Category: Webinar

Falls prevention through integrated healthcare

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For our last webinar of 2014 we were joined by Ms. Isobel McDonald from the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) for an excellent presentation on community-based falls prevention programming in First Nations communities. With many initiatives underway at the year-old FNHA, Ms. McDonald highlighted their partnership with the Strategies and Actions for Independent Living (SAIL) and the Elder Safety Program (ESP) developed by Dr. Vicky Scott at BCIRPU, a newly…

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Engaging youth on alcohol consumption

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During our last webinar we had a very informative presentation on the topic of “Youth and Alcohol” with presenters Morris Green from the Nova Scotia Department of Health, and Jennifer Heatley, Executive Director of the Atlantic Collaborative on Injury Prevention (ACIP). We know that higher consumption of alcohol correlates to a higher level of youth injury, violence and suicides. In Nova Scotia, the average age for a first drink is…

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Preventing drowning deaths with swimming life skills

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We teach our children how to ride bikes or cross the road safely, but swimming competence as a basic life skill is often overlooked by parents even though many of us live near open water. As a result, approximately 10 drowning deaths occur in the US every day and drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury deaths among children aged 1-4 years old in Canada . However, as May’s…

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ProFouND effect on fall prevention

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In Europe, a widespread approach to disseminating information about fall prevention has taken hold in the form of ProFouND, the Prevention of Falls Network for Dissemination. As Dr. Chris Todd, the lead for ProFouND and Professor at the University of Manchester, explained in the BCIRPU’s March 20 webinar presentation, the goal is to broadly disseminate evidence-based, best-practice information about fall prevention. The newest approach is an app for health care…

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Are thrills and spills okay?

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For BCIRPU’s first webinar of 2014 Dr. Mariana Brussoni took participants back to their childhood to remember what it was like to play outside in a natural and less-controlled setting. She explained the benefits of free and creative play as outlined in the research. Dangerous elements and risk can help children learn and develop spatial orientation skills, physical and motor skills, environmental competency and self worth. Dr. Brussoni’s team is…

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