winter 2009

C M A   N E W S
Four candidates in running for CMA President-Elect


By NLMA Staff

 In 2011, an NLMA member will become the third physician from Newfoundland and Labrador to be elected President of the Canadian Medical Association.

C M A   N E W S  
Candidate Profile - Dr. John Haggie

By NLMA Staff
"The CMA has to be actively involved in the evolution... of health care in Canada to make it serve the needs of our population better."

C M A   N E W S
Candidate Profile - Dr. Lydia Hatcher

By NLMA Staff
"The CMA is at its root about quality patient care and serving the needs of Canadian doctors."

C M A   N E W S
Candidate Profile - Dr. Susan King


By NLMA Staff
"We must ensure that, as the way much of health care is delivered changes, the principles we hold dear are not lost."

C M A   N E W S
Candidate Profile - Dr. Brendan Lewis

By NLMA Staff

"We must provide the best care with the resources we have and challenge those resources in a creative way to improve health care delivery."

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
Successful conclusion to negotiations priority for 2010

By Rob Ritter
Our priority for the coming year will be to bring the current negotiations to a successful conclusion. We need to strengthen recruitment and retention of physicians in this province and that means being able to compete with the rest of the country.  

H E A L T H   T E C H N O L O G Y
PACS program having positive impact

Submitted Article
The provincial Picture Archiving and Communications Systems enables health care providers across the province to view, manage, distribute and electronically store images and related medical reports on a secure computer system from any location.

H E A L T H   P R O M O T I O N
Smoking –The Preventable Pandemic

By Mary Lynn Pender

The Smokers’ Helpline is reminding physicians of the importance of addressing the issue of smoking at every visit with patients. Research shows that smoking affects the function of the immune system.

e d U C A T I O N
Medical student profoundly affected by volunteer experience at camp for children with cancer

By Matthew Andrews

Camp Delight is an oncology camp for children age seven to 17 affected by childhood cancer and their siblings that is organized by Candlelighter’s Association of Newfoundland and Labrador.

D O C T O R S   I N   T H E   N E W S
Dr. Paul Bonisteel receives Family Physician of the Year award

By Sharon Gray
Dr. Paul Bonisteel of New Harbour was presented with the Family Physician of the Year award at the Newfoundland and Labrador College of Family Physicians chapter awards dinner held in St. John’s.

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Diabetes testing, incontinence treatment and a letter for patients

By Dr. Susan King

Blood glucose monitoring in diabetics; incontinence treatment; planning ahead for routine appointments.

Online Only  H e a l t h   t e c h n o l o g y
Self-monitoring of blood glucose can be reduced, CADTH research shows

Submitted Article

Recent recommendations on self-monitoring of blood glucose using test strips show health outcomes for diabetics not compromised, while over $150 million annually could be redirected to other priorities.

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Digitization of NLMA newsletters complete

Submitted Article

The entire collection of all NLMA newsletters spanning 50 years of publication, have now been digitally archived and are available online on Memorial University’s Digital Archive Initiative.

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Health system resting on faded laurels it's time to earn new ones: CMA

By Patrick Sullivan

Canada’s health insurance system is routinely failing the country’s patients. That was the blunt message CMA President Dr. Anne Doig delivered in Toronto on November 25 during a sold-out address before the Economic Club of Canada.

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Kinesiology studio provides preventative and rehabilitative services

Submitted Article

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.

Online Only   H E A L T H   T E C H N O L O G Y
New online accredited Proton Pump Inhibitor course available

Submitted Article

A new online accredited course is available entitled “Proton Pump Inhibitor's and the Treatment of GERD, Dyspepsia and NSAID-associated Peptic Ulcer Disease” is available on

Online Only   H E A L T H   P R O M O T I O N
Breastfeeding Coalition launches new campaign

Submitted Article

Breastfeeding Coalition of Newfoundland and Labrador launches breastfeeding promotion campaign — You’ll see Plenty of Strange Things… Breastfeeding isn’t one of them.

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