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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. 

Workplace injury prevention a high priority

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

by RACHEL NOTLEY and YUKIE KURAHASHI

There may be light at the end of the occupational injury tunnel for ultrasound technologists. A recent study found that 91 per cent experience pain or discomfort at some point during their sonography career. However, HSA has been working to expose the extent of the incidence of injuries among sonographers, and to find ways to reduce and eliminate sonographer injuries.

Delegates look forward to busy year ahead

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

Over 250 delegates attended this years HSA Convention, held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver on March 31 and April 1. Delegates welcomed guests from around the province and across the country to their 29th Annual Convention.

HSA President Cindy Stewarts speech to delegates reflected this years convention theme: HSA members make a difference. Her speech celebrated the important difference that HSA members make every day at work, in the union, and in our communities.

HSA wins landmark case in workplace health and safety

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

by YUKIE KURAHASHI

It might start with a sore throat, watery eyes, nausea, and headaches that develop while youre at work and subside when you get home. The symptoms might progress to constant fatigue, rashes, anaemia, and gastrointestinal problems. A few sufferers may develop debilitating symptoms when exposed to car exhaust, smoke, perfume, or even some building materials or plastics.

Flexing legal muscle for HSA members' rights

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

Typically, when a dispute arises in the workplace, HSAs stewards are able to resolve the issue, either through discussion or through filing a grievance. Sometimes, in the case of a particularly difficult situation or one that involves regional issues, the steward consults a labour relations officer, who then works with the steward in addressing the problem.