Report on Pain Management Seminar – Princeton, BC

March 19, 2017

pdf Report on Princeton Pain Management Seminar
At the beginning of the seminar the audience was asked to complete the following information:

1. Why did you come to this pain management seminar?

2. What are you hoping to take away from this evening? Pain Management Questionnaire

At the end of the evening the participants were asked to fill in the following evaluation questions:

1. Did you find this seminar helpful? (circle one)

2. How could future pain management seminars be improved?

3. What is missing in our community? What suggestions do you have to improve services for people living with pain?

Pain Management Seminar – March 8

March 4, 2017

pdf Pain management poster

Select Standing Committee on Health 2017 Report

March 4, 2017

Dr. Denise McLeod of Prince George was one of many British Columbians who gave presentations to the province’s Select Standing Committee on Health (Citizen photo by Brent Braaten July 5 2016)

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This past week, the BC Select Standing Committee on Health released their 2017 Report entitled Looking Forward: Improving Rural Health Care, Primary Care, and Addiction Recovery Programs.

Edward Staples, SOHC President, made a presentation to the Committee in July, 2016, addressing the following three areas of inquiry:

  • How can we improve health and health care services in rural British Columbia? In particular, what long-term solutions can address the challenges of recruitment and retention of health care professionals in rural British Columbia?
  •  How can we create a cost-effective system of primary and community care built around interdisciplinary teams?
  •  How can we enhance the effectiveness of addiction recovery programs?

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Review of Family Medicine within Rural and Remote Canada

March 4, 2017

The following excerpts are from the 2016 Review of Family Medicine Within Rural and Remote Canada: Education, Practice, and Policy commissioned by The College of Family Physicians of Canada, the Taskforce on Advancing Rural Family Medicine, and the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada:

“Governments have a role to assist rural communities and physicians in acquiring the
knowledge, competencies, skills, and tools needed to improve access to health care services. Medical schools have an important social responsibility to ensure that the rural education curricula align with population health needs, including a sufficient family physician workforce. Efforts should be taken to ensure that rural communities are not left behind. It will also be important to remain vigilant in addressing recruitment and retention issues of physicians pursuing practice in rural settings, while at the same time taking steps to better prepare them to provide quality health care in rural regions.”

“The positive trends that have been emerging in advancing the numbers of family medicine graduates practising in rural Canada are promising but more can be done. There should be commitment and social accountability by all stakeholders to look for ways to enhance the education of family physicians in their competence to practise in rural communities. Read more »

Chinese Firm Approved to Takeover Long Term Care Homes in BC

February 27, 2017

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau keen on trade; but quiet on risks. Photo by Adam Scotti, PMO.

The following quote is taken from a February 27 article in The Tyee by Scott Sinclair and Stuart Trew:

“In the eagerness to portray Canada as open for business and to lock in binding foreign investor rights, we must ask who is looking after the interests of vulnerable groups such as seniors, employees in the private health care sector, or indeed the Canadian taxpayer? A publicly financed, not-for-profit solution to the rising demand for long-term care is by far the better option. It would create high-quality care, decent-paying jobs and benefit from greater accountability.”

To read the full article, click the following link:

Tyee article on Anbang Deal

Federal Framework on Lyme Disease

February 13, 2017

Recently the federal government released the Draft Federal Framework on Lyme Disease. The Framework was written by the Public Health Agency and is based on information gathered from the 2015 online consultation process and the conference of Spring 2016. They are asking for public comment to be submitted by March 8, 2017 (see below).

The following is from a letter from Elizabeth May, MP Saanich-Gulf Islands and Leader of the Federal Green Party of Canada:

“The framework is required to meet the guidelines set out in my Private Member’s Bill, which include the following:

  • the establishment of a national medical surveillance program to use data collected by the Agency to properly track incidence rates and the associated economic costs of Lyme disease;
  • the establishment of guidelines regarding the prevention, identification, treatment and management of Lyme disease, and the sharing of best practices throughout Canada; and,
  • the creation and distribution of standardized educational materials related to Lyme disease, for use by any public health care provider within Canada, designed to increase national awareness about the disease and enhance its prevention, identification, treatment and management.

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SOHC Annual General Meeting 2017

February 7, 2017

SOHC Executive 2017

2017 Executive (left to right): Bill Day, Frank Turner, Lynn Wells, Edward Staples, Nienke Klaver, Keith Olsen

About fifteen Princeton and Area residents gathered at Riverside Community Centre on January 19 for the fifth SOHC Annual General Meeting. Following approval of the agenda, Nienke Klaver read the minutes from the previous AGM and Keith Olsen presented the society’s year end financial statement.

Edward Staples thanked the membership for their support over the past year and presented a summary of the Year in Review and the Year Ahead (see below).

The following were elected to the Executive Board for the 2017 term:

  • President – Edward Staples
  • Vice President – Bill Day
  • Secretary – Nienke Klaver
  • Treasurer – Keith Olsen
  • Directors – Lynn Wells and Frank Turner

Chris Goodfellow, President of the Old Age Pensioners Organization, presented SOHC with a donation in support of the work being done by SOHC. President Staples thanked the OAPO for their generosity.

Year in Review 2015-16 – Summary

SOHC Goals and Activities for 2017

SOHC AGM Financial 2017 copy-2


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email the secretary.
Annual membership is $2.

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.
Download PDF Here