7 Easy Ways to Increase Awareness This May
May is Huntington Disease Awareness Month, when we
focus on raising awareness for Huntington disease.
Join us this May and spread the word about
Huntington disease. Together we can make a
7 Easy Ways You Can Make an Impact
1. Talk to friends and acquaintances
about Huntington disease. Send this
blog and the information that is included to your
2. Join the Huntington Society on
Share information about HD and encourage your
networks to learn more.
3. Refer a friend to our website,
and encourage them to check out our events.
4. Call your local community paper
and ask them to run a public service announcement.
You can direct them to our media page at
for copies. We’ve made it easy.
5. Share information on genetic
discrimination with your friends and acquaintances.
Most Canadians do not understand the impact that
genetic discrimination has on all of us.
6. Ask to speak at your local service
club, Rotary, Toastmasters, Lions Club, etc and tell
people about HD and genetic discrimination.
We can provide you with the facts and you can tell
And last but not least, the 7th way to help increase
awareness is to participate in our fundraising
Chapters Indigo will donate
10% of the value of every eGift Card
purchased through the Huntington Society of Canada’s
It’s an easy way to help raise awareness and support
those living with Huntington disease.
Tell your family, friends, neighbours and coworkers!
1. Buy an eGift Card from Chapters Indigo at
2. Use your eGift Card to purchase
Inside the O’Briens (or another book of
Inside the O’Briens is a great way to
gain a better understanding of the impact of HD on
generations of families. The Huntington Society of
Canada is truly grateful to Lisa Genova, author of
Still Alice, for raising awareness of HD
in Canada and across North America.
What is Huntington Disease?
HD is a debilitating brain disorder, it is like
having the symptoms of Alzheimer’s Parkinson’s and
schizophrenia all in one disease About one in every
7,000 Canadians has HD and approximately one in
every 5,500 is at-risk of developing the disease.
Many more are touched by HD whether as a caregiver,
a family member, or a friend.
You can find even more information on our website
What is Huntington Disease.
Together, we spread the word and work towards a
world free from Huntington disease.
Contact us at
for more information.
2015 Economic Burden of Injury in Canada Report
To our partners,
In April, Parachute will be releasing an updated Economic Burden of
Injury in Canada Report. The previous report was released in 2009.
The OIPRC would like to assess practitioner interest in a webinar on
this report - its data and implications. The webinar would be held in
May and would include:
* The national perspective presented by Parachute
* The Ontario perspective presented by OIPRC
Would you participate in this webinar? Vote now!<http://ebiwebinarpoll.questionpro.com>
Health Promotion Coordinator, Data & Knowledge Exchange
Ontario Injury Prevention Resource Centre
The OIPRC is operated by
150 Eglinton Ave East, Suite 300
Toronto, Ontario, M4P 1E8
Check out Parachute's Horizon horizon.parachutecanada.org<http://horizon.parachutecanada.org/>
Home and Community Care Survey to Northerners_EN.pdf
Current NE LHIN Employment Opportunities
The North East LHIN is seeking a dynamic individual to be responsible
for the processing, reconciling and analyzing of financial allocations
to Health Service Providers (HSP). In addition, this role is a key
player in the corporate accounts payable function, month end and year
end reporting process. Reporting to the Senior Director, System
Performance, you will assist with financial system design and
development and with financial and statistical data extracts and data
Click here to visit our employment page
CoLFHT Team Record Winter 2014.pdf
– March 2013
December 4, 2013
SHARE YOUR NEWS NOW!
If you have news to share – and we know you do – the
northeasthealthline.ca can help you spread your message across your
district, and the entire northeast.
Post news about your organization; recruit new hires through the
careers section; and share important upcoming events like flu clinics,
exercise programs, breastfeeding clinics, information sessions, etc.
The new News option will go live on December 12th.
As with the rest of your profile,
control the content and will need only look for the "submit" tab to have
your message seen by
www.northeasthealthline.ca visitors. If you wish
to have a news, event, or career item posted in time for the December 12th
launch, please e-mail
As a reminder, if you are already onboard as a participating health
care organization, we ask that you please review your current profile.
This will ensure that northern residents, your patients/clients, and
other health care providers have the most accurate information about
your organization possible. To update your information, click
Submit Content, and
then simply update your
If you want your organization to be profiled on
click on suggest a new
service profile. Enter your information into
the fields, hit Submit Service at the bottom of the page, and your new
profile will be reviewed and verified by North East CCAC staff promptly.
website is your user-friendly, 24/7 resource
providing the public and other health care providers with access to
accurate and up-to-date health service and program information in the
northeast. From hospitals to long-term care, Community Care Access
Centres to community support services,
currently features 1500+ active service profiles, with
many more to come.
For further information, please contact Mathieu Litalien, Manager,
Client Services, at 705-522-3460 ext. 4581, or
www.northeasthealthline.ca – March 2013
Did you know?
• Canadians spend more than 18 hours a week online, compared to 16.9
hours watching TV. (Ipsos Reid)
• Internet user rates among seniors in Canada were four times higher
in 2007 than in 2000 (www.statcan.gc.ca).
• 80% of internet users (nearly 60% of the population) have looked
online for information about health topics (pewinternet.org).
What are the benefits of
• The site is focused solely on health care
• The information is current and accurate thanks to capacity for
• Promotes partner integration and collaboration across the health
• If the need for specific local information is identified, it can be
• Easy search options
• Supports empowerment, health self-management and independence
• Helps consumers understand and access the services they need close
• Resource for family physicians and other health professionals,
helping connect patients to local services
"When people call our Information and Referral service at the North
East CCAC, one of the comments we hear often – even from other health
care agencies – is that it would be nice to have all the information
about local health care in one place when they need it, instead of
having to hunt around on Google. People need this information so they
can be well-informed and involved in their own care when important
health decisions need to be made, and health care providers need to work
together and know what other services are available to the patients and
clients they care for. The addition of
to the 310-2222 toll-free phone number will result in a
number of benefits to our system in terms of better health for
residents, and wiser use of time and resources."
