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AFHTO-OMA survey of physicians working in FHTs (due Oct.16)

The purpose of this AFHTO-OMA collaboration is to inform both associations on the experience of physicians working in this model, and gain insight into their needs, ideas, issues and concerns.  The results will be released as part of a joint OMA/AFHTO presentation and discussion at the AFHTO 2011 Conference on Oct. 26. FHT physicians will receive the link to the on-line survey from the Lead Physician or ED of your FHT. If you have not received this link, please send an e-mail to info@afhto.ca .

CIHR Training Grant in Interdisciplinary PHC Research: applications due Oct.31

Transdisciplinary Understanding and Training on Research– Primary Health Care -- “TUTORPHC” Program information and application forms for TUTOR-PHC are now available on TUTOR-PHC’s website at http://www.uwo.ca/fammed/csfm/tutor-phc/applications/applicationforms.html For more information about TUTOR-PHC, go to http://www.uwo.ca/fammed/csfm/tutor-phc/

Rural health care providers unite to provide optimal health services

Wellington hospitals, Family Health Teams, Community Care Access Centres and Mental Health Services signed a collective agreement last Wednesday aimed at optimizing health and patient care in our rural communities. The local rural health partners include Groves Memorial Community Hospital, North Wellington Heath Care, Minto-Mapleton, Mount Forest and Upper Grand Family Health Teams, Waterloo Wellington Community Care Access Centre and Trellis Mental Health and Developmental Services.

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NEW Specialized Family Practice Nursing Program at George Brown

Are you, or is someone you know, a Registered Nurse currently practicing or aspiring to practice in a Family Practice/Primary Care setting? If so, you will be interested to know that George Brown College now has a new postgraduate certificate program in Family Practice Nursing for Registered Nurses. Sign up for an information session to find out more about this exciting new program.

Citizens' Reference Panel calls for expansion of family health teams in Ontario

Twenty-eight Ontarians who have looked at the inner-workings of the province's health system recommend more collaboration, integration and accountability to help ensure the sustainability of high-quality, accessible and publicly-funded health care. One of these recommendations states, "We urge the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to accelerate the expansion of integrated family health teams throughout the province." The report, released on June 22, 2011, was commissioned by PwC (formerly called PricewaterhouseCoopers).

Complexity of Care study in FHTs with BSM physicians – confirm participation by July 4, 2011

Are CFHTs different from the wider FHT sector?  Is the difference more than just the governance model?  Now you can find out. The Association of Ontario Health Centres (AOHC) and the Association of Family Health Teams of Ontario (AFHTO) invite FHTs who have physicians on the blended salary model to participate in a research project to determine the complexity of care and the individual characteristics of your patients and how it compares to other primary healthcare models across Ontario.

AFHTO 2011 Conference – Workshop submissions due July 15

Family Health Teams are a unique innovation in primary care – there is so much for all of us to learn and to celebrate. Whether you have been a FHT for 5 years or 5 months, you have valuable experiences to share with other FHTs. We invite FHTs to submit abstracts for workshops, oral presentations, or posters you would like to present to your peers on Day 2 of the conference, October 26, 2011.