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Northerners Share Strong Opinions about Home and Community Care

Survey says: Strengthen Care that Supports Older Adults Who Want to Live Independently

March 23, 2015 – You might be one of the more than 1,000 Northerners who recently provided valuable feedback to the North East Local Health Integration Network (NE LHIN) on ways to strengthen home and community care. Those opinions count for health care in this region, and they especially shine through in a new provincial report called Bringing Care Home.

Many Northerners’ ideas were shared in a NE LHIN survey – in fact, more than 100 pages of comments – which are now summarized in the NE LHIN’s report Perceptions on the Northeastern Ontario Health Care System.

“A stronger system of care for people in community or at home is what Northerners want,” said Louise Paquette, CEO of the NE LHIN. “Whether it’s help with activities of daily living like eating proper meals or getting a prescription filled, our LHIN’s focus will continue to better meet the health care needs of Northerners in their setting of choice.” 

Last week, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care endorsed Bringing Care Home  - a report from the province’s expert group on home and community care which includes 16 recommendations to improve patient- and family-centred care.  The report draws on extensive engagement from across the province and included surveys by each LHIN to conduct a survey on ways and means to strengthen local home and community care.  In November/December 2014, the NE LHIN’s a survey resulted in 1,009 responses received over a six week period. 

Click here to learn more.




The Huntington Society of Canada


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May 1, 2015 


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 difference!

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 email contacts.

2. Join the Huntington Society on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Share information about HD and encourage your networks to learn more.

3. Refer a friend to our website, www.huntingtonsociety.ca, 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 www.huntingtonsociety.ca/media/ 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 your story.

And last but not least, the 7th way to help increase awareness is to participate in our fundraising awareness campaign:

Chapters Indigo will donate 10% of the value of every eGift Card purchased through the Huntington Society of Canada’s campaign.

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 ow.ly/LFcJS
2. Use your eGift Card to purchase Inside the O’Briens (or another book of your choice)

Reading 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 www.huntingtonsociety.ca under What is Huntington Disease.

Together, we spread the word and work towards a world free from Huntington disease. 

Contact us at  communications@huntingtonsociety.ca for more information.



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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>

Stephanie Cowle
Health Promotion Coordinator, Data & Knowledge Exchange
Ontario Injury Prevention Resource Centre

The OIPRC is operated by

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Home and Community Care Survey to Northerners_EN.pdf


Current NE LHIN Employment Opportunities
Financial Analyst
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 analysis.

Click here to visit our employment page



CoLFHT Team Record Winter 2014.pdf

www.northeasthealthline.ca – March 2013

December 4, 2013


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, you 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 healthline@ne.ccac-ont.ca

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 service profile.

If you want your organization to be profiled on www.northeasthealthline.ca, 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.

The www.northeasthealthline.ca 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, www.northeasthealthline.ca 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 mathieu.litalien@ne.ccac-ont.ca 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 www.northeasthealthline.ca?

• The site is focused solely on health care

• The information is current and accurate thanks to capacity for online updating

• Promotes partner integration and collaboration across the health care spectrum

• If the need for specific local information is identified, it can be added easily

• Easy search options

• Supports empowerment, health self-management and independence

• Helps consumers understand and access the services they need close to home

• 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 www.northeasthealthline.ca 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






Improving Diabetes Education and Care

Call for Northerners to join a New Regional Advisory Committee

Nurse Practitioner joins North East LHIN’s Diabetes Team


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  

Amanda Mathieu, RN, provides footcare to John Shedden as part of the Diabetes Education Centre at Parry Sound and Area’s Foot Care Program. The North East LHIN coordinates 25 diabetes education programs and services across the region. The LHIN is  looking for patients, providers and administrators interested in participating in a new Regional Advisory Committee to improve diabetes care and education in Northeastern Ontario.
 East Local Health Integration Network (NE LHIN) enhance the coordination of diabetes education and care across the North East.


“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 Jennifer.Michaurd@lhins.on.ca 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...


 Click here


 to learn more.



