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OHNIG Newsletter #31 ― November 2012 Helen Ayers:  Managing News Editor, Research, News Coordinator
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  1. It's Time to Raise the Bar - OHNIG 2012 Annual General Meeting
  2. RNAO News
  3. Ontario Occupational Health Nurses' Association
  4. News from Ontario Ministry of Labour
  5. News from the Ontario Government
  6. Information and News
  7. Study just released by Public Health Ontario and Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences! Free Online Life Expectancy Calculator developed for use!

1. It's Time to Raise the Bar - OHNIG 2012 Annual General Meeting Back to top

OHING deem that this is the year for lobbying for recognition of the highly qualified expertise of Occupational Health Nurses. The OHNIG Executive revised and strengthened their five goals on Policy Practice and Political Action to target the recognition and value added services of Occupational Health Nurses.

 Our OHNIG Annual general meeting for all OHNIG members was held by teleconference Friday, November 23. OHNIG addressed our next two years strategic plan 2012 - 2014 in the minutes posted on the OHNIG website. Members Voices. To review the 2012 OHNIG Activities read the Members Voices report to RNAO. Members Voices, April to October 2012

OHNIG members need to realize the emerging issues and the restructuring changes occurring in the health care system. What does it mean to us? How can OHNIG help members advance their professional profile scope of practice that provides essential workplace health care delivery that enables the promoting, preventing and protecting workers from injury or illness.

OHNIG members become familiar with the resent research by the Canadian Nurses Association, National Expert Commission based on evidenced based findings of the status of the current health system experience in Canada. Read the CNA final research report released June 2012 - A Nursing Call to Action: The health of our nation, the future of our health system. ... read more

2. RNAO News  Back to top

RNAO released the report, “Enhancing Community Care for Ontarians (ECCO)” October 11, 2012. Ontarians will have access to primary care co-ordination and, for those persons who need it, more than four million additional hours of home health care and support services if the Ministry of Health eliminates the costly duplication that currently exists within the province's 14 Community Care Access Centres (CCACs). ... read more

3. Ontario Occupational Health Nurses' Association   Back to top

All Occupational health need to be aware the Ontario Occupational Health Nurse Association OOHNA.  Since 1971, OOHNA has been the provincial professional organization for registered nurses who provide occupational health care for Ontario's workers. They began as an affiliation of local groups of occupational health nurses, and in 1973 they formally incorporated as a not-for-profit organization. From the beginning, the association has been run entirely by and for the people it serves. Today, OOHNA has almost 1000 members, representing the vast majority of registered nurses who work in the occupational health field in Ontario. ... read more

4. News from Ontario Ministry of Labour  Back to top

Ontario Safe at Work Enforcement Strategy “Blitzes”

October and November 2012 saw MOL inspectors focus on the Manufacturing Sector. Inspectors checked on machine guarding and lockout hazards. They also checked on hazards involving musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), chemical and noise exposure and workplace violence and harassment.

In 2010, hazards involving inadequate machine guarding and lockout procedures were among the top four causes of injuries, according to Workplace Safety and Insurance Board data. These types of injuries also tended to be the most severe  .. read more

5. News from the Ontario Government  Back to top

Statement by Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews on Generic OxyContin - November 19, 2012  ... more

Ontario and OMA Reach Agreement - November 13, 2012 -  .. more

6. Information and News  Back to top

College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) New Quality Assurance Learning Plan for 2013. The College is revising the Learning Plan to make it more supportive of your reflective practice and continued competence.. ...  read more

7. Study just released by Public Health Ontario and Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences! Free Online Life Expectancy Calculator developed for use!  Back to top

The report is the result of investigation of health risk behaviours that can be changed. Not surprising the behaviours are smoking, unhealthy alcohol consumption, poor diet, physical inactivity and high stress. The results show how risky behaviours impact life expectancy and health-adjusted life expectancy in Ontario.  ..  read more