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This election, help make child and youth health a priority

Topic(s): Advocacy

With the federal election just around the corner, it is time for Canadian paediatricians to step up to ensure that child and youth health and wellness are a priority for the next government. 

 


Let’s build ‘a Canada crazy for its kids’

Topic(s): AdvocacyPublic education

On June 26 at the CPS Annual General Meeting, Dr. Robin Williams shared her goals and priorities as she begins her one-year term as CPS President. The following is an excerpt from her address.

 


Senate committee hears about critical nature of childhood obesity rates in Canada

Topic(s): AdvocacyPublic education

On May 6th, Dr. Catherine Pound, member of the CPS Nutrition and Gastroenterology Committee, spoke on behalf of the CPS at the Social Affairs, Science and Technology Senate Standing Committee meeting.

 


Private member’s bill ignores risks of air rifles and BB guns

Topic(s): Advocacy

Dr. Katherine Austin, one of the authors of the CPS position statement on firearms, presented to the federal Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security on Bill C-637, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (firearms storage and transportation), in Ottawa on May 14. 

 


Childhood lasts forever: The need to invest in the early years

Topic(s): Advocacy

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. 

 


Conference brings together international perspectives on Aboriginal health

Topic(s): Professional educationAdvocacy

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.

 


Webinar series explores best practices in providing care for patients new to Canada

Topic(s): AdvocacyProfessional education

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.

 


Toward a healthier and more just society for children and families

Topic(s): AdvocacyMembershipPosition statements / practice points

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.

 


Paediatrics with Team Broken Earth, Port au Prince, Haiti

Topic(s): Advocacy

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.

 


Reflections on global health for newborns and mothers

Topic(s): Advocacy

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.