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The European Health Forum Gastein is the most important health-related event in the European Union and a meeting point for experts from different fields within the health system. It differs greatly from other events which are generally focused on very specific areas.

Life expectancy reaching a new high, changing fertility patterns, and internal and external migration leading to greater diversity are just some of the phenomena of demographic change currently being experienced in Europe. These all exert different pressures on European health systems, and innovations and visionary foresights are needed to turn these challenges into opportunities for sustainable solutions. Over 550 participants, including ministers of health and senior experts form public and private sector, research and academia and representatives of the civil society gathered once again for three days from 28-30 September 2016 in Bad Hofgastein, Austria to discuss these highly important issues.

Elizabeth Hanson, Vice-President Research, represented Eurocarers in Gastein and took part in a panel debate organised by the World Health Organisation on ‘Facing the challenge of Alzheimer's: Current and future policy options’. The event was an opportunity for the WHO to present and discuss its ‘zero draft’ of the Global Action plan on Dementia and gave Eurocarers a chance to highlight the increasingly important role played by carers in the provision of long-term care as well as related challenges.

To access a summary of the outcomes of the European Health Forum Gastein, please click here.