In two recent events co-hosted by the Medical Psychiatry Alliance (MPA) and Trillium Health Partners (THP), healthcare providers came together to help shape the future of collaborative care education and training. Participants learned about collaborative integrated care models for patients with co-existing mental and physical illnesses and provided input into the development of innovative collaborative integrated care education and training resources.
Through a partnership between THP, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), and the University of Toronto (U of T), the new collaborative care education program and training resources aim to help health care professionals across Ontario achieve timely access to health care for patients who too often fall through the cracks of a healthcare system where mental and physical health care is typically addressed separately, rather than together.
“The new education and training program will be team-based and will focus on addressing common challenges in the care for patients living with co-existing physical and mental issues,” says Dr. David Wiljer, the Managing Director of the new MPA education program.
“The goal is to ensure there are education and training tools for healthcare providers to treat the mind and body together. We need to help patients and their families to recover and rehabilitate from both mental and physical illnesses with one plan of care and targeted unified services,” says Dr. Alison Freeland, Vice-President Education, THP. “The direct input from healthcare providers on the development and content of the new MPA collaborative integrated care education and training courses is valuable and will help shape a new generation of health leaders.”
Key guest speakers at the event included Dr. Jeffrey C. Huffman, Director of Cardiac Psychiatry Research Program, Massachusetts General Hospital and Dr. John Campo, Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Ohio State University.
For more information about these events and MPA education and training resources, please contact:
Julia Cottle, MPA Project Manager, THP: Julia.firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. David Wiljer, Senior Director of Transformational Educational and Academic Advancement, CAMH: David.Wiljer@camh.ca.
Dr. Sanjeev Sockalingam, MPA Director of Curriculum Renewal and Director of Continuing Practice and Professional Development, U of T: Sanjeev.Sockalingam@uhn.ca.