Toronto, Sept 20 (Canadian-Media): A warning was issued by Canadian health organizations that the federal political parties must commit to cracking down on vaping products as theses pose serious health risks, media reports said.
Investigation by Canadian health officials confirmed this country’s first case of vaping-related lung illness.
Health officials in Canada believed vaping-related lung illness to be part of a larger outbreak in the United States that has been linked to at least seven deaths and hundreds of illnesses.
#StatisticsCanada; #opioiddrugoffences; #PublicHealthAgencyofCanada
Ottawa, Jul 23 (Canadian-Media): According to the data collected by the Public Health Agency of Canada, which promotes and protects the health of Canadians, from January 2016 to December 2018, opioid drug offences were highest in British Columbia (B.C.), Statistics Canada reported.
Statistics Canada is the national statistical office, which provides key information to Canadians on Canada's economy, society and environment to enable them to function effectively and make make policy decisions.
There were 2,490 opioid drug offences in Canada in 2018, resulting in a rate of 7 incidents per 100,000 population. B.C. had (21 per 100,000 population), Alberta (11) and Ontario (5).
The highest rates of opioid offences were Kelowna (101), Lethbridge (84), Abbotsford–Mission (19), Vancouver (19) and Brantford (19).
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
#VivoPlayProject; #FudingAlberta; #physicalActivity
Ottawa, Jul 7 (Canadian-Media): Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Federal Minister of Health, announced yesterday $1.4 million in funding for Vivo Play Project, for Alberta to enable children and their families for increasing their physical activity and making social connections with others in their community, media reports said.
This four-year initiative of Vivo Play Project offers free facilitated play opportunities in outdoor spaces for 11,000 children and their families in the north-central Calgary area.
Funding will also support the development a private, mobile dashboard and let them see how their activity levels directly translate into their risk for chronic disease. This will also allow participants to track indicators of their health as well as change in the community throughout the project.
"Inactivity among Canadians is a leading cause of preventable chronic disease and a growing public health issue...Vivo Play Project...help to create supportive environments for children to develop healthy habits and address the common risk factors underlying many chronic diseases," said Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada.
Since 2013, the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention, Multi-sectoral Partnerships (MSP Program), addresses the common risk factors that underlie major chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease (e.g., unhealthy weight, physical inactivity, unhealthy eating, and tobacco use).
Theresa Tam/Twitter Ginette Petitpas Taylor/Facebook
Tracey Martin, Senior Manager, Innovation, Vivo said he was thrilled to launch the Vivo Play Project with its mission to help the community transform itself and continue to raise healthier generations.
"We know the benefits that physical activity provides to the health and well-being of Canadians...to help increase physical activity in north-central Calgary...work with parents and community members to keep our kids healthy and active while helping to lower their risk of chronic disease," said Taylor.
Ottawa, May 6 (Canadian-Media): In response to Ontario's mental health care system being disconnected, making it difficult for patients and families to get the care and services they need, Ontario's government for the people will invest $3.8 billion over 10 years to develop and implement a comprehensive and connected mental health and addictions strategy to help vulnerable Ontarians to access timely mental health and addictions services they need without having to wait too long and end hallway health care. media reports said.
19 consultations were held by the government across the province with mental health and addictions community organizations, frontline service providers, hospitals, advocates, experts, people with lived experience and people with experience in Indigenous mental health and addictions.
A joint announcement was made today by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and by cabinet colleagues at CMHA's Toronto's Routes Community Centre of an additional $174 million available every year to ensure mental health and addiction service providers have stable, long-term funding.
"Our government is keeping our promise to make mental health and addictions a priority," said Elliott. "That's why we're taking a cross-government approach to solving Ontario's mental health and addictions challenges...create additional housing, build capacity in child and youth mental health, support our men and women in uniform and add services for seniors, Francophones and Ontario's Indigenous people."
This year's additional mental health and addiction funding will includes providing children and youth with earlier and faster mental health and addictions help at schools and in the community; more housing support homeless people with mental health and addictions issues; new mobile crisis teams to help police officers and other first responders manage sensitive situations when assisting severely mentally ill people; and faster access to addictions treatment for all Ontarians.
Included in the overall investment of $174 million is nearly $30 million for child and youth mental health services and programs across Ontario, as well as more than $27 million to fund mental health supports in Ontario's education system, which will directly benefit schools, teachers and, most importantly, students and their parents.
"These investments are part of our government's commitment to invest $3.8 billion over the next 10 years...will create a connected system of care with comprehensive wrap-around services to ensure that every Ontarian is fully supported in their journey toward mental wellness, said Elliott."
