Metis health care providers to benefit from mental health care expertise of Providence Care and Queen's University

    SUDBURY, ON, Aug. 24 /CNW Telbec/ - The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) is
renewing its landmark agreement with Queen's University and leading health
care provider Providence Care, which specializes in mental health.
    The agreement expands the MNO's mental health resources, training and
resource capacity across the province through a partnership with
Kingston-based Providence Care and the Centre for Health Services and Research
Policy at Queen's.
    "The health and well-being of our citizens is a priority," said MNO
President Gary Lipinski. "By working with Providence Care and Queen's we are
able to bring valuable and much-needed resources into our communities. As well
we are able to build capacity at the community level by training our own
health care providers according to the most current standards."
    Under the agreement, Providence Care will provide training and
certification for all MNO health care workers, including annual certification
in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills and Non Violent Crisis Intervention
training. The MNO will also receive additional access to clinical training and
mental health expertise via videoconferencing. This agreement builds on the
initial two-year agreement between the MNO, Queen's and Providence Care which
was signed in 2007.
    Under this agreement, the MNO clients are also able to access
Telepsychiatry services from Providence Care via videoconferencing. Lipinski
says this has been a great resource to the MNO, as access to specialists in
mental health can be challenging, and especially in rural and northern
    "Providence Care is committed to leading the way in compassion and
discovery," said Allen Prowse, Providence Care Vice-President, Mental Health.
"Our relationship with the Métis, which began over three years ago, allows us
to share our resources with the MNO and at the same time discover new ways of
delivering care. We look forward to opportunities to expand our agreement as
demand increases."
    Researchers at the Centre for Health Services and Policy Research at
Queen's University in Kingston will work with Providence Care and the MNO to
conduct a survey of mental health conditions among the Métis people.
    "We are looking forward to finalizing the study plan for the mental
health survey and are grateful to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
for providing seed funding to assist us," said Dr. Heather Stuart, a professor
in the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at Queen's.
    The collection and analysis of the data will provide the information
necessary to help plan, access and provide appropriate services to meet the
needs identified by the Métis.

    The Métis are a distinct Aboriginal people with a unique culture,
language and heritage who played an instrumental role in shaping Canada, and
who work tirelessly to share their culture, traditions and knowledge of the
environment with fellow Canadians.

    Providence Care is southeastern Ontario's leading provider of specialized
mental health care. Mental health services span the full continuum of care -
inpatient, outpatient, and community. Providence Care is also a leading
provider of specialized geriatric services, complex continuing care, physical
medicine and rehabilitation, palliative and long-term care.

    One of Canada's leading universities, Queen's is renowned for
scholarship, research and a vibrant learning environment. With its strong
tradition of public service, the University has been helping shape Canadian
values and policies, educating many of the country's most notable political
and cultural figures for over 165 years.

For further information:

For further information: Lisa Pigeau, Primary Care Manager, Métis Nation
of Ontario, T: (613) 798-1488 ext. 105, Toll Free: (800) 263-4889, F: (613)
722-4225, Cell: (613) 314-8161; Laura Fitzgerald, Communications Officer,
Providence Care, Kingston, ON, T: (613) 548-5567, ext. 5483, F: (613)
548-5588; Cynthia DesGrosseilliers, Manager, Media Relations, Queen's
University, T: (613) 533-2035, F: (613) 533-6828

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