FALL 2006

E x e c u t i v e   D i r e c t o r ' s   M e s s a g e
Province needs physician resource plan

By Rob Ritter

In the coming months the NLMA will be engaging government officials in serious discussions about current and future physician requirements for our province.

H E A L T H   P R O M O T I O N
Become a Partner in Healthy Living

By CMA Staff

The Canada’s Doctors: your partners in healthy living pilot program projects a positive image of physicians and highlights the physician’s role as the trusted source of information for patients on all health matters.

H E A L T H   A D M I N I S T R A T I O N
Colleagues pay tribute to Eastern’s retiring VP medical services

By Eastern Health Staff
After more than 30 years of contributing to this province’s health care system, Dr. Robert Williams is retiring in September.

H E A L T H   A D M I N I S T R A T I O N
Eastern Health names new VP medical services

By Eastern Health Staff
Eastern Health recently named Dr. Oscar Howell its new vice-president of medical services and diagnostics.

P E R S P E C T I V E S
Diabetes and kidneys

By Dr. Susan King
I’ve been hearing a lot about diabetes and kidneys lately. I’ve come across a few things worthy of passing on.

w h s c c
Are you registered with the Commission?

By WHSCC Staff

WHSCC wishes to advise all physicians of the importance to register as an employer and obtain a firm number if you are incorporated or employ one or more persons.

H E A L T H   A D M I N I S T R A T I O N

What you should know about MCP re-registration

By Tony Maher
MCP is asking for physicians’ cooperation in advising patients to re-register. To help with that process, MCP will, in the coming month, supply doctors offices, clinics and hospitals with re-registration forms to ensure that all residents have re-registered by the deadline.

H e a l t h   P r o m o t i o n
New school food guidelines sweeping nation… where are we?

By Glendora Boland

Many schools are already offering healthier choices. School districts, school administrators, caterers and other community partners are working together to help support healthy living in our schools.

H e a l t h  P R O M O T I O N

Pap tests: Reducing embarrassment and increasing screening

By Lori Harnett

As part of the Cervical Screening Initiatives Program’s Fall 2006 Pap Test Awareness Week campaign, women are encouraged to become more informed and proactive about regular Pap testing.

H e a l t h   T E C H N O L O G Y
Aiding CT, MRI utilization decisions

Submitted Article
Quality-adjusted life-years for stroke patients can be improved through CT scanning within 48 hours of presentation reveal two recent health technology assessment reports produced by CADTH.

H e a l t h   P R O M O T I O N
Family caregivers essential partners in care

By Erin Holland

In Canada, estimates are that 80 to 90 per cent of care is provided, unpaid, by the family members, spouses and friends.

F I N A N C I A L
Start up your own adventure capital fund

By Joan McCarthy

By starting your own special “opportunity fund,” you can pursue a personal dream at any stage in life — mid-career, pre-retirement or retirement. Your starting point, as with reaching any goal, is formulating an objective.

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Rural mental health program launched this fall

Submitted Article

After five years of planning and two pilot projects, the Rural Mental Health Interprofessional Training Program will be offered this fall in three locations.

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Frequently asked questions on MCP re-registration

By MCP Staff

What if the patient does not have their new MCP card on April 1, 2007? Who completes the re-registration forms? Will physicians’ offices be provided with re-registration forms for patients?

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The new form of MCP

By Ed Brown
The need to confirm eligibility is understandable. But why would a government agency need consent to perform one of its basic functions?

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New president promises strong representation

By CMA Staff

The CMA’s new president has promised to represent medicine’s interests strongly in the coming year. Dr. Collin McMillan made the pledge during his inaugural speech at the CMA’s August annual meeting in Charlottetown Aug. 23.

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Collins-Nakai reflects on a busy year

By CMA Staff

The 371 days that Dr. Ruth Collins-Nakai spent as president of the CMA contained many highlights, but the presence of numerous military uniforms during her valedictory speech made clear which one made the most lasting impression.

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Day wins president-elect vote at CMA meeting

By CMA Staff

The CMA’s 2006 elections probably set a record in terms of media interest, and they may also have set a record in terms of efficiency, with the entire new slate of officers in place in just 40 minutes.

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Children’s health to dominate CMA’s agenda

By CMA Staff

The CMA will be devoting a large amount of attention in the next year to the country’s smallest patients.

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CMA annual meeting briefs

By CMA Staff

Membership fee for ’07,  new CMA affiliate,  attendance up,  remembering a medic,  a CEO retires

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Movement Disorder Clinic helps treat Parkinson's patients

Submitted Article

Every Thursday at the Miller Centre in St. John’s, patients with Parkinson’s disease come for ongoing treatment.

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Early Parkinson’s prompts woman to action

Submitted Article

Her efforts were formally recognized when she received a national award from the Parkinson’s Society in 2001 and a Governor General’s Award as a Caring Canadian in 2003.

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