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Overview of the Second Report of the Premier’s Council on Improving Healthcare and Ending Hallway Medicine: Part III

Friday, September 20th, 2019

… the Council suggests that accurately capturing patient experience in all aspects of the health care system is paramount. When assessing value for money, the Council advises the government to  work to develop indicators that measure patient and overall population health outcomes against the cost of administering and delivering services in the most efficient way.

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Canada Research Chairs program announces new, more ambitious equity targets

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

After 13 years of slow progress towards its equity goals, the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program is redoubling efforts to improve diversity within the program. On July 31, the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat… announced more ambitious targets for representation of four equity-seeking groups: women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous people and visible minorities.

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Tribunal dismisses case of Grayson Kahn, boy with autism expelled from Guelph, Ont., school

Monday, September 9th, 2019

“… parents do not have the right to dictate the accommodations which their children will be provided with to access education… While parents have the right to provide input as part of the accommodation process – which Ms. Kahn did in this case – they must accept reasonable accommodations offered by the school board…

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Public Health Agency of Canada announces funding to support mental health of adults on the autism spectrum, caregivers

Friday, September 6th, 2019

The Public Health Agency of Canada recently announced it has awarded a strategic fund to Autism Ontario to launch Mental Health Matters, a mental health program for adults on the autism spectrum and their caregivers that will be delivered in partnership with CMHA Ontario, McMaster Autism Research Team (MacART), SAAAC Autism Centre and the York ASD Partnership.

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Innovative dementia care models show the way forward

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

… we can and should think about how to bring… core principles — a life with some purpose, individualized care and more choice — into our long-term care industry writ large… Long-term care homes operate in a provincial system that focuses them on tasks and regulatory compliance rather than the broader health and happiness of residents.

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‘Nobody can afford this’: Family left helpless after Health Canada approves official version of prescription eye drops

Thursday, August 29th, 2019

“You can argue, ‘There’s not many patients,’ ” Dr. Midgley said. “Well, we’ve probably just signed off on a million dollars-worth a year of eye drops … for the first 10 patients… We need to provide [patients] with adequate medication and we should be grateful that there are companies taking that up. But it’s going to add to the cost spiral, and it will make health care, sooner or later, unaffordable.”

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New framework aims to improve police-to-hospital transitions of individuals in crisis

Friday, August 23rd, 2019

… co-ordination and collaboration among police and hospital partners can speed up transitions between police officers and hospital workers, improve the care experience for the individual, protect health care worker and emergency department safety, and allow police to return to providing public safety services in the community.

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Ontario government apologizes for autism program changes; needs-based model won’t launch until next April

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

Todd Smith, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services, acknowledged for the first time on Monday that changes to the autism program announced earlier this year were poorly conceived. “It’s clear to me that we didn’t get the redesign right the first time. I’m here to tell you we will now”… He added: “We are certainly sorry for the anxiety this has caused parents across Ontario.”

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Does our system for dealing with mentally ill offenders need a rethink?

Monday, July 29th, 2019

it is wrong to characterize a mentally ill person who has committed a violent crime as permanently dangerous. According to a study from 2015, among people who committed a major violent crime and were found NCR, fewer than 1 in 100 went on to reoffend. Treatment often works… something went very wrong in this case… But there is no reason to scrap a system that, in dealing with mentally ill people who have committed crimes, is reducing threats and serving the public interest.

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We must take better care of our caregivers — paid or unpaid

Saturday, July 27th, 2019

… PSWs look after the sick, disabled and elderly at a fraction of the cost of institutional care by keeping them at home, where they want to be… the work of PSWs is undervalued through poor wages, non-existent benefits and untenable working conditions that make half of them leave their line of work for greener pastures. The problem, in a nutshell, is that the work of caregivers, paid or not, is undervalued and held in low esteem.

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