#endinggender-basedviolence; #funding; #WomenDeliverConference; #PHAC
Ottawa, Apr 30 (Canadian-Media): An announcement was made today by Pam Damoff, Parliamentary Secretary for the Canada's Minister of Health, on behalf of Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Canada Minister of Health, Government of Canada’scommitment to ending gender-based violence by announcing more than $6.4 million in funding for seven projects aimed at preventing teen and youth dating violence, media reports said.
Ginette Petitpas Taylor/Facebook
More than $40 million over five years would be made by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) under its Preventing Gender-Based Violence – The Health Perspective program Investment to support Canada’s Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence.
Strategies to develop and maintain healthy interpersonal relationships to prevent gender-based violence need to be taught to youth to avoid its immediate and long‑term impacts on individuals, communities and Canadian society.
Funding to design and deliver unique, community-based programs that will equip young Canadians with the knowledge and skills needed to help recognize and prevent dating violence would be received by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada, the Calgary & Area Child Advocacy Centre, the Canadian Women’s Foundation, the Coaching Association of Canada, Liard Aboriginal Women’s Society in Watson Lake, Yukon, Planned Parenthood Ottawa, and the Université du Québec à Montréal.
In Canada, nearly 50% of people aged 15 and older who identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual report having experienced childhood physical or sexual abuse, compared to 30% of heterosexual people.
In June 2019, Canada will host the Women Deliver Conference, the world’s largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights and wellbeing of girls and women.
During a keynote address to approximately 900 public health professionals at the Canadian Public Health Association’s annual conference in Ottawa, Parliamentary Secretary Damoff emphasized the importance of collaboration across the health sector to address current and future Canadian public health priorities, including supporting and advancing gender equality.
"Exposure to violence and trauma has significant and long-lasting health impacts, particularly on the developing brains of children and youth. The best way to prevent gender‑based violence and all of its associated risks to physical health and mental well-being is to promote the development of positive, supportive and healthy relationships early in life. Community-based programs tailored to the needs and experiences of youth are essential to building the foundations of equality and respect that will help to end gender-based violence in our society," said Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada.
#JohnTory; #fundingcuts; #TorontoPublicHealth; #hallwayhealthcare
Toronto, Apr 24 (Canadian-Media): Toronto Mayor, John Tory issued the following statement on provincial funding cuts to Toronto Public Health, media reports said.
"The province is cutting $1 billion of funding to Toronto Public Health over the next 10 years.
The province says it is slowly shifting the cost-sharing model over the next three years. It is not – these cuts are retroactive to April 1 of this year and they have been done without any consultation whatsoever.
We have been honest with residents that these cuts – which amount to $64 million starting this year – will hurt services provided by Toronto Public Health that save lives and, ultimately, save healthcare costs.
If you want to end hallway healthcare, investing in public health – not cutting it back – is the way to do it.
Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa has been clear that all services provided, or funded, by Toronto Public Health are at risk as a result of cuts by the Ontario government. Approximately 91% of public health's budget goes to the frontline services that protect and help all our residents, especially children and seniors.
Funding that goes to Toronto Public Health right now supports 602 school communities to provide more than 37 million meals to more than 200,000 children and youth in Toronto.
The province has yet to clarify how it can cut funding to Toronto Public Health without that cut applying to student nutrition programs.
These cuts put the health and well-being of our city at risk. Last year alone, Toronto Public Health:
We have been clear that this is an incredibly serious funding change which puts our city's health at risk and will put lives at risk here in Toronto and across the province.”
#Ontario; #Canada, #CanadaMentalHealth, #MentalHealthDepression,
Toronto, Apr 20 (Canadian-Media): One in five Ontario children and youth suffer from a mental disorder, but less than one-third have had contact with a mental health care provider, says the Ontario Child Health Study (OCHS).
Children Mental Health/Facebook
Although those overall results echo a similar study from 1983, the new study found a much larger proportion of children and youth with a disorder had contact with other health providers and in other settings, most often through schools.
The new study, called the 2014 OCHS for when data collection started, found that the patterns of prevalence among different sexes and age groups have changed.
Hyperactivity disorder in boys four to 11 years old jumped dramatically from nine to 16 percent, but there has been a substantial drop in disruptive behaviour among males 12 to 16 years old from 10 to 3 per cent. There has been a steep increase in anxiety and depression among both male and female youth from 9 to 13 per cent.
