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Health professional shortage demands immediate action

The Report: August / September 2000 vol.21 num.4

by CINDY STEWART

The shortage of health professionals has reached a crisis point in many BC communities. This problem was recently highlighted in Prince Goerge where physicians and specialists have sounded the alarm about shortages in their field. However, as HSA members know, the problems are beyond the narrow perspective of any one professional discipline.

Keeping HSA on track, up and running

The Report: August / September 2000 vol.21 num.4

by YUKIE KURAHASHI

Administrative Secretaries
Without the Administrative Secretaries, the HSA office would likely grind to a halt. Their daily efforts facilitate the work of the labour relations staff, and HSA members enjoy the result: consistent, quality service.

Members win fight to keep services for youth at risk

The Report: August / September 2000 vol.21 num.4

by YUKIE KURAHASHI

When the Salvation Army decided to close Wiseman House last fall, HSA members acted quickly to secure assurances that the program would stay open until the spring. Labour Relations Officer Josef Rieder said this allowed the program to continue for a while, and also allowed our members to explore their options where appropriate.

Recreation therapist rides for lung research

The Report: August / September 2000 vol.21 num.4

by YUKIE KURAHASHI

How far would you go to help cure lung diseases? How about 5000 kilometres, across North America? On a bike?

Thats what Recreation Therapist Cindy Bouvet is doing right now, as this magazine goes to press. She is taking part in The Big Ride Across America, joining a group of 250 cyclists from across Canada and the US, who are raising awareness and funds for lung health across North America.

Therapy professionals: sorely needed and irreplaceable

The Report: August / September 2000 vol.21 num.4

by YUKIE KURAHASHI

Its time that health professionals in therapy, counselling, and rehabilitation receive recognition for the skills, training and expertise that they bring to their jobs. This expertise can often makes a real difference with respect to health outcomes and a patients quality of life. Thats the message HSA is sending out as part of an awareness campaign on therapy and rehabilitation services.

Workplace rules

The Report: June / July 2000 vol.21 num.3

What are appropriate rules for the workplace? My employer wants to impose new rules that seem unreasonable to me. Are we required to comply?

HSA welcomes new members

The Report: June / July 2000 vol.21 num.3

Downtown Blanshard Advisory Committee
Welcome! to 51 new members at the Downtown Blanshard Advisory Committee, a Community Social Services facility. 

Our new members work at nine sites in Victoria, and offer various family and community service programs. They work as youth and family counsellors, after school care workers, administrative assistants, outreach workers, child minders, and instructors / counsellors. 

Klein's Bill 11 galvanizes health care activists

The Report: June / July 2000 vol.21 num.3

by CINDY STEWART

All eyes are on Alberta and the impact of Bill 11, the controversial health care legislation that passed third reading on May 11. I was attending the HSA Alberta Annual Convention the day following the Bills final reading and had the opportunity to hear directly from those who are working in the system. 

Helping therapists choose the right equipment

The Report: June / July 2000 vol.21 num.3

by YUKIE KURAHASHI

While on a three-month fact-finding mission several years ago, GF Strong Physiotherapist Ian Denison realized that it is difficult for most therapists to keep up to date on various equipment options for their patients. "It was very evident that clinicians working in the community, and even in the smaller facilities, werent able to keep up to speed on what equipment was available," Denison said. 

HSA fights layoffs at GF Strong

The Report: June / July 2000 vol.21 num.3

by YUKIE KURAHASHI

HSA is fighting to stop proposed layoffs at GF Strongs Prosthetics and Orthotics Services Lab. The Prosthetics and Orthotics Service provides a comprehensive program where medical specialists, orthotists, prosthetists, technicians, and physical and occupational therapists work together to provide the client with the device that will give the best possible function.