Overview of OPOP Annual Retreats
The Ontario Psychiatric Outreach Program (OPOP) annual event is both a strategic planning tool for the program and an opportunity for education and knowledge transfer. At each event our program representatives come together to review achievements, current initiatives and help set OPOP objectives for the next academic year. Participants typically include consultants, administrators, residents of all three OPOP collaborating programs, including the University of Ottawa, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and Western University, other network work collaborators including HealthForce Ontario (HFO), the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), the North East LHIN (NE LHIN), the North West LHIN (NW LHIN), as well as representatives from the northern sites served by OPOP, including North Bay, Sault Ste Marie, Sudbury, Thunder Bay and outlying communities.
The annual event changes location every year, alternating between OPOP sites across Ontario. The event is planned by the event committee and co-hosted by OPOP and representatives from the local host site, in order to reflect contextually relevant presentations and content. The events are an accredited group learning activity as defined by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the Canadian College of Family Physicians. In 2016 the annual retreat was re-branded as a “conference” due to an increase in attendee turnout and engagement, scope and depth of the academic and professional content delivered.