At the same time, there was a significant rise in perceptions of need for professional help with mental health disorders, rising from seven per cent in the original OCHS in 1983 to 19 per cent in the 2014 OCHS. However, the study authors say it is difficult to estimate whether it is tied to the growing prominence of anti-stigma and mental health awareness campaigns over the past three decades.
In 30 years, the prevalence of any disorder increased in communities with a population of 1,000 to 100,000, rather than large urban areas, and there is strong evidence that poor children are more likely to have a disorder if their neighbourhood is one where violence is more common.
The study also found that in the past year more than eight per cent of youth thought about suicide, and 4 per cent reported a suicide attempt.
The 2014 OCHS study included 10,802 children and youth aged four to 17 in 6,537 families. It replicated and expanded on the landmark 1983 Ontario Child Health Study of 3,290 children in 1,869 families.
The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry has simultaneously published eight papers on different aspects of the 2014 OCHS results.
"This is a very robust study we feel represents the situation in Canada," said Michael Boyle, co-principal investigator of the study. "That means there are more than a million Canadian children and youth with a mental health problem. This needs to be addressed."
Co-principal investigator Kathy Georgiades added: "This study underscores the continued need for effective prevention and intervention programs."
Joint message from the Min of Health & Min of Indigenous Services on World Tuberculosis Day – March 24, 2019
#HealthandSafety;# PublicHealthAgencyofCanada; #Canada; #Tuberculosis; TB; #immigrants; #UnitedNations; #It'stime; #media; #generalpublic;
#non-governmentalorganizations; #Aboriginalpeoples; #government; #statements; #SeamusO'Regan; #FirstNations#FoodandDrugAdministration; #TBEliminationFramework; #GinettePetitpasTaylor
Ottawa, Mar 24 (Canadian-Media): Following joint statement was made by Ginette Petitpas Taylor Federal Minister of Health & Seamus O'Regan, Minister of Indigenous Services on today on World Tuberculosis Day.
Today, on World Tuberculosis Day, we reaffirm our commitment to eliminating tuberculosis (TB) in Canada. This disease is preventable and curable, yet it remains one of the world's most common infectious diseases. While Canada has one of the lowest TB rates in the world, this disease disproportionately affects Indigenous Peoples and newcomers to Canada from countries where TB is more common.
Canada fully supports the commitments made by world leaders last September at the first-ever United Nations High Level Meeting on TB, including to end the TB epidemic globally by 2030. The agreement from countries around the world to fight against this preventable disease is a historic and important development.
This year's theme from the World Health Organization is "It's time," highlighting the urgent need to act on our commitments to eliminating TB.
It's time to end the stigma. TB is a disease of social inequality. People without access to quality health care, housing and healthy food, or who are living in poverty, are often more susceptible to TB. This can create stigma and discrimination that prevent people who are at risk from seeking care, and also make it more difficult for them to continue treatment. The Government of Canada is working with Indigenous, federal, provincial and territorial partners to ensure that underserved populations have access to screening, testing, treatment and education. Access is a crucial part of helping to reduce stigma.
It's time to improve treatment options and to reduce the burden of TB on individuals, families and communities both at home and abroad. To do this, we have taken a number of steps. In 2017, our government made regulatory changes to allow for rifapentine, a Food and Drug Administration approved medication in the United States, to be imported for communities experiencing high rates of TB. Rifapentine is a medication for latent tuberculosis infection that has a shorter treatment course than the current options.
It's time to re-double our efforts to support First Nations and Inuit communities towards achieving the goal of TB elimination, through distinctions-based, culturally-safe care while recognizing the right to self-determination. Last year, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) and the Government of Canada announced our joint commitment to eliminating TB across Inuit Nunangat by 2030, and reducing active TB by at least 50% by 2025. Working towards this goal, ITK released the Inuit TB Elimination Framework in December 2018, which highlights the need for enhanced community-wide prevention, screening, early diagnosis and treatment, and calls for concerted action to address the social determinants of health that contributed to high rates of TB in Inuit communities.
Through our partnership with Inuit communities and the Governments of Nunavut and Nunatsiavut, the Government of Canada deployed four mobile TB screening clinics to Inuit communities over the past year. The mobile clinics provide timely access to TB-related health services, allowing for early diagnosis and local treatment to take place while minimizing the impact of cultural isolation and language barriers. These clinics are saving lives and helping prevent infections from spreading.
