1st Patient Council/Foundation Meeting held in Umhausen

The first Patient dedicated meeting for the foundation of the Patient Council was held in Umhausen/Austria 

June 13 to June 16, 2024

Patient organisations and individual patients were invited and some followed the invite for this event to establish the Patient Council within netwOArk.

Organized by Arthrose Forum Austria and Vivea Hotel Umhausen im Ötztal – Thank you!

Invitation to
1st OA Summit Ötztal
OA patient organizations – quo vadis?
The European osteoarthritis patient organizations are beginning to form on a European level!
The European Network on OsteoArthritis (NetwOArk) aims to establish the European Society for Osteoarthritis (EUSOA) together with research, clinicians, patient organizations and companies.
In the OA PATIENT TASK FORCE, patient organizations are networked worldwide under the umbrella of the Osteoarthritis Foundation International (OAFI) and Arthritis Foundation.
At the 1st OA Summit Ötztal, representatives of European patient organizations will discuss the following questions:

How can the role and cooperation of patient organizations be shaped at national and European level? Is it possible to create a uniform structure to form a powerful European patient organization?

How can we generate “one voice” for interactions with politics/healthcare/regulatory authorities in order to have a European lobby?

How can the differently organized self-help platforms from the various nations and patient organizations with different resources pull together?
The focus is on personal exchange and networking. At the same time, participants will get to know the concept of the Osteoarthritis Health Vacation – a unique initiative in Austria by Arthrose Forum Austria and Vivea Hotel Umhausen in Ötztal.
1st OA Summit Ötztal at a glance:
When: June 13 to June 16, 2024
Where: Vivea Kurzentrum & Gesundheitshotel Umhausen in the Ötztal valley
• Arthrose Forum Austria
• Vivea Hotel Umhausen im Ötztal
• The European NetwOArk on Osteoarthritis (Cost Action 2110)
• Barbara Egger-Spiess, Arthrose Forum Austria
• Michael Rupp, Director Vivea Hotel Umhausen in Ötztal
• Chris Ladel – The European NetwOArk on Osteoarthritis (NetwOArk) andOsteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI)
• Corné Baatenburg de Jong – ReumaNederland

Thursday June 13, 2024:
Individual arrival*, rest and relaxation at the Vivea Hotel Umhausen in the Ötztal valley
18.30 get-together and dinner
Friday June 14, 2024:
breakfast between 7.30 to 9.30
9.30 hotel tour and presentation of the medical-therapeutic concept Osteoarthritis vacation
10.30 to 13.00 Conference “OA patient organizations – quo vadis?”
13.00 lunch
14.00 to 17.00 “OA patient organizations – quo vadis?” conference or, depending on the time available, subsequent rest and relaxation at the hotel
19.00 dinner together
Saturday June 15, 2024
breakfast between 7.30 to 9.30
10.00 Start of supporting program with joint trip to Sölden
Ascent with the Gaislachkogelbahn to the IceQ viewing platform and 007 Elements – James Bond adventure world at over 3,000 meters
return to Umhausen, rest and relaxation
19.00 dinner together
Sunday June 16, 2024 breakfast between 7.30 to 9.30 Individual departure until 11.00 The 1st OA Summit Ötztal is an initiative of Arthrose Forum Austria and Vivea Gesundheitshotel Umhausen in Ötztal together with ReumaNederland and The European NetwOArk on Osteoarthritis. The costs for the three-day stay from June 20 to 23, 2024 in Ötztal (three nights with half board) are kindly covered by the Vivea Hotel Umhausen in Ötztal. Extras (drinks, etc.) at own expense. * Arrival is individual and at your own expense. On request, a pick-up from Innsbruck airport or Innsbruck/Ötz train station can be organized. It is possible that part of the travel costs can be reimbursed via Cost Action 2110. This is still being clarified.Questions to ipatient.council@netwoark.eu Further information on the location: https://www.vivea-hotels.com/hotels/umhausen-im-oetztal

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