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Are you affected by helicopter fumes?

The Report: September 2011 vol.32 num.3



EVERY DAY, HELICOPTERS TAKE OFF AND LAND at worksites staffed by HSA members. The helicopters are a vital means of transport for the most critically sick and injured, but they are also a source of fumes which may be making staff themselves sick.

Nadia Gale - Artist in the laboratory

The Report: September 2011 vol.32 num.3


WHEN LABORATORY TECHNOLOGIST Nadia Gale heard shed won the Medical Technologist/ Technician Award for Continued Professional Development, conferred by the Canadian Association of Pathologists this spring, she was of course thrilled ... not just for herself, but for all laboratory technologists.

Farewell Jack

The Report: September 2011 vol.32 num.3

LIKE AN INCREDIBLE NUMBER OF CANADIANS, I felt a personal connection to Jack Layton.

Of course we could count on him to stand up for the things that matter to our membership and all Canadians. In 2005, in spite of helming a caucus far smaller than the breakthrough group elected just a few months ago, he cannily forced the Liberal government to divert $4.6 billion in funding towards much-needed investments in education, public transit and affordable housing.

A smarter public health care system

The Report: June 2011 vol.32 num.2

HSA invited Andre Picard, health reporter for the Globe and Mail, to deliver a keynote address on the future of public health care in Canada. His speech touched on several recommendations for improving the system.

Thank you for the kind introduction. But I recently changed my bio, courtesy of a politician who was angry with one of my columns. He said: -Picard, youre a hard man to ignore -- but its well worth the effort."

Convention 2011

The Report: June 2011 vol.32 num.2

On the heels of a difficult ratification vote, HSA members from around the province gathered to do as theyve done for 40 years ... work together to meet the future challenges of an ever changing health care system.

-OVER THE NEXT TWO DAYS, we will be focusing on the future of our union. Where we go from here. How we continue to grow, and how we set our agenda for the future."

Two hats, one goal

The Report: June 2011 vol.32 num.2

CHILD AND YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH CLINICIAN Colette Barker has two jobs. One is with adults; one is with children. One deals with parenting; the other with youth sexuality. Both fully engage Barkers passion for helping people whose needs are easily overlooked or misunderstood.

For instance, there are persistent misconceptions about children with sexual behaviour problems, says Barker. These are the clients she works with under the auspices of the Boundaries Program, run by Vancouver Coastal Health.

WorkSafeBC orders Vancouver Island Health Authority to protect employees

The Report: April 2011 vol.32 num.1

IN AUGUST OF 2009, a violent patient at Eric Martin Pavillion punched a pyschiatric nurse. Then he kicked her. Then he beat her head repeatedly against the hard floor. The nurse was so severely injured she may never work again.

After another violent incident just a few months later, in March, the patient was removed from the Eric Martin Pavilion and transferred to a corrections facility ... where he then assaulted a corrections officer.

Early in 2010, HSA called on WorkSafeBC to take action.

A perfect fit

The Report: April 2011 vol.32 num.1

MEDICAL RADIATION TECHNOLOGIST Christin Lumsden credits an innovative school program for pointing her in the direction of a job she loves.

She considers herself lucky to have found a profession that perfectly fits her interests: its varied, offers meaningful human relationships, lets her use sophisticated technology, and provides many opportunities for continual learning and career growth. As well, jobs are plentiful.

A time for tough choices

The Report: April 2011 vol.32 num.1

WHEN I BECAME PRESIDENT OF HSA IN APRIL OF 2007 I made a commitment to leadership that relies on hearing, understanding, communicating, and acting on the priorities of the community that is our membership.