European Forum for Primary Care, Almere, The Netherlands
Diederik Aarendonk (Dutch national) is a senior expert in public health programmes in transitional economies. He has a nursing background and received a master degree in international public health. Mr Aarendonk has extensive experience in managing public health reform programmes in Central & Eastern European countries. His former position was Public Health expert at the Netherlands School of Public & Occupational Health being involved in several EU funded projects, including projects about Communicable Diseases, Mental Health, Primary Care, Public Health Management and Environmental Medicine. His present position is coordinator of the European Forum for Primary Care. From this position he is responsible for all the activities the Forum develops, including the preparation of Position Papers, organisation of conferences, workshops and other meetings, communication with members, financial management, etc. Since October 2012 he is also an academic consultant at the department of family medicine and primary health care at the Ghent University as an advisor in relation to research and practice within the Primary Care domain.