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  • MacEwan University - Psychology prof's research links intelligence and worry
    on a verbal intelligence test Read more about Alex s research into worry and IQ BBC Future British Psychological Society Research Digest Slate com Huffington Post NYmag com Alex is continuing to collaborate with his colleagues at Lakehead University researching how worry might be connected to emotional intelligence and he s taking his research on anxiety in a new direction with his students at MacEwan In January Alex opened the Worry and Health Anxiety Lab building on work he s done that explores how to treat excessive worrying People can wait six or nine months to see a specialist so the length of waitlists is a big problem when it comes to mental health explains Alex whose doctoral research examined how primary care practitioners e g family doctors and nurses might use short 10 to 20 minute treatments to help patients manage their worry The results of that work are still to be published but Alex says the treatments appear to have a significant impact that lasts a period of months Publishing that research looking at opportunities to use the approach in the community and working with students to explore health related anxiety from several different angles is what Alex will be focusing on in the coming months and years This summer Alex and the students in the Worry and Health Anxiety Lab are planning to conduct a study to see how procrastination might be related to different anxiety disorders and health anxiety As soon as I arrived at MacEwan I had students coming to talk to me about how they could be involved in research says Alex Students have some really interesting ideas and I love having an active research lab that allows them to explore their ideas For more information Organization MacEwan University Address PO Box 1796 Edmonton

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  • Thalidomide Victims Association of Canada - Thalidomide Victims Gravely Concerned by Health Canada's Silence
    of the task force representing the victims They made it clear to us that they cannot answer some of the most fundamental and important questions for survivors We left the meeting in shock The questions that Health Canada is not prepared to answer include will the Government implement the 4 level disability plan that Parliament endorsed unanimously on December 1 and will it meet the annual sums as identified in the victims proposal based on level of disability Benegbi said The government refuses to answer the most basic questions that will put survivors at ease despite us providing them with all the information about successfully administered programs in the U K and Germany Something is stonewalling the desperate sense of urgency that our survivors are living with every day Benegbi said For example the government s March 6th announcement included a lump sum that was half the amount we had asked for without any explanation Based on that experience and the government s continued refusal to answer our questions we are very concerned that future amounts will also be cut The program was not even included in the government s budget announced last week Benegbi said We have been crystal clear Canada s Thalidomide survivors desperately need this funding support to live the rest of their lives with a level of dignity Parliament was unanimous that it should be full support which is what Thalidomide survivors deserve We will not accept a discount Without immediate intervention the group representing the survivors are worried that the details of the annual program will be deferred until after the federal election on October 19 2015 Some people in the government just cannot seem to understand the urgency of this said Benegbi We began our campaign twelve months ago with ninety seven survivors Today

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  • Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science - Looming Shortage of Medical Laboratory Technologists Will Hurt Patient Care in Canada
    to recruit MLTs to rural and remote communities CSMLS is discussing with parliamentarians three simple solutions to proactively address the shortage 1 All lab students have a clinical placement internship as part of their educational program Programs cannot increase spots without corresponding clinical placements making this a bottleneck in the system These spots are scarce due to staffing shortages crushing workloads and lack of dedicated education personnel What is needed is targeted funding for dedicated clinical educators to support onsite clinical education and targeted funding for research into the value and effectiveness of clinical simulation 2 Most internationally educated laboratory professionals require upgrading their education and experience to bring them up to Canadian standards Internationally educated MLTs who complete a bridging program are more successful on the national certification examination What is needed is long term and sustainable funding for these programs to facilitate quicker entry into the workforce and funding for not for profit organizations such as CSMLS to offset costs associated with Prior Learning Assessment PLA and integration 3 Lastly recruiting new medical laboratory technologist graduates to rural and remote communities is a significant challenge for Canadian medical laboratories Ensuring that these Canadians have access to the same high quality health care as in the rest of the country means that qualified lab professionals are needed to service these areas In order to combat the shortage of health care professionals in rural communities the federal government has committed to forgive a portion of Canada Student Loans for new family physicians nurse practitioners and nurses What is needed is given the vital role medical laboratory technologists play as part of the patient care team they should be included in such programs CSMLS looks forward to continuing to work with the federal government to ensure that patient safety remains the

