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Annual Funding Increased To Support Community-based Programs For Children And Families

Manitoba News Release
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September 24, 2007

The province is investing more than $127,000 to increase annual funding for the parent-child coalitions that promote and support local community-based programs for young children and their families, Healthy Living Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross, minister responsible for Healthy Child Manitoba, announced today.
 
“Parent-child coalitions across the province support a wide range of programs including positive parenting, nutrition and physical health, literacy and learning,” said Irvin-Ross.  “Increased funding will allow the coalitions to expand their services and offer innovative programs to more children and families in their regions.”

by NationTalk on September 24, 2007922 Views

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Métis Announce ActNow BC Initiatives

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2007TSA0041-001175
Sept. 21, 2007

Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts

KELOWNA – B.C. Métis communities will be taking steps to encourage healthier lifestyles in support of ActNow BC goals, announced Michael de Jong, Minister for Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation.

A total of nine projects are being funded by the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health (NCCAH) to Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC). The projects include the promotion of wellness and chronic disease prevention strategies and increasing physical activity options in communities. The total funding for the nine projects is $600,000.

by NationTalk on September 24, 20071211 Views

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Prominent Canadians Champion the Nursing Profession

OTTAWA, Sept. 21 – A group of accomplished Canadians will champion nurses and the nursing profession during the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) centennial in 2008. “The individuals – experts in the fields of health policy, the environment, public affairs, leadership, business, media and entertainment – will volunteer their skills and knowledge to advance the important role of nursing in improving the health system and quality of life for the benefit of all Canadians,” said Dr. Marlene Smadu, president of CNA. As members of the CNA Centennial Leadership Cabinet, they will also help celebrate the contributions of Canada’s 250,000 registered nurses at events throughout CNA’s 100th anniversary year.

by NationTalk on September 22, 2007972 Views

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Health Council of Canada meets in Thunder Bay, Ont. Sept. 24 – 25

TORONTO, Sept. 21 – To provide a national perspective on the progress of health care renewal, the Health Council of Canada travels coast-to-coast meeting in five different locations each year. On Sept. 24 and 25, the Health Council will meet in Thunder Bay, Ont., to connect with local stakeholders and to continue its work monitoring, reporting on and advancing the renewal of quality health care in Canada.

by NationTalk on September 21, 2007996 Views

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More Than $1.3 Million Invested To Create Manitoba HIV Program, Reduce Spread Of Sexually-transmitted Infections, Promote Sexual Health

September 19, 2007
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Minister Encourages Manitobans to ‘Respect. Protect. Detect.’

More than $1.3 million will be invested over two years to create a Manitoba HIV program, reduce the spread of sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) and promote improved sexual health, Healthy Living Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross announced today.

“When left untreated, sexually-transmitted infections can cause serious long-term health problems for people and create significant pressures on our health-care system,” said Irvin-Ross. “Working with our partners in the regional health authorities and community organizations, this funding will be invested in projects to reduce the spread of sexually-transmitted infections, promote good health and improve access to care. We encourage Manitobans to – Respect. Protect. Detect.”

by NationTalk on September 19, 2007910 Views

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Aboriginal Concerns Heard At Conversation On Health

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2007HEALTH0105-001145
Sept. 18, 2007

Ministry of Health

VICTORIA – The fourth and final Conversation on Health meeting with Aboriginal communities in the province was held on September 12th.

The communities of Cowichan, Gitxsan, Little Shuswap and Seabird Island all expressed an interest in holding meetings and have now provided input to the province’s unprecedented year-long public discussion on health care.

by NationTalk on September 18, 20071015 Views

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AIDS Awareness on the Decline?

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Sept. 18, 2007) – Statistics and public opinion suggest AIDS awareness is declining. The 22nd AIDS Walk for Life, hosted by the British Columbia Persons With AIDS Society (BCPWA) on September 23rd in Stanley Park, reminds us that for 15,000 British Columbians, HIV/AIDS remains a fact of life.

