Summer 2004

New president sets priorities for coming year
The new president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association identified some key priorities for the coming year in his inaugural speech at the Association’s recent annual general meeting in Gander.
I n f o r m a t i o n   T e c h n o l o g y
Hospital ship inspires new name for EMR project

Nell, the new name and visual identity for the NLMA’s electronic medical record project, is inspired by a piece of Newfoundland and Labrador medical history.

Political action needed to affect health care change
Dr. Sunil Patel, president of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA), highlighted the desperate need in Canada for real political action to bring about better access for better health in his speech to the NLMA’s annual general meeting recently.
Significant changes coming to province’s health care system: Minister
Provinces are struggling to meet the changing, complex health needs of patients in the absence of long-term, stable federal funding and Newfoundland and Labrador is no exception, Health and Community Services Minister Elizabeth Marshall noted during her keynote address at the NLMA’s annual general meeting recently in Gander.
Resolutions from the 2004 Annual General Meeting
Following are the resolutions from the 2004 NLMA annual general meeting held June 4 and 5 in Gander.
P e r s p e c t i v e s
Privacy, mental health and more
We often hear about programs, new and old, that can help our patients and ourselves but don’t always have the contact information right at hand.
H e a l t h   P r o m o t i o n
Physicians invited to help kids eat smart
Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador is proud to have the partnership of the NLMA, and the personal support of Dr. Susan King, Kids Eat Smart Leading Thinker.
E d u c a t i o n
Medical student appreciates NLMA bursary
Please accept this letter of thanks. I am deeply honored and grateful to receive a bursary of $1,500 from the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association.
F i n a n c i a l
Bond fundamentals
Bonds are investment products offering both stability (if held to maturity) and a stream of regular income.
S t a f f
NLMA welcomes new policy analyst
Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association Executive Director Robert Ritter is pleased to announce the appointment of Scott Brown as Policy Analyst effective April 19th, 2004.
H e a l t h   P r o m o t i o n
Physicians encouraged to refer patients to Smokers’ Helpline
Now that the roll-out of the physician referral program to the Newfoundland and Labrador Lung Association’s Smokers’ Helpline is complete, NLMA President Dr. Andrew Major wants every doctor in the province to use the fax-back forms to assist their patients who smoke to kick the habit.
E d u c a t i o n
Memorial University web site educates physicians across the country
New, state-of-the-art online technology developed in Newfoundland and Labrador is keeping physicians across Canada current on the latest medical practices and knowledge.
H e a l t h   P r o m o t i o n
Lessons learned from SARS outbreak
With 2004 shaping up as the year patient safety takes centre stage, CMA says the medical profession will welcome both the attention and the changes that will result.
G o v e r n m e n t   R e l a t i o n s
Case that puts medicare on trial arousing strong passions
A case that came before the Supreme Court of Canada on June 8 is ostensibly about two sections of Quebec’s medicare legislation, but affidavits filed by several parties suggest that Canada’s medicare system as a whole may be on trial.
G o v e r n m e n t   R e l a t i o n s
CMA tackles IMG issue in House appearance
The CMA says a new planning process could help solve the licensing problems facing international medical graduates (IMGs) in Canada.
G o v e r n m e n t   R e l a t i o n s
CMA opens GST battle on new front
The CMA’s running battle with the federal government over the way it applies the GST to physicians has taken a new turn.
H e a l t h   P r o m o t i o n
Alzheimer and related diseases registry
Alzheimer Disease is a progressive, degenerative brain disease that affects a person’s ability to perform day-to-day activities.

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