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30 Jul Kenora Rally – Hope in the darkness National Walk

As frontline workers and service providers in EMS, it’s a safe bet that we have all had some experience with youth regarding mental health issues. It is also safe to say that in many parts of our province accessing mental health services can be a lengthy process. This is especially true in the north and even more prevalent in First Nations Communities. In some of these communities there remains a crisis involving our youth, which is illustrated via “cluster suicides.”. “The...

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25 Jun Community Palliative Care

Earlier this year, leadership representatives from Chatham-Kent EMS, Essex- Windsor EMS, and Lambton County EMS had the fortunate opportunity to present at an interactive workshop with members of the Erie St. Clair LHIN Palliative Care Team at the annual Hospice Palliative Care Ontario Conference in Toronto. The joint  team presented on how the Emergency Medical System (EMS) is engaged as a contributing integrated partner in “community palliative care” in Erie St. Clair (ESC). This service delivery model expands capacity to provide...

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11 Jun Paramedics and the Moral Dilemma of Overdose Prevention Sites

Deborah Cooper is Primary Care paramedic with Frontenac Paramedic Services (FPS). In April, Frontenac County Council approved FPS participation in a six-month pilot project to establish an Overdose Prevention Site in Kingston. Much conversation has been generated with the Ontario government’s announcement in January 2018 of the application for overdose prevention sites, similar to safe injection sites [5].  Overdose prevention sites are temporary locations operating for up to six months whereas safe injection sites are permanent locations.  Overdose prevention sites are...

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04 Jun Prescott-Russell Racing Against Drugs

Each May, Prescott-Russell Emergency Medical Service partners with several local agencies and private businesses to stage “Racing Against Drugs,” a community-based drug and alcohol awareness program for almost 1,000 Grade Six students. Racing Against Drugs is a bilingual community-based drug and alcohol awareness program that demonstrates the benefits of a drug and alcohol free lifestyle and offers various alternatives to students by teaching them skills and tactics to say “NO” to drugs and alcohol. Student teams manoeuvre a remote miniature race car...

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07 May CARE Course

A team of Doctors, Nurses, and Paramedics made the voyage from British Columbia to Bruce County to run The CARE Course (Comprehensive Approaches to Rural Emergencies). This was the first time in Ontario that this program has been run and Bruce County Paramedic Service partnered with Grey Bruce Health Services to participate in this unique two-day rural emergency medicine program that brought together paramedics, nurses and physicians in a collaborative learning environment. The training is designed for small rural hospitals where...

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