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Child life specialist brings magic touch to help sick children

February 1, 2007
The Report: February / March 2007 vol.28 num.1 by YUKIE KURAHASHI

Register by Feb. 2 for 'Conversation' forum in Prince George

January 31, 2007
The provincial government has announced the dates for the regional forums on health care. In Prince George, the forum will be held March 17 at the Coast Inn of the North. Deadline for registration for the forum in Prince George is February 2. Health care professionals have been barred from participating in the public forums, but are encouraged to participate in 'professional forums.'  In Chilliwack, the 'professional' forum is scheduled for March 16.

Register by Feb. 9 for 'Conversation' in Burnaby

January 31, 2007
The provincial government has announced the dates for the regional forums on health care. In Burnaby, the forum will be held March 24 at the Executive Hotel and Conference Centre, 4201 Lougheed Highway. Deadline for registration for the forum in Burnaby is February 9. Health care professionals have been barred from participating in the public forums, but are encouraged to participate in 'professional forums.'  In Burnaby, the 'professional' forum is scheduled for March 23.

Rally for public heatlh care coincides with opening of 'Conversation on Health'

January 31, 2007
The B.C. Health Coalition will mark the first public forum in the 'Conversation on Health' with a rally for public health care in Kamloops this weekend. Speakers will include Anita Strong, Chair, Council of Canadians - Kamloops chapter; Deb Ducharme, BC Nurses' Union, and Fred Muzin, Hospital Employees' Union. Date: Saturday, February 3, 2007Time: 8 a.m. (hot coffee served from 7:30 a.m.)Place: Coast Canadian Inn, 339 St. Paul's Place, Kamloops

Retirement planning: Municipal Pension Plan seminars scheduled

January 31, 2007
The Municipal Pension Plan is hosting retirement seminars in the coming months at various locations throughout B.C. Who can attend?All plan members are welcome, including those receiving long-term disability (LTD) benefits. There is no charge to attend and guests and spouses are invited.

Talking about Health Care

January 30, 2007
The public consultation phase of the provincial governments -Conversation on Health" begins in Kamloops on February 2 and wraps up in Vancouver July 7.  As health care professionals, HSA members have a great deal of expertise to contribute to this discussion about the future of public health care.  As individuals, we have many questions and concerns about where Premier Campbell intends to take our health care system, and what it will mean for our communities, our families and ourselves.

Additional steward workshops scheduled

January 24, 2007
Due to increased demand for steward training, HSA is offering the following course: Steward Training Level 1 (3-day workshop): April 30, May 1 & May 2, 2007 Please apply ASAP as workshops have been filling up quickly. Printer-friendly version of this bulletin. Application Form.

Selected to participate in the Conversation on Health?

January 17, 2007
The BC Health Coalition (BCHC) is inviting people who have been selected to participate in a forum in your community to please contact the Coalition directly. The Coalition is organizing a province-wide network of forum participants and welcome the opportunity to provide resources, and collect feedback from those who will attending the government's events.

Nominations open for David Bland Memorial Award

January 17, 2007
In 2005, David Bland, a vocational rehabilitation counsellor and HSA member from Richmond Mental Health, was murdered at his workplace by a former client.  His tragic death served as a sombre reminder that more needs to be done to prevent violence incidents in the workplace and protect health care workers on the job. 

Radio series highlights occupational health and safety issues in health care

January 15, 2007
CBC Radio airs a three-part series on occupational health and safety issues in health care starting tonight. The series includes a close look at occupational injury among ultrasound technologists, and features interviews with HSA members and staff,  as well as expert Judy Village, who is one of only six certified professional egonomists in British Columbia.