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  • Canadian Medical Association Demands a Plan for Seniors - Canadians can now add their voice to the call for a National Seniors Strategy
    Canadian Medical Association and an alliance of partner organizations have decided to do something about it Demand a Plan is a public campaign to encourage development of a national strategy on seniors care So far thousands of Canadians have added their voice to the call for a National Seniors Strategy Tweets 8 in 10 Canadians are concerned about having access to high quality home care and long term care in their future seniorsplan There are 3 1 million informal caregivers in Canada They provide over 1 5 billion hours of home and community care each year seniorsplan More than 60 of caregivers experience a high level of stress from being a caregiver seniorsplan Quotes Canada s physicians want to give Canadians from all walks of life the opportunity to have their voice heard loud and clear on critical issues Demand a Plan asks Canadians to be part of a movement that will help bring about the change we need to save our health care system Whether it s a lack of investment in long term care facilities or home care Canada s seniors are not getting the care they deserve There is no time to wait to find out what s going to happen in the next 15 years if we don t have a plan Our ultimate goal is for Canada to have a national seniors strategy in place by 2019 We can t do this alone We need the help of Canadians to carry the message forward and make seniors care a ballot box issue during the next federal election Dr Chris Simpson President Canadian Medical Association For more information Organization Canadian Medical Association Address 1867 Alta Vista Drive Ottawa Ontario Canada K1G 5W8 www cma ca Link http www chrgonline com detail news php ID 527592 BACK

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  • New Brunswick - Breast Health Centre officially opened
    art technology In operation since early February the centre offers a complete range of outpatient services to the entire province all under one roof with integrated services adapted to patient needs Making life easier for New Brunswick families is one of the main priorities of our government said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Roger Melanson Today April 27 we are proud to officially open the new Breast Health Centre ensuring patients from all regions in New Brunswick receive the best possible health care through viable and efficient infrastructure Vitalité Health Network s board chair Paul Couturier welcomed the project s completion This is a project that was born from a community based initiative back in 2002 said Couturier The centre is now a reality thanks to the determination of a number of people who are committed to their mission including the members of the Breast Cancer Survivors Committee health care professionals and stakeholders Because of them we can take pride in this state of the art infrastructure for the entire population of New Brunswick The CHU Dumont Foundation was an important partner in the project having paid for a 475 000 Breast Tomosynthesis unit thanks to the generosity of a major donor The foundation works to promote the Vitalité Health Network s mission by assisting with the completion of projects for the Dr Georges L Dumont University Hospital Centre always with the focus of improving health care services offered at our hospital and ensuring patient well being said CHU Dumont Foundation general manager Jacques Leblanc The Dr Léon Richard Oncology Centre has one of the most comprehensive oncology programs in the Atlantic Provinces The establishment of the Breast Health Centre will allow medical personnel to offer optimal services to cancer patients with a multidisciplinary approach specialized in the areas of prevention

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  • Manitoba - Government announces location of new QuickCare Clinic in Southdale
    for minor ailments and routine health needs like a minor infection sore throat earache or the flu With five nurse practitioner led QuickCare clinics in operation and three more to come the Manitoba government is continuing to provide Manitoba families with the quality health care they need right where they live said Health Minister Sharon Blady Our commitment to build strong sustainable and co ordinated health care options for families remains a top priority With weekend evening and holiday hours and community locations QuickCare clinics are convenient for families when their regular health care provider may not be available or when a visit to the emergency room is not required The premier noted these clinics do not replace regular visits with a patient susual health care provider They work jointly with local physicians and clinics as part of My Health Team to build strong and co ordinated care options for families Registered nurses and nurse practitioners working in Winnipeg s QuickCare clinics have proven to be a valuable part of the health care system said Lori Lamont vice president and chief nursing officer Winnipeg Regional Health Authority The team at QuickCare can diagnose and treat minor injuries and illnesses when their patients are unable to see their own primary care provider avoiding unnecessary trips to an emergency department Premier Selinger noted that while most patients using this new clinic will likely live or work in the Southdale community anyone can visit a QuickCare clinic He added the new QuickCare clinic is expected to open in late 2015 or early 2016 and will be a member of one of the province s new My Health Teams In addition to this new QuickCare clinic Minister Blady said the Manitoba government continues to support several initiatives that will help link thousands of families