“HIV has been labeled an intravenous drug users’ and a gay men’s disease by society,” says Glyn Townson, Chair of the BCPWA Society. “AIDS is a community issue the greater community cannot afford to ignore. We must work together to support people living with HIV/AIDS, and find ways to prevent further HIV infections.”

by NationTalk on September 18, 20071062 Views

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Media Advisory-AIDS Walk for Life 2007: The Walk Will Do Us Good

OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Sept. 18, 2007) –

What: AIDS Walk for Life OttawaWhen: Saturday, September 22, 2007 – 7pmWhere: Festival Plaza – City Hall

The AIDS Walk for Life is Canada’s most important national fundraising and awareness event for the community-based AIDS movement. In Canada, approximately 58,000 people are living with HIV/AIDS and as many as 4,500 people are newly infected each year. One person every two hours is being infected with HIV every single day. Approximately 3,000 people living with HIV/AIDS here in Ottawa and infection rates continue to rise. With no cure or vaccine currently available, prevention remains our only hope.

by NationTalk on September 18, 2007824 Views

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Charles Jago Appointed New Northern Health Chair

NEWS RELEASE
For Immediate Release
2007HEALTH0104-001138
Sept. 17, 2007

Ministry of Health
Northern Health

VICTORIA – The provincial government has appointed Dr. Charles Jago as the new chair of Northern Health.

“Dr. Jago brings a wealth of experience related to health and northern living to the Authority,” said Health Minister George Abbott. “His first-hand familiarity with health-care delivery across northern British Columbia and his track record of success in many past and present roles means residents will continue to have a proven leader at the helm of Northern Health. Our government greatly appreciates the outstanding commitment and leadership of Jeff Burghardt in his five years of service with the Northern Health Board and thanks him for his work.”

by NationTalk on September 18, 20071103 Views

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Call For Abstracts — Journal of Aboriginal Health, Vol. 5.

Aboriginal traditional health and healing practices for the Journal of Aboriginal Health, Vol. 5.

The Journal of Aboriginal Health (JAH) is the only peer-reviewed journal in the world focusing on the health of First Nations, Inuit and Métis in Canada. Since its inception in 2004, it has become one of the pre-eminent journals in Canada on the health of Aboriginal Peoples.

This is a call for abstracts for papers in the area of Aboriginal traditional health and healing practices for the Journal of Aboriginal Health, Volume 5. Please submit an abstract of 250 words maximum for papers to be considered for publication in Volume 5.

– The deadline for abstract submission is October 31, 2007.
– Abstracts can be submitted by e-mail to: managingeditor@naho.ca
– Abstracts may also be faxed to (613) 237-1810 (please write “Attention Managing Editor” on the fax).

by NationTalk on September 16, 20071086 Views

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Youth Treatment Centre Celebrates Official Opening

News Release – September 14, 2007

Leading Thunderbird Lodge, a First Nations youth addiction treatment centre located at Fort San in the Qu’Appelle Valley, today celebrates its official opening.

Established by the File Hills Qu’Appelle (FHQ) Tribal Council and the Touchwood Agency Tribal Council (TATC), the treatment centre offers addiction and substance abuse programs to First Nations youth.

by NationTalk on September 16, 20071012 Views

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NAN Members To Raise Funds for Diabetes Awareness

Former Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Bentley Cheechoo together with NAN Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler announced plans to lead three First Nation youth in the 2007 Honolulu Marathon as part of Team Diabetes Canada’s first ever First Nation team from Northwestern Ontario.

“The government programming just isn’t there in terms of education and prevention of this disease,” said former NAN Grand Chief (1988-1994) Bentley Cheechoo who lives with Type 2 diabetes controlled by diet and exercise. “There needs to be comprehension among the Aboriginal community, starting with translation of educational materials, of what this disease does to you and how you can prevent it from doing more harm than it needs to. We’re not going to eradicate it, but we can minimize its impact.”

by NationTalk on September 14, 20071265 Views

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Government Takes Action to Grow Health Workforce

September 11, 2007

New strategy adds 258 training seats, aims to attract more health professionals

Edmonton … Adding more health care professionals in rural Alberta, increasing post-secondary spaces for students in health programs and enhancing professional development bursaries are some of the actions the province will take to increase the number of health professionals working in Alberta.

A new Health Workforce Action Plan outlines 19 key initiatives to address Alberta health workforce issues. This year $30 million will go toward eight key recommendations, which include creating a health career and skills assessment network, increasing clinical training capacity and attracting health professionals working abroad.

by NationTalk on September 13, 2007970 Views

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Prince Albert Will Be Home To Three New Addiction Treatment Centres

News Release – September 12, 2007

Premier Lorne Calvert announced today the locations of three Project Hope treatment facilities for substance abuse. Prince Albert will soon become a centre of excellence for addiction treatment services in the province of Saskatchewan.