Janet Skuce, Information and Referral, North East CCAC
September 13, 2013 - Patients, health service providers and
administrators are being sought to join a new Regional
Diabetes Advisory Committee which will help the North East Local Health Integration Network (NE LHIN) enhance the
coordination of diabetes education and care across the North
“We’re hoping many Northerners will respond to this call to join
the committee,” said Martha Auchinleck, acting CEO and
senior director at the North East LHIN. “We want to make
sure that all voices are heard at the table, including
Aboriginal and Francophone.”
The Committee will meet eight times a year, six by
teleconference and twice in person. Interested applicants
can send an email to
explaining why they would like to participate on this
Regional Advisory Committee.
Click here to learn more.
Patient-Focused Health Care Re-Alignments.pdf
What does health care
look like in Northeastern Ontario? Show us!
The NE LHIN is looking for
photos that capture health care in your community. This spring, the NE
LHIN invites residents across Northeastern Ontario to submit digital
photographs for use on the NE LHIN website, in newsletters, and in
other editorial and promotional materials. The images should reflect
people in Northeastern Ontario and be on the theme of health and
wellness. We especially welcome photos that represent our newest
strategic plan <http://www.nelhin.on.ca/WorkArea/showcontent.aspx?id=14136&langtype=4105>
to better care for
Northerners, particularly our region's seniors and frail elders.
The NE LHIN will select the
top 3 WINNING photos and we will provide this information about you and
your photo to various media across Northeastern Ontario, display your
photo on our website and in other promotional materials such as our
Annual report, Report to Communities, newsletters, etc...
to learn more.
EMS Presentation May 13 Worthington pdf
More Support for Northern Solution to
Hip and Knee Care Options
16, 2013 – “Excruciating” is the word that Cynthia Wideman of North Bay
uses to describe the pain she was feeling in her right hip when she
climbed stairs at the end of last year.
Now, thanks to the speedy work of the
North East Joint Assessment Centre (NE JAC) and placement with a first
available local surgeon, she’s already back to work.
“Once they told me I had to have a hip
replacement, I was totally blown away that it was done in four months,”
Cynthia, 60, said last week on her second day back to work. She hadn’t
known there was a NE JAC until her doctor’s office referred her there.
Click here for more information
DO YOU REALLY WANT TO KNOW?
Award-Winning Documentary re:
What if you carried a gene that was responsible for a neurological
disease that would mean the slow but certain degeneration of your mind
and body? What if you knew that you would pass that gene on to your
children? As predictive genetic testing becomes more and more advanced,
the question many will be asked is “do you really want to know?”
TVO is proud to present the Ontario premiere of the award-winning
You Really Want to Know?
The film follows three families who have been confronted with the
decision of whether or not to be tested for Huntington’s Disease (HD) –
a degenerative neurological illness that is akin to having ALS,
Schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s all at the same time and is one of the
first diseases for which accurate and conclusive testing can be done -
before the onset of any symptoms.
Unlike other genetic diseases, HD is not a random configuration of genes
from both parents. Instead the Huntington gene is a dominant one that is
transmitted directly from parent to child. If you don’t have the gene,
you can’t get it and you can’t pass it on. But if you do have the gene,
you will develop HD.
The film shows how for some people learning that they do not have the
gene causes a tremendous sense of guilt over being spared while other
family members are not so fortunate. Meanwhile, others find the prospect
of facing a terminal illness to be a transformative experience that
motivates and focuses them.
Since there are now over 4,000 disorders with a known genetic basis, an
estimated sixty percent of the population will experience a disease with
a genetic component making ‘do you really want to know?” a more and more
relevant question for all of us.
Do You Really Want To Know? premieres Wednesday, February 6 at 9 p.m.
North East LHIN Board Bullets
East LHIN Board of Directors met in an open meeting on
November 21, to pass several motions that will help to
increase access to care for fellow Northerners.
Click here to read more on:
More hip and knees surgeries for Northerners
Voluntary integration of three hospitals and
Counseling Centre in Cochrane District
Health Links – a new health care initiative
Transition of Diabetic care programs to the NE
NE LHIN 2013-1015 Integrated Health Service
Firsts for French Language Service
Points saillants du Conseil du RLISS du Nord-Est
Le 21 novembre dernier, le Conseil
d’administration du RLISS du Nord-Est a tenu une réunion
publique afin d’adopter plusieurs motions qui contribueront
à élargir l’accès aux soins pour les gens du Nord.
Cliquez ici pour en savoir
Davantage de chirurgies de la hanche et du genou pour les
gens du Nord
Intégration volontaire de trois hôpitaux et d’un centre de
counselling dans le district de Cochrane
Health Links – une nouvelle initiative de soins de santé en
Transition des programmes de soins pour diabétiques vers le
RLISS du Nord-Est
Dernières nouvelles du Plan de services de santé intégrés
Premières dans les désignations des services en français
Laurentian University Senior Falls
IMPORTANT - Please note:
When you register, please ensure you have received
a confirmation email of registration.
If you do not receive a confirmation please
française ci-dessous *
Please mark your calendar for the
NE LHIN/ Laurentian University Senior
Falls Prevention Forum
Tuesday November 27, 2012
Sudbury, Ontario (United Steelworkers Hall) 8:30 a.m. – 4:00
The conference will:
innovative approaches, programs and tools.
skill building and knowledge transfer opportunities.
Falls Prevention community in the NE LHIN through
collaboration, partnerships, and knowledge exchange.
Who should attend:
This conference will be of
care providers - physicians, nurses, pharmacists, health
educators, therapists, and others
Health Units, CCAC
organizations (CSS) & individuals committed to Falls
To register, or for more information, please visit our
Deadline for registration is November 20.
Please feel free to forward this invitation on to anyone you
think might be interested in Falls Prevention.
North East LHIN Communiqué
Advancing Chronic Disease Prevention & Management within the
More than 250 health professionals from across the region
took part in the North East LHIN’s second annual Chronic
Disease Prevention and Management Forum, held in Sudbury on
October 12, 2012.
This year’s forum was developed in partnership with the
LHIN’s Local Aboriginal Health Committee and
Health Professionals Advisory Committee, as well as, the
Réseau de mieux-être francophone du Nord de l’Ontario.
Participants had the option of three simultaneous sessions
in the afternoon: Francophone, First Nation, and specialized
populations such as the elderly and obese.
Click here to read more about the highlights of the
successful 2012 CDPM Forum.
