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New diagnostic medical sonography program opens in Prince George

August 16, 2018
After several years of advocacy efforts by HSA, British Columbians will see the launch of the College of New Caledonia (CNC)’s Northern Diagnostic Medical Sonography program, scheduled to begin in Prince George in January 2019. Sonographers form a critical part of the public health team through producing sonographic images to assist medical practitioners in the diagnosis of a variety of medical conditions. An increase in training spaces in sonography will help to reduce waitlists for ultrasounds and improve patient care across BC.

Expression of interest – HSA member EDMP representative for Provincial Health - DEADLINE EXTENDED TO AUGUST 17

August 2, 2018
Are you an HSA member with a passion for disability management and rehabilitation? Do you have strong organizational, multi-tasking, and problem-solving skills? Are you employed with the Provincial Health Services Authority? If so, consider applying to be an Enhanced Disability Management Program (EDMP) regional representative. 

Community health workers vote to support new collective agreement

July 30, 2018
Community health sector workers, including 1000 HSA members, have voted in favour of a tentative agreement reached with health employers. The three-year will take effect April 1, 2019 and expire March 31, 2022.

Join BC's unions in annual Vancouver Pride Parade Sunday August 5

July 27, 2018
HSA members are invited to join the Multi Union Pride entry at the annual Vancouver Pride Parade Sunday August 5. Marchers are encouraged to join the many participating unions by 1:15 p.m. at the marshalling spot on Robson Street between Burrard and Thurlow streets. The Vancouver Pride Society brings together members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two-Spirited and Queer community, their friends, allies and supporters in celebration.

HSA releases report from conference on the need for health science professionals on primary and community care teams

July 23, 2018
A message from HSA President Val Avery  On behalf of the Health Science Association’s 18,000 members, I am pleased to share the Final Report and Recommendations from our April 2018 Primary and Community Care Conference – Achieving High-Performing Primary and Community Care: The Critical Role of Health Science Professions. 

Whitecaps celebrate unions September 1 vs San Jose Earthquakes

July 17, 2018
  Vancouver Whitecaps FC is helping celebrate Labour Day this year with reduced  ticket prices for union members for the September 1 game vs. San Jose Earthquakes The game is Satruday, September 1, with a 7 p.m.  kick-off. Tickets are available for union members at $27 each. For more information, contact Seth Gordon at 604.484.7870- or sgordon@whitecapsfc.com

HSA Basic Steward/OH&S Steward Training - Fall 2018 - Online Registration Now Open

July 16, 2018
HSA Basic Steward/OH&S Training DatesFall 2018

BC Federation of Labour Young Workers' School at Camp Jubilee - Registration Now Open

July 12, 2018
BC Federation of Labour Young Workers' School at Camp Jubilee -  Registration Now Open   Are you a young worker 30 years and younger who wants to get more involved in your union, the labour movement, and the social justice work unions are involved in?  

HSA Board of Directors recommends support for the Community Health tentative agreement

July 10, 2018
Your HSA Board of Directors met July 3, 2018 to review the particulars of the tentative agreement reached in the Community Health sector and are recommending HSA members vote yes to support the tentative agreement. A comprehensive report outlining the details of the agreement is available here.

CancerAndWork.ca: A new resource for health practitioners, patients, employers

July 9, 2018
Research demonstrates that 62 per cent of working-age individuals return to work within the first year of receiving a cancer diagnosis. Yet navigating the return to work process can be challenging for cancer survivors, employers, and heath care practitioners, who all play a vital role facilitating a patient’s smooth transition back to work, to new employment, or to modified work.