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Santis Health: Charting a Bold Future for Canada’s Health Workforce Webinar Recap

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In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian health system faced unprecedented challenges, shedding light on capacity issues and the need for innovative solutions. Recognizing the urgency for change, the Canadian Association of Physician Assistants (CAPA) took a proactive stance by attending a webinar on November 20, 2023, Hosted by Santis Health. The session gathered key experts, including Dr. Kathleen Ross, President of the Canadian Medical Association; Dr. Sylvain Brousseau, President of the Canadian Nurses Association; Dr. Ivy Bourgeault, Professor at the University of Ottawa; and Kirsten Luomala, President of Canadian Association of Physician Assistants (CAPA).  

The webinar, moderated by Victoria Wiebe, Director of Strategy and Policy at Santis Health, along with Marcel Saulnier, Associate and former Associate Assistant Deputy Minister at Health Canada, aimed to delve into the challenges facing Canada's health workforce and identify the collaborative strategies needed to drive meaningful change. 

Topics

Capacity Challenges: The COVID-19 pandemic underscored the existing capacity challenges within the health system. The panelists discussed the need for a collective commitment from governments, providers, and organizations to address these challenges head-on. 

Human Resources in Focus: The discussion emphasized the importance of prioritizing health human resources. Dr. Kathleen Ross highlighted the need for a multi-pronged approach, including innovative training programs and collaboration between healthcare professions. 

Role of Collaboration: Collaboration emerged as a recurring theme throughout the webinar. Dr. Sylvain Brousseau stressed the importance of breaking down silos and fostering collaboration between healthcare professionals to optimize the use of resources. 

Driving Change: The expert panelists explored strategies to drive change in Canada's health workforce. Dr. Ivy Bourgeault shared valuable insights into the role of education and research in shaping a resilient and adaptable healthcare system. 

Missed the Webinar? Watch the Recording! 

If you missed the enlightening discussion or wish to revisit key insights, the webinar recording is available on CAPA's YouTube channel. Follow this link to access the full webinar and gain valuable perspectives on the future of Canada's health workforce. 

Looking Ahead 

CAPA remains committed to fostering collaboration and driving positive change in Canada's health system. As we navigate the complexities of healthcare delivery, the insights shared during this webinar serve as a foundation for informed decision-making and strategic planning. 

In conclusion, a heartfelt thank you to all the experts who contributed to this enlightening discussion, and a special appreciation to Kirsten Luomala, President of CAPA, for her leadership in advancing the conversation on Canada's health workforce. 

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