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Community counselling centre looking for needed funds and merited recognition

In the mix of local mental health agencies sits a little-known non-profit organization struggling to make ends meet while trying to provide an array of services with little recognition, both in profile and funding. Northumberland Community Counselling Centre Executive Director Janet Irvine recently completed a tour of the county and municipal councils looking for funding. The centre was formed in 2007 after agencies and physicians realized the need for accessible, affordable generic counselling services. While many offer counselling for certain clients under specific criteria, the average person struggling with relationships problems or mourning the death of a family member or dealing with a problem child cannot always afford private rates. After a decade, the centre has grown to meet the expanding needs of the community offering referrals, education, support, advocacy and clinical services for every age group from children to seniors. Continue Reading →

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Health service integration needs to be led by local organizations

Coming off of a spate of imposed reviews led by the Central East Local Integrated Health Network (LHIN) over the past few years, the Northumberland Hills Hospital is currently in the midst of its strategic planning process, having consulted with more than 450 stakeholders. In a recent interview, board chairman Jack Russell and Chief Executive Officer Linda Davis agree the strategic plan is a logical next step. The smidgen of a budget surplus announced in early March is unquestionably a highpoint and bodes well for the future. So, where are the dark clouds? A couple of things jump to mind. Continue Reading →

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Men’s health at heart of discussion during Movember

Men’s health is a lively topic for discussion as part of Movember, a fundraising initiative to increase awareness and help fight prostate cancer, mental health, and other male illness. Journalism student Nick Ogden, who heads a group of students at Loyalist College raising money, joined Krista Skutovich and Kristin Chodoriwsky from the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit on Consider This Live, as part of the Drive Time on Northumberland 89.7 FM. Continue Reading →

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Great news for hospital, but with a grain of salt

Well, finally some really good news for Northumberland Hills Hospital came last week when the provincial government decided to lift the fiscal jackboot and provide an additional $613,700 to its annual funding. Unlike previous grants, which are given to shore up expenses for a particular purpose or short-term, which alleviates the financial pain only briefly, this money is annualized, meaning it will come every year from now on. The sighs of relief were almost audible, as Chief Executive Officer Linda Davis says the hospital will now be closer to balancing its budget. Margaret Risk, acting chairperson for the Central LHIN (Local Health Integrated Network) was also present, taking a bow. With all the reports filed over the recent years, there was undeniable evidence the local hospital was being underfunded. Continue Reading →

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Rinaldi needs to worry more when it comes to local healthcare

By Robert Washburn

The turmoil facing the Ontario Health Ministry is palpable. A recent column in a mainstream newspaper acknowledged the troubled waters being navigated by Health Minister Eric Hoskins. Over the past 18 months, he has been under siege as doctors fight fee reductions, hospitals cry out for more money and front-line healthcare workers demand better wages. Now, Community Care administrators are added to the list, as they appeal the decision to turn over their services to the Local Health Integrated Networks (LHINs). Meanwhile, patients and homecare workers say more services are needed under the current model, which involves minimal hospital stays, followed by uneven support once home that is either insufficient or does not exist. Continue Reading →

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Mother and child health initiative for indigenous rural Guatemalan communities

Horizons of Friendship Resource Development Co-ordinator Debbie Morales explains a new partnership between Global Affairs Canada to provide a major Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH) initiative in predominantly indigenous rural Guatemalan communities on Consider This Live as part of the Drive Time on Northumberland 89.7 FM. Continue Reading →

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MPP advocates for province to help treat rare diseases on Consider This Live

Kitchener-Consestoga MPP Michael Harris talks about his proposal to create an all-party committee to review the funding and treatment of Ontarians with rare diseases during Consider This Live as part of the Drive Time with Dave Glover on Northumberland 89.7 FM. He makes his case for reform and talks about the crippling costs families are facing. Listen carefully for his view on Pharmacare, and how the changes will be funded in a time of hospital cutbacks. He also tells some heart-wrenching stories about families affected. It is a timely, compelling discussion. Continue Reading →

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