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.
The Ontario government has asked the federal government to work with the provinces to help make a new long-term deal on health care. The federal government recently committed to a six per cent increase in health transfers however the federal government pays only 23 per cent of Ontario’s health costs.
York University researchers have found that yoga is helpful in reducing the physical and psychological symptoms related to chronic pain in women who suffer with fibromyalgia.
The Canadian Mental Health Association, Durham Branch has just received notification that they are the first CMHA branch in Canada to be accredited by Accreditation Canada.
Mental Health Works (MHW) is a program of the Canadian Mental Health Association that helps Canadian employers address mental health issues in their organizations. MHW has recently launched a new website; it provides extensive information on employer solutions, employee supports, a newsletter and the reasons why mental health in the workplace matters so much.
Please visit www.mentalhealthworks.ca to find out how Mental Health Works for you!
Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) is hosting its annual conference on November 21 – 22, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario. The conference theme is “Partnering for a Better Child and Youth Mental Health System” to support knowledge exchange and to help build community networks.
Both a research study and a play, “That’s Just Crazy Talk” is premiering July 28, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. in Toronto at The Great Hall. This is a thoughtful and funny stage-play about one woman’s lived experience with bipolar disorder. Acclaimed actress, playwright, and mental health educator, Victoria Maxwell wrote and performs in this theatrical-based study which explores the impact of a one-woman play on mental health issues.