Winter 2003

H e a l t h   P r o m o t i o n
The use of controlled drugs for the treatment of pain
While prescription drug abuse has been highlighted recently, no physician should alter his or her prescribing practice and deny patients access to pain relief, provided he or she is exercising best medical judgment.
H e a l t h   P r o m o t i o n
NLMA car seat program going strong

Physicians in Newfoundland and Labrador have been providing a safer ride home for newborns at hospitals around the province for the past 17 years.

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
Information technology priority for 2004
One priority, which I consider to be of paramount importance for the long term, has to do with information technology (IT).
D o c t o r s   i n   t h e   N e w s
Reflections on 30 years in medical politics
Dr. Karl Misik has been active in medical politics for three decades, serving on committees and the board of the NLMA and CMA.
Impact of privacy legislation on physicians uncertain
As the year 2003 winds down, it is time to recap where we are with respect to PIPEDA, that piece of federal legislation that promises to make the next couple of years interesting.
P e r s p e c t i v e s
Tips and advice from our colleagues
Here are a few tidbits I’ve gotten from colleagues in the past little while.
D o c t o r s   i n   t h e   N e w s
St. John’s doctor doubly honored for excellence in medical research
St. John’s endocrinologist Dr. Christopher Kovacs received two prestigious awards this fall for excellence in medical research.
H e a l t h   P r o m o t i o n
Refusal main barrier to improved cervical screening: survey
The majority of doctors responding to a survey on cervical cancer screening cited refusal to have regular Pap tests as the main barrier to getting more women in this province screened.
H e a l t h   P r o m o t i o n
Recruitment under way for Huntington study
Research into the subjective meanings and implications of being labeled ‘at risk’ for the genetic disorder Huntington disease is currently under way at Memorial University.
H e a l t h   P o l i c y
Romanow one year later: What has been achieved?
It is easy to discount the achievements of the Romanow Commission. It has been over a year since its final report was released. Still, almost none of its major recommendations have been enacted.
E v e n t s
Conference on elder abuse set for spring 2004


A provincial conference dealing with the issue of elder abuse will take place May 27-28, 2004 at the St. John’s Holiday Inn.
F i n a n c i a l
Incorporation: Is it right for you?
Evaluate the challenges and opportunities of incorporating your medical practice before jumping on the bandwagon.
H e a l t h   P r o m o t i o n
Advice line offers support to cancer patients and their families
CancerConnection seeks to match callers from across Newfoundland and Labrador with volunteers who have gone through a similar experience in their battle with cancer.
H e a l t h   P r o m o t i o n
NLMA president joins Kids Eat Smart Week celebrations
Scrambled eggs, toast, juice and smiles were the order of the day as NLMA President Dr. Suzan King joined kids and volunteers in celebration of Kids Eat Smart Week.
H e a l t h   P r o m o t i o n
Smokers: There is good news!
At a time when smokers are confronted with all the negatives about smoking, there is good news to report — smokers can quit!
H e a l t h   P r o m o t i o n
Fast Facts on the health status of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians
NLCHI is responsible for providing information about the health status of residents in this province and the utilization of medical services.
E d u c a t i o n
Access continuing medical education from your own backyard
The web portal offers family physicians accredited CME courses, practice management tools and access to medical education resources.
A r c h i v e s
A medical records linkage system for Newfoundland?
The Division of Community Medicine held a medical records linkage seminar on September 28 and 29, 1971, to explore the problems and potential for introduction of such a system in Newfoundland.
G o v e r n m e n t   R e l a t i o n s
Pettigrew’s appointments send important signal: CMA

His selection as health minister garnered most of the attention, but it is Pierre Pettigrew’s appointment as minister of intergovernmental affairs that truly signifies the importance of health care in Paul Martin’s new government.

H e a l t h   P o l i c y
CMA to keep close eye on new Health Council

A national health council, one of the main planks in Roy Romanow’s plan for revitalizing Canada’s health care system, has finally been created, but the CMA warns the real work is just beginning.

H e a l t h   P r o m o t I o n
Health Canada project to improve arthritis care 

A new report, Arthritis in Canada, highlights gaps in medical services in the diagnosis and management of arthritis and related conditions, as well as the need to improve access to specialists in the disease.

E d u c a t i o n
Gerry Lynch Memorial Scholarship awarded 

Dr. Ken Crocker has been awarded the 2003 Gerry Lynch Memorial Scholarship.


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