A new bilingual resource provides clinicians with information on responding to domestic violence. The online tutorial includes 17 scenarios that can be started, paused and resumed at any time. It was developed by a panel of experts – including physicians, nurses, social workers and researchers – at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Women’s College Hospital in Toronto. Content covers basic to advanced competencies on a range of issues, including acute injuries to subtle indicators.
Health Equity Clicks is a new Canadian web resource that tracks health equity initiatives across Canada. Users can click different regions on a map of Canada to obtain a list and details for public health and health organizations who are taking action on the determinants of health to advance health equity. The resource was developed by the National Collaborating Centre for the Determinants of Health and based on a 2010 environmental scan on the same topic.
The Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division is hosting its annual Bottom Line Conference on February 29 and March 1, 2012. This year’s conference is called, “Practical Steps to a Psychologically Healthy Workplace” and will once again bring together business leaders, policy-makers, researchers and workers to improve mental health in BC workplaces.
The Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) has opened nominations for the Quality of Life Award (QOLA) 2012. The QOLA is given to individuals or a team who, through their desire, dedication and creativity, improve the lives of their patients, families and communities.
Health ministers from the provinces and territories met in Halifax recently to discuss the 2014 Health Accord. These preliminary meetings were aimed at striking a new health deal between Ottawa and the provinces, with an expected focus on the pressures of managing aging populations, obesity and chronic disease.
The Population Health Improvement Research Network (PHRN) at the University of Ottawa, and CHNET-Works! have announced the launch of a new blog “Health as if everybody counted” that focuses on research and practice related to reducing health inequity.
CMHA Durham held an Open House on November 1, 2011 to showcase its new Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic, which is now accepting new clients and their families. The clinic has the capacity to serve approximately 1,600 Durham residents when it is fully operational. The clinic provides primary health care services to Durham residents who do not have a family physician, and specializes in the provision of care to those with mental health challenges. However, the clinic is open to all who require primary care, not only those with mental health needs.
Chronic disease management and prevention are important components of good mental health. The North East Local Health Integration Network (NE LHIN) is addressing chronic conditions as a priority because people living in Northeast Ontario suffer from some of the highest rates of chronic disease in Ontario, and also have a higher percentage of people with risky health practices.
Senior Pride Network (SPN) is hosting their 6th conference on sexuality and aging. This year’s theme is “Opening the Closet on Aging”, focusing on the history of activism and advocacy in the older (50+) LGBT communities.
Registration for the Provincial Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee (HSJCC) Conference is still open. Titled, “Human Services and Justice: Accomplishments, Challenges and Opportunities,” this conference focuses on a range of themes related to criminal justice, mental health and addictions, and showcases accomplishments and changes taking placing in the human services and justice sectors.