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Canadian Medical Association (CMA)


The CMA, founded in 1867, is a national voluntary organization of individual member physicians represented through 12 provincial and territorial divisions. Their mission is to serve and unite the physicians of Canada and be the national advocate, in partnership with the people of Canada for the highest standards of health and health care.

The CMA performs a wide variety of functions, such as advocating health promotion and disease/accident prevention policies and strategies, advocating for access to quality health care, facilitating change within the medical profession, and providing leadership and guidance to physicians to help them influence, manage and adapt to changes in health care delivery.

CMA participates in a variety of strategic alliances and coalitions with other national health organizations to further specific health promotion or health policy objectives.

Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA)

The Canadian Public Health Association is a national not-for-profit association whose mission is to advocate for the improvement and maintenance of personal and community health according to the public health principles of disease prevention, health promotion and protection and healthy public policy.

Incorporated in 1912, the CPHA is composed of health professionals from over 25 health disciplines that actively conduct and support health and social programs both nationally and internationally.

The CPHA, in partnership with federal and provincial government departments and international agencies, non-governmental organizations and the private sector, work to promote its belief in universal and equitable access to the basic conditions necessary to achieve health for all Canadians.

Canadian Infectious Disease Society (CIDS)

CIDS is a non-profit, professional organization whose mission and goals focus on the promotion of excellence in the epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical and laboratory diagnosis, management and prevention of infectious diseases through education, research and advocacy.

The key to the Society's work is to contribute to the health of people at risk of, or affected by infectious diseases; develop guidelines and policies for the prevention, diagnosis and management of infectious diseases; facilitate communication with other organizations that will advance the mission of the Society; promote, facilitate and support education and research in infectious diseases and microbiology; be a resource to government; and communicate important issues in infectious diseases and microbiology to the Canadian public and medical community at large.

The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)

The College of Family Physicians of Canada is a national voluntary organization of family physicians. Serving as the voice of family medicine in Canada, the CFPA supports its members in providing quality patient care through education, research and the promotion of best practices to ensure that their role is well understood and widely valued.

The CFPA champions quality health care for all people in Canadians by promoting high standards of medical education and care in family practice, by contributing to public understanding of healthful living, by supporting ready access to family physician services, and by encouraging research and disseminating knowledge about family medicine.

Canadian Lung Association (CLA)

For more than 100 years, The Lung Association has been striving to change the reality of lung disease in Canada and the toll it takes on Canadians.

A unique partnership of 10 provincial Lung Associations from coast to coast, the Canadian Lung Association acts to strengthen the work of the provincial associations through support of research, advocacy of improved respiratory health, communications and coordination of services.

The Lung Association is among Canada's oldest voluntary not-for-profit health promotion organizations. It was first established in 1900 to control the spread of tuberculosis as well as provide better services and facilities for tuberculosis patients. Today, over five million Canadians benefit from the work of The Lung Association

Their mission is to lead national and international lung health initiatives in preventing lung disease; to help people manage lung disease and to promote lung health.

Canadian Thoracic Society (CTS)

The Canadian Thoracic Society (the medical section of the Canadian Lung Association) evolved from a recognized need to solve the problems of medical education and research in the field of tuberculosis and other respiratory diseases.

Today, the CTS advises the Association on scientific matters and programs including policies regarding support for research and professional education. It encourages and promotes clinical, epidemiological and other scientific studies in the diagnosis and treatment and prevention of thoracic diseases. The CTS advocates the highest professional and scientific standards in all aspects of respiratory diseases through leadership, education, research and communication.

Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA)

The Canadian Pharmacists Association is the national voluntary organization of pharmacists committed to providing leadership for their profession and its members.

Since 1907, the CPhA has been the voice of pharmacists in this country through advocacy, facilitation, provision of knowledge, participation in partnerships, research and innovation, and education and health promotion. The CPhA actively develops policies and positions outlining the role of the pharmacist as a drug expert and partner in the provision of high quality drug therapy.

Canadian Paediatric Society

The Canadian Paediatric Society is a national advocacy association committed to the health needs of children and youth. Since 1922, the CPS has worked to:

  • advocate for the health and well-being of children and youth;
  • promote quality health care for all Canadian children and youth;
  • provide professional development opportunities for paediatricians and other healthcare providers who care for children and youth;
  • establish Canadian standards and guidelines for paediatric care and practice;
  • promote the interests of children and youth and their physicians.

As a voluntary professional association, the CPS represents more than 2,000 paediatricians, paediatric sub-specialists, paediatric residents, and other child healthcare providers.

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