Canadian Surgeon and Health Minister's Office Recognized in Washington

WASHINGTON, DC, Oct. 24 /CNW/ - The Bone and Joint Decade Global Network Conference, with representatives from 58 countries, convened at the Canadian Embassy in Washington on Thursday, Oct. 22. Dr. Lars Lidgren, head of BJD International, formally acknowledged Dr. James Waddell, orthopaedic surgeon and head of Bone and Joint Decade Canada, Professor of Surgery, University of Toronto, for leading a Canadian initiative that is having a tremendous impact on wait times for Hip & Knee Replacement Surgery in Canada. The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) data supports the results that wait times for hip and knee replacements in some provinces have been reduced by as much as 50% as a result of the efforts of Dr Waddell and Bone and Joint Canada. Dr. Colin Carrie, Parliamentary Secretary to the Canadian Minister of Health, attended the event.

The Bone and Joint Canada team developed a National Core Model of Care that has been validated and shown to improve quality, access and efficiency of care. Using the model, twice as many people can be treated with the same resources.

Dr Waddell said that "we could not have done this without the tremendous support of the Health Minister's office and the provincial health ministers."

Bone and Joint Canada will work with the provinces to identify and address opportunities for implementation across the country. Partnering with the Arthritis Community Research and Evaluation Unit (ACREU), the Centre for Research in Health Engineering (CRHE) and the Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute (ABJHI), Bone and Joint Canada will study health human resource trends and the use of operations models to match the supply of health providers to societal demand for care.

Tom Fullan, International Ambassador, Bone and Joint Decade, said "Dr Waddell's work is tireless. His ambitious focus on the future is outstanding."

Bone and Joint Canada future's pillars of action for the future are:

    -   The role out of the Hip and Knee Tool Kit

    -   Nation Hip Fracture Strategy which will to increase access to care
        and improve results for the elderly

    -   Prevention strategy that focuses on reducing the need for orthopaedic

    -   International Education and Simulation Plan


For further information: For further information: Hazel Wood, Executive Director, BJD Canada (, (416) 605-6800

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