fall 2009

I N   M E M O R I U M
Remembering Dr. Harry Edstrom


By NLMA Staff

 The Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association is deeply saddened by the passing of former NLMA president Dr. Harry Edstrom. He died on July 7, 2009, at the age of 67.

NLMA’s earliest newsletters digitally archived

Submitted Article
Last year, the NLMA partnered with Memorial University’s Faculty of Medicine Founders’ Archive to digitize the NLMA’s newsletters, other records that date back to the 1920s and house a collection of antique medical instruments donated by members.  

Preparing for H1N1 and information for elderly patients

By Dr. Susan King
New CMA H1N1 website; new MDcme.ca course; avoiding sarcopenia in the elderly ; medication management in elderly patients with kidney disease.

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Pesticide Coalition urges MDs to voice their concerns

Submitted Article
The Coalition on Pesticides says it’s time for the provincial government to explain why it is not acting to protect the people of the province from risks associated with the cosmetic use of pesticides and it is asking physicians to lend their support.

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Eastern Health H1N1 update


Submitted Article
Eastern Health supports community and institution-based physicians as we work together to manage the current pandemic H1N1 outbreak. Physicians outside of the Eastern Health region should contact the local Regional Health Authority for information specific to your region.

H E A L T H   t e c h n o l o g y
Advanced testing options for cervical cancer screening

Submitted Article

Due to the evolution of cervical cell collection techniques for the detection of cervical precursor lesions, new possibilities for alternative cervical screening strategies have emerged.

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Campaign launched to fund new cardiac equipment, technology

Submitted Article
The Health Care Foundation has launched the Give From the Heart capital campaign to raise $10 million over two years to support Eastern Health’s Cardiac Care Program.

D O C T O R S   I N   T H E   N E W S
New unit at Memorial University offers sport, health services

Submitted Article

Allied Health Services (AHS) is a unique network of services available through the School of Human Kinetics focused on enhancing community health, athletic performance, education and research.

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New chair of Discipline of Medicine

Submitted Article

Dermatologist Dr. Wayne Gulliver has been appointed the new chair of the Discipline of Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University.

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Snowbirds need to fly right to stay on a tax-efficient course

By Robert Kavanagh
Retirement tax-planning for snowbirds requires additional thought and special preparations. It is important to consult a tax advisor with expertise related to your destination country before making plans to spend time abroad in retirement.

H E A L T H   t e c h n o l o g y
Telehealth legacy continues to build in Newfoundland and Labrador

Submitted Article

Telehealth plays an important role in improving the delivery of equitable health services to patients in Newfoundland and Labrador and simply put, it has become a way of delivering care in this province.

H E A L T H   A D M I N I S T R A T I O N
New regulations, framework for Nurse Practitioners

By Beverley McIsaac

ARNNL announces approval of new Nurse Practitioner Regulations (2009), which enable the implementation of a Framework for Nurse Practitioner Practice in Newfoundland and Labrador (2008).

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Physicians in Canada: Profiling physicians in the 21st century

Submitted Article

For the most part, the physician picture in Canada seems to be brightening in terms of net migration decreasing and more physicians returning to Canada than leaving.

A & E
Weaving a common thread

By NLMA Staff with files from Francis Ennis

Visitors arriving at the NLMA will now be greeted by a vibrant hand-made portrayal of the unique land and seascapes that are characteristic of Newfoundland and Labrador’s rugged coastline.

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Disability income insurance

By OMA Insurance Services Department

Imagine how your life and goals would change in the event of a disability. Disability income insurance is designed to help protect you and your family by providing a source of monthly income if a sickness or injury prevents you from working.

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Regulated nurses in Canada

Submitted Article

The largest group of health care professionals in Canada, the regulated nursing workforce continues to be one of our health care system’s vital signs. For the first time in recent history, this workforce spans four generations, presenting challenges and opportunities for health human resources.

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Proud to be Smoke Free!

Submitted Article

Eastern Health promotes and supports an environment free from tobacco and second hand smoke for its employees, physicians, patients, clients, residents, visitors, students, volunteers and vendors of Eastern Health.

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Zostavax available from Jema International Travel Clinic

Submitted Article

Through the Rx for Change Interventions Database, CADTH provides an invaluable bridge between evidence-based research and the real-world use of research to influence drug prescribing and use.

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NLPDP coverage of Antiviral Medications

Submitted Article

Effective September 15, 2009, NLPDP clients will be provided with coverage of antiviral medications (Tamiflu and Relenza) as per NLPDP policy.

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