Her life shows how Ontario’s mental health system failed

On a frigid December morning, Flo Coulter drove an hour north from her Richmond Hill home to Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie.She had just received a call that her daughter, Stephanie, had spent the night at the psychiatry unit after being dropped off by police. Coulter was worried. Stephanie had long struggled with her mental health, and had recently suffered a string of life-altering hardships. Her relationship of five years had ended; her Ontario disability payments had been cut due to a paperwork error; and she was on the verge of being evicted from her rented home.The night before, Stephanie...

Integrated ed-tech system for health science education

Technological advancements over the recent years have had a significant impact on health science professions. Not only have breakthrough advances in technology enhanced treatments, but it has also influenced health science education and changed the expectations that health science education institutes have of education technology (ed-tech) providers.  The pace of innovation across the medical industry continues to accelerate new-age technologies such as artificial intelligence, the internet of things (IoT), and cloud computing, which are now an integral part of the health science profession.  On the academic front, health science institutions have greater expectations of ed-tech providers. For a very long...

Doctors say health system has ‘collapsed’ as patient surges fuel ER closures – National

With surging demand forcing emergency room closures across the country, front-line physicians say more immediate help is needed before things get worse. Dr. Raghu Venugopal, an emergency room physician in Toronto, says he believes the health system is not collapsing, but rather that it has “already collapsed.”“Nurses and doctors across Ontario and Canada who are working in emergency departments are greatly dismayed, honestly, by the human situation that patients and families have to face on a daily basis,” he said. Read more: Ontario hospitals warn of more upcoming ER closures through the summer “The wait times are exceedingly long. Nurses...

Doctor says N.B. health-care system ‘sinking faster than the Titanic’ – New Brunswick

Dr. Mark Waite, who practices family medicine in the Greater Moncton Area, said New Brunswick’s health-care system “is sinking faster than the Titanic” in a social media post on Tuesday. Between his own clinic, two after-hours clinics and hospital rounds, he says he works well over 50 hours a week.“I just wanted to vent my frustrations with what I’ve been seeing day after day. I mean, the problem has been building up for some time. When I started five years ago, there were issues that just continue to grow worse,” he said in an interview on Wednesday.In his post, he...