RLISS du Nord-Est
Améliorer la prévention et la gestion des maladies chronique
dans le RLISS du NE
250 professionnels de la santé de la région ont participé au
deuxième forum annuel sur la prévention et la gestion des
maladies chroniques tenu à Sudbury le 12 octobre 2012.
Le format du forum de cette année a été conçu en partenariat
avec le Comité local pour la santé des Autochtones du RLISS,
le Comité consultatif de professionnels de la santé et le
Réseau du mieux-être francophone du Nord de l’Ontario. Les
participants ont eu l’option de participer à l’une des trois
séances tenues simultanément durant l’après‑midi:
Francophones, Premières Nations et une séance sur des
populations particulières comme les aînés et les personnes
Cliquez ici pour vous renseigner sur les faits saillants
et les succès du forum sur la prévention et la gestion des
maladies chroniques 2012.
North East LHIN Releases Peer Review Report for Health
October 9, 2012
--- In July 2012, the NE LHIN appointed Mr. Murray Martin,
President and CEO of Hamilton Health Sciences, as Peer
Reviewer of Health Sciences North (HSN).
Ongoing high rates of
Alternate Level of Care (ALC) patients, challenges in moving
patients from the emergency room through to discharge, and
the overall impact of hospital operations on the community,
were among the concerns prompting the North East LHIN’s
decision to call a review process.
Last Tuesday, Mr. Martin
and his team, as well as the NE LHIN Chair, Elaine Pitcher,
and CEO, Louise Paquette, briefed the Board Directors and
senior teams of HSN, the North East CCAC and St. Joseph’s
Continuing Care Centre on the report’s findings.
Today, the NE LHIN released the final Peer Review Report
which contains 55 recommendations.
Click here to learn more.
For Immediate Release Thursday,
September 27, 2012
North East Specialized Geriatric Services Adds New Physician
The City of Greater Sudbury is pleased to
announce the successful recruitment of Dr. James Chau, who will serve as
Care of the Elderly physician for the North East Specialized Geriatric
"The successful recruitment of yet another
physician speaks to the success of the North East Specialized Geriatric
Services," said Catherine Matheson, General Manager of Community
Development. "Since the program’s inception in 2009 elderly patients in
the North East have been receiving specialized care in their communities
via a compassionate and caring team."
The program is administratively managed by the
City of Greater Sudbury. It consists of a multidisciplinary team of
health care providers who provide specialized care for seniors with
complex health needs, as well as expert resources for health care
professionals and caregivers throughout Northeastern Ontario. The team's
direction is guided by the North East Specialized Geriatric Services
Advisory Panel, a group of health experts from across the region,
chaired by City of Greater Sudbury Councillor Ron Dupuis.
"The North East Specialized Geriatric Services
collaborates with many health care providers from all over northeastern
Ontario," added Dr. Jo-Anne Clarke, Medical Director of the program.
"Welcoming Dr. Chau to our team will allow us to care for our patients
in a more timely manner, meeting a very real need for the care of
seniors in the Northeast."
Some key achievements include achieving LHIN
deliverables within first year of operation, building strong
relationships with regional partners, becoming an official affiliate of
the Regional Geriatric Programs of Ontario and have led the development
of several successful capacity building and educational initiatives
across the northeast. For example, in 2010, the first ever
geriatrician-led falls prevention and functional enhancement program was
offered in Greater Sudbury, successfully administered by NESGS. For more
information, please visit
Shannon Dowling, Corporate Communications
City of Greater Sudbury, 705-674-4455, ext. 2539
Don’t Forget to Enjoy Your Monday Morning
Coffee With the North East LHIN
Virtual Coffee Break -- Chronic Disease Management and
Prevention: Taking Care of Our Health
When: Monday, October 1, 2012
Guest: Marian Walsh, Bridgepoint Health President and CEO
and keynote speaker for the NE LHIN’s Chronic Disease
Management and Prevention Forum (October 12)
Virtual Coffee Break Call-in Number:
1-866-696-5894, passcode 4630157
Monday morning coffee break with North East LHIN CEO, Louise
Paquette and Marian Walsh, Bridgepoint Health President and
CEO, for our third Virtual Coffee Break of the year.
Discussion will be
improving patient access to services for people suffering
from Chronic Disease.
Disease is more prevalent in Northeastern Ontario than other
parts of the province and the NE LHIN is proactively working
to encourage collaboration among health care providers.
Ideas on some of the best practices that could be applied in
Northeastern Ontario will be shared
between Louise Paquette
and Marian Walsh during the Coffee Break session.
listen in to the coffee break by teleconference. Questions
can be submitted in advance to
session will be taped and available on our website (www.nelhin.on.ca)
as a podcast
Please note that a Francophone Virtual Coffee
Break on Chronic Disease will be held later this month.
More details to follow.
For more information, contact:
Director of Communications and Community
The City of Greater Sudbury is
pleased to announce the successful recruitment of Dr. James Chau, who
will serve as Care of the Elderly physician for the North East
Specialized Geriatric Services (NESGS).
“The successful recruitment of yet
another physician speaks to the success of the North East Specialized
Geriatric Services,” said Catherine Matheson, General Manager of
Community Development. “Since the program’s inception in 2009 elderly
patients in the North East have been receiving specialized care in their
communities via a compassionate and caring team.”
The program is administratively
managed by the City of Greater Sudbury. It consists of a
multidisciplinary team of health care providers who provide specialized
care for seniors with complex health needs, as well as expert resources
for health care professionals and caregivers throughout Northeastern
Ontario. The team's direction is guided by the North East Specialized
Geriatric Services Advisory Panel, a group of health experts from across
the region, chaired by City of Greater Sudbury Councillor Ron Dupuis.
“The North East Specialized Geriatric
Services collaborates with many health care providers from all over
northeastern Ontario,” added Dr. Jo-Anne Clarke, Medical Director of the
program. "Welcoming Dr. Chau to our team will allow us to care for our
patients in a more timely manner, meeting a very real need for the care
of seniors in the Northeast.”
