Canada’s New Chief Public Health Officer
On September 24, Health Minister Rona Ambrose announced the appointment of Dr. Gregory Taylor as Canada’s new Chief Public Health Officer. The role of Chief Public Health Officer (CPHO) is an integral part of the partnership with provinces, territories and the international health community. Dr. Taylor will also provide valuable advice to the Minister of Health on priority public health matters.
We wish to congratulate Dr. Gregory Taylor on his new role and look forward to working with him.
Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) being installed across Canada
The Government of Canada in partnership with the Heart and Strong Foundation (HSF), are aiming to equip all recreational arenas in Canada with AEDs and provide training in their proper use. More than 1,800 AEDs have been approved for installation and almost 850 have already been installed. Over 7,500 people have received training to boost their knowledge and skills to confidently use these devices and to quickly deliver CPR in emergency situations.
Through this initiative, the HSF will also have a database of AEDs installed in national recreational arenas to ensure that Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will have information regarding the availability AEDs in their jurisdictions. All recreational arenas are encouraged to apply for an AED under this initiative through the HSF website.
Read more about the initiative here.
World Alzheimer’s Day
On September 21st nations around the world marked World Alzheimer’s Day. In recent years, unprecedented international attention has been focused upon the disease. In September, the Canada-France Dementia Legacy event took place in Ottawa, focusing on the development of new approaches to partnerships and collaboration between industry and academia.
In conjunction with the event, Canadian Institutes of Health Research released their Fall 2014 issue of ‘Show Me the Evidence’, which includes a guest editorial by Mimi Lowi-Young, CEO, Alzheimer Society of Canada on Canadian innovation in dementia research, as well as many other interesting articles on the disease. You can access the issue here.