Construction of a Family Treatment Centre, a 15-bed Youth Treatment Centre and a joint Acute/Social Detox Centre for adults will begin shortly on land near the Victoria Hospital in Prince Albert.

by NationTalk on September 12, 20071129 Views

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Attention Assignment Editors; Media Advisory: Hundreds of Metis Citizens Set to Gather for Major Health Announcement in Kelowna

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Sept. 12, 2007) – The Metis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) will announce at its 10th Annual General Meeting in Kelowna that it has received funding for the Aboriginal ActNow BC strategy, a partnership-based, community-focused cross-ministry health promotion initiative designed to address chronic disease and injury risk factors in the Aboriginal community. The Provincial Ministry of Health, through the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health, is working with the MNBC to develop culturally relevant pilot projects in each of the seven MNBC regions.

by NationTalk on September 12, 20071022 Views

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Southern First Nations Community Support Services Training

September 11, 2007
Press Release
For Immediate Release:

Indigenous Nutrition: Traditional Steps to Wellness

This training will focus on the relationship between traditional foods and wellness. It will examine the role that traditional diets and foods play in restoring balance within individuals, community and the natural world. It will demonstrate how our current diet and lifestyle are impacting our state of health, spirituality, mentally and physically. This training will bring together science and culture in a way that will benefit all who participate.

Where: Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory
Community Centre (downstairs)
When October 16, 17, 2007
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Travel Dates: October 15 & 18, 2007
Presented By: Suzanne Katsitsiarihshion Brant

by NationTalk on September 11, 2007931 Views

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Métis Residential School Survivors The Healing Continues

The MNO is participating in the Service Canada’s initiative to provide information sessions and application assistance to Métis residential school survivors. The residential schools settlement has been approved by the courts. This website describes the settlement benefits and how to get them.

Dates of sessions:

Sep 13, 2007 9:30am to 11:30am – info session
Sep 19, 2007 9:00am to 4:00pm – intake session
Oct 18, 2007 9:00am to 4:00pm – intake session
Nov 21, 2007 1:00pm to 4:00pm – intake session
Dec 20, 2007 1:00pm to 4:00pm – intake session

All sessions take place at the Region 8 Métis Nation of Ontario office:

103 Richmond Street East
Unit 404
Toronto, ON
Ph: 416-977-9881 or toll free 1-888-466-6684
Fx: 416-977-9911

CONTACT:
bonnyc@metisnation.org

by NationTalk on September 11, 2007889 Views

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MNBC – 2008 Honour Your Health Challenge

Métis Nation British Columbia

You are invited to participate in the October 9 to 12, 2007 Honour Your Health Challenge Provincial Training Event in Vancouver, BC. There is no cost to register and information about the event is attached. Anyone interested in participating must complete the attached registration form and fax it back to Denise Lecoy, HYHC Provincial Coordinator, by September 14, 2007.

What is the Honour Your Health Challenge?
A minimum 6-week Health Challenge beginning January
2008 featuring prizes and grant opportunities. The HYHC
encourages individuals and communities to promote:
• Healthy eating;
• Increased physical activity;
• Decreased tobacco misuse.

Who should attend the training?
If you are an employee or volunteer with a special interest
in promoting health and wellness, then this training event is
for you.

by NationTalk on September 7, 20072098 Views

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Notice To The Media Thursday, September 6, 2007

The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health, and the Honourable Michael Kirby, Chair, Mental Health Commission, will make an announcement.

Date:
Friday, September 7, 2007

Time:
9:00 a.m. (local time)

Location:
Alberta Children’s Hospital
2888 Shaganapi Trail NW
Kinsmen Learning Centre
4th Floor – Room 4
Calgary, Alberta

Note: Media will be met at the front doors of the Hospital and escorted to the 4th Floor

Media Inquiries:

Erik Waddell
Office of the Minister of Health
613-957-0200

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Former Lieutenant Governor James Bartleman Joins CAMH Board

TORONTO, Sept. 6 – When the Honourable James K. Bartleman hangs up his official robes as Ontario’s 27th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, he will not be leaving his passion for the rights of people with mental illness and addictions behind. The former LG is joining the Board of Trustees at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) — the academic teaching hospital whose work he knows so well-and will be attending his first CAMH board meeting on Sept. 20.