Some key achievements include
achieving LHIN deliverables within first year of operation, building
strong relationships with regional partners, becoming an official
affiliate of the Regional Geriatric Programs of Ontario and have led the
development of several successful capacity building and educational
initiatives across the northeast. For example, in 2010, the first ever
geriatrician-led falls prevention and functional enhancement program was
offered in Greater Sudbury, successfully administered by NESGS. For more
information, please visit
Shannon Dowling, Corporate Communications
City of Greater Sudbury, 705-674-4455, ext. 2539
Louise’s July Blog
Help us build a plan for the next three years
Dear fellow Northerners,
Over the next three years health care as we know it today
will change. The impact of this change will be felt by
health service providers who need to realign their services
to better meet the need of an aging population in an
environment of fiscal restraint. These changes will require
that health care organizations develop a strategic plan to
help them move forward.
Right now here at the North East LHIN, we’re working on a
plan to map out our priorities, milestones, and goals for
the next three years.
This plan is being shaped by the voices of Northerners. So
far we’ve talked to thousands of people at community
engagements held across the region. We’ve also circulated a
survey which hundreds have filled out. We’re hoping to hear
from even more Northerners. If you haven’t done so, please
take the time to go through our five minute survey by
A plan is only as good as those who contribute … So please
make your voices heard!
In crafting this plan we’ll be using our community
engagements – which are ongoing and will be carrying on over
the summer and fall -- data analysis, and, of course,
research. We are working with partners – such as the French
Language Planning Entity and the Local Aboriginal Health
Council – to develop a plan that is aligned with who we are
and what we need in a strong local health care system right
here in Northeastern Ontario.
Click here to read more and participate in my blog
Attention Educators and Health Professionals!
The Sudbury & District Health
Unit’s School Health Promotion Team would like to announce that our
newly created “Decompress your Stress
Relaxation CD” is now available to students and educators on our
SDHU website. The CD tracks can be downloaded in both the elementary
and secondary resource sections under educators.
This resource was created by
youth for youth to help students cope with their stress in a healthy
way. The youth volunteers not only wrote, recorded and produced twelve
exercises in both French and English, they also created the artwork and
selected the music for the CD. Copies of the CD are also available by
calling our School Health Promotion line at 705.522.9200, ext. 393.
Funding available for senior programs
By The Sudbury Star staff
Posted 10 hours ago
Nickel Belt MP Claude
Gravelle is urging local organizations to apply for government funding
for community projects led or inspired by seniors.
The New Horizons for
Seniors Program offers up to $25,000 for programs that promote
volunteerism among seniors and other generations, engage seniors in the
community through mentoring, expand awareness of elder abuse, support
senior inclusion and provide financial assistance for community programs
Those eligible include
not-for- profit organizations, municipalities, school boards,
educational institutions, First Nations communities and public health
and social service community-based coalitions.
For more information or to
apply, go to
HSN looking to form Advisory Council
Hospital forms advisory
By CAROL MULLIGAN, THE
Posted 7 hours ago
Twelve to 14 people will
soon have a direct pipeline to the top administrators at Health Sciences
Sudbury's hospital is
looking for people who have been hospitalized recently, or had loved
ones who were, to become members of the new CEO Patient and Family
The council will offer
residents an opportunity to tell Health Sciences North brass about their
own hospital experiences and how they could have been better.
Members will also be
encouraged to act as the eyes and ears of hospital administrators,
reporting concerns and ideas expressed by people from the community.
Dr. Denis Roy, president
and chief executive officer of Health Sciences North, says the idea for
the council was in the planning stage when a particular event convinced
him of the need for such a committee.
Roy won't say what that
event was, but he promises to share details about it in September when
the council meets for the first time.
The council will reflect
the new focus in Ontario hospitals on care that is centred on patients
and not providers.
Roy points to a recent
example at Health Science North where that focus helped reduce the wait
time for magnetic resonance imaging by months.
Tyler Speck and his
diagnostic imagining department undertook a review of the process from
the time an MRI for a patient is ordered until it is completed. By
eliminating 64 unnecessary steps, wait times fell from 109 days to 21
Another clincher for Roy
was a recent news story that revealed more than
6,000 patient complaints
had been filed against the hospital in the last year.
Since his arrival in
Sudbury almost 2 1/2 years ago, Roy has been determined to make Health
Sciences North a world-class research, academic and health centre. But
he also has his eye on the day-to-day goings-on at the hospital that
make for a good -- or bad -- patient experience.
Roy is excited about the
council, which he will chair, and to which hospital chief operating
officer Joe Pilon, clinical program vice-president David McNeil and
finance vice-president Ben Petersen will belong.
Roy said his enthusiasm for
the council is, in part, because he likes to talk to people. It's also
"because I believe in quality. I don't like to read or hear on radio
we've had 6,000 complaints and some of them are related to the way
people communicate with each other."
The council won't be a
complaints committee, Roy is quick to point out. The hospital has
another process for that.
Members will be asked to
draw upon their own or their families' experiences "to tell us what and
how we can change things.
"Now, if they ask us to
build four floors over the centre tower," said Roy, "that's not going to
happen. But we can do a lot of things."
Evidence is growing that
involving patients more in their care increases their satisfaction with
their hospital and reduces medical errors by a whopping 62%.
For instance, Roy is
bullish about patients insisting hospital personnel wash their hands
before and after they touch them. Adherence to that simple practice can
reduce the spread of infection and save lives.
Two years ago, Roy urged
patients to outright ask their hospital doctors and nurses if they had
washed their hands after seeing their last patients.
Vigilant and involved
patients can also spot one of the most common mistakes in hospital --
dispensing the wrong medication at the wrong time or to the wrong
"What I hope is that
patients or their families won't be afraid any longer to tell people,
'The colour of that pill is not the same colour I take at home,' " or
perhaps, 'It's funny. Your hands are not wet,' " as they are examined.
Roy admits it won't be easy
to become patient-centred rather than provider-focused, but it has to
Roy has already begun
consulting with community groups such as CARP and Friendly to Seniors,
and has invited two patients to sit on hiring committees at the
hospital's cancer program.
The hospital launched an
advisory council in its Family and Child Program, and each hospital
program will eventually have its own, reporting to the CEO council.
The CEO council will meet
at least four times a year and meetings will be closed. Members will
have to sign confidentiality agreements. Roy said patients may be
reluctant to speak about their own and others' hospital experiences if
reporters or members of the public are present.
The public will hear about
the council's work when Roy presents regular reports to the hospital's
board of directors.
