fall 2012

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Public forum examines federal role in health care delivery


By Jonathan Carpenter
On September 6, NLMA President Dr. Tony Gabriel took part in a public forum on the current state of health care in Canada. The forum was hosted by St. John’s East NDP MP Jack Harris following a national NDP caucus meeting held in St. John's.

h e a l t h   a d m i n i s t r a t i o n
Regional workshops being held for EHR support program

Submitted Article
The Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information has re-launched the provincial peer-to-peer network, a support program geared towards assisting clinicians in their field with electronic health record programs.

p r a c t i c e   m a n a g e m e n t
From Peer to Peer

By Dr. Jean-Marie Auffrey
After almost 20 years carrying out peer reviews in Atlantic Canada, I am still occasionally surprised when physicians display disdain or disrespect for the work of the Atlantic Provinces Medical Peer Review.

c l i n i c a l   p r a c t i c e
Atypical antipsychotics at high dose: What’s the evidence?


Submitted Article
CADTH recently completed a comprehensive study with recommendations, examining the use of high-dose atypical antipsychotics or use of two antipsychotics simultaneously to treat schizophrenia in patients who had an inadequate response to initial therapy.

p r i v a c y
Privacy Commissioner weighs in on fees to access medical records

By NLMA Staff
In July, Ed Ring, the province’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, released a report on an investigation of a patient’s complaint that fees charged to access their personal health information was not reasonable.

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Colposcopy referrals system changes

Submitted Article
The management of the women with abnormal cytology has a new feature. (A) new colposcopy referral form is intended to replace previous letters, faxes, phone calls or other methods of referring women for colposcopic investigation.

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Province launches colon cancer screening program

Submitted Article
In July, the provincial government launched the Newfoundland and Labrador Colon Cancer Screening Program in partnership with Eastern and Western Health.

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Heart and Stroke Foundation seeks patient referrals and physician volunteers for pilot cardiac rehab program

Submitted Article
In November, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, in partnership with Sobeys, plans to pilot a new cardiac support program in the St. John’s region with plans to eventually expand province-wide.

c m a   n e w s
General Council endorses NLMA’s call for national dementia strategy

By NLMA Staff
In August, delegates attending CMA’s General Council in Yellowknife unanimously passed a resolution put forth by the NLMA delegation calling on the CMA to support the development of a national dementia strategy.

c m a   n e w s
Dr. John Haggie sets long-term vision for future of CMA

By CMA Staff
After a year of successfully promoting the Canadian Medical Association’s health care transformation agenda, outgoing CMA president Dr. John Haggie set out in his valedictory address a longer-term vision for both the organization and health care.

c m a   n e w s
Physicians pledge to address health equity at CMA General Council

By CMA Staff
During the CMA General Council meeting in Yellowknife, delegates made a strong commitment to health equity by reinforcing physicians’ and the CMA’s role in working to address social determinants of health.  

c m a   n e w s
Federal retreat from health care dominates debate at GC

By CMA Staff
At CMA General Council in Yellowknife, federal Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq told delegates that her government recognizes it has a role to play on many health care fronts.

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Kids Eat Smart Clubs

Submitted Article
On a typical school day an estimated 20,000 children and youth throughout Newfoundland and Labrador will eat the first meal of the day at a Kids Eat Smart Club.

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How to protect your home from severe weather

Submitted Article
Sylvie Demers, Chairman, Affinity Market Group, TD Insurance, offers advice to ensure your home and valuables stay safe from severe weather.

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