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January 2018

Government of Canada Supports Program that Promotes Smoke-free Lifestyle

On behalf of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, Robert Oliphant, Member of Parliament, announced funding for Picking Up the PACE (Promoting and Accelerating Change through Empowerment) – a smoking cessation resource program for health practitioners supported by MPA and provided through the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

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July 2017

Bridging the Gap: Using Interprofessional Simulation to Help Train Health Providers

Dr. Christopher Kowalski, a child and adolescent psychiatrist from the U.K. who is currently undertaking an MPA Simulation Fellowship, pens this blog about the recent simulation training course he helped to create and offer recently to Canadian health care providers. He shares this thoughts on why it will have a significant impact on improving the care of young people with complex physical and mental health needs.

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May 2017

Therapy gets off the couch

MPA's Dr. Paul Kurdyak was featured in a panel discussion on TVO's The Agenda recently, looking at access to mental health care in Ontario and some innovations that are helping Ontarians access care faster.

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May 2017

Physicians-in-Training Experience Care through the Eyes of the Patient

It's unusual for doctors-in-training to put themselves in the shoes of their future patients.  However, all first year medical students in the new Foundations Curriculum at the University of Toronto (U of T) were asked to do just that in a recent mandatory, one-day simulation experience titled, 'Getting to Know Patients' System of Care' (GPS Care). 

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April 2017

Coaching your way to better mental health

Mental-health coaches, the first of their kind in Canada, are helping those with depression, anxiety and at-risk drinking.  In this news story, The Toronto Star recently profiled the MPA’s PARTNERs project. 

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January 2017

Health & Community Leaders Talk: Dr. Paul Kurdyak

Dr. Paul Kurdyak, MPA Director of Health Outcomes, shares his thoughts on how the MPA is contributing to a healthier, wealthier, smarter Ontario. This blog post, featured on CAHO's website, is part of a blog series looking at why health research matters in Ontario.

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September 2016

Sharing MPA’s vision and work in progress, far and wide

During the week of Sept. 19-22, MPA staff presented MPA’s vision and work in various areas of care, research and education, at the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions in Calgary, and here at home in Toronto, at the Canadian Psychiatric Association’s 66th Annual Conference. Check out our Twitter page @MedPsychNews for more info.

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July 2016

Doctor’s Notes: Thinking holistically about kids’ health

In this Toronto Star column, Dr. Claire De Souza writes about the importance of realizing the connection between the conditions that straddle mental and physical health for children and teens. The MPA is working to break down this dichotomy by implementing new models of integrated care for children and teens.

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