Fall/Winter 2002

A r b i t r a t i o n
Preparations well under way for arbitration process
After one of the longest physician job actions in the country's history, preparations are well under way for binding arbitration.
A r b i t r a t i o n
Experienced lawyers to represent NLMA in arbitration process
Ronald A. Pink, Q.C. is the NLMA's nominee to the arbitration panel. Thomas J. O'Reilly, Q.C. is the NLMA's solicitor and will represent the association during the arbitration hearings.
G o v e r n m e n t   R e l a t i o n s
Collaboration key to success of new physician services committee
The Physician Services Liaison Committee, established in the wake of a 17-day physician job action, marks a new beginning in the working relationship between the NLMA and the provincial government.
J o b   a c t i o n
NLMA staff extend special thanks to members
The NLMA staff would like to extend a sincere and hearty thank-you to members for their support and encouragement during the recent job action.
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
Political action merits serious reflection

The service withdrawal by our physicians over 17 days in October represents an unprecedented political action in the history of the NLMA and merits serious reflection.

I n f o r m a t i o n   t e c h n o l o g y
IT supports NLMA communications strategy during job action
Early in the negotiations process, it became apparent that the NLMA would have to prepare itself to communicate outside its traditional mediums. 
 J o b   a c t i o n 
Physician tells her story to Rotary
President-elect Dr. Susan King gave her personal perspective on the issues facing physicians in this province in a speech to the Northeast Avalon Rotary Club on October 9.
 P e r s p e c t i v e s 
Back-to-work doctor shares some office tips
It sure has been an interesting month. After 17 days "on strike", you'd think I'd have come up with a job action theme for the month's column, but no. All I could think of was "Being On Strike - Lessons I Have Learned".
H e a l t h   p r o m o t i o n
Cervical screening program
The Cervical Screening Initiatives program is working diligently to spread the message of the importance of a yearly PAP smear.
E d u c a t i o n
Program prepares nurse practitioners for collaborative role in primary health care delivery
The primary health care nurse practitioner is an experienced registered nurse with advanced preparation in nursing and health sciences.
Prescription drug program update
The Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission's implementation in June 2002 of an on-line system for the adjudication of prescription drugs for work-related injuries has proven to be a success.
E d u c a t i o n
Senate approves new graduate diploma for health professional educators
Memorial University's Senate gave final approval in September to the new graduate diploma for health professional educators.
I n f o r m a t i o n   t e c h n o l o g y
Consultations on pharmacy network under way
The Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information (NLCHI) has begun the scoping exercise for the Newfoundland and Labrador Pharmacy Network.
G o v e r n m e n t   R e l a t i o n s
ACT applauds government decision to pursue tobacco case
The Newfoundland and Labrador Alliance for the Control of Tobacco (ACT) has thrown its support behind government's decision to proceed with a lawsuit against the tobacco industry using the services of a U.S. law firm. 
F i n a n c i a l
Registered savings plans: tips for all ages
The Registered Savings Plan (RSP) should always be considered in tax planning. Below are some helpful examples on how to take advantage of RSPs in various stages of your life. 
F i n a n c i a l
Changing model in disability insurance for the professional
In the disability income insurance marketplace there has been considerable consolidation of insurance companies, leaving us with fewer choices when purchasing disability insurance. 

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