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UP FRONT HEALTH CARE HOT TOPICS Deadline for next month’s issue is April 15 News you can use STATE OF THE PROVINCE At his State of the Province address on Feb. 8, Premier Stephen McNeil mentioned the issues in health care at the top of his speech, committing to work with Doctors Nova Scotia on solutions. Continued public pres- sure exerted by physicians through the media and individual lobbying efforts with local MLAs, as well as the recent CBC health forums, have made it impossible for the premier to ignore the issues that physicians and their patients face on a daily basis. COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS The Nova Scotia Health Authority will host a series of community con- versations on Collaborative Family Practice Teams. More than 20 dates – reaching into November – have been announced. Find out more online: https://www.engage4health. ca/cfpt-community-conversations CBC HEALTH FORUMS As part of its ongoing investigation into the state of health care in Nova Scotia, the CBC hosted three forums for physicians and members of the public in February. The forums – one in Sydney, one in Halifax and one in Yarmouth – asked a series of questions, including “Does every Nova Scotian really need a family doctor?” “Are politicians hurting health care?” and “Does every com- munity need to have every health- care service?” Physicians speaking on the panel discussions included Dr. Margaret Fraser and Dr. Jennifer Lange in Cape Breton, Dr. Cindy Forbes in Halifax and Dr. Michelle Dow in Yarmouth. HAVE YOUR SAY ON MAID Dalhousie University professor Dr. Ellen Crumley is seeking to interview physicians, pharmacists, Physician Navigator Program   Get guidance and moral support on what to expect throughout an investigation by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia through this program. The service is provided at no cost at the request of the physi- cian undergoing the investigation. To contact a physician navigator, or find more information, visit > Benefits & Services > Support Services > Physician Navigator Program nurses and hospital administrators (Central Zone) for a qualitative study about their experiences with Medical Assistance in Dying. If you are interested in participating, contact Scarlett Kelly, research assistant, at NEW PROTOCOL EXPECTED TO IMPROVE URO-GYNAECOLOGY SURGERIES On Feb. 1, IWK Health Centre became the first health centre in the Maritimes to implement Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS). The program is designed to help patients prepare for surgery, pro- mote faster recovery and shorten hospital stays. Hospitals that use ERAS have significantly fewer complications and better patient outcomes and experiences.  All patients referred to the IWK for in-patient uro-gynaecology and gynaecology surgeries will be part of the program.  Drawing from best practices and evidence from around the world, ERAS improves patient care through patient education, nutrition, mobil- ity after surgery, fluid management, anesthesia and pain control. ERAS also makes patients part of the team, involving them in preparation for their surgery and post-operative recovery. The process helps patients stay strong, improves their out- comes, reduces complication and creates a better patient experience. The program was developed as part of a research study co- led by anesthesiologist, Dr. Dolores McKeen, and registered nurse, Ms. Tracy Dryden. The team assessed strategies to implement evidence-based ERAS guidelines and studied the impact on uro-gynaecology patient outcomes. TRUBALANCE HEALTHCARE Inc. (Canada), is proud to announce a collaboration with WorldLink Medical CME BHRT SERIES CERTIFICATION PART 1 – MASTERING THE PROTOCOLS FOR OPTIMIZATION OF HORMONE REPLACMENT THERAPY FRIDAY, MAY 11 TO SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2018 THIS IS THE ONLY COURSE IN CANADA TAUGHT BY NEAL ROUZIER, M.D. FOR 2018 LOCATION: HILTON TORONTO/MARKHAM SUITES CONFERENCE & SPA – MARKHAM, ON., CANADA COURSE FEE: $1695.00 CDN | EARLY BIRD – SAVE $125 / REGISTER BY APRIL 2 OPEN TO ALL LICENSED HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS ACROSS BORDERS: Medical Doctors & Clinicians, Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Registered Practical Nurses, Naturopathic Doctors, etc. CME ACCREDITED BY THE FOUNDATION FOR CARE MANAGEMENT FACULTY/KEY EDUCATOR DR. NEAL ROUZIER, MD LEAD INSTRUCTOR, WORLDLINK MEDICAL BHRT OPTIMIZATION SEMINARS Intense 2.5 day mini residency teaches you everything you need to know about how to prescribe hormone replacement therapy, how much to dose, when & why. Learn how to monitor and adjust HRT and Thyroid through case presentations, literature reviews, & open discussions. Various types of hormones available commercial & custom compounded. Emphasis is placed on understanding the difference between normal & optimal levels of hormones based on our medical studies. We follow advanced concepts, up-to-date science and evidence based research backed by the medical literature. Diagnosing, prescribing, adjusting, and troubleshooting for men and women. Review of various dosing regimens, side effects, precautions, complications, labs & tricks of the trade. The course is designed to enhance your diagnostic and prescribing skills when optimizing hormones. You will feel confident on Monday morning to work in practice. TO REGISTER DONNA A.G. KINGMAN | Director of Business Development & Communications Direct: 647.884.0663 | Email: | Visit: **Early Bird Rate Not Applicable to Past Attendee’s | Past Graduate Fee – $875