Ottawa dermatologist honoured by Ministry of Health and Social Services in Iqaluit

    OTTAWA, Sept. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - Dr. Robert Jackson, of the Division of
Dermatology, University of Ottawa, and former president of the Canadian
Dermatology Association (CDA), was honoured for over 10 years of providing
dermatology services to the eastern portion of Nunavut, encouraging the use of
telehealth for dermatology consultations and as a leader among medical
specialists providing services from Ottawa.
    The Honourable Olayuk Akesuk, Minister of Health and Social Services
presented a certificate of appreciation to Dr. Jackson during the official
launch and news conference for CDA's national Eczema Awareness campaign, held
in Iqaluit on September 13, 2008. Also in attendance were Dr. Larry
Warshawski, president of the Canadian Dermatology Association, Alex Campbell,
deputy health and social services minister and Dr. Bruce Peterkin, assistant
deputy minister.
    "Dr. Jackson has worked with us for many, many years to improve the
delivery of our dermatological service and has been very supportive of the
family of doctors and nurses working in Nunavut." said the Honourable
Olayuk Akesuk. "Both the Canadian Dermatology Association and the Ottawa
dermatologists' advocacy in skin health issues and leadership in continued
medical and public education and awareness raising are commendable."
    The launch was held in Iqaluit in tandem with the meeting of the Division
of Dermatology, University of Ottawa also being held on Baffin Island. This
extraordinary meeting was the first clinical medical meeting ever held in
    About 30% of the Inuit population have eczema, which is 10% higher than
the Canadian average. For the first time CDA published a public education
brochure in Inuktitut in an effort to provide needed information to the Inuit
community. The material was warmly received.

    More about Eczema

    Over six million Canadians (1 in 5) are affected by eczema (dermatitis)
and the total cost in Canada is estimated to be $1.4 billion annually. CDA's
public education campaign is designed to provide eczema sufferers (patients
and family members) with important information on how to control and manage
the pain, discomfort and embarrassment of eczema.

    CDA's Eczema Public Education Materials:

    The CDA's national campaign aims to dispel the myth that eczema is
contagious, provide information on how to treat and manage eczema, identify
common types of eczema and when patients need to see a dermatologist, create
awareness of the social and economic impact and emotional consequences of
dealing with eczema.

    Public information can be found in the following CDA materials:

    - CDA website, Eczema Information, Contact Dermatitis
      information sheet, Eczema in Children information sheet and links to
      other online resources
    - An eczema brochure (in English, French and Inuktitut): available
      nationally at dermatologists' and health care professionals' offices as
      well as Public Health Centres in Nunavut, Nunavik and Nunatsiavut
    - Public Service Announcements for radio on topics such as occupational
      eczema, eczema in children and general eczema information, also on the
      CDA website.

    About CDA

    The Canadian Dermatology Association, founded in 1925, represents
Canadian dermatologists. The association exists to advance the science and art
of medicine and surgery related to the health of the skin, hair and nails;
provide continuing professional development for its members; support and
advance patient care; provide public education on sun protection and other
aspects of skin health; and promote a lifetime of healthier skin, hair and

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