The hospital will advertise
the criteria for ideal candidates, but the first qualification is a
willingness to talk about their own and others'
email@example.com Twitter: @Carol_Mulligan
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Members will serve for two
years, renewable for a year contingent upon them or family members
having a hospital experience in the last 12 months. Ideal members must:
Be comfortable speaking
with candor in a group;
Be able to use their
personal experience constructively;
Be concerned about more
than one issue or agenda;
Be able to hear different
opinions and respect the perspective of others;
Be able to articulate their
interests, concerns and perspective in ways others can learn from.
Invitation to Participate...
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Cathexis Consulting is conducting consultations to find out what
measures should be looked at to learn the impact Ontario’s accessibility
standards have on persons with disabilities. We want to focus on the
things that are most important to people with disabilities in order to
measure whether the legislation and standards are improving their
quality of life.
In order to make sure that what is being measured is meaningful to
people with disabilities, we want to hear about the things that make
your life better.
it for me?
You will get to have your views heard
You will receive a brief summary of the results of the consultations
You can participate through face-to-face consultation meetings, a
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If you want to participate, please complete an application form and
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If you are interested please send an email to
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please provide the additional information
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9:00 – 11:00 Older adults with disabilities (age 60 and up)
1:00 – 3:00 Adults with disabilities (age 18-59)
4:00 – 6:00 Caregivers of family of people with disabilities
Ottawa: June 14th, 2012 at the Travelodge Hotel Ottawa and
9:00 – 11:00 Francophone consultation with adults with disabilities
1:00 – 3:00 English consultation with adults with disabilities
4:00 – 6:00 Caregivers/families people with disabilities (English)
London: June 13th, 2012 at the London Convention Centre
9:00 – 11:00 Older adults with disabilities (age 60 and up)
1:00 – 3:00 Adults with disabilities (age 18-59)
4:00 – 6:00 Caregivers/families of people with disabilities
Thunder Bay: June 11th, 2012 at the Valhalla Inn
10:00 - 12:00 Adults with disabilities
2:00 – 4:00 Caregivers/families of people with disabilities
Huntsville: June 6th, 2012, at the Deerhurst Inn
10:00 - 12:00 Adults with disabilities
2:00 – 4:00 Caregivers/families of people with disabilities
16 - 28
29 - 45
46 - 65
Your disability (check all that apply):
Mobility (arthritis, amputation, etc)
Visual (tunnel vision, blind, etc)
Hearing (deaf, hard of hearing, etc)
Learning (dyslexia, dysgraphia, etc)
Intellectual or developmental (difficulty learning, socializing, etc)
Mental health (depression, anxiety, etc)
Speech/language (slurring, stuttering, etc)
Severity of disability:
The meeting will be 2 hours in length. Please tell us what you need to
participate in the meeting:
Materials in large print
Materials in Braille
Seating for attendant/other caregiver/intervener
Other (please specify)
North East LHIN helps Moms and Newborns Access Care
More than 5,000 babies born in Northeastern Ontario last
June 1, 2012
-- Things are looking up for new arrivals in Northeastern
Ontario’s maternity wards – like Addison Françoise McIsaac –
thanks to work by the North East LHIN to help standardize
levels of maternal and newborn care.
Addison was born six months ago at North Bay Regional Health
Centre. Neither she nor her parents were aware of the work
going on behind the scenes to ensure consistency of birthing
The NE LHIN worked over the past year with the Provincial
Council for Maternal and Child Health to develop and
implement standardized levels of care definitions for
maternal and neonatal units. A summary of levels of maternal
and newborn care provided by Northeastern hospitals is now
Click here to learn more
Spring 2012- Team Record Newsletter.pdf
The Caregiver Toolkit
You are invited to attend / receive resources on a
new national initiative coming to two communities in the north-east!
The Caregiver Toolkit is comprised of two resources
designed to support family/friend caregivers of older adults. The
Service Provider’s Resource Guide provides evidence-informed
information and tools about caregiver assessment and interventions, and
resources and suggestions to address issues in case management. The
Caregiver Policy Lens is an evidence-informed principle-based
framework for examining policies, programs and practices that affect
caregivers of older adults, from the perspective of caregivers and in
order to avoid any unintended negative effects on caregivers.
These resources are designed to be used by a
diversity of front line workers, program managers, policy analysts,
administrators, health educators, advocates, and anyone interested in
strengthening caregiver resiliency through service provision to
address caregiver needs across Canada.
We are excited to bring this resource to your
community! We will be providing a free 3-hour introduction
on how to use the CGPL, the benefits of using the CGPL, and examples of
how organizations and governments across Canada are using this resource
to ensure inclusion of caregiver voice and needs. There are no costs
associated with this workshop but you are required to
pre-register. To register, please contact Robert
Spicer, PRC at:
Bob.Spicer@nbrhc.on.ca . We look forward to seeing you in:
You can find
the Caregiver Policy Lens and other resources to support Canadian
These resources were developed by Dr. Penny
MacCourt, through the BC Psychogeriatric Association, with funding from
the Government of Canada.
BC Toolkit for caregivers - AFTERNOON workshop.pdf
CG Toolkit Phamplet.pdf
Childhood Cancer Canada Launches its Inaugural Words of Hope Campaign!
International Childhood Cancer Awareness Day, Childhood Cancer
Canada, in collaboration with Brother Canada, is thrilled to
announce the launch of its national awareness campaign, "Words
of Hope." The campaign aims to build awareness around the many
issues facing families affected by childhood cancer. This
inaugural campaign centers on a unique piece of art that will be
made up of P-touch® labels containing words of hope submitted by
Canadians across the country. The artwork will be created by
beloved children's book illustrator, Michael Martchenko, who is
best known for illustrating many of Robert Munsch's books.
you to go online to submit your own words of hope and to help
spread the word by asking your friends to do so as well! You can
submit your words of hope until April 1, 2012 by visiting
Cancer Canada is grateful to our valued supporters who have made
generous contributions to help the 10,000 children bravely
battling cancer across the nation. The Foundation gratefully
acknowledges the generosity and longstanding commitment of our
partner Brother Canada.
