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HSA Basic Steward/OH&S Training Dates 2019 - Registration now OPEN

September 11, 2018
HSA Basic Steward/OH&S Training Dates 2019 Registration Information: Stewards may register by logging into My Events Registration. Workshops are listed under Steward Education events.  Basic Steward Training

Contract negotiations for BC’s health science professionals get underway this week

September 10, 2018
Bargaining for a new collective agreement for BC’s 18,000 health science professionals working in hospitals and communities throughout the province gets underway this week as bargaining representatives for the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association (HSPBA) and Health Employers’ Association of BC (HEABC) are set to begin contract negotiations tomorrow in Vancouver.

Fall panel events: Remembering BC's largest political protest

September 10, 2018
Join the BC Labour Heritage Centre in its exploration of the pivotal 1983 Solidarity Movement, described as the largest political protest in BC's history.  This fall, consider attending two exciting events taking place at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster as part of the Solidarity 35 project: "It Seemed Anything was Possible" film screening and panel discussionThurs. Oct. 4, 7pmFeaturing a screening of the 1984 film Common Cause. 

An opportunity to improve democracy

September 10, 2018
President’s Report Val AveryThe Report, Sept 2018 Issue

Lower Mainland - MPP Seminars - HSA Office

September 7, 2018
Register for pension seminars for HSA members Thanks to popular demand HSA is offering multiple Municipal Pension Plan seminars scheduled as follows:

New $3-million professional development fund to help address health science professions shortages in BC

September 4, 2018
  The Health Sciences Association of BC is pleased to announce a new $3-million professional development fund aimed at supporting members of the health care team to undertake professional development to increase specialization, improve health care service to rural and remote areas of BC, and meet ongoing requirements for professional development. The fund is available to health science professionals who work under the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association collective agreement.

Community social service workers ratify three-year agreement, includes wage increases and significant money for low wage redress

August 27, 2018
Community social service workers have voted by 85.7 per cent in favour to ratify a new collective agreement that provides significant compensation increases for workers in this sector, while meeting the government mandate of improving the services British Columbians count on.

Health care providers invited to register with Emergency Health Provider Registry

August 22, 2018
Health Emergency Management BC has activated the provincial Emergency Health Provider Registry to assist in the coordination of relief staffing for health care providers in areas impacted by the hundreds of wildfires burning across BC. Any Health Authority is able to access the registry when local emergencies create additional staffing needs.

We need universal Pharmacare now more than ever

August 20, 2018
From June 20 to Sept. 28, a federal advisory council hosted public consultations to inform recommendations on the establishment of a national Pharmacare plan.  As momentum builds for a national program, HSA members face an historic opportunity to advocate for a plan rooted in principles of fairness, accessibility, and universality. As the advisory council prepares its recommendations, our members of parliament must continue to hear from Canadians regarding the importance of a universal Pharmacare program.  

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.