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GNWT launches new mental wellness magazine  

YELLOWKNIFE (May 6, 2014) – Minister of Health and Social Services Glen Abernethy today launched Mind & Spirit, a wellness magazine to raise awareness of mental health.  The magazine will help inspire people to talk about mental health as it shares success stories of individuals dealing with and overcoming mental health and addiction issues.  It also provides information on the services that are available to residents seeking help.

NWT Disability Council Agrees to Run the Dene Ko Kay Day Shelter Until May 31

YELLOWKNIFE (March 18, 2014)The NWT Disabilities Council will operate the Dene Ko Day Shelter in Yellowknife throughout April and May 2014.

“This gives us time to work with community partners to develop a plan for daytime services by September,” said Glen Abernethy, Minister of Health and Social Services.

The program will continue to provide drop-in daytime shelter services in the same building until May 31.

Health and Social Services launches First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Community-based Cancer Projects

YELLOWKNIFE (March 17, 2014) – Northwest Territories residents can expect to see significant improvements to territorial cancer care services in the next three years. The Department of Health and Social Services has signed funding agreements with the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer to implement two projects focused on improving the experiences of First Nations, Inuit and Métis cancer patients in the NWT.

Glen Abernethy – Med-Response

Mr. Speaker, we are making the final preparations for our new Med-Response clinical support line for community health workers. This innovative project is a priority in the Department of Health and Social Services strategic plan and advances the 17th Legislative Assembly’s goal of ensuring a fair and sustainable health care system. It uses technology to connect people with services and it will be an important part of our effective, efficient health system. The new Med-Response service will provide community health care workers throughout all Northwest Territories regions with a single phone number to call for emergency clinical support. We have not had a system-wide approach to dealing with em

Glen Abernethy – Cancer Initiatives

Mr. Speaker, cancer rates have increased slightly over the last few years.  Even one case affects dozens of people.  Cancer Sharing Circles have been held in Fort Good Hope, Fort Resolution and Fort Liard to share information, facilitate dialogue and inform the development of local action plans to address this important issue.  The Cancer Sharing Circles showed us that we need to do more work on the services available for cancer patients and their families. Our smoking and drinking rates remain too high, and further improvements are needed with regard to healthy eating.

We have a number of initiatives that prevent cancer, including nutrition programs and anti-tobacco campaigns targeting schools across the NWT.  We have made a lot of progress in our fight against cancer.  We are able to better treat it and through early screening and detection, more and more people are surviving this disease. 

Glen Abernethy – Report of the Auditor General on Child and Family Services

Mr. Speaker, yesterday the Auditor General of Canada’s report on Child and Family Services was tabled in this House.  The Auditor General’s findings indicate that the health and social services system is not adequately meeting its key responsibilities for the protection and well-being of children, youth and families.  This is a serious concern for all of us.

Minister of Health and Social Services accepts Auditor General recommendations

YELLOWKNIFE (March 4 2014) –Minister of Health and Social Services Glen Abernethy has accepted all recommendations from the Office of the Auditor General of Canada (OAG) Report on Child and Family Services.  “The wellbeing of children and families is a priority for the Government of the Northwest Territories,” said Minister Abernethy. 

New NWT birth certificates enhance security, durability

YELLOWKNIFE (March 4, 2014) – The Government of the Northwest Territories will introduce new, more secure birth certificates on April 1, 2014.

“The new birth certificate will be highly secure and durable, similar to those issued in most provinces,” said Minister of Health and Social Services Glen Abernethy. “Creating a more secure document is an important way for the Government of the Northwest Territories to help Northwest Territories residents protect their identity.”

Glen Abernethy – Electronic Medical Records

Mr. Speaker, we are transforming the way we use technology to deliver health care to our residents. People all over the world use secure, accessible technology for banking or to connect with their friends and family. Now we can use it to improve access to health services and provide better care to our residents. We are moving from paper records to digital charts to create electronic medical records, often referred to as an EMR. This is an electronic version of a paper chart that contains a patient’s medical history and primary care information. It will be implemented over the next several years and will be used Territory-wide.

Glen Abernethy – Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Pan-Territorial Symposium March 4-5, 2014

Mr. Speaker, investing in prevention, education and awareness, and early childhood development are priorities of the 17th Legislative Assembly. On March 4th and 5th, the Department of Health and Social Services will host the Canada Northwest Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Partnership Symposium. The theme is Sharing Voices, Inspiring Hope: FASD in Northern Communities – Finding Solutions that Work. Professionals and com