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Canadian Paediatric Society


Long-time CPS member encourages physician advocacy: ‘Give that little bit extra for better care’

Topic(s): AdvocacyMembership

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.


CPS advocates bike helmets for all cyclists

Topic(s): AdvocacyPosition statements / practice pointsPublic education

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.


Halifax paediatricians honoured for developing health information system for Belize

Topic(s): AdvocacyMembership

Dr. Michael Graven and Dr. Noni MacDonald of Dalhousie University/IWK Health Centre were named Professional of Distinction by Nova Scotia’s Discovery Centre for developing a fully integrated health information system that has dramatically improved health care in Belize—all for the annual cost of just four dollars per citizen.


Paediatric residents shine light on child poverty

Topic(s): Advocacy

National Resident Advocacy Day, now in its third year, gives residents hands-on experience in the CanMEDS role of health advocate and helps to raise awareness about critical child and youth health issues. For 2013, residents focused on child poverty, in part because of the impact it can have on long-term health.


Halifax paediatricians work with community to improve pre-schooler nutrition

Topic(s): Public educationAdvocacy

The keys to successful paediatric advocacy are community engagement, collaboration and simple messaging, according to Dr. Tara Chobotuk and Dr. Heather Rose, who launched a campaign encouraging Halifax preschoolers to drink water between meals.


Proposed legislation may designate smoke-free play spaces in Victoria, B.C.

Topic(s): Advocacy

Dr. Richard Stanwick is leading the charge for laws that would keep smokers well away from outdoor recreational spaces. In fact, the latest Surgeon General’s report states that there is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke, said Dr. Stanwick, who is also past president of the CPS.


Section develops Royal College training program in child maltreatment

Topic(s): MembershipProfessional educationAdvocacy

The expanding knowledge base relevant to child maltreatment, and the need to understand this complex interaction of systems and professionals, helped drive the Section’s successful application to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons to consider child maltreatment paediatrics as a defined field of practice with a route to training and certification. Child maltreatment paediatrics is now an Area of Focused Competence, with diploma certification available to paediatricians in 2014. It is expected that fellowship training programs may begin to apply for accreditation in the 2014/15 academic year.


Une section prépare un programme de formation du Collège royal en maltraitance d’enfants

Topic(s): AdhésionAdvocacyPerfectionnement professionnel

La base de connaissances croissante en maltraitance d’enfants et la nécessité de comprendre l’interaction complexe entre les systèmes et les professionnels ont contribué à ce que le Collège royal des médecins et chirurgiens accepte la demande de la section afin que la pédiatrie en maltraitance d’enfants devienne un domaine défini comportant un parcours de formation et de certificat. La pédiatrie en maltraitance d’enfants est désormais un domaine de compétence ciblée, dont le diplôme de certificat sera offert aux pédiatres en 2014. On prévoit que les premières demandes d’agrément au programme de formation postdoctorale soient présentées pendant l’année universitaire 2014-2015.


Study investigates alcohol use and abuse by young Canadians

Topic(s): SurveillanceAdvocacy

Alcohol is the most commonly used drug by Canadian adolescents, and can lead to a host of negative short and long-term outcomes. Understanding more about youth drinking can help develop more effective strategies for treatment and prevention, leading to both social and economic benefits. That’s one of the aims of a new study in the Canadian Paediatric Surveillance Program.


Let’s put the First Years First

Topic(s): Advocacy

First Years First: It’s the new name of the Canadian Paediatric Society’s early years program, and also a rallying cry to clinicians and policymakers about the importance of early childhood. The CPS launched the program in November with a series of web resources designed to help clinicians incorporate the latest evidence about the importance of the early years into their practice.