“CAMH is Canada’s leading mental health and addictions teaching hospital, but it is also a force for change. CAMH has made fighting the stigma of mental illness and addictions a top priority – the prime example being the redevelopment of its institutionalized Queen Street site into an urban village, based on care. I want to help CAMH win the battle against stigma and discrimination.”

by NationTalk on September 6, 20073976 Views

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Province To Invest Over $1.5 Million To Expand Dialysis: Doer

September 5, 2007
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New Four-station Unit To be Located in Gimli

GIMLI—The province will invest over $1.5 million to expand dialysis treatment for Gimli and the surrounding area, Premier Gary Doer announced here today.

“The province continues to improve the quality of life for rural and northern Manitobans by bringing state-of-the art technology and quality health-care services closer to home,” said Doer.

A new four-station unit will be developed to provide dialysis for eight patients in Gimli and surrounding areas as well as additional support to dialysis patients in Selkirk.

by NationTalk on September 5, 2007973 Views

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Six Nations – A Healthy Donation For Saving The Gift Of Life

08/29/07 – Residents of Six Nations with cardiovascular/heart type afflictions that frequent events in and around the Territory of Six Nations do so with a certain level of caution, especially in the heat of this 2007 summer.

Six Nations selection and presentation today as one of the 50 recipients to receive 2 new public defibrillator’s will take the caution levels of many to hopefully rest at ease for a more enjoyable and active livelihood.

The 2 new public defibrillator’s are the result of a generous donation of a $3 million grant — the largest in North American history for defibrillators — from the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion, complemented by the largest private sector gift of $1 million from The Frank Cowan Foundation to the Heart & Stroke Restart a Heart, Restart a Life Campaign.

Over the next few months installation of the defibrillators will take place in high traffic public sites, selected in conjunction with Six Nations Ambulance Service. In the first year, training and equipment will be provided. Eight to ten trained personnel will be available at each defibrillator location to assist someone who is having a cardiac arrest.

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by NationTalk on September 4, 2007757 Views

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Saskatchewan Supports Mental Health Commission

News Release – August 31, 2007

Minister of Healthy Living Services Graham Addley today commended the federal government for appointing a board of directors to govern the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

“This is an important milestone for an organization that will work with provinces, territories and non-governmental groups to improve mental health services for all Canadians,” Addley said.

“The Government of Saskatchewan supports collaborative efforts to better address the problem of mental illness.”

by NationTalk on September 2, 2007988 Views

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Notice of Meeting: Formation of the Manitobans for Healing and Reconciliation Network

You, or a representative of your organization, are invited to participate in ONE of the (information) Orientation Sessions (morning or afternoon) and Formation Meeting (in the evening), and the option of shared lunch and/or supper.

Date: September 10, 2007 (See Time below)

Place: Ka Ni Kanichihk, 455 Mc Dermot St, Winnipeg (Parking by the building and limited time on the street)

Time: We are offering the following schedule with the hope that you can attend at some point in the day, in between or part of your work, school and other commitments.

by NationTalk on September 1, 20071070 Views

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Inuit Midwifery Web Site Launched

For Immediate Release

OTTAWA, ON — Today the Ajunnginiq (Inuit) Centre is celebrating the healthy birth of its trilingual information Web site on Inuit midwifery, maternity care, birthing and infant health in the North.

The Web site, located at www.inuitmidwifery.ca, is available in Inuktitut, English and French. The site is rich with resources, including research reports and news clippings on Inuit and western midwifery, notices of conferences of interest to midwives, a listing of training courses at northern colleges for maternity care workers, and much more.

by NationTalk on September 1, 20071195 Views

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Prime Minister Announcement on Mental Health Falls Short on Helping Those Most At Risk in Canada: First Nations

OTTAWA, Aug. 31 – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine said today’s announcement by the Prime Minister is not an adequate response to First Nations’ calls for a comprehensive mental wellness program.

“Investment in a Canadian Mental Health Commission is good for Canadians who have some access to mental health services, but First Nations communities are currently not supported to deliver comprehensive prevention and healing services,” said National Chief Phil Fontaine, “Including a First Nations Commissioner and an Aboriginal Advisory Committee are positive steps forward but without authority, money and direct accountability to First Nations, it is doubtful any meaningful change can occur.”

by NationTalk on September 1, 2007956 Views

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Provincial And Federal Government Join Forces With Local Communities To Improve Hospital Services For Aboriginal People In James Bay

Historic Agreement Paves Way For Weeneebayko Area Health Authority

MOOSE FACTORY ISLAND, ON, Aug. 31 – The tri-party agreement signed by the province, federal government and local leaders today will help improve the health of the James Bay Aboriginal communities by paving the way for the Weeneebayko Area Health Authority, said George Smitherman, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.

