HPA News

LEAP Core Online
What is LEAP Online? – LEAP Online is a facilitated online learning program that provides health care professionals with the essential skills and competencies of the palliative care approach. It is ideal for any health care professional (physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers) who would like to complete training in palliative care at their own pace and who provides care for patients with life-threatening and progressive life-limiting illness. LEAP Online features 16 mandatory self-directed and interactive online modules and 2 three-hour mandatory webinars where participants will work through cases and discuss learnings from online modules.
The Healing Journey towards Biimaadiiziwiin (The Good Life)
Are you connected with Indigenous ways of knowing? Do you understand your responsibility in contributing to the process of reconciliation? Have you considered how to integrate Indigenous approaches to healing into your own practice?
Election for Collaborative Committee Physician Representative from Milton
The Halton Physician Association is excited to announce the second round of elections for one Collaborative Committee Physician Representative from Milton for the Connected Care Halton Ontario Health Team (CCH-OHT).
Are you confused about COVID-19? We have compiled resources for you!
Are you getting overwhelmed by the constantly changing recommendations, and the immense amount of resources? Check out our compilation of resources right here.
Vouchers available for Indigenous patients
Funds are currently available to patients with indigenous status, for food vouchers or cancer expenses. If you have a patient who would benefit from access to these funds, please contact Dr Alexandra Ginty AGINTY@dorvalmedical.ca
Gender-Affirming Care Resources and Survey
Gender-affirming care is healthcare provided to trans, non-binary and gender diverse people that is affirming of their identity, experiences and gender. Access to gender-affirming care is essential.  See what resources are available as a healthcare provider, and please fill out our survey!
Halton COVIDCare@Home Update
On behalf of HHS and CCHOHT we wanted to keep you up to date on the reactivation of the COVIDCare@Home Reconditioning Bundled Care Program and the COVID @ Home Halton Primary Care Monitoring Support Program. Click for more information and toolkits
New COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic in Milton
Prime Care FHT in Milton, in partnership with Halton Hills FHT, Oakmed FHT and Dorval Medical Associates FHT, are running a vaccine clinic at the Milton Sports Centre starting this Saturday, Jan 15th
New COVID, Cold and Flu Care Clinic Opening in Milton
Scheduled to open Monday, January 17th, 2022. Accepting all patients. Same or next day appointments by phone or by booking online.
Ministry of Health Releases New Guidelines for COVID-19 Testing, Case, Contact and Outbreak Management
In response to the evolving situation related to the COVID-19 Omicron (B.1.1.529) variant of concern (VOC), the Ministry of Health is providing updated guidance on testing, and case, contact and outbreak management. This guidance is to be used as an interim update and where conflicting, superseding all other guidance documents on the Ministry’s website
Preparedness for Omicron variant: Health Human Resources - Memo from Ontario Health
Earlier this week, Ontario Health sent out this memo through various pathways. Apologies for any duplications, but we wanted to ensure all of our physicians have access to this memo. Please review the attached memo as soon as possible.  
Halton Healthcare Reopening COVID Vaccination Clinic at OTMH - Seeking Physicians
Given the emergence of the omicron variant of COVID-19, and to support the renewed focus on vaccination given recommendations for third doses and boosters, Halton Healthcare has re-established its public vaccination centre at the Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital as of 14 December and are looking for physicians interested in getting involved.
New Endocrinologist in Milton - Dr Allison Martin-Barker
Dr Martin-Barker is a newly appointed Endocrinologist and Internist at Halton Healthcare Services. She has also opened an Endocrinology and Internist practice in Milton.
Curated Seasonal Wine Pack Purchase w Complimentary Virtual Wine Tasting Event
Purchase a Holiday Wine Pack curated by Buyers and Cellars (6 bottles of wine, price approx $180). Following this, Ryan Gilchrist, from Buyers and Cellars will be doing a virtual wine testing event on Thursday, December 9th at 8pm.
Research in Primary Care - deadline for interest Dec 3rd, 2021
Those who are already doing research, are interested in contributing or leading research projects in our area, please let me know through email (Mira.Backo-Shannon@ontariohealth.ca) by Friday, December 3, 2021 your particular area of interest in this space.
MAINPRO accredited Mental Health CME events
MDBriefCase is offering MAINPRO accredited Mental Health CME in collaboration with the Mental Health Commission. Family physicians play a pivotal role in preventing suicides in Canada. As gatekeepers, they are often best positioned to identify those who may be at risk for suicide and able to provide or link those at risk with the care they so desperately need. We also know that those who die by suicide frequently had contact with a health care provider in the weeks and months prior to their death. In adults ages 55 or older, up to 70% visited a primary care provider within a month of their death.
SCOPE is coming to Halton - Register NOW!!
On November 23rd at 8:00am we are hosting the exciting launch event for Halton SCOPE (Seamless Care Optimizing the Patient Experience), and we want you to attend!
Wellness Event - Guided Meditation and Sacred Sound Journey, offered through Acclaim Health
Lois Reyes and Luisa Reyes are pleased to offer you this guided meditation and crystal bowl sacred sound journey. Whether you are experienced or new to meditation and sound healing, here are a few suggestions to make this journey more comfortable and to reap the most benefit.
Eating Disorder CME - Eating Disorder Sensitive: Education for Physicians opens November 8th
Build your capacity and increase your confidence when caring for patients with eating disorders or disordered eating. The online, introductory course includes: 1) Assessment of Eating Disorders 2) Managing and Monitoring Clients 3) Referring Clients with Eating Disorders
Complex Mental Health Case Rounds
These rounds are an opportunity for primary care providers and non-mental health specialists to bring their most complex mental health cases to us to discuss and for suggestions of next steps. Submit your tough cases, and psychiatrists will review them ahead of time. The rounds would start off with a brief (5-10 minute) review of the current best evidence for depression. Cases will then be presented from a psychiatry lens with 3-4 “pearls’ for diagnosis, treatment and next steps.