 Sudbury EMS Presentation May 13 Worthington pdf


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More Support for Northern Solution to

Hip and Knee Care Options 


Tonia Cockburn, right, Advanced Practice Physiotherapist at the Joint Assessment Centre in the North Bay Regional Health Centre; and Dr. Aaron Van Vliet, left, orthopaedic surgeon; reunite with Cynthia Wideman, centre, last week. Cynthia says both individuals were key to her positive experience with the NE LHIN-funded Joint Assessment Centre.
April 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: Huntington’s Disease

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 documentary Do 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

The North 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 underway

·         Transition of Diabetic care programs to the NE LHIN

·         NE LHIN 2013-1015 Integrated Health Service Plan (IHSP)

·         Firsts for French Language Service Designations


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 plus sure:

·         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 cours

·         Transition des programmes de soins pour diabétiques vers le RLISS du Nord-Est

·         Dernières nouvelles du Plan de services de santé intégrés 2013-2016

·         Premières dans les désignations des services en français





NE LHIN/ Laurentian University Senior Falls Prevention Forum


IMPORTANT - Please note:


When you register, please ensure you have received a confirmation email of registration. If you do not receive a confirmation please re-register


Registration link:



Thank you.





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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 p.m.



The conference will:

          Highlight innovative approaches, programs and tools.

          Provide skill building and knowledge transfer opportunities.

          Build a Falls Prevention community in the NE LHIN through collaboration, partnerships, and knowledge exchange.


Who should attend:

This conference will be of interest to:

          All health care providers - physicians, nurses, pharmacists, health educators, therapists, and others

          Public Health Units, CCAC

          Community organizations (CSS) & individuals committed to Falls Prevention


To register, or for more information, please visit our website.

Deadline for registration is November 20.


Please feel free to forward this invitation on to anyone you think might be interested in Falls Prevention.







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North East LHIN Communiqué
Advancing Chronic Disease Prevention & Management within the NE LHIN

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.

Communiqué du RLISS du Nord-Est
Améliorer la prévention et la gestion des maladies chronique dans le RLISS du NE

Plus de 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 obèses.

Cliquez ici pour vous renseigner sur les faits saillants et les succès du forum sur la prévention et la gestion des maladies chroniques 2012.



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North East LHIN Releases Peer Review Report for Health Sciences North


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 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 www.greatersudbury.ca.


Media Contact:

Shannon Dowling, Corporate Communications

City of Greater Sudbury, 705-674-4455, ext. 2539

Facebook: www.facebook.com/greatersudbury

Twitter: @greatersudbury



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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


10:00am - 10:30 am

Invited 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


Enjoy your 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 centred on improving patient access to services for people suffering from Chronic Disease.


Chronic 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.


Anyone can listen in to the coffee break by teleconference. Questions can be submitted in advance to engagingwithyou@lhins.on.ca.


The session will be taped and available on our website (www.nelhin.on.ca) as a podcast

within 24 hours.


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:

Cynthia Stables

Director of Communications and Community Engagement

(705) 840-1520 cynthia.stables@lhins.on.ca




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 www.greatersudbury.ca.




Media Contact:
Shannon Dowling, Corporate Communications
City of Greater Sudbury, 705-674-4455, ext. 2539
Facebook: www.facebook.com/greatersudbury
Twitter: @greatersudbury




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 clicking here!


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 for seniors.


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

www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/community_partnerships/seniors/nhs p/cbpf/index. shtml.




HSN looking to form Advisory Council


Hospital forms advisory council


Posted 7 hours ago

Twelve to 14 people will soon have a direct pipeline to the top administrators at Health Sciences North.


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 Advisory Council.


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 days.


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 patient.


"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 start somewhere.


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'



carol.mulligan@sunmedia.ca Twitter: @Carol_Mulligan


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Patients wanted


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...

How have Ontario’s accessibility standards made a difference?


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.

What’s in it for me?

·         You will get to have your views heard

·         You will receive a brief summary of the results of the consultations

What is involved?

·         You can participate through face-to-face consultation meetings, a survey, a blog or a written submission

·         If you want to participate, please complete an application form and email it to Mathew@cathexisconsulting.ca or mail it to:


Mathew Gagné

Cathexis Consulting

124 Merton Street, Ste. 502

Toronto ON M4S 2Z2


·         On the application form, please indicate the method of participation you want

·         We will get in touch with you and let you know the next steps you need to take to participate

Participation is voluntary . . .