“This momentous agreement will help to bring high-quality health care services to the people living on the James Bay coast,” said Smitherman. “The new Weeneebayko Area Health Authority will serve the 11,000 residents of this coastal area to ensure they can access the best possible care, closer to home.”

by NationTalk on September 1, 20071001 Views

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New Committee To Hear Appeals About Compensation For Victims Of Crime

News Release – August 31, 2007

Victims of crime who apply for compensation for harm suffered as a result of a violent crime will now be able to appeal decisions of the Victims Compensation Program.

“I am confident that the Victims Compensation Appeal Committee will help us respond better to the needs of victims of violent crime so they and their families can begin to recover,” Justice Minister Frank Quennell said. “The establishment of this appeal committee follows the spirit of the Declaration of Principles Respecting the Treatment of Victims of Crime, which has been adopted by Saskatchewan Justice.”

by NationTalk on August 31, 2007940 Views

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Mental Health Commission of Canada – Media Backgrounder

31 August 2007
Ottawa, Ontario

The creation of a mental health commission was a key recommendation of a 2006 report of the Standing Senate Committee written by the Honourable Michale Kirby and the Honourable Wilbert Keon. The report, entitled, “Out of the Shadows at Last: Transforming Mental Health, Mental Illness and Addiction Services in Canada” outlined the need for a mental health commission in Canada to provide an ongoing national focus on mental health issues.

In Budget 2007, Canada’s New Government committed $10 million over the next two years and $15 million per year starting in 2009-10 to support the establishment of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, an arm’s length, not-for-profit corporation.

by NationTalk on August 31, 20071214 Views

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Mental Health Commission of Canada Announces Board of Directors and Advisory Committee Chairs

OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Aug. 31, 2007) – Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and The Honourable Michael Kirby, Chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, today announced the inaugural members of the Board of Directors and Advisory Committee Chairs of the Commission.

The makeup of the Board reflects the diversity of Canadians who are involved with the issue of mental health: three members of the Board live with a mental illness; two represent Canada’s Aboriginal people – one First Nations and one Inuit; others are family caregivers, peer support workers, and service providers at the community level, in hospitals and in private clinical practice.

by NationTalk on August 31, 20071178 Views

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Dental Hygiene Services Become More Accessible and Affordable

TORONTO, Aug. 30 – The College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario (CDHO) is celebrating new provincial legislation that comes into legal force and effect on September 1 granting the public direct access to dental hygiene services by permitting self-initiation for dental hygienists.

“On September 1st, amendments to the Dental Hygiene Act, 1991 will be proclaimed along with a new regulation that will allow dental hygienists to clean their patient’s teeth without an order from a dentist, except in circumstances where the patient has specific medical conditions. This means that members of the public will be able to have their teeth cleaned by dental hygienists in stand-alone dental hygiene clinics, in a range of health care venues, in addition to conventional dentists’ offices,” explained Cathie Mazal-Kuula, President of the CDHO and a practising dental hygienist.

by NationTalk on August 31, 20071431 Views

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Mental Disorders Account for More Than Half of Hospital Stays Among the Homeless in Canada

August 30, 2007—Mental disorders accounted for 52% of acute care hospitalizations among the homeless in 2005–2006 (outside Quebec), according to a new report released today by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). In addition, the report shows that 35% of visits to selected emergency departments (EDs)—mostly in Ontario—by homeless people were related to mental and behavioural disorders, a proportion that is higher than that for other patients (3%).

The Improving the Health of Canadians: Mental Health and Homelessness report provides an overview of the latest research, surveys and policy initiatives related to mental health and homelessness and, for the first time, presents data on hospital use by homeless Canadians.
“Mental illness affects a broad range of Canadians; most people with compromised mental health are not homeless, and many people who are homeless have never been diagnosed with a mental illness,” says Dr. Jennifer Zelmer, Vice President, Research and Analysis at CIHI. “However, studies show that people who are homeless are more likely to suffer from a mental illness or compromised mental health than the general population.”

by NationTalk on August 31, 2007895 Views

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Canada’s New Government Announces Historic Health Care Agreement with Northern Ontario First Nations

News Release
2007-111
August 30, 2007
For immediate release

MOOSONEE – The Honourable Tony Clement, Federal Minister of Health, announced today a new plan to resolve the duplication of health care services and health care gaps for First Nations in the Northern Ontario Weeneebayko region.

