CPS President Elect Dr. Robin Williams spoke at the recent Innovating Child and Family Health Conference hosted by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. In this blog post, Dr. Williams shares some thoughts from her presentation.
Paediatricians who work with Aboriginal families should consider attending the next International Meeting on Indigenous Child Health, says Dr. Sam Wong, co-chair of the conference planning committee. The event, co-hosted by the CPS and the American Academy of Pediatrics, takes place in Ottawa from March 20-22, 2015.
Do you want to know how to better serve immigrant and refugee families in your practice? Join us for a series of free webinars based on content from Caring for Kids New to Canada. Dr. Morton Beiser and Dr. Priya Watson will host the next session on December 5 about the mental health of immigrant and refugee kids.
Dr. Andrew Lynk, CPS President, greeted delegates to the CPS Annual Conference in Montreal with inspiring words about his vision for a more healthy and just society for children and youth in Canada. If you weren't at the conference, you can read it here.
Since 2012, Dr. Leigh Anne Newhook has had five week-long trips to Haiti as a paediatrician with Team Broken Earth. Haiti is considered the poorest country in the western world. Prevalent conditions in the paediatric population include injuries, TB, HIV/AIDS, meningitis, sepsis, pneumonia, hydrocephalus, malnutrition and illness related to contaminated water. Despite this, the spirit, determination and warmth of the local Haitian staff, patients and families keep Dr. Newhook coming back.
Dr. Andrew Lynk, CPS President, recently attended the Saving Every Woman, Saving Every Child Summit in Toronto where the Canadian government pledged $3.5-billion for 2015-2020 to address priority issues around maternal, newborn and child health in 10 low-income countries. The upcoming Canadian investments in global newborn health represent an opportunity for our CPS sections and members to get involved, and make a difference.
Children and youth new to Canada do not enjoy the same health status as their Canadian-born peers. That’s why the Canadian Paediatric Society wants to ensure that physicians, nurses and other health care practitioners caring for immigrant and refugee kids have what they need to provide the best possible care.
Alberta Human Services Minister Manmeet Bhullar said in January that the province would change reporting rules and examine options for the review of all child deaths in Alberta. This announcement was made at the province’s Roundtable on Death and Serious Injury in Children. Dr. Jennifer MacPherson, a Calgary paediatrician, was presenting the CPS statement on child and youth death review during this event; she believes evidence cited in the statement may have had an impact on Alberta’s decision to examine its death review system.
Dr. Barry Adams has been a CPS member for nearly 50 years. As paediatric medicine continues to change, Dr. Adams hopes to see more paediatricians become involved in the CPS and become advocates. It’s rewarding work, he said, and essential for health professionals to strive for better health care for all kids, not just their own patients.
Bicycle helmets reduce the risk of head injuries and should be legislated for all ages across Canada, said the Canadian Paediatric Society in a recent position statement. Cycling is the leading cause of sport and recreational injury in children and adolescents, accounting for four per cent of all injuries seen in the emergency department and seven per cent of all hospital admissions for unintentional injury.