Partnering with your healthcare team

Employment and Arthritis: Making it Work

Making it Work LogoArthritis Research Canada would like to evaluate the effectiveness of Employment and Arthritis: Making it Work – an online eLearning program designed to help people with inflammatory arthritis stay employed. To do so, they are looking for participants to join a randomized controlled trial to evaluate the aforementioned program.

You are eligible if you meet the following requirements: Continue reading

Digital Health Technologies: Improving outcomes in paediatric chronic pain

Child and adult Hand HoldingThe Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability (CIRPD) regularly hosts free webinars. The next one, conducted in partnership with Pain BC and the Canadian Pain Coalition, will be on Wednesday, December 9 at 9:30 am PST (12:30 pm EST). The Digital Health Technologies: Improving Outcomes in Paediatric Chronic Pain webinar will look at how the use of digital health technologies has facilitated access to appropriate and timely care.  Continue reading

Pan Am a day, ABN Photo a Day – Hiking

“Canada is a vast, scenic country that offers some of the best hiking in the world. From the ancient rainforests of British Columbia…the foothills and mountains of Alberta…the Niagara Escarpment Biosphere and the Northern Ontario wilderness…the Appalachian Trail in Gaspe…to the coastal beauty of the Eastern provinces…there are hiking trails for every skill and fitness level.” – Discover Canadian Outdoors

HikingAs a British Columbian, I am, of course sharing a picture of a hike I did with my friends at Garibaldi Lake hiking trail. This particular trial was 18 km long and took 6 hours to complete (roundtrip) – taking into consideration we took a nice dip and swim in the glacier water of Garibaldi Lake. This was a more strenuous hike but there are many other trails to discover on Parks Canada’s website.

Hiking and Arthritis

When we asked Dr. Julia Alleyne, the Chief Medical Officer for Team Canada during the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games in Toronto, what sports she would recommend for people living with arthritis, she replied, “Any sports that involve both upper and lower extremities are good for people with arthritis. Sports with low impact on the joints such as water aerobics, aqua fitness, hiking, swimming, and golfing can be beneficial to someone living with arthritis.” Continue reading

JointHealth™ monthly – Dr. Cy Frank

Canada loses healthcare leader and arthritis patient champion

Dr. Cy Frank pictureApril’s JointHealth™ monthly celebrates the life of Dr. Cy Frank – orthopaedic surgeon, scientific researcher, teacher, mentor, entrepreneur, health-system administrator, policy maker, patient champion, and friend of many in the arthritis community.

In this JointHealth™ monthly, you will also find:

  • A chronology of Dr. Frank’s career achievements
  • Dr. Frank: Researcher and Innovator
  • A leader’s commitment to healthcare system reform and meaningful patient involvement

CRA Interview Series 2015 – Dr. Michel Zummer on Spondyloarthritis

Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA) and Allied Health Professions Association (AHPA) Interview Series 2015

Today’s feature interview – Dr. Michel Zummer on Spondyloarthritis

ABN reporters from Canada’s arthritis consumer organizations interviewed leading health professionals and researchers during last month’s CRA and AHPA annual meetings.

Beginning March 9, feature interviews will be posted on the ABN YouTube channel http://bit.ly/ABNYouTube. Please help us raise awareness about the important work going on in Canada by sharing the interviews with your organizational and social networks.

About Dr. Michel Zummer (From Arthritis Alliance of Canada)

Picture of Michel Zummer

Photo from: AAC

Dr. Michel Zummer received his M.D. from Université Laval, in Ste-Foy, Quebec, and internal medicine and rheumatology training at the Université de Montréal and McGill University. Continue reading

CRA Interview Series 2015 – Dr. Michael Vallis on Motivational Interviewing

Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA) and Allied Health Professions Association (AHPA) Interview Series 2015

Today’s feature interview – Dr. Michael Vallis on Motivational Interviewing

ABN reporters from Canada’s arthritis consumer organizations interviewed leading health professionals and researchers during last month’s CRA and AHPA annual meetings.

Beginning March 9, feature interviews will be posted on the ABN YouTube channel http://bit.ly/ABNYouTube. Please help us raise awareness about the important work going on in Canada by sharing the interviews with your organizational and social networks.

About Dr. Michael Vallis

Photo from: Behaviour Change InstituteDr. Vallis is a registered Psychologist at Capital Health and Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. He is an Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Adjunct Professor in Psychology. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario, London and his main focus is in adult healthy psychology, with a clinical emphasis on diabetes, gastroenterology, cardiovascular risk and obesity. He developed the CDHA Behaviour Change Institute. The institute offers health care providers training and support in working with patients and clients who could benefit from assistance in changing unhealthy behaviour patterns. They have a training program for lifestyle counseling skills for physicians, nurses, dieticians and other healthcare providers.  Continue reading