News & Updates

Anti-Racism in Health Care and Social Services An HSA Diversity Workshop DATE: October 5, 2020 TIME: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm LOCATION: Virtual – WebEx details to follow HSA is pleased to offer this one-day workshop offered by the H.E.A.R.T Collaborative – Health Equity & Anti-Racism Training. H.E.A.R.T. team members Adeline Huynh and Michelle Buchholz will lead members through this...

Decolonization An HSA Diversity Workshop DATE: September 29, 2020 and October 1, 2020 TIME: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm LOCATION: Virtual – WebEx details to follow This two-day virtual workshop will help non-Indigenous HSA members to develop the skills, compassion, and abilities required to recognize and change colonial systems and practices in their personal and professional lives. These are the...

BC's Health Minister, the Hon. Adrian Dix, joined HSA President Val Avery and HSA members on a special telephone town hall meeting on August 20 to talk about the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on British Columbians and our health care system . If you missed it, you can listen to the recording here.

HSA members are invited to join a live and interactive telephone town hall event with the Minister of Health, Adrian Dix, this Thursday evening – August 20 from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm (PST). This is an opportunity for members to hear directly from BC’s Health Minister about the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on British Columbians and our health care...

From Jan. 20 to Feb. 7, 2020, Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) HSA members were invited to complete an online survey investigating experiences of racism at work. Over 200 HSA members working in health care and community social services shared personal accounts of how racism and white supremacy operate within their workplace cultures and impact their daily lives...

HSA’s annual fall regional meetings have been scheduled for September and October 2020. Regional meetings are an excellent forum for HSA members to review the issues and activities of the past year, and discuss the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. All meetings will be held online. Participants will be required to join meetings through a virtual platform. While the...

“Now is the time for a universally accessible, publicly funded, not-for-profit, and high quality child care system that fairly compensates workers in a unionized workforce.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President Ottawa (30 July 2020) — The impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on families has added a new urgency to the need for a national child care system said...

HSA is currently working with Strategic Communications (Stratcom) on a research project that includes a series of online focus groups to gather insight from our members on a variety of health care related issues. You may receive a phone call from Stratcom between August 5 and August 17 asking if you want to participate in this project. There is no...

Health care workers throughout British Columbia are asked to share their experiences with racism and discrimination in the health-care system as part of a new survey launched by Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond on Friday, July 31, 2020. The health care workers survey asks respondents about the impact of discriminatory behaviours or actions on patients and their family members, as well as...

As part of the Nurses Bargaining Association 2019-2022 collective agreement, effective April 1, 2020, HSA registered psychiatric nurses are eligible for partial reimbursement of fees paid to the BC College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP). The rate of reimbursement has been set at $215 per member. To claim for partial reimbursement of your fees, pay your college fees to the BCCNP...