Childhood Cancer Canada is the country's leading
foundation dedicated to funding national research while
delivering critical education, community and connectivity
programs for children and adolescents with cancer and their
For Immediate Release
211 Helpline is now answering calls in Sudbury
Dial 211: When you don’t know where to turn
December 15, 2011 – Sudbury –
211, the helpline for community and social service
information, is now the first call for the Sudbury
community to connect residents to the
services and help they need. Finding support for major
life changes can be overwhelming if
suddenly you need home care for elderly parents,
emergency utility assistance,
government programs or employment services. Residents
can now simply dial 2‐1‐1 or
residents can search online at
With the launch of 211 to Sudbury,
Manitoulin, Nipissing, Timiskaming, Elgin and Lambton
County today, 211 is now
accessible to 100% of Ontario residents.
“This is good news for residents,” said Marie Klassen,
Executive Director, 211 Northern
Region. “For about 60% of the population asking for help
is not very easy, 211 is the
answer because it is free, confidential and answered by
trained specialists who realize the
hardest part is finding the right services. 211 is about
helping people feel empowered to
get back on their feet before a situation spirals into a
211 is an easy to remember phone number like 911 or 411
that helps communities become
more accessible and learn there are often services to
meet a wide variety of needs. A threedigit
number like 211 also makes services more accessible to
isolated community members
or those without Internet connection.
“When you need help, you don’t want to spend your time
looking for the right number to
call. Ontario 211 connects people with services in their
communities quickly and easily.
Whether you need crisis support or information about
local services for your children, 211
is there to help all Ontario families,” said John
Milloy, Minister of Community and Social
“Bringing together information on agencies and programs
is creating customized solutions
for each community,” said Bill Morris, Executive
Director, Ontario 211 Services
Corporation. “Working with different groups, 211 is
helping school boards map services to
specific challenges, freeing up front line public health
staff by answering basic flu clinic
information or helping a community in its disaster
The Ontario Government has committed more than $13
million over four years to expand
211 province‐wide by 2012. Last year 560,000 people
called 211 to find services and 92%
were very satisfied with their experiences. 211 is also
funded by Ontario’ United Ways,
some municipalities, and Citizenship and Immigration
Media contact’s name
Marie Klassen, Director of Services
211 Ontario North & Lakehead Social Planning Council
Phone: 807‐624‐ 1721
Communications & Marketing Coordinator
Ontario 211 Services Corporation
Phone: 416 ‐777‐0211, ext. 225
ATTENTION: Health Sciences North’s DV/SAT PROGR
The Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault
Treatment Program at Health Sciences North would like to take this
opportunity to introduce to you our new program name as the
Intervention and Prevention Program
Intervention and Prevention Program (VIPP) will now encompass several
aspects of care and treatment for persons experiencing violence. This
new program now will have three distinct services; The Domestic
Violence/Sexual Assault Treatment (DV/SAT), Program, the Pediatric Abuse
Referral and Evaluation (PARE) Program and the Voices for Women – Sexual
Assault Center (SSAC).
Violence / Sexual Assault Treatment (DV/SAT) program will provide 24/7
medical treatment, forensic evidence collection and counselling to adult
men and women experiencing intimate partner violence and sexual assault.
This program can be accessed by calling VIPP directly at 705-675-4743
during business hours between 9am and 5pm or by accessing the emergency
department at Health Sciences North. A nurse is on-call 24 hours a day ,
7 days a week..
Abuse Referral and Evaluation (PARE) Program focuses on providing
medical treatment, forensic evidence collection for children under the
age of 16 who are the victims of sexual abuse and physical assault. This
program provides 24/7 emergency treatment as well as an outpatient
clinic. The PARE program also offers specialized pediatric sexual abuse
counselling. If there is any risk to a child or if the child needs
immediate medical attention they can be sent to the Emergency Department
at Health Sciences North where a PARE nurse is on call 24/7. If your
referral is non-acute or if you are seeking counselling for the child
you can call directly to VIPP, an intake will be completed and either a
nurse or counsellor will return your call for follow-up care.
Women – Sexual Assault Center will be our new community based Sexual
Assault Centre located at 96 Larch Street, offering sexual assault
counselling services for women. This program’s focus will also include
community education and outreach. The SSAC will have a resource library,
drop in center and workshops promoting safety and wellness for the women
of our community and region. It is the intent of this program to be up
and running by March 2012 in its new location.
Until then it
is important to us to have available services for all women experiencing
sexual abuse. If you have someone disclosing sexual violence and they
are requesting assistance either in the form of counselling or support
services they can contact the VIPP program directly at 705-675-4743 and
we will provide all available options of care and support. Please do
not direct these women to the emergency department as they may endure
unnecessary waits and potential misdirection.
forward to the “drop in” opportunities of the Larch Street location,
until then we are asking that women call the VIPP Program line directly
or that you do so as a referring agency on their behalf.. Thank you in
advance for you assistance as we move forward in providing seamless care
to women experiencing sexual violence in our community. If you have any
questions or concerns please do not hesitate to connect with me
Dear Community Partner:
Anorexia, bulimia, dieting, body image problems . . . how do we prevent
them? Research tells us that the best way to prevent eating disorders
and disordered eating is to promote and role model healthy lifestyle
Eating Disorders Awareness Week (EDAW) is an annual effort to
reduce the prevalence of anorexia, bulimia, dieting, and body image
problems through a public education program that emphasizes the social
factors that cause eating disorders and disordered eating.
This year, Eating Disorders Awareness Week takes place
February 5 to 11.The Sudbury & District Health Unit is providing
promotional packages for you to use during EDAW. Each package
contains a poster, fact sheets, and valuable information about local
support services. A limited number of packages is available, so
requests will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please
indicate if you would like to receive these resources, in English or
French, by Friday, January 20.
Also, as part of Eating Disorders Awareness Week 2012, the Sudbury &
District Health Unit and the City of Greater Sudbury present
Workshops for Key Influencers.
is a model of best practice designed by experts in the fields of sport
psychology, eating disorders, and nutrition. The workshop aims to shape
the attitudes toward body image of those who are key influencers of
young athletes. Workshop participants will come away with new ideas for
fostering healthy and positive environments for athletes, both in and
out of the context of sport.
Manitoulin Island Session:
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Thursday, February 9, 2012
6 to 7:30
6 to 7:30 p.m.
Little Current Public School
18 Draper Street
200 Brady Street,
Sudbury Little Current
These workshops are free of charge. To register, please call
705.522.9200, ext. 336 or email
registration deadline for both workshops is Friday, February 3.
