Children and youth deserve access to safer and more effective medications, says Children’s Healthcare Canada and the Pediatric Chairs of Canada
On June 12th, the Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare released its long-anticipated report “A Prescription for Canada: Achieving Pharmacare for All”. The 184-page document calls on the federal government to establish universal, single-payer, public pharmacare in Canada and provides 60 recommendations and a proposed timeline starting in 2019 and extending to full implementation in 2027.
In Canada today, up to 75% of the medications prescribed for children have never been specifically approved for use in children and youth. Further, many medications administered for children and youth are not specifically manufactured for the smaller dosage required. In order to administer these to children, the adult form of the medications need to be altered—split, crushed, dissolved. This “compounding” of medication has resulted in serious variability in effectiveness when used in children. Notably, commercially available pediatric formulations of many medications are manufactured and available in other countries.
“Children’s Healthcare Canada and Paediatric Chairs of Canada have identified access to safe and appropriate medications a priority for children in Canada” says Dr. Bob Connelly, President, Pediatric Chairs of Canada. “It is evident that the Advisory Council has heard the voices of child health stakeholders.”
Specifically, Children’s Healthcare Canada and the Pediatric Chairs of Canada were pleased to see that the Advisory Committee acknowledged:
A national formulary include prescription drugs that respond to the specific and unique needs of children and youth
A strategy be developed to address the availability of approved drugs and appropriate formulations
Children’s Healthcare Canada and the Pediatric Chairs of Canada applaud the Advisory Council for their report and support recommendations for universal pharmacare for all Canadians. Children and youth in Canada do not only need their medications paid for, they need access to properly evaluated and properly formulated medications. We are pleased that the Advisory Council has recognized and responded to this need.
CEO Children’s Healthcare Canada;
Executive Director, Pediatric Chairs of Canada
Bob Connelly, MD, MBA, FRCPC
President, Pediatric Chairs of Canada
CANADA’S CHILD HEALTH LEADERS CONGRATULATE NEW CABINET MINISTER
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ottawa, January 15, 2019
Children’s Healthcare Canada and the Paediatric Chairs of Canada would like to congratulate all new and current cabinet ministers in the renewed roles recently announced made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
In particular, we wanted to highlight that we have enjoyed working with Minister Philpott in her past role as Minister of Indigenous Services and wish her well in her new role as President at the Treasury Board and Minister of Digital Government.
We offer a warm welcome to Minister Seamus O’Regan in his new role at Indigenous Services. May your leadership and commitment to this role bring successful and important change to improve the future of the Indigenous populations across Canada. We look forward to working with you on behalf of the youth, children and families who we serve in our respective roles.
Best wishes to all and we remain eager to advance our working relationship with government and other stakeholders both now and in the future to improve health outcomes.
CAPHC & PCC Government Relations Specialist
PRESS RELEASE: KIDS AND CANNABIS
UNDERSTANDING WHAT COMES NEXT
Ottawa, October 17, 2018 - The Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres (CAPHC) and the Paediatric Chairs of Canada (PCC) remain concerned about the impact Bill C45 will have on the health of children and youth. As child health leaders, administrators and health providers, we encourage vigilance in protecting this vulnerable population.
“During this period of transition, our members believe that a public health approach which includes proven and sustainable harm reduction strategies will serve to mitigate negative health and social consequences for Canada’s children and youth” says CAPHC Board Chair, Dr Peter Fitzgerald. “In this context, age-appropriate education and awareness campaigns, as well as child-proof product packaging must be first lines of defense against cannabis misuse and abuse for this vulnerable population.”
“We do not yet fully understand the long-term impacts of cannabis use on the developing brain. Canada must establish the capacity to assess the health, social and economic risks pertaining to factors such as age, gender, culture, consumption rates, and cannabis use and addiction. The paediatric research community and paediatric service providers are prepared to help undertake this research and develop innovative solutions to support Canadian children, youth and their families”, states PCC President Dr. Allison Eddy.
CAPHC and PCC further recognize the important roles they can play to support the education of health professionals to identify and treat cannabis misuse. We look forward to working with government and other stakeholders both now and in the future.
CAPHC & PCC Government Relations Specialist
Welcome to Dr. Michael Strong
June 29, 2018 - The Paediatric Chairs of Canada (PCC) and the Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres (CAPHC) join in congratulating and welcoming you to your new role as the President of the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR).
We share in your passion for research within a diverse landscape of populations, conditions and alliances. As national organizations that collaboratively serve the paediatric population, we realize the challenges and opportunities this role bestows upon you.
Our stakeholders range from large academic centres to community home health organizations, integrating leadership and expertise across medicine and allied health disciplines including patients and families. Our priorities are those of our membership.
In partnership with CIHR, we are keen to move forward on shared priorities including mental health, improving the health status of indigenous children, health service delivery and care across the continuum.
We are optimistic about the new Pan-Canadian research opportunities that promise to contribute to a fundamental shift and unprecedented discoveries to improve health and healthcare outcomes. Engagement and consensus across health systems is complex, our strength is in offering access to our successful collaborations within the paediatric community and champions of paediatric research.
Together we offer our commitment to support your tenure to enable better health outcomes for all.
Allison Eddy, MD, FRCP(C)
Chair, Department of Pediatrics
University of British Columbia
Peter Fitzgerald, MD, FRCSC, FACS
Chair of the Board, CAPHC
President, McMaster Children’s Hospital
October 21, 2017
On October 20, 2017 the Paediatric Chairs of Canada were honoured to welcome our 2017 Paediatric Academic Leadership Award winners to Montréal to a reception and dinner to present the awards, and celebrate their achievements with their colleagues and families.
