CAPA 2020 Call for Speakers

The Canadian Association of Physician Assistants Annual Conference is scheduled for October 15 to 18 in Fredericton at the Delta Hotel Fredericton. The annual conference is the largest PA continuing professional development event in Canada.

The deadline for abstract submissions is Thursday, March 12, 2020.

For complete details, please see our Call for Speakers.

Bringing medical care to remote mining camps

Back in the day, when major mining properties were being discovered, workers would follow. Town sites would pop up. Think of Cobalt, Timmins, Kirkland Lake and Elliott Lake.

Merchants, engineers, bankers, lawyers, teachers, and even homebuilders would arrive to set up shop. So would doctors. There was always someone getting hurt or getting sick.

Things have changed. Often as not, when new mining properties are discovered these days in a remote area, it means a temporary residential camp is created. Workers are brought in on rotation with schedules of 14 days on and 14 days off, for example.

One thing that hasn’t changed is the need for medical professionals. Whether it’s a small mining camp just a few hours out of town or a complete open pit mine operation situated on the remote James Bay muskeg, medical services are always in demand.

That is one of the things that inspired Timmins physician Dr. Tony Kos to provide a unique service to the mining industry – contract medical services known as Remote Emergency Medical Services Inc. (REMSI)... read more in Northern Ontario Business.

CAPA Member Maureen Taylor Discusses Coronavirus on CBC’s The Weekly

Watch Maureen Taylor’s January 26 appearance on The Weekly with Wendy Mesley talking about misinformation around the coronavirus (jump to the 6:30 mark). You can also read the related article here.

Prior to pursuing her PA career in Infectious Diseases, Maureen was The National’s health care correspondent and well-known for her responsible coverage of the SARS outbreak. For more on coronavirus, visit the World Health Organization website and you can follow Maureen on Twitter at @maureentaylor31.

CAPA Submissions on Reforming B.C.’s Regulatory Framework For Health Care Professionals

The Canadian Association of Physician Assistants (CAPA) has responded to consultation opportunities on the British Columbia Ministry of Health’s efforts to modernize the provincial health profession regulatory framework.

Cayton Report

In June 2019, the Government released and consulted on the Cayton Report, which outlined significant change to the regulatory framework for health care professionals, including amalgamation of some colleges and a better structure for government oversight.

Read CAPA’s submission. You can also read the overview of themes, based on all submissions the government received.

New Consultation Paper

In December, the Government posted “Modernizing the provincial health profession regulatory framework: A paper for consultation. This presented another engagement opportunity for CAPA and we have provided our input on some of the proposed reforms.

Notably, one reform includes the potential to regulate new professions under existing colleges. Given that this is our preferred model, where PAs are successfully regulated under provincial Colleges of Physicians and Surgeons, we were able to share our insight on this approach.

Read our full submission here.

CAPA continues to strongly advocate for the introduction and regulation of PAs in British Columbia, to help improve patient access to timely care and ease the overwhelming burden on physicians across the province.

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