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HSA urges VGH not to dismantle domestic violence program

August 9, 2010
Less than a week after a sudden announcement to emergency room staff, Vancouver General Hospital has already begun dismantling a much-needed Domestic Violence Program that has been serving the community for 18 years. The outpatient Domestic Violence Program serves 20-25 clients per week, providing counselling for patients experiencing violent relationships. The program also provides support, education and referrals for child protection and safety planning.

Health authority puts lab changes on hold

August 6, 2010
Nanaimo News Bulletin

VIHA delays plan to move lab services

August 6, 2010
Comox Valley Echo

VIHA backs off from plan to centralize lab services

August 4, 2010
Nanaimo Daily News

We're looking for a few champions

August 1, 2010
The Report: August 2010 vol.31 num.4 SUMMER IS FINALLY HERE, and while I hope that all of you have an opportunity to slow things down and spend time with family, here at HSA were moving forward on several fronts.

Little Travellers make big impact

August 1, 2010
The Report: August 2010 vol.31 num.4 THE TINY BEADED FIGURE HSA member JoanneSchwartz wears on her lanyard every day at workcould be dismissed as just a colourful trinket.However, for Schwartz and for over 100 SouthAfrican women infected with HIV, along withtheir families, this ornament has more valuethan the most luxurious of necklaces. In fact, it represents survival, health, financial security, human dignity, and the power of ordinary people to make a difference in the face of the searing tragedy that is the AIDS/HIV epidemic in Africa.

Looking back on a distinguished career

August 1, 2010
The Report: August 2010 vol.31 num.4 AS DIETITIAN SANDRA HOMENUK heads into retirement, shes pleased to see that the profession shes leaving looks very, very different than the one she entered 40 years ago. -I started working in the fall of 1970," says Homenuk, who retired from her position as Dietetics Practice Leader at BC Womens and Childrens Hospital on July 29th. -It was a time when there were kitchen maids, not kitchen aids."

What does my OHS Committee do?

August 1, 2010
The Report: August 2010 vol.31 num.4 DELEGATES TO THE RECENT HSA CONVENTION in Vancouver asked a number of questions about the role and responsibility of workplace occupational health and safety committees: When should worksite inspections occur, who organizes them and how are members freed up to do them?

NRGH will lose some lab services to save money

July 30, 2010
Nanaimo Daily News

VIHA reverses lab consolidation plan; microbiology services remain

July 30, 2010
Vancouver Island Health Authority has withdrawn a Section 54 notice related to a plan to consolidate all Vancouver Island microbiology laboratory services in Victoria. Last week, the health authority advised the union and members that it planned to close down microbiology services at Nanaimo Regional and Campbell River Hospitals. VIHA served notice that it was beginning a Section 54 process to address job cuts and relocations. HSA members were advised that up to 18 full time equivalent positions would be affected.