Congratulations to all of our 2017 PCC Award Winners!
June 2, 2017
The Paediatric Chairs of Canada are proud to announce the recipients of the 2017 Paediatric Academic Leadership Awards!
Dr. Jeremy Friedman (University of Toronto) is PCC’s recipient of the 2017 Paediatric Academic Leadership - Clinician Practitioner Award.
Dr. Ming-Ka Chan (University of Manitoba) is PCC’s recipient of the 2017 Paediatric Academic Leadership - Clinician Educator Award.
Dr. Alexander MacKenzie (University of Ottawa) is PCC’s recipient of the 2017 Paediatric Academic Leadership - Clinician Investigator Award.
Congratulations to our winners!
Dr. Friedman, Dr. Chan and Dr. MacKenzie will be honoured at the Annual Awards Reception and Dinner that takes place alongside the PCC Fall Business Meeting in October.
January 30, 2016
It is with great pleasure that we introduce Emily Gruenwoldt as the new President & CEO, Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres, and Executive Director, Paediatric Chairs of Canada, effective January 30, 2017. Emily joins CAPHC & PCC following the retirement of Elaine Orrbine, who provided over 15 years of exemplary services to the organizations and to children and families across Canada. We’ve had many opportunities to wish Elaine the very best in her well-earned retirement.
Emily comes to CAPHC and PCC with a wealth of leadership experience in health care and association management. Most recently, Emily has served as Director, Professional Affairs and Director, Physician Learning and Development, at the Canadian Medical Association, where she has led strategic initiatives to advance the medical profession and to increase and support leadership capability and capacity – among other strategic and operational responsibilities. Emily has also worked previously with the Association of Canadian Academic Healthcare Organizations and the Canadian Nurses Association. Emily also brings significant health care governance experience having served as a board member of The Ottawa Hospital and as a current member of the Arnprior Regional Health board. The joint CAPHC/PCC Selection Committee was particularly impressed with Emily’s intelligence, strategic vision, and communications skills, as well as her clear passion for the health of Canada’s children and youth.
Please share this message throughout your organizations and networks, and join us in welcoming Emily to the CAPHC/PCC family.
On behalf of,
Chair, CAPHC Board of Director
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Paediatric Chairs Alumni Event
In June of 2015, the Paediatric Chairs of Canada (PCC) held a special PCC Alumni Event at the beautiful Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning in Toronto, in association with the CPS Conference and PCC Business Meetings. The purpose of the event was to reconnect, share valuable insights and past-Chairs perspectives on "life after being a Department Chair".
In addition to the current Department Chairs, PCC was honoured to welcome the following distinguished Alumni:
Dr. Alvin Zipursky, former Chair at McMaster University
Dr. Bob Armstrong, former Chair at University of British Columbia
Dr. Bob Peterson, former Chair at University of Ottawa
Dr. Brian Wherrett, former Chair at Queen's University
Dr. Cheryl Greenburg, former Chair at University of Manitoba
Dr. Claude Lemoine, former Chair at Université Sherbrooke
Dr. Harvey Guyda, former Chair at McGill University
Dr. Joe Reisman, former Chair at University of Ottawa
Dr. Jonathan Kronick, former Chair at University of Toronto
Dr. Lennox Huang, former Chair at McMaster University
Dr. Marie Gauthier, former Chair at Université Montréal
Dr. Michael Moffatt, former Chair at University of Manitoba
Dr. Peter Camfield, former Chair at Dalhousie University
Dr. Peter Dent, former Chair at McMaster University
Dr. Peter Steer, former Chair at McMaster University
Dr. Pierre Déry, former Chair at Université Laval
Dr. Richard Cooper, former Chair at Memorial University
Dr. Robert Haslam, former Chair at University of Toronto and University of Calgary
In Association with the CPS Conference
June 2017 Vancouver
June 2016 Charlottetown
June 2015 Toronto
June 2014 Montreal
June 2013 Edmonton
June 2012 London
June 2011 Québec City
June 2010 Vancouver
June 2009 Ottawa
June 2008 Victoria
June 2007 Montreal
June 2006 St. John's
PCC Professional Development Workshops
Date 2016 06 24 Charlottetown, PEI
Theme The Measure of Things: Understanding and Managing National Data
Date 2015 06 25 Toronto, ON
Theme Professor Binna Kandola and the Unconscious bias in decision making.
Date 2014 06 26 Montréal, QC
Theme What should we as leaders in child health in Canada be focusing on in PCC's strategic priorities over the next five years?
Date 2013 06 20 Edmonton, AB
Theme Maximizing Impact of Strategic Planning: Sharing nationally to enhance local success!
Date 2012 06 07 London, ON
Theme Can we increase productivity through financial incentives? What's working? What else can we do?
Date 2011 06 16 Québec City, QC
Theme Strategies for Cross-Generational Leadership
Date 2010 06 24 Vancouver, BC
Theme Transition to Retirement: Challenges and Solutions
Date 2009 06 25 Ottawa, ON
Theme Effective communications when dealing with government. How do we get our key messages across?
Date 2008 06 26 Victoria, BC
Theme Learning Strategies
Date 2007 06 28 St. John's, NL
Theme Leading Change: Who would want to be led by you?
In Association with CAPHC Conference
October 2017 Montreal
October 2016 Halifax
October 2015 Québec City
October 2014 Calgary
October 2013 Toronto
October 2012 Vancouver
October 2011 Ottawa
October 2010 Winnipeg
October 2009 Halifax
October 2008 Edmonton
October 2007 Montreal
October 2006 Vancouver