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  • Newfoundland and Labrador - All-Party Committee on Mental Health and Addictions Moving Forward with Plans for Provincial Consultations
    Bradley President and CEO of the Mental Health Commission of Canada provided an overview of the commission s role and mandate including its current programs and priorities in the areas of addressing mental health in the workplace suicide prevention mental health first aid anti stigma and promotion and prevention The focus of the All Party Committee on Mental Health and Addictions is to make recommendations to improve programs and services to better serve the needs of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians Building better health care in our province starts with greater access to services The all party committee is taking every opportunity to become familiar with the current programs and services offered for people living with mental health and addictions challenges I look forward to hearing from families who are impacted as we proceed with province wide public consultations It is our intention to dramatically improve treatment options for the one in five people affected by mental illness Andrew Parsons Opposition Critic for the Department of Health and Community Services and MHA for the District of Burgeo La Poile The committee will hold province wide consultations with a detailed schedule to be released in the coming weeks These public sessions will include discussions with stakeholders and individuals and families with experience of mental illness or addictions Opportunities will also be provided for written and emailed submissions The process will be collaborative open and transparent and will emphasize consensus seeking and shared learning The important work of the committee starts now as we listen to the people of the province I can t wait to roll up our sleeves and get going on this next phase I want to hear from people in every nook and cranny of the province Together we will make this better because we have to and we can Gerry Rogers Third Party Critic for Mental Health and Addictions and MHA for the District of St John s Centre The NLCHI Mental Health Addictions Programs Performance Indicators report which was reviewed by the committee is a set of is a set of indicators on performance of mental health and addictions programs and services in Newfoundland and Labrador The report defines a standard set of indicators to address accountability and monitor performance of mental health and addictions programs and services Forty one indicators were grouped under seven headings Quality Safety Access Utilization Efficiency Spending and Health Outcomes The report can be found at www nlchi nl ca images Mental Health and Addictions Programs Performance Indicators April 2015 pdf The All Party Committee on Mental Health and Addictions was established after a private members motion supported by all members of the House of Assembly in January of 2015 QUICK FACTS A second meeting of the All Party Committee on Mental Health and Addictions featured presentations focusing on both provincial and national perspectives further progress on plans for province wide consultations with a detailed schedule expected to be finalized soon The committee was provided with an overview of a new report released

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  • Saskatchewan - Laying the groundwork before construction of the new Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford
    The activities also include bringing access to the site with the addition of a temporary construction road The new road will provide access to the facility during construction when the existing access will be blocked off The scheduled date of completion for the pre construction work is July 1 2015 The Ministry of Central Services is pleased to add this groundbreaking and environmentally sustainable new facility to our diverse portfolio of buildings that we own and manage Central Services Minister Jennifer Campeau said The new and expanded complex will be built to a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design LEED Silver certification standard LEED is a rating system that is recognized as the international mark of excellence for green buildings in 150 countries Improving mental health services is a priority for government The new Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford will better meet the needs of patients who require in patient rehabilitation ensuring they receive the care and support they need in a modern environment Health Minister Dustin Duncan said This new hospital supports our government s commitment to addressing the recommendations in the Mental Health and Addictions Action Plan which encourages sector partners to work together to improve mental health services across the province The new integrated facility includes a 96 room correctional facility which will be designed to provide support for male and female offenders living with mental health issues We are pleased to see this important project moving along Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Tell said These partnerships are incredibly important as we work together to align mental health and correctional services in our province With the groundwork in place for construction of the new Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford Integrated Correctional Facility the Government of Saskatchewan can lay the building blocks needed for a healthier and safer Saskatchewan For

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