Justice League of America – a team of superheroes working together to combat evil.  Superman does not have a Lasso of Truth and Wonder Woman does not have X-Ray vision but when they work together, they complement one another, have the ability to reach new heights, and overcome greater obstacles. Just like the Justice League, each health care profession has a unique skill set.  Talents are brought to their full potential only when they are put together to work towards a common goal – in this case, improving patient care.

The Michener Institute is a Professional School home to 10 full time programs – cardiovascular perfusion, chiropody, diagnostic cytology, genetics technology, medical laboratory science, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy, radiological technology, respiratory therapy and ultrasound.  Many people do not realize the behind the scene roles Applied Health Professionals play. TMIAHSA came together in February 2011 with the full support of The Michener Institute, special thanks to Sylvia Schipkke – VP of Academics who has fully supported our endeavors financially and provided us full utilization of Michener resources and allowed us to promote TMIAHSA and Sheena Bhimji-Hewitt – Faculty Support who has dedicated countless hours of her time to promote and support us, point us in the right direction and help us breathe life into our ideas.

Within the past year, we have created TMIAHSA and watched it grow - set up a website, participated at the 1st Annual Health Care Team Challenge, promoted TMIAHSA with regular articles in The Michener News, and had our dedication, perseverance and commitment recognized by the Michener with two Michener Values-in-Action awards this past May. Additionally, five abstracts written by our board members have been accepted to be presented at the upcoming NaHSSA Conference and International Society of Radiographers & Radiological Technologists Conference.

TMIAHSA was created with the mission of shedding light on the often overlooked roles of Applied Health Professionals and promote interprofessional education and collaboration both inside and outside of The Michener Institute.  Touching each and every patient throughout their journey of care in so many ways while collaborating with a spectacularly broad spectrum of other professionals is what helps makes us all real life health care heroes!

TMIAHSA Local Executive Chapter (2011-2012) included the following applied health professions and their representatives:Medical Laboratory Science – David Gonzalez, Nuclear Medicine – Lamees Wahab, Radiological Technology – Albert R. Gheorghita, Prasaanthan Gopee-Ramanan, Michael Laviola, Sara Omar, Kevin Liao, Radiation Therapy – Susan Chen, Saira Qadir, Ultrasound – Jennifer Jamieson, Faculty Support – Sheena Bhimji-Hewitt

For more information on The Michener Institute’s programs or TMIAHSA, feel free to visit or contact us at!

City of Ottawa Health Sciences Students’ Association (OHSSA)
The Ottawa Health Sciences Students’ Association (OHSSA) strives to promote interactive learning activities among students studying in the field of health and social sciences. This includes students from the University of Ottawa, Algonquin College, La Cité Collegiale, Carleton University and St. Paul’s University. OHSSA is also fortunate enough to work closely with the Academic Health Council (AHC) in the Ottawa, Champlain region.

Event: Interprofessional Education Challenge
Hosted by OHSSA in collaboration with the AHC, On November 29th, 2011, students from Algonquin College, La Cité collégiale and the University of Ottawa gathered at the University of Ottawa Campus to participate in an Interprofessional Education Challenge.

Over 30 students from Nursing, Human Kinetics, Health Sciences, Thérapie respiratoire (Respiratory Therapy) and Paramedic programs were organized Into Interprofessional (IP) teams and were asked to analyze a case-based scenario involving an elderly patient living in a rural area. Students were then tasked to divide their analysis into seven different categories, which tested their knowledge of the patient’s needs, their own profession, the profession of their future colleagues, ethical values and the potential conflicts that might arise concerning care of the patient.

Student feedback was very positive with many students eager to participate in future activities and ready to sign up as members of the OHSSA. Many felt that learning about other professions in a non-classroom setting was quite beneficial as it allowed students to socialize in a non-competitive environment and to freely ask questions. Others felt that the challenge gave them the opportunity to reflect on their own career path and gave them more confidence regarding their abilities and knowledge. At the end of the Challenge, students were awarded Interprofessional Education Certificates by the OHSSA’s faculty advisers, the AHC, as well as prizes. With the great feedback, OHSSA organized two more similar events held at Algonquin College and University of Ottawa’s Health Sciences Campus- Roger Guindon promote amongst more faculties.


All Together Better Health Care Conference (ATBH VI)
The 6th All Together Better Health Conference (ATBH VI) will be held from 5-8 October 2012 in Kobe, Japan. The All Together Better Health are the leading international interprofessional education and collaborative practice conferences.

Students have a special place in the ATBH conferences as you are the future for interprofessional collaborative practice and partners in interprofessional education. Students around the world have also demonstrated themselves as astute agents for change in both education and practice settings. In previous conferences students have presented high quality research papers, keynote speeches and organized student events. For ATBHVI in Kobe, Japan, we hope to build on these experiences and have an even stronger presence of students and student events. We therefore also call on you, students, to submit abstracts for student events; for more information please access the student page of the ATBHVI website: The International Network of Health Care Team Challenges will organize the successful Health Care Team ChallengeTM.
For more information please visit the NaHSSA events page:

If your NaHSSA Chapter has an event that they would like to show-case in a future edition of our e-newsletter, or you think that you’re just plain AWESOME and want everyone else to know it…
Email Kristi Prince, VP Chapter Development

Upcoming Events
i) Collaborative Change Leadership Session #1 in Toronto, Ontario from February 24th-25th, 2012. For more information please visit:
ii) AMO Clinical Day- the Ottawa Interdisciplinary event for health professionals in Ottawa, Ontario on February 24th, 2012- special healthcare student rate $100+tax. For more information please visit:
iii) QWQHC 6th Annual Summit/ Le 6e Sommet annual de la CQVT-SSQ in Vancouver, British Columbia from March 1st-2nd, 2012, more information is available on our website at:









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Inerprofessional Education Initiatives: Working together across disciplines