If you have any questions or require further information, please call
the Sudbury & District Health Unit at 705.522.9200, ext. 336.
Special thanks to the City of Greater Sudbury and the Rainbow
District School Board for providing venues for these events, as well
as to the Health Sciences North Regional Eating Disorders Program
for its support.
In Active Health,
Public Health Nurse
Health Promotion Division|
Divison de la promotion de la santé
Sudbury & District Health Unit |Service de santé publique de
Sudbury et du district 1300 rue Paris Street, Sudbury ON, P3E
705.522.9200, ext. 223|
The Flu and You:
Are you or someone you love over 65? Did you know that
seniors are at increased risk of severe and life-threatening
complications from the seasonal flu? Sounds dramatic, but if
you are in a high risk group you really shouldn't take the
flu lying down.
According to the Ontario Lung Association if you're over
65 or living with a chronic illness such as COPD, asthma,
heart disease or diabetes, you are considered part of the
high risk group. The flu can lead to pneumonia, dehydration
and worsening of chronic medical conditions which, in turn,
can lead to hospitalization. In fact, the flu and its
complications send about 20,000 Canadians to hospital each
year, and up to 8,000 die from it¹.
"Many people who are at high risk think their flu
symptoms will simply go away," says Dr. Anthony D'Urzo, a
family physician and an Associate Professor in the Faculty
of Medicine at University of Toronto. "The truth is, flu
needs to be taken seriously and you need to act fast. If you
think you or a family member has the flu, see your doctor as
soon as symptoms start, rather than relying on
Taking action to prevent the flu is crucial and the
Ontario Lung Association encourages seniors to protect
themselves. "The first line of defense for at risk groups
aged six months or older is to get the flu shot as it is a
very important part of preventing infection," says Dr.
D'Urzo. "And if you do get sick, know the difference between
the common cold and the flu. A general rule of thumb is that
if the symptoms come on fast and furious, it's the flu, but
if they come on gradually, it's a cold."
According to Dr. D'Urzo, if you're in the high risk
group, make sure you see your doctor as soon as symptoms
begin. Even if you had the flu shot, there are prescription
options available if you do come down with the flu. New
guidelines have been released from the Association for
Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Canada, to help
physicians better manage their patients with the flu this
Know the Difference Between
the Common Cold and Seasonal Flu
While the common cold and seasonal flu may share many of
the same symptoms, they are very different illnesses. The
problem is that most people can't tell the difference – but
being able to tell the two apart is critical to getting the
medical attention required.
Below is a chart that you can use to compare symptoms and
to help determine if you have a flu or cold.
Typically over 38°C
Mild and intermittent
Muscle aches and pains
Slow onset over days
There are many steps Canadians can take to ensure
they are healthy and strong as the cold weather sets in:
get the flu shot, learn to tell cold symptoms from the flu,
get plenty of sleep and eat a well-balanced diet. To help
prevent the spread of the virus, wash hands thoroughly and
often with warm water and soap or hand sanitizer before you
touch your nose or mouth, keep a distance from those with
the flu and regularly clean and disinfect common areas and
shared items. If you do get sick and you're at risk to
develop serious complications, visit your doctor or
healthcare provider as soon as possible to get the flu under
information, please visit the Ontario Lung Association
1. The Public Health Agency of Canada. Influenza
Immunization – "the flu shot."
Accessed November 1, 2011.
CoLFHT Team Record newsletter- Dec 2011.pdf
Thunder Bay Counselling Centre
By Colleen Ginter, Clinical Counsellor at Thunder Bay Counselling
Lives of Quiet Desperation:
Male Sexual Abuse
Our Winter 2012 newsletter addresses a subject that is rarely talked
about. Why? Men who have been sexually abused in childhood have
particular struggles that may have a profound impact on their
masculinity. Myths about male sexual abuse may result in men not
disclosing their traumatic experiences. Many men go through their whole
lives living in quiet desperation and in pain. Male survivors often
remain silent. Male Survivors often feel ashamed, isolated and alone. If
men are to heal we must begin to understand and recognize the symptoms
and myths surrounding male sexual abuse so their voices, long silent,
may be heard.
"I think recovery from sexual abuse, at least for a man, is, or
similar to what it must be like recovering from a stroke. We are tasked
with re-training our brains to think in such different ways, all with a
view to accomplishing the same tasks we did before, but with a new, and
different understanding. We are not the victims we once were; afraid to
show our faces, say our names. We are not the mutes, anonymously
conducting our lives so as to not attract attention to ourselves. And as
we approach each task, we are confronted yet again with the questions;
Can I do this? Should I do this? What if I fail? What if it just opens
another can of worms?"
Excerpt from Outside by Jim Austin (Manifestations: The Men’s Project
The Solution Source | Winter 2012 | Vol. XV No. 4 ISSN#1481-2568
Male Sexual Victimization Myths & Facts
Adapted from a presentation at the 5th International Conference on
Incest and Related Problems, Biel, Switzerland, August 14, 1991.
Myth #1 Boys and men can’t be victims.
This myth, instilled through masculine gender socialization and
sometimes referred to as the "macho image," declares that males, even
young boys, are not supposed to be victims or even vulnerable. We learn
very early that males should be able to protect themselves. In truth,
boys are children - weaker and more vulnerable than their perpetrators -
who cannot really fight back. Why? The perpetrator has greater size,
strength, and knowledge. This power is exercised from a position of
authority, using resources such as money or other bribes, or outright
threats - whatever advantage can be taken to use a child for sexual
Male Sexual Victimization Myths & Facts continues on next page...
ALSO IN THIS ISSUE:
Symptoms of Men Who Have 03
Been Sexually Abused
Hope and Renewal 04
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reserved. Permission to reproduce material must be obtained from Thunder
Bay Counselling Centre.
The Solution Source | Winter 2012
Myth #2 Most sexual abuse of boys is perpetrated by homosexual
Pedophiles who molest boys are not expressing a homosexual
orientation any more than pedophiles who molest girls are practicing
heterosexual behaviors. While many child molesters have gender and/or
age preferences, of those who seek out boys, the vast majority are not
homosexual. They are pedophiles.
