The Mood Disorders Society of Canada (MDSC) is conducting a survey that will help them improve their understanding of mental health concerns among Canadians living with mental illness, their family members or caregivers, and anyone concerned about the mental health system. Once completed, the MDSC will compile and forward these concerns to provincial, territorial and federal governments. The cutoff date for survey completion is September 30, 2011.
The Law Commission of Ontario (LCO) is looking for people interested in joining their Board of Governors. In addition, the LCO is establishing a new Community Council as part of its commitment to engaging the public and is looking for interested applicants. The Community Council is an advisory and networking group, reporting to the Board and the Executive Director. Members are appointed for two years with the potential for an additional term.
Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO), a community legal clinic specializing in public legal education, has launched a web resource for community workers to help parents without immigration status register their children for school. The resource explains relevant legal issues and provides resources to support parents.
For more information, please visit the CLEO website at www.cleo.on.ca.
The Ontario Medical Association (OMA) recently conducted a survey of municipal leaders. Results showed that municipal leaders from across Ontario chose health care as the number one issue that political parties should focus on in the upcoming provincial election.
The North East Local Health Integration Network (NE LHIN) has announced that they will provide $170,000 to fund a Regional Mental Health and Addiction Warm Line. The Regional Warm Line will provide an option for mental health and addiction consumers to call for support prior to a crisis, resulting in fewer calls and visits to the Emergency Department of local hospitals.
The Mood Disorders Association of Ontario (MDAO) is calling for submissions for their December 8, 2011 art show and sale, “Touched By Fire: The Art Show You Have To Be Crazy To Enter.” The MDAO is looking for original works of art in oil, watercolour, latex, acrylic, drawings, photography and mixed media by artists who have a mood disorder.
According to the 2011 eHealth Progress Report, more than 7,000 doctors are now managing the health information of 6.5 million Ontarians with an electronic medical record. Use of the electronic health record saves time, lives and money.
A new Canadian report explores what programs and services are making a difference to Aboriginal maternal and child health. The report, prepared by the Health Council of Canada, includes perspectives from those who provide care to Aboriginal women and children. The report includes highlights from regional consultations across Canada, including participant feedback on promising practices and stakeholder engagement. The report’s appendix includes a listing of promising practices discussed during the regional consultations.
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released “Health Data 2011″ in June. This report is a comprehensive source of comparable statistics on health and health systems amongst OECD members, as well as international comparisons of health systems, key indicators and briefing notes. “Health Data 2011″ is a useful resource for anyone involved in health research and policy development.
The Ontario government and the Ontario Medical Association have agreed to changes to the final year of the four-year Physician Services Agreement. These changes are aimed at getting an even greater “bang for the taxpayers’ buck” by ensuring that publicly-funded Medicare services are based on medical evidence and best practice.