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New $3-million professional development fund to help address health science professions shortages in BC

September 4, 2018
  The Health Sciences Association of BC is pleased to announce a new $3-million professional development fund aimed at supporting members of the health care team to undertake professional development to increase specialization, improve health care service to rural and remote areas of BC, and meet ongoing requirements for professional development. The fund is available to health science professionals who work under the Health Science Professionals Bargaining Association collective agreement.

Community social service workers ratify three-year agreement, includes wage increases and significant money for low wage redress

August 27, 2018
Community social service workers have voted by 85.7 per cent in favour to ratify a new collective agreement that provides significant compensation increases for workers in this sector, while meeting the government mandate of improving the services British Columbians count on.

Health care providers invited to register with Emergency Health Provider Registry

August 22, 2018
Health Emergency Management BC has activated the provincial Emergency Health Provider Registry to assist in the coordination of relief staffing for health care providers in areas impacted by the hundreds of wildfires burning across BC. Any Health Authority is able to access the registry when local emergencies create additional staffing needs.

We need universal Pharmacare now more than ever

August 20, 2018
From June 20 to Sept. 28, a federal advisory council hosted public consultations to inform recommendations on the establishment of a national Pharmacare plan.  As momentum builds for a national program, HSA members face an historic opportunity to advocate for a plan rooted in principles of fairness, accessibility, and universality. As the advisory council prepares its recommendations, our members of parliament must continue to hear from Canadians regarding the importance of a universal Pharmacare program.  

New diagnostic medical sonography program opens in Prince George

August 16, 2018
After several years of advocacy efforts by HSA, British Columbians will see the launch of the College of New Caledonia (CNC)’s Northern Diagnostic Medical Sonography program, scheduled to begin in Prince George in January 2019. Sonographers form a critical part of the public health team through producing sonographic images to assist medical practitioners in the diagnosis of a variety of medical conditions. An increase in training spaces in sonography will help to reduce waitlists for ultrasounds and improve patient care across BC.

Expression of interest – HSA member EDMP representative for Provincial Health - DEADLINE EXTENDED TO AUGUST 17

August 2, 2018
Are you an HSA member with a passion for disability management and rehabilitation? Do you have strong organizational, multi-tasking, and problem-solving skills? Are you employed with the Provincial Health Services Authority? If so, consider applying to be an Enhanced Disability Management Program (EDMP) regional representative. 

Community health workers vote to support new collective agreement

July 30, 2018
Community health sector workers, including 1000 HSA members, have voted in favour of a tentative agreement reached with health employers. The three-year will take effect April 1, 2019 and expire March 31, 2022.

Join BC's unions in annual Vancouver Pride Parade Sunday August 5

July 27, 2018
HSA members are invited to join the Multi Union Pride entry at the annual Vancouver Pride Parade Sunday August 5. Marchers are encouraged to join the many participating unions by 1:15 p.m. at the marshalling spot on Robson Street between Burrard and Thurlow streets. The Vancouver Pride Society brings together members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two-Spirited and Queer community, their friends, allies and supporters in celebration.

HSA releases report from conference on the need for health science professionals on primary and community care teams

July 23, 2018
A message from HSA President Val Avery  On behalf of the Health Science Association’s 18,000 members, I am pleased to share the Final Report and Recommendations from our April 2018 Primary and Community Care Conference – Achieving High-Performing Primary and Community Care: The Critical Role of Health Science Professions. 

Whitecaps celebrate unions September 1 vs San Jose Earthquakes

July 17, 2018
  Vancouver Whitecaps FC is helping celebrate Labour Day this year with reduced  ticket prices for union members for the September 1 game vs. San Jose Earthquakes The game is Satruday, September 1, with a 7 p.m.  kick-off. Tickets are available for union members at $27 each. For more information, contact Seth Gordon at 604.484.7870- or