Myth #3 If a boy experiences sexual arousal or orgasm from abuse,
this means he was a willing participant or enjoyed it.
In reality, males can respond physically to stimulation (get an
erection) even in traumatic or painful sexual situations. Therapists who
work with sexual offenders know that one way a perpetrator can maintain
secrecy is to label the child’s sexual response as an indication of his
willingness to participate. "You liked it, you wanted it," they’ll say.
Many survivors feel guilt and shame because they experienced physical
arousal while being abused. Physical (and visual or auditory)
stimulation is likely to happen in a sexual situation. It does not mean
that the child wanted the experience or understood what it meant at the
Myth #4 Boys are less traumatized by the abuse experience than
While some studies have found males to be less negatively affected,
more studies show that long term effects are quite damaging for either
sex. Males may be more damaged by society’s refusal or reluctance to
accept their victimization, and by their resultant belief that they must
"tough it out" in silence.
Myth #5 Boys abused by males are or will become homosexual.
While there are different theories about how the sexual orientation
develops, experts in the human sexuality field do not believe that
premature sexual experiences play a significant role in late adolescent
or adult sexual orientation. It is unlikely that someone can make
another person a homosexual or heterosexual. Sexual orientation is a
complex issue and there is no single answer or theory that explains why
someone identifies himself as homosexual, heterosexual or bi-sexual.
Whether perpetrated by older males or females, boys’ or girls’ premature
sexual experiences are damaging in many ways, including confusion about
one’s sexual identity and orientation.
Many boys who have been abused by males erroneously believe that
something about them sexually attracts males, and that this may mean
they are homosexual or effeminate. Again, not true. Pedophiles who are
attracted to boys will admit that the lack of body hair and adult sexual
features turns them on. The pedophile’s inability to develop and
maintain a healthy adult sexual relationship is the problem - not the
physical features of a sexually immature boy.
Myth #6 The "Vampire Syndrome", that is, boys who are sexually
abused, like the victims of Count Dracula, go on to "bite" or
sexually abuse others.
This myth is especially dangerous because it can create a terrible
stigma for the child, that he is destined to become an offender. Boys
might be treated as potential perpetrators rather than victims who need
help. While it is true that most perpetrators have histories of sexual
abuse, it is NOT true that most victims go on to become perpetrators.
Research by Jane Gilgun, Judith Becker and John Hunter found a primary
difference between perpetrators who were sexually abused and sexually
abused males who never perpetrated: non-perpetrators told about the
abuse, and were believed and supported by significant people in their
lives. Again, the majority of victims do not go on to become adolescent
or adult perpetrators; and those who do perpetrate in adolescence
usually don’t perpetrate as adults if they get help when they are young.
Myth #7 If the perpetrator is female, the boy or adolescent
should consider himself fortunate to have been initiated into
In reality, premature or coerced sex, whether by a mother, aunt,
older sister, baby-sitter or other female in a position of power over a
boy, causes confusion at best, and rage, depression or other problems in
more negative circumstances. To be used as a sexual object by a more
powerful person, male or female, is always abusive and often damaging.
The Solution Source | Winter 2012
Believing these myths is dangerous and damaging.
So long as society believes these myths, and teaches them to children
from their earliest years, sexually abused males will be unlikely to get
the recognition and help they need.
So long as society believes these myths, sexually abused males will
be more likely to join the minority of survivors who perpetuate this
suffering by abusing others.
So long as boys or men who have been sexually abused believe these
myths, they will feel ashamed and angry.
And so long as sexually abused males believe these myths, they
reinforce the power of another devastating myth that all abused children
struggle with: that it was their fault. It is never the fault of the
child in a sexual situation - though perpetrators can be quite skilled
at getting their victims to believe these myths and take on
responsibility that is always and only their own.
For any male who has been sexually abused, becoming free of these
myths is an essential part of the recovery process.
(Adapted from a presentation at the 5th International Conference on
Incest and Related Problems, Biel, Switzerland, August 14, 1991.)
Symptoms of Men who have been Sexually Abused:
Each individual experiences their own unique response to male sexual
abuse. The following is a list of some of those responses:
Low Self Esteem
The man may blame himself for not being strong enough to stop the
Fear of Feelings
A need to control feelings and behaviour, their own and others
Nightmares and Flashbacks
Difficulty trusting others.
After such a huge betrayal, the man may have trouble letting anyone
else into his life. They may struggle with thinking that they will be
heard, believed, even comforted. Men may come to believe that they need
to hide their experience from everyone but those closest to them. Many
men never disclose their abuse at all.
Forgetting large pieces of childhood
Discomfort With Being Touched
Feeling isolated and alone
Abused boys often grow into adulthood with poor or nonexistent role
models and no clear idea of what it means to be a man.
Loss and grief.
The abused man continues to grieve for the suffering and betrayals he
has experienced. Some men try to self-medicate these feelings away with
alcohol, drugs, or other addictions.
(Mike Lew and www.essortment.com)
Approximately one in six boys is sexually abused before age 16.
- Jim Hopper, Ph.D.
Hope and Renewal
Although the aftermath of childhood sexual abuse can be devastating,
there is hope for a life and a future that can be defined by the
survivor. Renowned expert, Mike Lew in Victims No Longer, encourages men
to think about the following:
- Identify and validate their childhood experiences
- Explore strategies of survival and healing
- Work through issues such as trust, intimacy, and sexual
- Establish a support network for continued personal recovery
- Make choices that aren’t determined by abuse
Services are now available throughout the North Region of Ontario for
men over the age of 16 who are survivors of sexual abuse or sexual
assault through funding from the Ministry of the Attorney General.
According to Abi Sprakes, MSW, RSW, PhD, Manager of Clinical
Services, "Thunder Bay Counselling Centre is pleased to offer a new and
much needed service to male survivors of sexual abuse and sexual
assault. Because many men find it difficult to come forward and ask for
help, especially given the challenges of living in a northern community,
we will provide innovate and creative ways to make counselling more
accessible throughout the North Region of Ontario."
Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)
We offer custom designed counselling solutions for
businesses and employees. Contact us: (807) 684-1880
Counselling Centre of East Algoma
Centre de counselling d’Algoma Est
9 Oakland Blvd., Suite 2
Elliot Lake, ON
Telephone: (705) 848-2585
Support Services for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse