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Neurotrauma Pathways in Ontario Budget

As Ontario’s largest organization working on behalf of the 36,000 Ontarians with spinal cord injury, SCIO works closely with other health agencies and governments at all levels to ensure our community’s voice is heard and their needs are well represented. Each year, the Ontario government invites input into their annual budget. The public has until February 11, 2020 to do so in a few ways (see below). Late January, SCIO’s Director of Public Policy Peter Athanasopoulos presents a deputation relating to the urgent need for budget and strategy for Neurotrauma Care Pathways within the government’s newly established network of Ontario Health Teams. This strategy will ensure people receive the right services and supports at the right time in the right place during their functional recovery from spinal cord and brain injury (whether from traumatic injury, disease or aging).

Here is an excerpt from Peter’s verbal presentation to the Honourable Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance, and the pre-budget committee:

“While we applaud the Ontario Health Team (OHT) initiative, our goal today is to draw your attention to the fact that the OHT health transformation will not, alone, adequately support people with traumatic spinal cord injury and acquired brain injury (ABI). We believe that it is also essential to develop a standardized, best-practice, province-wide approach to managing neurotrauma that can be implemented across all OHTs.”

 

 

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