- The Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (OAHPP), together with the Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) and the Association of Local Public Health Agencies (alPHa), will be hosting the inaugural Ontario Public Health Convention (TOPHC) on April 5–8, 2011.
The Ontario Public Health Convention aims to advance public health in Ontario by increasing the level of both knowledge and skills in the workforce. It is envisioned that TOPHC will include an exciting mix of both research presentations to share new knowledge and educational workshops that build and refine practical skills.
March 2–5, 2011
4th International Conference on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: "The Power of Knowledge - Integrating Research, Policy, and Promising Practice Around the World." (PDF)
Our understanding of FASD is entering a period of rapid expansion and change, dramatically increasing our comprehension of the breadth and depth of the global impact of this lifelong disability. This 4th International Conference will provide an advanced forum for emerging and cutting edge research, policy and practice that will assist governments, service systems, service providers, parents and caregivers as we strive to address the complex issues of FASD. This new knowledge will be an impetus for critical action in supporting women, individuals, families, and communities around the world. The conference goal is to highlight international research and promising practice.
Participants can expect to:
1) Learn about the implications and practical application of leading research around the world,
2) Establish and nurture linkages among international researchers, networks, government, communities, service providers and individuals and families impacted by FASD,
3) Foster clinical and community based research,
4) Learn from the lived experience of others.
March 23–24, 2011
National Mental Health Conference 2011: "Mental Health Disorders – Challenges in the Workplace, Aboriginal Communities & the Criminal Justice System."
There is a huge need for greater awareness and open discussion in the field of mental health, particularly in the workplace, Aboriginal communities, and the criminal justice system. Sponsored by the Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba Inc., this Conference gives you an excellent opportunity to liaise with other professionals in the field of mental health while learning of new breakthroughs and ideas. With its 18 workshops plus Keynote Presentations and Plenary Sessions, an invaluable amount of knowledge sharing is available to you all in one space. Additionally, there are Five Pre-Conference Workshops offered on March 22. During the Conference you will get a unique opportunity to hear from Margaret Trudeau about her struggle and survival through mental health issues, as well as hear the heart-rending story of Tanya Brown, sister of Nicole Brown Simpson, on how she overcame her battle with mental illness after Nicole’s murder.
February 11-12, Toronto. The Faculty of Community Services, Ryerson University is pleased to host the Promoting Health Equity: Action on the Social Determinants of Health
conference. This conference, organized by the research centres of the Faculty of Community Services, aims to bring together community and agency partners, undergraduate and graduate students, health and social service professionals/workers, researchers, academics, government and policy and decision makers to share and exchange knowledge, and to generate the creation of new partnerships in research, education, and practice that focus on health equity and action on the social determinants of health across diverse communities.
- “Children living in non-smoking apartments still exposed to high levels of tobacco”
Parents' decision to make their apartment or townhome unit a smoke-free zone might not offer their children enough protection from tobacco exposure, suggests a study finding significant levels of a tobacco metabolite among children in housing complexes where residents of other units smoke. (Join Together)
- “Give free booze to homeless alcoholics: study”
B.C. liquor prices should be increased to reduce illness and injuries, and alcoholic beverages should be given free to homeless alcoholics, addiction researchers at the University of Victoria say in a wide-ranging report. (CBC News)
- “Alberta to raise price on high-alcohol beer to discourage young drinkers”
The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission announced last month it was banning bubbly with an alcohol content higher than 11.9 per cent. But the commission now says any beer above the bench mark will simply have a bigger markup — the higher the liquor content, the higher the tax. (CBC News)
- “Mentally ill youth needing treatment get it through criminal justice system”