We also continue to engage with First Nations partners and provincial counterparts to strengthen efforts to address high rates of TB in First Nations communities. We are promoting increased awareness and education on TB for First Nations, while facilitating access to equitable and culturally-appropriate treatment and follow up care. Understanding cultural perspectives and traditional knowledge of First Nations and Inuit improves collaboration and mobilizes the appropriate resources to support the elimination of active TB.
Much has been accomplished over the past year, but more needs to be done. We are encouraged by the research activity and collaboration among scientists, health professionals and community members across the country dedicated to helping Canadians affected by TB have access to the information and health care they need.
We commend the efforts of the many individuals and groups active in the awareness, prevention and treatment of this disease. We all have a role to play-visit Canada.ca/Tuberculosis to learn more about TB and how you can help to address it.
#DrTimothySproule; #ScarboroughHealthNetwork; #SHN; #JuliePayette;
#Sovereign’sMedalforVolunteers; #CanadianHonoursSystem; #JanHolland;
Toronto, March 20 (Canadian-Media): Dr. Timothy Sproule, Acting Chief, Division of Plastic Surgery, Scarborough Health Network (SHN) is one of six individuals to be honoured with the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers (SMV) this year -- for his international volunteer work -- from Canada’s Governor General Julie Payette, media reports said.
Julie Payette (left) with Dr Timothy Sproule/Facebook
SHN is a hospital network serving the Scarborough district of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. SHN's three hospital campuses are General, Birchmount and Centenary.
For last nearly 30 years, Sproule had been traveling the developing world to help in specialized plastic surgery to those who needed , donate equipment, and train other physicians.
As part of the Canadian Honours System, the SMV recognizes exceptional volunteer achievements from across the country and abroad, celebrating a wide range of voluntary contributions.
Jan Holland, Dr. Sproule’s receptionist for more than two decades, had witnessed Sproule’s dedication to his patients, both at home and abroad and nominated him for the Sovereign’s Medal award.
“If anyone deserves this award, he does and I could not be happier for him,” said Holland.
During the early start of his career as a plastic surgeon, Sproule started to devote time in the developing world and had travelled to Guyana, Peru, Vietnam, India, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Nepal and Ecuador to name a few places in performing cleft lip and palate surgery, burn surgery, and microsurgery.
Working with a variety of organizations and through his own charity, The Canadian Reconstructive Surgery Foundation, he’s also been able to donate sophisticated equipment to improve care, and routinely shares his expertise to train the next generation of physicians.
“Tim is a gifted and dedicated surgeon who offers a warm and supportive approach to all his patients,” explained Dr. Neville Poy, who worked with Dr. Sproule at SHN’s legacy organization, The Scarborough Hospital, and who is also an Order of Canada recipient from the Governor General.
“What’s more, he’s a compassionate humanitarian who has helped countless numbers of impoverished lives and whose teachings have allowed surgeons far and wide to carry on his work within their own communities.”
He has maintained an academic appointment at the University of Toronto, lecturing on laser physics, safety, and techniques to resident physicians in the surgery program and is also training to participate in a triathlon next year.
“As a physician and as SHN’s Chief of Staff, it’s an inspiration to have Tim as part of our team,” said Dr. Dick Zoutman. “Our entire health network benefits from his remarkable strength and expertise.”
ChristineElliott; #publichealthcaresystem; #OntarioHealthBoardofDirectors; #OntarioHealth; #BillHatanaka
Toronto, Mar 8 (Canadian-Media): An announcement was made today by Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Long-Term Care regarding formation of an early slate of the Ontario Health Board of Directors to initiate government's commitment to a connected, sustainable public health care system centred around the patient, media reports said.
This is one step closer to fulfilling the government's commitment to build a modern, connected public health care system that patients, families, and caregivers deserve "to enable collaboration and coordination from top to bottom. We need to bring the best of our system together, and form deep roots that put health care in Ontario on a solid foundation for the future," said Elliott.
"Aligning these resources under Ontario Health will enable more integrated patient-centred care and more coordinated support for service providers," said Bill Hatanaka, Chair Nominee of the Ontario Health Board of Directors.
A number of critical responsibilities would be taken over by Ontario Health Board of Directors with specialized skills -- from health care to business operations, from logistics to public service delivery, from community engagement to volunteerism -- to ensure Ontario Health would strengthen and modernize our public health care system.
The proposed legislation of the government , if passed, would enable the transfer of multiple existing provincial agencies into Ontario Health over a number of years.
"Our plan will enable local teams of health care providers to know and understand each patient's needs and provide the appropriate, high-quality connected care Ontarians expect and deserve " said Elliott.