BC Pharmacy Associaton Proposals

March 12, 2013

If these proposals by the BC Pharmacy Association are accepted, they could mean significant savings to our healthcare costs.

  • Trial Prescription Program
  • Treatment of Minor Ailments
  • Medication Adherence Services
  • Self-monitoring of Blood Glucose in Type 2 Diabetes
  • Community Pharmacist-led Anticoagulation Management Service
  • Pharmacist-led Smoking Cessation Services
  • Asthma Consultation Service

For the full article, visit www.bcpharmacy.ca

Student Loan forgiveness

March 9, 2013

This is potentially very good news for our community.

The application for Canada Student Loan forgiveness for family doctors and nurses who serve in a rural or remote community is now available online at http://www.canlearn.ca/eng/after/forgiveness/index.shtml


News Release

March 6, 2013

From: The Town of Princeton and RDOS

March 1, 2013

On Thursday, February 28 healthcare practitioners and community representatives met with Interior Health (IHA) to discuss the implementation of an improved and sustainable model of healthcare for Princeton and District. This consultation is an IHA initiative with active participation by members of the community and all healthcare practitioners, including Dr. Sandhu who will be joining our community in August. Read more »

Presentation on Seniors’ Care

March 1, 2013

On Monday, February 25th a small but appreciative audience attended a presentation on seniors care in our community. The first speaker was Lynn Pelly, Executive Director of Princeton Community Services Society. She gave a comprehensive report on the wide range of services provided by her organization. She explained that many of these services are under contract with the Interior Health Authority and are administered by a paid staff, supported by many volunteers. It was made clear that these important services are available as a result of government funding and that recent cutbacks have limited the scope of several services that the Society offers.

The second speaker was Gloria Levi, seniors advocate and coordinator of Integrated Care Advocacy. As Gloria explained, “integrated care” refers to the need to provide comprehensive medical and non-medical home health care that considers every aspect of a person’s well being. She pointed out that integrated care is not only what seniors want, it is also the most effective and cost efficient way to provide care; “it’s the best way to get a bang for your health care buck.”
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‘A GP for Me’

February 22, 2013

BCMA president Dr. Shelley Ross joined Health Minister Margaret MacDiarmid in launching a new province wide program, A GP for Me. This program is based on a successful pilot program that matched patients with doctors. As well, a separate and complementary program is being created to support hospitalized patients in receiving care from family physicians.

The innovative approach to improving primary care services and finding family physicians for patients was piloted in the communities of Cowichan Valley, Prince George and White Rock-South Surrey. The approach has already matched more than 9,000 patients – who did not previously have GPs – with family doctors.

In the pilot communities, through the collaborative local efforts, new primary care clinics were opened for patients, more doctors were recruited, and more multi-disciplinary teams were developed, which included nurse practitioners and mental health workers.

The new programs being launched throughout the province are initiatives of the General Practice Services Committee, which is a partnership between the Ministry and the BCMA.

Read: Government and doctors partner to improve primary care at BC Government Online NEWSROOM

Seniors’ Advocate

February 21, 2013

Do you think this ‘new’ seniors’ advocate will be helpful, or do you think it is just window dressing. www.facebook.com/notes/news-british-columbia/seniors-advocate-position-weakened-without-independence/536520313046024

Also: www.thinkhealthbc.ca/topics/223

We will let our readers decide for themselves, but I am curious to hear if Gloria Levi has anything to say about this on Monday February 25.

Community Consultation Invited Stakeholders

February 19, 2013

PHCC Stakeholder Groups

Allison Lake Community Association

Area G Regional Director (RDOS)

Area H Regional Director (RDOS)

BC Health Coalition

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SOHC Discussion Paper

Developing an Improved and Sustainable Health Care Model for Princeton, B.C
Support Our Health Care has released a discussion paper in order to get feedback from the community, politicians and professionals about the state of local healthcare and what the long term solutions should be.
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