OTTAWA, June 10, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Physician Health Institute, a
new national program created by the Canadian Medical Association and
the Canadian Medical Foundation to promote physician mental health and
wellness, has awarded its first round of Special Project Funds. The
Special Project Funds are designed to support the promotion of
physician health and wellness at the national level. The winning
proposals support physician health initiatives and at least one of the
Support increased equitability of access to resources for the emotional,
psychosocial and mental well-being of physicians;
Raise awareness and improve understanding of the importance of
physicians' emotional, psychosocial and mental well-being;
Reduce the stigma associated with physician mental health issues;
Develop and support primary prevention activities related to mental
health, for physicians.
"The health of Canada's physician workforce is crucial to a sustainable
health care system. We can't afford to lose a single physician to ill
health," said Dr. Anna Reid, president of the Canadian Medical
Association. "This is why the CMA considers physician health a priority
for the organization, acknowledging that a healthy and vibrant
profession will lead to better, more accessible care for our patients."
The winning projects represent the variety of approaches that can be
taken to address physician mental health and well-being.
A team from McMaster University will evaluate the effect of peer support
groups on resilience in anesthesia residents.
Researchers from the University of Saskatchewan will examine how
mindfulness in medical practice drop-in classes can help medical
students build resilience and cope with the stress that can lead to
A phone-line crisis program offered by the Newfoundland and Labrador
Medical Association will expand to include health promotion and illness
prevention services provided by local physicians specially trained to
work with other physicians.
A small group practice-based continuing education program for physicians
and case managers working within physician health programs will be
created and piloted by the Quebec Physicians' Health Program.
"Support for the Canadian Physician Health Institute is thanks to the
generosity of our many donors," says Lee Gould, CEO of the Canadian
Medical Foundation. "At the Foundation we are proud to be a partner in
the creation of the Institute whose role is to bring together the many
organizations that support physicians to help them connect, share
information and build knowledge. These projects are an exciting
beginning to this work."
The Special Projects Fund was developed with support from one of its
founding partners, the Canadian Medical Foundation. The Foundation, the
CMA and the provincial / territorial medical associations are the
Institute's governing bodies.
"It's important that, as physicians, we support each other in addressing
mental health and well-being," says Dr. Derek Puddester, Director of
Physician Health at the Canadian Medical Association and leader of the
Canadian Physician Health Institute team. "Research tells us that many
physicians struggle in silence with depression and burnout. The project
funding announced today is a key step toward keeping physicians healthy
Today's announcement is a milestone for the Institute as it moves from
the planning and development phase to full operation. It has also
launched a powerful promotional video (http://youtu.be/lsZiPXOCmqg) that underlines the need to do away with the stigma associated with
asking for help.
The Canadian Physician Health Institute is a national program focused on
promoting physician mental health and wellness. Governed by the
Canadian Medical Association, the Canadian Medical Foundation and the
provincial / territorial medical associations, the Institute works
collaboratively with a wide range of national health organizations to
promote physician health and wellness at the national level, by working
with and through partners, helping them to connect, share information
and build knowledge.
The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is the national voice of Canadian
physicians. Founded in 1867, the CMA is a voluntary professional
organization representing more than 77,000 of Canada's physicians and
comprising 12 provincial and territorial medical associations and 51
national medical organizations. CMA's mission is to serve and unite the
physicians of Canada and be the national advocate, in partnership with
the people of Canada, for the highest standards of health and health
The Canadian Medical Foundation (CMF) was founded in 1987 by the
Canadian Medical Association and is the only national foundation in
Canada focused solely on supporting physicians; we understand that, in
order to improve health care for all Canadians, it is vital to support
the physicians who deliver it. The CMF raises, invests and distributes
funds via programs that are designed to improve health care for all
SOURCE: Canadian Medical Association
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