The Canadian Mental Health Association estimates that up to 20 per cent of Canadian youth are affected by a mental disorder, representing the single most common affliction in this age group. Even though 70 per cent of all psychiatric disorders emerge in childhood or adolescence, only one in five mentally ill children and youth in Canada are getting the help they need. Meanwhile, the majority of provinces and territories do not have child and youth mental health plans, a policy gap that is exacerbated by a shortage of psychologists and psychiatrists who specialize in treating the young. (Globe and Mail)
- “MPs urge 'serious' money for mental health to keep ill people out of prison”
A Commons committee is calling on governments to make a "serious investment" in the mental-health system to prevent the vulnerable from ending up in prison. A public safety committee report says the federal prison service is "not able at this time" to provide adequate treatment and support to the majority of offenders with mental-health and addiction issues. (CBC News)
- “High health-care costs directly linked to poverty, report says”
Some 20 per cent of Canada’s spiralling health-care costs can be directly attributed to low income and education levels, a new report says. And reducing the innate health risks that poverty carries requires lifting the socioeconomic status of the country’s poorest people, according to a Health Council of Canada report. (Toronto Star)
- “Changes to the Special Diet Allowance”
Ontario is revising the Special Diet Allowance to make it more accountable to taxpayers and compliant with the recent Order of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. By revising the allowance, the province will help social assistance recipients who have eligible medical conditions receive the special diets they need to help manage their conditions. (Announcement by the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services)
Registration for Discovery 2011
, the annual conference of the Responsible Gambling Council, has opened. Taking place April 5-8, 2011, this international conference attracts people who are committed to discovering the latest trends and opportunities in problem gambling prevention, treatment, research and policy analysis.
Harm Reduction Canada 2011: Revisioning, Reconstructing, Refocusing (February 23-25, 2011, Ottawa)
Target Audience: Stakeholders and interested people from across all sectors, including harm reduction practitioners, front line workers, service users, policy and program developers, academics and researchers, students of all relevant disciplines, police, probation, parole and correctional officers, etc.
Conference Highlights: Film Festival - Canada’s first Harm Reduction with dynamic panels and events curated by inthemindseye film festival; Sign the Vienna Declaration; Learn about and support the emerging Canadian Drug Policy Consortium. Dedicated presentation streams: Overdose prevention, Progress around shelters and low barrier housing, Understanding and Working with public opinion. Registration is open.
8th Annual Alcohol: No Ordinary Commodity Forum (March 7-8, 2011, Toronto)
Themes: “Alcohol Policy: Movement in Ontario,” and “The Crucial Need for Policy in Addressing Alcohol Problems.”
Please join us for our expanded Alcohol: No Ordinary Commodity Forum beginning the evening of Monday, March 7th with a Keynote address, public health panel, and reception followed by an all-day forum on Tuesday, March 8th with presentations, strategic thinking, and break-out discussions.
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
From Disparities Research to Disparities Interventions: Lessons Learned and Opportunities for the Future of Behavioral Health Services (April 6-8, 2011, Arlington VA).
To emphasize the need to prioritize research examining behavioral healthcare disparities, this conference seeks to examine investigative efforts focused on
1) Disparities in behavioral healthcare service access and delivery;
2) Innovative strategies to decrease disparities in diverse populations (gender-based, racial/ethnic minorities) and settings (rural vs. urban; primary and mental healthcare);
3) Disparities in general health care access occurring as the result of the presence of a behavioral healthcare condition;
4) Issues of stigma and cultural salience as they impact service access and delivery, and
5) Healthcare policy and legislative changes impacting behavioral health service disparities.
Deadline: December 3, 2010.
CALL FOR PANELIST PRESENTATIONS
Responsible Gambling Council: Discovery 2011 Conference
April 5-8, 2011, Ottawa
Deadline: December 1, 2010.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS/ABSTRACTS
The Ontario Public Health Convention: “Exchanging evidence, ideas and technology”
April 5-8, 2011, Toronto
Deadline: December 15, 2010, at 5pm.
Cochrane Canada 9th Annual Symposium.
“Early Exposure to Cochrane: Accessible, Credible, Practical.”
February 16-17, 2011, Vancouver
Registration is now open.