Traditionally, federal and provincial governments have both offered health care services to First Nations communities in this James Bay region, resulting in a duplication of health care delivery, health services gaps, and not providing all communities with the quality, timely health care they need and deserve.

by NationTalk on August 30, 20071149 Views

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13th Annual CMA Leadership Workshop for Medical Women; 6th Annual CMA Leaders’ Forum; plus Doctors in the House

The annual event series, no physician leader should miss!
Keynote addresses by Dr. David Suzuki and General Rick Hillier.

Fairmont Château Laurier, Ottawa ON
13 October 2007 to 16 October 2007

2007 Program details are updated as they become available.

2007 program brochure
2007 Conference agenda and workshop schedule (updated 26 July 2007)
2007 keynote speakers
2007 speakers
2007 fee structure
2007 Program Committee

CMA Physician Health and Well-being – Post-conference workshop
(15 October 2007):
Join your colleagues for lunch and an interactive afternoon workshop session on physician health and well-being, where you will reflect on your own resiliency and appreciate your own needs as a person and as a physician. Also learn to recognize patterns of stress and how to manage them effectively for the benefit of your own health and well-being, as well as for your family, colleagues and patients. For more information and to register, please click on the main brochure and/or registration form found above.

Subsidy available:
Subsidized attendance for aboriginal medical students, residents and physicians has been made possible by a financial contribution from the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch, Health Canada. Click here to download the application – deadline is Monday, 27 August 2007.

CME Accreditation

This program meets the accreditation criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been accredited for up to 1.0 Mainpro-M1 credits per hour to a maximum of 23.5.

This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. This program has been reviewed and approved by the University of Ottawa, Office of Continuing Medical Education.

Please visit here for more information or to register.

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Canada’s New Government Invests $10.1 Million for Better Access to Cancer Care from Prevention to Palliation

For immediate release –

WINNIPEG (August 24, 2007) The Honourable Vic Toews, President of the Treasury Board, on behalf of the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health today announced $10.1 million for access to high quality cancer care research. Canada’s New Government through the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) in partnership with CancerCare Manitoba and Cancer Care Nova Scotia will provide the funding over the next five years to seven research teams.

“Canada’s New Government is committed to further building knowledge on how to better detect, treat and survive cancer,” said Minister Toews. “In this regard, the projects being funded today will build on the work of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, announced by Prime Minister Harper November 2006 and designed to have the very best out of our knowledge today to plan for and improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment tomorrow.”

by NationTalk on August 26, 20071127 Views

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Health Canada: Canada Recognized as World Leader in Chemicals Assessment; Australia Accepts Canada’s Expertise

The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health, was presented today with a certificate by Senator the Honourable Brett Mason, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Tony Abbott, Australian Minister of Health and Ageing, in recognition of Canada’s expertise in the assessment of new chemical substances (view photo)

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA–(Aug. 24, 2007) – The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health, was presented today with a certificate by Senator the Honourable Brett Mason, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Tony Abbott, Australian Minister of Health and Ageing, in recognition of Canada’s expertise in the assessment of new chemical substances. The recognition comes as the Ministers continue the Canada – Australia Policy Dialogue on health issues.

by NationTalk on August 24, 2007938 Views

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Attention Assignment Editors; Media Advisory: Hundreds of Metis Citizens Set to Gather for Major Health Announcement in Kelowna

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Aug. 23, 2007) – The Metis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) will announce at its 10th AGM in Kelowna that it has received funding for the Aboriginal ActNow BC strategy, a partnership-based, community-focused cross-ministry health promotion initiative designed to address chronic disease and injury risk factors in the Aboriginal community. The Provincial Ministry of Health, through the National Collaborative Centre for Aboriginal Health, is working with the MNBC to develop culturally relevant pilot projects in each of the seven MNBC regions.

by NationTalk on August 23, 2007953 Views

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Canadian Obesity Network-Ethnicity Determines Risks from Obesity: Study

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA–(Aug. 22, 2007) – Canadian researchers have verified that ethnic heritage determines where the body stores fat, meaning some ethnicities, particularly those of Chinese or South Asian descent, face higher risks for diseases related to obesity.

