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Member interview: Supervised injectable opioid-assisted treatments

March 29, 2019
CROSSTOWN CLINIC AND THE BEGINNING OF SUPERVISED INJECTABLE OPIOID-ASSISTED TREATMENTS AN INTERVIEW WITH PHARMACIST TWINKLE RUPAREL Twinkle Ruparel is an HSA member and pharmacist at Providence Crosstown Clinic in Vancouver. Crosstown Clinic is like no other in North America. It is the only clinic on the continent “to offer medical-grade heroin (diacetylmorphine) and the legal analgesic hydromorphone within a supervised clinical setting to chronic substance use patients,” according to the Providence Healthcare website.

Federal advisory council releases interim report on national Pharmacare

March 29, 2019
ADVISORY COUNCIL RELEASES INTERIM REPORT ON NATIONAL PHARMACARE: CONCERNS RAISED OVER FINANCE MINISTER'S PERCEIVED CONFLICT OF INTEREST The Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare released its interim report on March 6.

Getting it right: the potential of community health centres in BC primary care reform

March 29, 2019
As the province undergoes major reform to the delivery of primary care in BC, we have a valuable opportunity to learn from and build off the successes seen in other jurisdictions.HSA has long been an advocate for expanding team-based approaches to primary and community care. They allow health professionals with specialized knowledge and skills to collaborate to optimize patient care. 

Giddha re-elected to represent Region 7 members on Board of Directors

March 18, 2019
  Jas Giddha has been re-elected to serve a two-year term as a member of HSA’s Board of Directors, representing HSA members in Region 7 from several worksites, including Surrey Memorial, Peace Arch, Abbotsford, and Chilliwack Hospitals, and the Fraser Valley Centre for Child Development. Giddha is a medical radiation technologist at Surrey Memorial and Peace Arch Hospital, and has been involved in the union since graduating from Thompson Rivers University and starting as a casual in 2012.

Gibbons elected to represent Region 5 members on Board of Directors

March 18, 2019
  HSA members have elected Carla Gibbons to serve a two-year term on the union’s board of directors representing Region 5, which includes a number of worksites in the Lower Mainalnd, including BC Children’s and Women’s Hospital and the Vancouver Cancer Centre. A cytotechnologist at the Vancouver Cancer Centre, Gibbons has been active in the union and began volunteering as a steward in 2016.

Greenhalgh re-elected to represent Region 3 members on HSA Board of Directors

March 18, 2019
  Cheryl Greenhalgh has been re-elected to serve a two-year term as a member of the HSA’s Board of Directors, representing HSA members in Region 3 from several worksites spanning from Burnaby Hospital to Eagle Ridge Hospital and SHARE Community Services in the Tricities. Greenhalgh is a medical radiation technologist at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, where she serves as a steward, in addition to her role as the union’s Secretary Treasurer for the past two years.

Upcoming Spring 2019 HSA Workshops and Trainings: Basic Steward Training, OHS Steward Training & Supervisors in the Union

March 1, 2019
  Registration Information:Stewards and/or Supervisors may register by logging into My Events Registration. Workshops are listed under Steward Education events. Basic Steward Training (3 days) 

Update on Community Health low wage redress

February 28, 2019
One of the features of the new Community Health collective agreement that expires on March 31, 2022 is a $40 million fund for low wage redress. This is different than the comparability monies distributed in the agreement that expires March 31, 2019 because it will be applied to a greater number of positions. You can find the collective agreement language HERE on the first page under “Low Wage Redress.”