From the Burgundy Chairs is a podcast for health system leaders created by Santis Health. Bringing you insight, understanding, and thoughtful discussion on issues affecting Canada’s health system, From the Burgundy Chairs will take you beyond the immediacy of the daily news cycle to untangle some of the health sector’s most intractable problems.
Episode 13: The Agility of Canada’s Health Charities
The past 12 months have been a historic period of challenge and change for Canadian health care charities. The pandemic has impacted how they fundraise, conduct research programs, engage donors and volunteers, and ultimately deliver support to Canadians living with disease. Despite this, health charities have adapted and found new ways to operate virtually, help to slow the spread of COVID-19 and support Canadians in need.
In this episode, the Health Charities Coalition of Canada, ALS Canada and Diabetes Canada discuss the agility and adaptability of Canadian health charities.
Elisabeth Baugh is the CEO of Ovarian Cancer Canada and the Chair of the Health Charities Coalition of Canada.
Tammy Moore is the CEO of ALS Canada and has been involved in the ALS community for over a decade.
And Dr. Seema Nagpal is the Vice President, Science and Policy at Diabetes Canada where she guides the research funding program.
Episode 12: Doug Clark on PMPRB’s Path Forward
Last October, the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board (PMPRB) published new guidelines aimed at modernizing Canada’s pricing framework for patented medicines. The guidelines and regulations are the culmination of a five-year process that began in 2016 and the regulations are currently scheduled to be implemented on July 1, 2021.
What changes in the Canadian pharmaceutical market drove these reforms? What goals is the Board looking to achieve through these forthcoming changes? What does “success” look like over the coming years? And what key learnings is it taking away from a stakeholder engagement process that was both long and contentious?
In this episode, Peter Cleary and Ross Wallace are joined by PMPRB Executive Director Doug Clark, to discuss the PMPRB’s recent reform push, what happens next, and how the Board hopes to constructively engage the public, patients and other stakeholders over the coming months.
A career public servant, Doug Clark has a background in international trade law, intellectual property policy, pharmaceutical industry issues and competition law enforcement. In 2006, Doug became the Director of the Patent and Trademark Policy Directorate at Industry Canada, where he led a number of legislative and regulatory initiatives under the Patent Act and Trademarks Act, including the development of Canada’s Access to Medicines Regime (CAMR) and pharmaceutical patent litigation reform. In 2009, Doug joined the Competition Bureau as Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Civil Matters Branch, and most recently became Executive Director of the PMPRB in 2013.
Episode 11: A Breakthrough Year for Physician Assistants
2020 will undoubtedly be remembered as a challenging year for Canada’s health care system. From hospital capacity challenges to the realities of staff burnout, all facets of the health sector have been impacted by COVID-19 in some shape or form. Despite a turbulent year, there are positive examples across the country of initiatives, successes and wins within our health care system.
Physician Assistants, who play an integral role in a strong and sustainable Canadian health care system, are one such example.
For years, Physician Assistants (PAs) have advocated to establish the profession within the national health care framework, and in October of this year, both Ontario and Alberta announced PAs will soon be regulated. Both regulation announcements are milestones for the profession itself and for PAs who are on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In this episode, Patrick Nelson is joined by Sahand Ensafi and Kirsten Luomala to discuss PAs' role in Canada’s health care system pre- and post-regulation.
Kirsten Luomala began her career in the Canadian Armed Forces as a medical technician and she eventually graduated from the inaugural PA degree class. In the following years, Kirsten taught in the Forces’ PA program and she completed her Master of PA studies in Education and ER medicine. Now, Kirsten works at Alberta’s Demonstration Project in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Alberta, and she is the Alberta Board Director for the Canadian Association of Physician Assistants.
Sahand Ensafi is a Certified Physician Assistant working in Emergency Medicine at the University Health Network in Toronto. As the inaugural PA at UHN, Sahand is a passionate advocate for the profession. He is a McMaster PA Graduate, a clinical instructor and Assistant Professor at McMaster, and is the Ontario Board Director for the Canadian Association of Physician Assistants.
Episode 10: Health Profession Regulation - Is Ontario's Current Model Working?
Like many jurisdictions in Canada, Ontario is struggling to regulate health professionals in a way that both protects patients and the public, but also provides flexible oversight to ensure health professionals are able to exercise their full scope of practice including their depth of knowledge, specific skill set and professional judgement.
In this episode, Harry Cayton, former Chief Executive of the U.K.'s Professional Standards Authority joins Ian Chesney to discuss regulated health professions in Ontario, lessons learned from across Canada and what challenges and opportunities Ontario’s regulatory model presents to policy makers.
Harry Cayton brings a wealth of knowledge to the field of professional regulation. He is the former Chief Executive for the Professional Standards Authority in the U.K. and has assisted many governments in Canada and around the world in enhancing and reforming their health care regulatory oversight mechanisms and processes.
Mr. Cayton received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Royal College of Psychiatrists and was awarded a Fellowship through Distinction from the Faculty of Public Health. He has also been awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire, which recognizes his service to the health care system through regulatory reform.
Most recently, Harry led the public inquiry into the operations of the B.C. College of Dental Surgeons, which led to significant recommendations for regulatory reform of the profession.
Episode 9: Jodi Hall on the Federal Government's Role in Long-Term Care
It’s been one week since Governor General Julie Payette delivered the Speech from the Throne, opening Parliament with a significant commitment to long-term care. But what now? What will the national standards for long-term care mean for operators and, most importantly, residents and staff?
In this episode, Jodi Hall, Chair of the Canadian Association for Long Term Care (CALTC), joins Patrick Nelson to discuss what role the federal government can play in supporting Canada's seniors and how the current Liberal Government measures up. Jodi Hall is a longtime advocate for seniors, the Chair of CALTC and the Executive Director of the New Brunswick Association of Nursing Homes (NBANH). Jodi started her career in long-term care as a nurse working with directly with residents before serving as the Director of Education and Practice with the New Brunswick Licensed Practical Nurse Association and Administrator of Orchard View Long Term Care. In addition to her role as Chair of CALTC and Executive Director of NBANH, Jodi is also the President of the New Brunswick Continuing Care Safety Association and Co-Chair of the Collaborative for Healthy Aging Care in New Brunswick.
Episode 8: Donna Duncan on Long-Term Care Before, During and Post COVID-1
The Ontario Long Term Care Association’s Wave 2 Action Plan for long-term care consists of 11 elements that aim to ensure long-term care homes have what they need moving forward to prevent and contain COVID-19. In this episode, Donna Duncan, Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Long Term Care Association (OLTCA), joins Patrick Nelson to look back at lessons learned from the first wave of the pandemic and look forward to the measures needed to protect Ontario’s seniors and those who care for them.
Donna Duncan is the CEO of the Ontario Long Term Care Association (OLTCA); the largest association representing long-term care providers in Canada. OLTCA represents almost 70% of Ontario's 637 long-term care homes, located in communities across the province. These homes provide care and accommodation to more than 70,000 residents annually. Donna is a passionate and experienced broader public sector executive and board director, with deep expertise in defining and leading successful transformational organization and system change initiatives in health care and post-secondary education. Donna has served as the interim CEO of The Ontario Caregiver Organization and, from 2010-2017, served as the President and CEO of the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre, a large children’s mental health treatment, research and teaching centre.