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Canadian Paediatric Society

Ratings for Newfoundland and Labrador

Province/Territory2012 status2016 statusRecommended actionsComments
Immunization

Fair

Good

Implement a central immunization e-registry.

Immunization records can be obtained from regional health authorities, but there is no centralized e-registry.

Prevent smoking among youth

Excellent

Good

Implement a province-wide ban on smoking in outdoor public places to complement existing municipal bans. 

The CPS credits the more than 85 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 access to banked pasteurized human milk for sick and premature infants.

Initiation and exclusivity rates are tracked by the Perinatal Program NL. The provincial government is working with public health nurses to improve access to data on duration rates from the Client Referral Management System. 

Newborn hearing screening

Fair

Fair

Implement a universal newborn hearing screening and intervention program. 

An enhanced 18-month well-baby visit

Poor

Excellent

Meets all CPS recommendations.

Bicycle helmet legislation

Poor

Excellent

Meets all CPS recommendations.

Booster seat legislation

Excellent

Excellent

Meets all CPS recommendations.

Child and youth death review

Not assessed

Excellent

Meets all CPS recommendations.

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. 

2014 guidelines recommend development of a Diabetes Management and Emergency Plan.

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

Good

Fair

Fair

Prohibit off-road vehicle operation for children/youth under 16 years old rather than 14 years – the current age limit. Institute mandatory safety training.

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

Reports that programs and services are provided by the government “consistent with Jordan’s Principle while waiting for funding decisions from another source.” But the province “has not implemented the jurisdictional dispute mechanism of Jordan’s Principle.”