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Canadian Paediatric Society

Ratings for Northwest Territories

Province/Territory2012 status2016 statusRecommended actionsComments
Immunization

Fair

Excellent

Meets all CPS recommendations.

Prevent smoking among youth

Good

Poor

Implement legislation on smoking in cars with minors present. Implement a province-wide ban on smoking in outdoor public places. Implement legislation on e-cigarettes and flavoured tobacco products.

Breastfeeding promotion (as per the WHO’s Baby-friendly Initiative)

Not assessed

Fair

Implement a BFI policy or strategy, with a designated BFI coordinator. Track breastfeeding initiation, duration and exclusivity rates. Provide access to banked pasteurized human milk for sick and premature infants.

NWT Supports Breastfeeding – a government program – provides education to mothers, families and health professionals.

Newborn hearing screening

Good

Fair*

Implement a universal newborn hearing screening and intervention program. 

The CPS appreciates that having a scattered population and limited access to centralized testing and corrective services pose significant challenges.
 

There are birthing centres in Inuvik, Hay River and Fort Smith, but audiology services are only available in Yellowknife.

An enhanced 18-month well-baby visit

Poor

Excellent

Meets all CPS recommendations.

The “Well Child Record” is relatively new to health centres, and education to manage the referral process is ongoing. The CPS will be looking for progress toward full implementation.

Bicycle helmet legislation

Poor

Poor

Enact legislation that requires all age groups to wear helmets.

Inuvik has an all-ages helmet by-law. Yellowknife has a helmet by-law for children and youth younger than 18 years old.

Booster seat legislation

Poor

Poor

Enact booster seat legislation.

Government website provides advice on child occupant restraints with heights/weights according to CPS recommendations, but there is no legislation.

Child and youth death review

Not assessed

Good

Implement a structured process, including reporting protocols, a linkable database for meaningful data collection, consolidation and dissemination, and an evaluative mechanism.

Coroner’s Service wants to establish a formal, standardized review and reporting system. The CPS will monitor progress.

Management of type 1 diabetes in school

Not assessed

Poor

Develop comprehensive policy on managing type 1 diabetes in school, consistent with CPS/CPEG and CDA recommendations.

Province/Territory2012 status2016 statusRecommended actionsComments
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Off-road vehicle safety legislation (all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles)

Fair

Fair

Fair

Prohibit off-road vehicle operation for children/youth under 16 years old. Institute mandatory safety training.

Province/TerritoryHighlights of provincial/territorial response to Jordan’s Principle
Jordan’s Principle

Has not formally adopted Jordan’s Principle, noting that “NWT has a single health and social services system that does not have separate health and social services for on-reserve First Nations children and families, and does not differentiate between the provision of any health or social service based on ethnicity.”