Medical Psychiatry Alliance initiatives were on full display at a Poster Gallery session during the bi-annual staff Town Hall meeting at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) on May 4, 2016. The Town Hall event, which coincided with Mental Health Week, was hosted by Dr. Catherine Zahn, CAMH’s CEO and President. At the Town Hall event, Dr. Zahn updated staff on CAMH’s progress against its strategic plan and vision.
In an effort to build awareness around MPAs mandate and vision amongst staff at CAMH, MPA staff showcased various MPA projects at the Poster Gallery session. The unique MPA initiatives on display, which are helping to increase access to both mental and physical health care for patients, included:
- The new Brain-Heart Initiative, a pilot program providing increased access to medical care services for patients with severe mental illness
- The Telepsychiatry Project, which is improving integration of telepsychiatry within primary care and evaluate health service outcomes
- The Simulation Centre, which will soon provide innovative training to health professionals, enabling them to better care for patients with co-exisiting mental and physical illness
- The PARTNERs Project, an innovative telephone-based intervention improving outcomes for primary care patients with depression, anxiety, and at-risk drinking
"This Poster Gallery session at CAMH during our bi-annual Town Hall meeting was an exciting opportunity for us to engage more of our stakeholders and increase their level of understanding of the MPAs vision," says Kirk Le Messurier, Director, MPA Operations and also Director, Corporate Planning & Strategy, CAMH. "We’re excited to start engaging the wider healthcare community here at CAMH as we move forward with our unique mandate to transform the delivery of health services for patients who suffer from both mental and physical illnesses.”