Dr. Scott Lear, Assistant Professor in the School of Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University and Canadian Obesity Network Investigator led the team that discovered Chinese and South Asians have more dangerous abdominal fat than Europeans, putting them at greater risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and other complications.

by NationTalk on August 22, 20071081 Views

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Media Advisory – National Conference to Feature New Science on Prenatal Alcohol Exposure and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

– New learning tool, developed in Winnipeg to assist young people with FASD to be launched –

TORONTO, Aug. 20 – Canadian leaders in the field of FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) research and program delivery will meet in Winnipeg, Manitoba on Friday, September 7, 2007 at the 8th Annual Fetal Alcohol Canadian Expertise (FACE) Research Roundtable.

“Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder causes life-long health problems,” said Dr. Koren, director of Motherisk, a program of The Hospital for Sick Children, and founder of FACE, where organizers prepare to greet over 200 researchers, clinicians, social workers, program providers and government representatives. “And while FASD is preventable, the disorder remains the leading cause of developmental and cognitive disabilities among Canadian children, producing often devastating health and social problems.”

by NationTalk on August 20, 20071212 Views

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MEDIA ADVISORY – The Aboriginal Healing Foundation’s Latest Study Looks at the Potential Health and Social Impacts of Indian Residential School Lump Sum Payments

August 20, 2007

OTTAWA – The Aboriginal Healing Foundation’s latest research study, released today, has been prepared in anticipation of the imminent arrival of the $1.9 billion Common Experience Payments, a central component of Canada’s Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement.

Lump Sum Compensation Payments Research Project: The Circle Rechecks Itself assesses the impact of past compensation payments to Aboriginal people. The research consisted of two phases, a first-phase literature review and a second-phase key informant survey. The second phase involved 117 field interviews conducted across western and northwestern Canada.

by NationTalk on August 20, 2007922 Views

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Jordan’s Principle, Governments’ Paralysis

CMAJ • August 14, 2007

Section Editor, Public Health, CMAJ* Canada Research Chair in Law, Population Health and Global Development Policy University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ont. For the Editorial-Writing Team (Paul C. Hébert, Matthew Stanbrook, Barbara Sibbald and Ken Flegel)

Children are vulnerable members of our society. They are voiceless in decision-making, subject to the judgments and actions of others. First Nations people are also vulnerable — victims of ill-will and broken promises and suffering from the worst social, economic and health conditions in Canada.

So imagine the unenviable situation to be a First Nations child, very sick and living on a reserve where there are minimal children’s services.

“Jordan” was a child with a rare neuromuscular disorder born in 1999 on the Norway House Cree Nation reserve in northern Manitoba.1 His complex medical needs could not be managed there, so he was referred for treatment to Winnipeg. As his illness progressed, he became wheelchair-bound, ventilator dependent and unable to speak.

by NationTalk on August 14, 20071317 Views

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Nurses Disappointed Health Care Not a Priority for First Ministers

MONCTON, NB, Aug. 10 – Premiers cannot continue to ignore health care in their discussions and their actions. Nurses are pressing provincial and federal governments to expand the country’s health care system to meet the needs of all Canadians and to do so now, not soon.

“Nurses and health care professionals from across Canada gathered this week to ensure that health care remained a part of the discussions,” says Linda Silas, RN and President of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU). “Unfortunately, the Premiers would not meet with us nor did they feel health care pertinent enough to put on their agenda. In our view, this is unacceptable.”

by NationTalk on August 10, 20071193 Views

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Manitoba West Nile Virus Update #8

August 9, 2007

The Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health advises that 16 additional positive human test results for West Nile virus have been reported in Manitoba since last week.

To date, a total of 58 individuals have tested positive for West Nile virus in Manitoba. Of these, six test results were identified by Canadian Blood Services routine screening and the donated blood units were discarded as planned. There has been one reported death from a West Nile virus infection in Manitoba this year, which was announced on Aug. 4.

