Last week the SRPC released a statement calling on all
politicians to answer rural and Indigenous populations’ demands to
make access to health care a priority for people living in Canada’s
rural and remote communities.
SRPC calls upon all federal parties to commit to investing in
resources and infrastructures that will address the following:
Enable a National Rural Health
Care and Workforce Strategy
Provide Access to Rural Health
Promote Rural Health Care
Prioritize Indigenous Health
Collaborate with Rural Canada
The status quo is no longer
acceptable. We need to work collectively to improve
health, health systems, and the health workforce. Everyone
in Canada is entitled to high-quality health care and
equitable access to care — not only during crises but at
communities need an effective health care system with a stable
workforce. Rural communities need
rural-based solutions that work in addressing their unique
health care needs. These issues need to be part of a national
dialogue in this election." - Dr.
Gabe Woollam, SRPC President
In June 2021, the SRPC began to lead efforts in coordinating activities related to the RRM and advocacy efforts in enhancing access to rural health care. The SRPC Executive struck a RRM Oversight Committee to provide advice on developing a comprehensive workplan. This committee will act as a sounding board for the Executive in responding to key policy issues as they emerge. They have identified key SRPC members as 'experts' or 'ambassadors' in representing SRPC on key issues with stakeholders. Key activities include:
determining activities on rural networks of care and rural medical education.
2021, the SRPC and CFPC circulated a letter to key government stakeholders to
advocate for an effective pan-Canadian approach to better bridge the gaps
created by current patient transfer practices and protocols through its call
to action statement and its recommended actions. We received
a response from three politicians, including two Senators who expressed
interest in exploring collaborative opportunities further.
In August 2021, a national advisory planning
group was struck, led by Dr. Ruth Wilson, to explore an approach to
implementing the statement. The planning
group will further deliberate in the coming months and provide advice to SRPC Executive for next steps.
Michael Nolan, M.A., Dip. Ed, CCP(F) began his career in 1990 in Ottawa as a Paramedic, then an Advanced Care and later, Critical Care Paramedic, working in Northern Canada as a Critical Care Flight Paramedic. He has served as a Paramedic, Flight Paramedic, Professor, Deputy Chief of the Ottawa Paramedic Service, President of the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada, Director of Emergency Management for the City of Ottawa and is the Director/Chief of the County of Renfrew Paramedic Service while continuing to advance and align leadership on all levels through research, government relations, policy development, and the creation of standards for all emergency services.
Call for Abstracts - Rural & Remote 2022
The Rural & Remote 2022 Planning Committee is currently accepting abstracts for presentations. We have our fingers
crossed for an in-person event scheduled to take place in Ottawa,
Ontario, April 21st – 23rd, 2022.
The committee is accepting abstracts for three types of
presentations related to any aspect of health and healthcare in a
rural and remote setting.
Session / Workshop Presentation
Research Oral Presentation
Research Poster Presentation
All abstract submissions will undergo peer review by the Planning
Committee and/or SRPC Research Committee.
Session / Workshop Presentation – September 30th, 2021
Research Oral Presentation – September 30th, 2021
Research Poster Presentation – December 31st, 2021
The SRPC has been engaged in stakeholder consultations with interested RRMIC member
organizations and other rural health/allied stakeholders to address
ongoing gaps identified in the RRM Report Card, as well as explore
collaborative opportunities. The outcomes of these consultations will further inform SRPC’s work plan in the coming year.
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SRPC Member Featured in Rural Resident Spotlight
The Northern Ontario and Rural Medicine (NORM) Committee of the Ontario
Medical Students Association (OMSA) is proud to present their first Rural
Resident Spotlight featuring SRPC member, Dr. Jasmine Waslowski! Dr. Waslowski is a
PGY2 at the Dalhousie Family Medicine Cape Breton - Inverness and is the Co-Chair of the SRPC Resident Committee.
We have received responses from most provincial health ministries expressing support for a national medical licensure, including Canadian Senators Dr. Mo Ravalia, Dr. Stan Kutcher, Dr. Marie Françoise Mégie and Dr. Rosemary Moodie, who issued a formal letter of support. In August, a meeting was held with a provincial health ministry, led by Dr. Gavin Parker and Dr. Kyle Sue, in exploring what is feasible in establishing a pan-Canadian framework. In the coming months, SRPC is engaging in discussions with other medical groups to explore potential options and encourage further action.
Registration for the CAWM is Now Open!
We hope you'll plan to attend the second annual conference by the Canadian Association of Wilderness Medicine (CAWM). Their first conference was exceptionally well reviewed with 99.7% of attendees rating the conference 4-5/5!
This year's conference will be held virtually November 5th - 7th. All content will be recorded and will be available for review post conference.
The conference will have 17.5 hours of content, including presentations from multiple SRPC members. CME credits have been approved for CFPC MainPro, RCPSC and FAWM (details on the website). Registration is $205.
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The SRPC’s Mission - Championing rural generalist medical care through education, collaboration, advocacy and research.
The SRPC's Vision - Excellent health care close to home for all rural Canadians.