§  You can stop your participation at any time.  You simply need to indicate that you do not want to continue.  You do not need to give any reasons for not wanting to continue. 

§  We do not anticipate any risks in taking part in this study.


All information will be confidential.  Your responses will be combined with the responses of others, so your input will not be identified with you in any way.


If you are interested please send an email to Mathew@cathexisconsulting.ca with the following:








How you want to participate:

¦    A face-to-face consultation

¦    On-line survey

¦    Blog

¦    Email questionnaire

¦    Mail-in questionnaire



If you are interested in participating in a face-to-face consultation, please provide the additional information


Where you would like to attend:


Where you would like to attend:


Toronto: June 8th, 2012 at the Delta Chelsea Hotel

¦    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 Conference Centre

¦    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


Your address:



Your age:

¦    16 - 28

¦    29 - 45

¦    46 - 65

¦    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:

¦    Mild

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The meeting will be 2 hours in length.  Please tell us what you need to participate in the meeting:


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North East LHIN helps Moms and Newborns Access Care

More than 5,000 babies born in Northeastern Ontario last year


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 services.

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 completed.

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-registerTo register, please contact Robert Spicer, PRC at: Bob.Spicer@nbrhc.on.ca . We look forward to seeing you in:

Text Box: Sudbury
March 12, 2012
1pm – 4pm
North Bay Regional Health Centre (Auditorium)
680 Kirkwood Drive
Text Box: North Bay 
March 13, 2012
1pm – 4pm
400 Olive Street











You can find the Caregiver Policy Lens and other resources to support Canadian caregivers at: www.caregivertoolkit.ca


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!


To honour 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.

We encourage 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 www.wordsofhope.ca

Childhood 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 families.

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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 www.211ontario.ca. 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 crisis.”

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 response.”

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 Canada.


Media contact’s name

Marie Klassen, Director of Services

211 Ontario North & Lakehead Social Planning Council

Phone: 807‐624‐ 1721

Email: mklassen@tbaytel.net

Destiny Bedwell

Communications & Marketing Coordinator

Ontario 211 Services Corporation

Phone: 416 ‐777‐0211, ext. 225

Email: dbedwell@211ontario.ca


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

 Violence Intervention and Prevention Program

The Violence 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).

The Domestic 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..

The Pediatric 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.

Voices for 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. 

We look 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 directly.


Nancy Horan


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 behaviours. 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  BodySense Workshops for Key Influencers

BodySense 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.

Sudbury Session:                                                              Manitoulin Island Session:

Wednesday, February 8, 2012                                            Thursday, February 9, 2012

6 to 7:30 p.m.                                                                        6 to 7:30 p.m.

T.M. Davies Square                                                              Little Current Public School

Council Chambers                                                                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 Shanon Stewart.  The 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,




Désirée Venne

Public Health Nurse | Infirmière-hygiéniste

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 3A3

venned@sdhu.com| ' 705.522.9200, ext. 223| 7 705.677.9613 | www.sdhu.com







The Flu and You: Know Your Risk

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 over-the-counter remedies."

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 season.

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







Nasal secretions



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 control.


For more information, please visit the Ontario Lung Association online at


1. The Public Health Agency of Canada. Influenza Immunization – "the flu shot." http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/im/iif-vcg/index-eng.php Accessed November 1, 2011.



CoLFHT Team Record newsletter- Dec 2011.pdf

Thunder Bay Counselling Centre Newsletter

By Colleen Ginter, Clinical Counsellor at Thunder Bay Counselling Centre

Winter 2012

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 Newsletter)

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 purposes.

Male Sexual Victimization Myths & Facts continues on next page...


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Been Sexually Abused

Hope and Renewal 04

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The Solution Source | Winter 2012


Myth #2 Most sexual abuse of boys is perpetrated by homosexual males.

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 time.

Myth #4 Boys are less traumatized by the abuse experience than girls.

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 heterosexual activity.

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 abuse.

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

Social Alienation

Feeling isolated and alone

Masculinity issues.

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:

  1. Identify and validate their childhood experiences
  1. Explore strategies of survival and healing
  1. Work through issues such as trust, intimacy, and sexual confusion
  1. Establish a support network for continued personal recovery
  1. 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

P5A 2T1

Telephone: (705) 848-2585

Support Services for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse



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