As of today, new orders under Manitoba’s Environment Act are being issued to control adult mosquitoes in the town of Morris and the city of Portage la Prairie. Adult mosquito control based on orders previously issued will continue in Altona, Brandon, Carberry, Morden, West St. Paul, Winkler and Winnipeg.

by NationTalk on August 10, 20071079 Views

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How soon is now? – Premiers, Feds Must Act Now to Improve Health Care for All Generations of Canadians

MONCTON, NB, Aug. 9 – Though health care is not front and centre on the Council of Federation agenda this week, health care experts gathered together at a conference yesterday to urge Premiers to stop the privatization rhetoric and focus instead on actually improving health care for all Canadians.

The conference, How soon is now, Health care for every generation, was organized by the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions and attracted more than 100 national and provincial health care leaders.

by NationTalk on August 9, 20071173 Views

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Health Council of Canada Appoints New Chief Executive Officer

TORONTO, Aug. 9 – Dr. Jeanne Besner, Chair of the Health Council of Canada, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Donald W. M. Juzwishin as Chief Executive Officer, effective Sept. 1, 2007.

“Dr. Juzwishin brings 28 years of leadership and management experience in the health sector to the Health Council of Canada,” said Dr. Besner. “His background includes health care management, policy making, education and research. We are delighted to have someone with Dr. Juzwishin’s experience and knowledge join our organization.”

by NationTalk on August 9, 20071201 Views

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Conference Reminds Premiers That Access To Health Must Be Their Priority

MONCTON, N.B., Aug. 8 – Nurses and health stakeholders from across the country are gathered today in Moncton for a national conference on health care hosted by the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions.

The conference, How soon is now, Health care for every generation, brings together health care leaders from across Canada. With CFNU President Linda Silas as chair, the conference features a key note address by National Chief Phil Fontaine of the Assembly of First Nations, and panel sessions on health issues and disparities with Ted Schrecker (University of Ottawa), Dr. Bob Gardner (Wellesley Institute), Dr. Steve Morgan (University of British Columbia), Dr. Judith Shamian (Victorian Order of Nurses), and Dr. John Gillis (Canadian Doctors for Medicare).

by NationTalk on August 8, 2007986 Views

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McGill-led Health Survey Drops Anchor in Far North

8/3/2007

On August 7th, the McGill University Centre for Indigenous Peoples’ Nutrition and Environment (CINE) will embark on the most comprehensive Inuit population health survey ever taken in Canada. Dr. Grace Egeland, Canada Research Chair in Environment, Nutrition and Health and Principal Investigator at McGill’s School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, and her team plan to survey 12 percent of Canada’s Inuit population to assess health issues and guide future health care planning and policy.

by NationTalk on August 7, 20071023 Views

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West Nile Virus Bulletin #4

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August 4, 2007

The first human death related to a West Nile virus infection of a person in Manitoba in 2007 has been identified.
 
The person, a male in his 80s, was a resident of the Assiniboine health region and had contracted the more severe type of West Nile virus disease (West Nile virus neurological syndrome). Based on public health investigations to date, it is likely that West Nile virus was the cause of death and the patient had no known underlying medical conditions.  The likeliest area where the person was exposed to West Nile virus is under investigation.

by NationTalk on August 7, 20071171 Views

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Media Advisory – Nurses’ Conference in Moncton to Focus on Health Care

OTTAWA, Aug. 6 – Nurses and health stakeholders from across the country will convene in Moncton, New Brunswick, on August 8 to attend a conference on health care hosted by the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU).

The conference, How soon is now? Health care for every generation, will discuss issues and solutions related to health disparities and access to care in Canada. The conference will be chaired by CFNU President Linda Silas, features a key note address by National Chief Phil Fontaine of the Assembly of First Nations, and panel sessions featuring Ted Schrecker (University of Ottawa), Dr. Bob Gardner (Wellesley Institute), Dr. Steve Morgan (University of British Columbia), Dr. Judith Shamian (Victorian Order of Nurses), and Dr. John Gillis (Canadian Doctors for Medicare).

by NationTalk on August 6, 20071117 Views

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National Aboriginal Diabetes Association Annual General Assembly Scheduled For August 30, 2007 Cancelled

August 2, 2007

Please be advised that the Annual General Assembly of the National Aboriginal Diabetes Association scheduled for 5:00 p.m. EDT, Thursday, August 30, 2007 at the Ottawa Congress Centre, Ottawa, Ontario HAS BEEN CANCELLED. An alternate date and location will be set soon.

by NationTalk on August 2, 2007919 Views

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