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Canadian Paediatric Society

Ratings for Nova Scotia

Province/Territory2012 status2016 statusRecommended actionsComments
Immunization

Fair

Fair

Implement a rotavirus immunization program. Implement a central immunization e-registry.

Vaccination records can be obtained from providers but are not housed in a centralized e-registry.

Prevent smoking among youth

Excellent

Good

Implement a province-wide ban on smoking in outdoor public places.

Nova Scotia prohibits smoking on outdoor licensed areas and patios.
 

The CPS credits municipalities that have banned smoking in recreational spaces, parks, beaches and publicly owned sports fields.  

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

Not assessed

Good

Provide incentives that encourage and support health facilities to become BFI-certified. Provide free province-wide access to lactation consultants in person or by phone/email. 

Breast milk donated in Halifax is shipped to the NorthernStar Mothers Milk Bank in Calgary and sent back to IWK Health Centre as needed (at the Centre’s expense).
 

A pilot project is underway to measure breastfeeding duration.

Newborn hearing screening

Excellent

Excellent

Meets all CPS recommendations.

An enhanced 18-month well-baby visit

Poor

Poor

Initiate an enhanced well-baby visit at 18 months, with standard guidelines. If the visit is conducted by fee-for-service physicians, they should have access to office-based tools and a special fee code.

Bicycle helmet legislation

Excellent

Excellent

Meets all CPS recommendations.

Booster seat legislation

Excellent

Excellent

Meets all CPS recommendations.

Child and youth death review

Not assessed

Fair

Implement a broadly representational child death review committee* and a structured process to review all child and youth deaths, including reporting protocols, a linkable database for meaningful data collection, consolidation and dissemination, and an evaluative mechanism.

The Department of Community Services conducts internal reviews. The Office of the Ombudsman can also do reviews, with public reports.


The Office of the Ombudsman has called for the establishment of a provincial interdepartmental team to conduct child death reviews.

Management of type 1 diabetes in school

Not assessed

Fair

Expand guidelines to provide support for insulin administration, for students who require assistance with injections or pump. 

2010 guidelines call for the development of an individual care plan, with information and training for school personnel.

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

Fair

Good

Good

Prohibit off-road vehicle operation – including snowmobiles – for children/youth under 16 years old on both public and private lands.

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

No response at time of publication.