Spring 2003

A r b i t r a t i o n 
NLMA's arbitration submission summarized
The final decision of an arbitration board appointed to resolve outstanding issues on behalf of the physicians of the province is expected in the coming weeks.
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
Applying lessons learned in dealings with government

The future for physicians in Newfoundland and Labrador will not improve if we do not pay attention to lessons that need to be learned from past experience, both in terms of substance and process.

H e a l t h   P r o m o t i o n
ACT launches new anti-tobacco campaign
ACT has launched a new province-wide anti-tobacco mass media campaign. "Second Hand Smoke. It Kills" will run for three years at a total cost of $450,000.
G o v e r n m e n t   R e l a t i o n s
ACT brings cancer victim to St. John’s
Heather Crowe, a former waitress in Ottawa dying of lung cancer as a result of exposure to second-hand smoke in the workplace, made a plea to the provincial government to ban smoking in all workplaces.
H e a l t h   P r o m o t i o n
Smokers Helpline extends hours
The Newfoundland and Labrador Lung Association has expanded its Smokers' Helpline, a toll-free number designed to help people stop smoking.
H e a l t h   P r o m o t i o n 
Cervical cancer screening program goes province wide
With the recent launch of an organized provincial cervical screening program, Newfoundland and Labrador has the potential to again move to the forefront in this area.
 E d u c a t i o n
Training doctors for rural practice
A one-year multi-province study on the best ways to train medical students for rural and northern medical practice has been funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health (CIHR) Rural Strategic Initiative.
E v e n t s
78th AGM combines business and pleasure
The 2003 NLMA annual general meeting, to be held May 29 to 31 at the Holiday Inn in St. John’s, offers something for everyone.
P e r s p e c t i v e s
Getting patients to take our advice
"Tell me and I'll forget. Show me and I'll remember. Involve me and I'll learn."
F i n a n c i a l
Financial planner offers tax reducing tips
There are a limited number of ways to reduce your total taxes. Here are some important planning considerations.
W H S C C 
Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission Form 8/10
By now, most physicians would have received copies of the revised physician form 8/10. As many of you are also aware, the Commission uncovered a flaw in these forms.
I n f o r m a t i o n   T e c h n o l o g y 
Patients will benefit from the Pharmacy Network
The Pharmacy Network will enhance the quality of care provided by physicians and other health care providers, facilitate accountability, assist in cost containment of prescription drugs and improve the ability to measure the outcomes of care.
E d u c a t i o n
Students receive NLMA scholarships
Two scholarships are presented annually to students at Memorial University for good academic standing and potential interest in the organizational aspects of the medical profession.
A r c h i v e s
Lung cancer in St. Lawrence
The following article was first published in the November 1960 issue of the NLMA newsletter.
 

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