Grey-Bruce health-care groups seek public input on health-care system
By: Liz DadsonNovember 8, Nov, 2020
Health-care organizations across Grey and Bruce counties are reaching out to patients, residents, clients and caregivers to solicit feedback on the local health-care system.
As part of the development process to create an Ontario Health Team (OHT) in Grey-Bruce, a survey has been released to hear from the people who are using the health system, states a press release from the Kincardine Family Health Team and the Hanover and District Hospital, issued Friday.
The structure of the Ontario health system is changing, following the government introduction of new legislation in 2019 that will see the creation of OHTs. These would replace the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) to streamline and integrate services of health-care providers in a defined geographic region, and ensure these providers work together to better support patients, clients, residents and caregivers where and when they need it.
This change is intended to ensure all care, including primary care, hospital services, mental health and addiction services, long-term care and home and community care, will be easily accessible with seamless transitions between health-care providers.
In Grey-Bruce, a planning committee has been established to guide the development of an OHT in the region. The committee is now engaging key stakeholders to solicit feedback on the local health-care system.
A key part of this engagement is to better understand the experiences of patients, clients, residents and caregivers when accessing health-care services in Grey-Bruce. This information will be used to help inform the design and implementation of a local health-care system that will meet the needs of our communities.
The Grey-Bruce OHT planning committee is encouraging all patients, clients, residents and caregivers to participate in this survey which can be accessed by connecting to the following link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6JSL3NL.
The committee is also looking for patients, clients, residents and caregivers to participate in future work of the Grey Bruce OHT. More information can be found at https://www.greybruceoht.ca.
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PWU Continues to Donate, KDSS, Art Gallery, Hospice, Food Banks
The Power Workers' Union (PWU) has presented several donations to charitable organizations in the Kincardine area over the past couple of weeks.
PWU representative Cathy Luinstra presented a cheque for $3,000 Kincardine District Senior School (KDSS) teacher Tim Luinstra, for the Outdoor Education program, and toward the building of an outdoor classroom so students can move to learning in the outdoors.
This donation will assist students taking the Outdoor Education program, as well as in the purchase of equipment for activities in the program and for assisting with excursions, such as the Saugeen River and Algonquin Canoe Trips.
Students at KDSS who take this course learn various wilderness and camping skills and then get the opportunity to test their skills on a five-day wilderness trip into Algonquin Park in June. The funding also assists students who cannot afford the cost of the program or the trips.
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Greetings Sisters and Brothers,
It is surprising how quickly a year passes, this year with COVID it seems to have passed even quicker. Under normal circumstances we would be planning our Annual Activist Day and Dinner to take place in October, this year with COVID restrictions in place we will unfortunately be unable to host an in person Activist Day and Dinner. This does not mean we will be overlooking the tremendous work that our Sisters and Brothers have done during the year. We know that Health & Safety for all workers has been the top priority, but we also know several sisters and brothers have continued to advance and promote the value of Labour. With that in mind we are seeking nominations for our annual Health & Safety Activist Award and Labour Council Activist award. We are working on a plan to host an ‘Online Celebration and Award presentation’ to take place on November 23, 2020, more details will follow as we confirm the agenda for the celebration and presentations.
Please see the attached Nomination forms for these two awards and send your nominations to me no later than October 25th so the GBLC executive is able to review the nominations during our Executive meeting on October 26th for discussion and selection during the regular meeting of GBLC that evening (October 26th at 7:00pm).
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