News & Events

Emergency Department Visits

2011 AFHTO conference presentation PRESENTER (S): Kirk Miller, Business Services Manager FHT/ORG: Guelph FHT ABSTRACT: Emergency departments see rostered patients for non-urgent care every day. Using acute care resources to process non-urgent visits is costly and impedes access for patients requiring urgent care. The WWLHIN has targeted a 10% reduction in CTAS 4 and 5 for hospitals in the region.

Occupational Therapy in Family Health Teams

2011 AFHTO conference presentation PRESENTER (S): Laura Turner, OT, Project Coordinator; Shellie Buckley, RN, Project Coordinator FHT/ORG: Stratford FHT ABSTRACT: Working in primary care on a Family Health Team is a new and emerging practice area for occupational therapists. Sharing common values of health promotion and wellness, occupational therapists and FHTs utilize varied models of service delivery to best address patient needs.

Teen Drop-in Program

2011 AFHTO conference presentation PRESENTER (S): Janet Obre, RN (EC), BScN, PHCNP; Kate Jasper, B.A., M.Sc., Mental Health Counselllor FHT/ORG: STAR FHT ABSTRACT: The "Teen Health Check In" Clinic was developed to increase accessibility to mental and physical health care for youth in our practice community. The goal of the clinic is to provide information and supports that promote prevention, early identification and intervention for common mental and physical health concerns in a format that fits for teens.

Reducing Depression Symptoms & Instilling Hope

2011 AFHTO conference presentation PRESENTER (S): Kimberly Vaughan, MSW RSW; Elizabeth Smith, RN (EC), MN PHC Nurse Practitioner FHT/ORG: Thames Valley FHT- Old South Site ABSTRACT: Adapted from the Antidepressant Skills Workbook (Dan Bilsker PhD/Randy Paterson PhD), this program for individuals with mild/moderate depression is short, structured, and focused on getting activated. An antidepressant toolkit encourages SMART goals and small steps towards success.

Collaboration In Action – Family Health Teams, Children’s Aid, and Public Health Working Together To Support Families

2011 AFHTO conference presentation PRESENTER (S): Brenda Mills, Coordinator, Child & Youth Mental Health Initiative; Jaclyn Busser, BScN, RN, CCHN(C) Public Health Nurse City of Hamilton & Hamilton FHT FHT/ORG: Hamilton Family Health Team ABSTRACT: The Hamilton Family Health Team (HFHT) has embarked on two key partnerships to improve patient care. This presentation will discuss the unique relationships between the HFHT and the Children’s Aids Societies, and the HFHT and Public Health Services.

The Interprofessional Team Case Conference

2011 AFHTO conference presentation PRESENTER (S): Difat Jakubovicz, MSc, MD, CCFP, FCFP; Ian Waters MSW RSW; Azadeh Moaveni, MD CCFP, Gita Lakhanpal, MES, OT Reg (Ont) FHT/ORG: Toronto Western Hospital Learning Objectives Participants will be able to: a)     Understand key components of an Interprofessional Team Case Conference (IPCC) b)    Appreciate how IPCCs can help health care professionals become a patient centered collaborative practice team c)     Discuss opportunities and challenges when planning an IPCC Rationale

Improving Lung Health and Reducing Health Care Costs

2011 AFHTO conference presentation PRESENTER (S): Andrea Stevens Lavigne, MBA, Vice-President, Provincial Programs; Carole Madeley, RRT, CRE, MASc, Director, Respiratory Health Programs FHT/ORG: Ontario Lung Association ABSTRACT: Research from the Ontario Lung Association has demonstrated that a comprehensive patient care model for primary care, which utilizes evidenced-based tools for health care providers and patient education, can not only improve lung health but also save health care costs.

Arthritis Program

2011 AFHTO conference presentation PRESENTER (S): Lucy Bonanno, Executive Director;  Nadya Zukowski, Health Promotion Specialist FHT/ORG: Summerville FHT ABSTRACT: The Summerville Arthritis Program is a novel, collaborative approach to community Osteoarthritis care. Our interdisciplinary team partnered with The Arthritis Society and Pfizer to map out the delivery of a comprehensive yet flexible program.