Change is good
We take our advocacy goals seriously, as do our individual and organizational community partners. And within each of those goals is the kernel of change; removing barriers, improving access, increasing funding, enhancing understanding. And with change comes opportunity. At last.
This is Progress
Read up on some of the important outcomes of our advocacy work, thanks to our community.
Increasing Access to Medical Care
Over the course of the last two years, Spinal Cord Injury Ontario and its partners – Center for Family Medicine, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation and the Rick Hansen Institute – set course on the development of a Physicians Engagement Network. This network was designed to inspire family physicians to work closer with the SCI community to provide much needed supports closer to home. In line with the Patients First Act, stakeholders have been engaging doctors from various parts of the province, providing relevant information, supports and advocacy to motivate more organized and accessible health care for people with SCI in the community in order to avoid unnecessary hospital visits.
In our efforts to provide regular knowledge exchange and outreach to family physicians, this past March we hosted a certified webcast on Improving Primary Care for People with Spinal Cord Injury and Other Physical Disabilities in Ontario in partnership with the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) Professional Learning Series. Our panelists shared critical information about supporting people with SCI’s medical needs in the community, important advocacy to improve accessibility in doctors’ examining rooms, and our direction to develop stronger services for people with SCI across Ontario. View the March conference webcast.
Physicians: stay tuned for info on a new web conference on Neuropathic Pain in March and September 2019
A $6 Million Commitment
The Ontario government announced a $6 million commitment in spring 2018, which will be implemented over a three-year period, to support Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF) and Spinal Cord Injury Ontario as we work with partners from public health care, the auto insurance and personal injury legal community, and clinical service providers to revolutionize the current care system for people who sustain brain or spinal cord injuries in motor vehicle collisions. Read the FAQ
A meeting of the minds
In April, representatives from the 70 member organizations of the Ontario SCI Alliance met for a day long retreat to discuss some of the most pressing health issues facing people with a spinal cord injury, strategies to improve primary care and how best to use our collective voice.