NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ON, July 24, 2013 /CNW/ - The national
organizations representing the majority of Canada's health-care
providers — the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), the Canadian Medical
Association (CMA) and the Health Action Lobby (HEAL) — applaud the
pan-Canadian collaborative approach of the health-care innovation
working group (HCIWG). Continued progress will require a multi-year
commitment from providers and governments together.
Leaders from the three provider groups met with premiers Brad Wall and
Robert Ghiz in Niagara-on-the-Lake this week during the Council of the
Federation's summer meetings. On the agenda is a report on the
completion of the second phase of the HCIWG. Providers are there to
affirm the continued need for this important pan-Canadian collaboration
to address the quality, safety and sustainability of Canada's health
"In forming the health-care innovation working group, Canada's premiers
recognized that collaboration and continuity are essential to build on
best practices and ensure Canadians have the best health and health
care in the world," said CMA president Dr. Anna Reid. "The public needs
to hear how the next phase of work will improve health outcomes for
Canadians. Canada's health-care providers are committed to working with
the premiers on issues such as developing a strategy to better meet the
evolving needs of our nation's seniors."
CNA, CMA and HEAL are all involved with the HCIWG, formed by the Council
of the Federation in January 2012 and co-chaired by Saskatchewan's
Premier Brad Wall and Prince Edward Island's Premier Robert Ghiz. The
HCIWG is tasked with identifying and increasing the acceptance of
shared health system initiatives.
"The innovation of this working group accelerates the change we are
driving in health practice: interprofessional collaboration," said CNA
president Dr. Barb Mildon. "The key to effecting real change in the
health-care system is collaboration at all levels and across different
sectors: care providers working both with one another to deliver the
best care in a timely, safe manner and with governments to scale up
local innovations into national solutions."
Progress has been made since last summer's release of the group's
initial report, From Innovation to Action. The provider groups are working with decision-makers to develop a clear
vision for the HCIWG and to ensure that the momentum and commitment by
"The working group's progress to date is positive, but as health
providers we're pushing for more," said HEAL co-chair Dr. Karen Cohen.
"It's critical that the provinces and territories continue to support
collaboration between the working group and health providers. It is
also important that they support the delivery of collaborative health
care on the ground. The expertise and perspectives of frontline health
providers are critical for making real change happen."
CNA is the national professional voice of registered nurses in Canada. A
federation of 11 provincial and territorial nursing associations and
colleges representing nearly 150,000 registered nurses, CNA advances
the practice and profession of nursing to improve health outcomes and
strengthen Canada's publicly funded, not-for-profit health system.
CMA is the national voice of Canadian physicians. Founded in 1867, the
CMA is a voluntary professional organization representing more than
78,000 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 care.
HEAL is a coalition of 40 national health and consumer associations and
organizations dedicated to protecting and strengthening Canada's health
system. It represents more than half a million providers and consumers
of health care. HEAL was formed in 1991 out of concern over the erosion
of the federal government's role in supporting a national health care
SOURCE: Canadian Medical Association
For further information:
Kate Headley, External Communications Coordinator
Canadian Nurses Association
Telephone: 613-237-2159, ext. 561
Lucie Boileau, Senior Advisor, Communications and Public Outreach
Canadian Medical Association
Telephone: 613-731-8610 | 800-663-7336 ext. 1266
Dr. Karen Cohen, Co-Chair, HEAL
CEO, Canadian Psychological Association
Telephone: 613-237-2144 ext. 344