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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, 20071479 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, 20071754 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, 20071216 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, 20071422 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.

by NationTalk on August 30, 20071423 Views

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

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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, 20071399 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, 20071226 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, 20071184 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, 20071389 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, 20071486 Views

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