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Keynote speakers

Anna Stavdal

WONCA World,

Title: Continuity of care in times of continous change


We promote continuity of doctor-patient relationships as a central organising principle.

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Family doctor in Oslo inner city since 1989. Associate professor at Oslo University, teaching undergraduate students and training family medicine residents.

Active in public debate, columnist, speaker and a passionate advocate for family medicine and primary care.
Leading positions in family medicine organisations for 25 years, – on the Norwegian, Nordic, European and global level. President of the World Organisation of Family Doctors, WONCA, from November 2021.

A main field of professional interest is the “Core Values” of family medicine, a prerequisite for sustainable healthcare.

Hálfdán Petursson

University of Iceland,

Title: Preventing overdiagnosis – balancing risks and uncertainties


We provide timely diagnosis and avoid unnecessary tests and overtreatment. Disease prevention and health promotion are integrated into our daily activities.

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Hálfdán Pétursson is a general practitioner in Gothenburg and assistant professor in family medicine at the University of Iceland. His research topics include cardiovascular risk, multimorbidity, and the relevance and limitations of disease-specific guidelines in general practice. His overarching focus in research and teaching is on overdiagnosis and medicalization.

Minna Johansson

Global Center for Sustainable Healthcare, Sweden

Title: Prioritizing those who needs us the most when facing a tsunami of recommendations, quality metrics and financial incentives


We prioritise those whose needs for healthcare are greatest.

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I am a general practitioner, working in a small town on the Swedish west coast. I am the director of the Global Center for Sustainable Healthcare, a global collaboration of researchers, supporters of evidence-based healthcare, clinicians, patient advocates, and policy makers that aim to rethink medicine and push for a more sustainable healthcare. Our vision is to create a platform for collaboration – permeated by generosity, curiosity and creativity – shaping a new appreciation of human, financial, and environmental resources in healthcare.

Tuire Saloranta

Wellbeing services county of Vantaa and Kerava,
University of Helsinki, Finland

Title: Person-centred care – a key for effectivity?


We practice person-centred medicine, emphasising dialogue, context, and the best evidence available.

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Tuire Saloranta is a Specialist in General Practice and a Doctor of Medical Science. She works as a general practitioner in Myyrmäki Health Center in Wellbeing services county of Vantaa ja Kerava and as a clinical lecturer at the University of Helsinki. Her dissertation regarded free-of-charge long-acting reversable contraception and the use of family planning services. She has been named General Practitioner of the year in 2019. Tuire believes that continuity of care and a patient-centred approach are the keys to effective health care.

Ruth Kalda

University of Tartu,

Title: Putting the person at the center: dialogue, context, and best evidence in person-centered medicine


We remain committed to education, research, and quality development.

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Ruth Kalda, Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Tartu. Head of the Institute of Family Medicine and Public Health 2016-2022. Coordinator of the family medicine residency training at the University of Tartu.
Representative of the Estonian Society of General Practitioners in the Wonca Europe Council and a member of EURACT. Member of the International Network of Motivational Interview Trainers.

The main interest and field of activity concern: quality, organization, professional training, and sustainability of PHC. The main areas of research are related to the risk factors, and prevention of common diseases, as well as factors influencing the course of the disease and quality of life of the patients.

Juho Saari

University of Tampere,

Title: Hidden hierarchies and the quality of life


We recognise that social strain, deprivation, and traumatic experiences increase people’s susceptibility to disease, and we speak out on relevant issues.

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Juho Saari (b. 1967) is a tenured professor in social and health policy (2016-) and a Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences (2019-2023) at Tampere University, Finland. He is the author, co-author or editor or co-editor of some 70 books and some 170 refereed articles on social policy and public economy, social innovations and RD-policies, altruism and justice, welfare and well-being, and European and global governance. He is currently finalizing books on social status differences, the state of Finnish welfare state, and the well-being effects of social comparisons among vulnerable groups.

Mogens Vestergaard

Aarhus University,

Title: Securing sustainable services: future challenges and core values in general practice


We collaborate across professions and disciplines while also taking care not to blur the lines of responsibility.

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Mogens Vestergaard is a general practitioner residing in an underserved socially deprived area of Denmark. He serves as a Professor of Primary Care Epidemiology at Aarhus University and is the founder of Deep End Denmark. In 2023, he was appointed by the Danish Government as a member of the Health Structure Commission, which is charged with proposing new models for the future healthcare system under Denmark’s national reform programme. His research centres on multimorbidity, mental disorders and health inequality.

Magnus Isacson

SFAM – The Swedish Association of General Practice, Sweden

Title: The core of family medicine

Summary lecture of the NCGP2024 Congress
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I am the president of SFAM, the Swedish College of General Practice, since 2019 and work at Ekerö vårdcentral just outside Stockholm. My top priority as president is and has been advocating for Family Medicine and making it more visible in the media and the society. And to explain to people what it is, why it is important and why it is the best job there is.