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Welcome to the first edition of the PAC eNews
August 15, 2013
We are excited about the prospects of delivering news about paramedic practice, the profession and related fields from Canada and around the globe. We hope you find this forum useful in keeping up to date about what the Association is up to, as we share the latest news related to PAC as well.

Over the course of the weeks to come you will hear from members of the executive of the Association about past, current, and future projects that the Association is involved in as we continue evolve and grow as a profession.

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Thanks for reading.

Chris Hood
President
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Paramedic Association of Canada Annual General Meeting
PAC
The 2013 Paramedic Association of Canada Annual General Meeting will be held in Vancouver, B.C. at the Fairmont Hotel, on Nov. 24 at 9:00 am.

We invite everyone to attend to hear how your National Association is advancing Paramedicine and to assist with establishing our future direction.

This years AGM is being held in conjunction with the Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (CITIG) Workshop Nov. 24-27.

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The Canadian Paramedic Memorial Ride
PAC
The Canadian Paramedic Memorial Foundation is raising funds in support of the Canadian Paramedic Benevolent Society's goal for a National Canadian Paramedic Memorial Monument.

The Canadian Paramedic Benevolent Society honours the memory of Canada's military and civilian paramedics. They provide financial assistance to the families of Canadian medics killed or grievously injured in the line of duty. Our foundation is made up of volunteer Paramedics and cyclists, and together we are developing an annual cycling event raising funds and awareness for the Canadian Paramedic memorial monument, and to promote the new annual event "Canadian Paramedic Memorial Ride."

As we prepare for this ride, we are reminded of the risks our Paramedics take every day. This inaugural event has been dedicated to the crew of the ORNGE helicopter crash of May 31st, 2013.

We hope you join us on the Canadian Paramedic Memorial Ride Sept. 20-23 in Toronto and experience this remarkable journey, and help raise money for such an important monument!

Our fallen colleagues: http://paramedicmemorial.ca/index.php/our-fallen-colleagues/

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Fresh look at the National Occupational Competency Profile for Paramedics
Pierre Poirier, Executive Director
The Paramedic Association of Canada (PAC), and the Alberta College of Paramedics (College), convened a meeting on July 19 and 20, 2013, to look at the renewal of the National Occupational Competency Profile (NOCP) for Paramedics. There was broad stakeholder representation from educators, paramedics, regulators, operational managers and clinical practice leaders. There were 18 representatives from the Maritimes, Québec, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and British Columbia.
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PAC & College take steps toward new NOCP
Alberta College of Paramedics
In their first meeting since agreeing to collaborate on a revitalized National Occupational Competency Profile (NOCP) for paramedics, the Paramedic Association of Canada (PAC) and the Alberta College of Paramedics took initial steps toward the document's complete redesign. The major initiative is expected to take multiple years to complete. It will continue to involve stakeholders from across the country to ensure that the new NOCP accounts for the significant differences that exist in provincial and regional regulatory settings.
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Paramedic training gets funding boost in Prince George
Prince George Citizen
Aspiring paramedics will be able to receive training in Prince George, B.C. in 2014 after the provincial government announced funding recently for education in rural communities. Prince George and Cranbrook were selected to host courses provided by the Justice Institute of British Columbia beginning in February 2014. In each community, a cohort of 15 students will be selected to take the primary paramedic training program.
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Toronto EMS to change name
Toronto Sun
Toronto EMS will likely have a different name by the end of the year. Officials are still tinkering with a new moniker, but Toronto Paramedic Service is the leading contender. "It's not a secret; we have been talking about it internally," said EMS spokesman Kim McKinnon. "We are definitely moving forward to that name change."
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Paramedics looking for memorial of their own
Kingston Whig-Standard
Paramedics who died in the line of duty could soon have a national memorial to their sacrifice. In its early stages, a fundraising campaign has been mounted to raise money to build a memorial in Ottawa. A paramedic memorial would provide a way to educate the public about the role paramedics play in the medical system, said retired Kingston paramedic Bill Lewis, treasurer for the Canadian Paramedic Benevolent Society, the group organizing the memorial fundraising effort.
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P.E.I. ambulance transfer fees confusing to all
Charlottetown Guardian
Health P.E.I. is reviewing its ambulance fees policy to look at possible changes to the way Islanders are billed for the service. The province wants to transfer patients from acute care beds in Charlottetown and Summerside to recover in smaller, rural hospitals, thus freeing up those beds for emergency care. Now Health P.E.I. apparently is billing some patients for the transfer. That seems preposterous.
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New Zealand's most trusted professions 2013
Reader's Digest New Zealand
Once again, the professions that have earned our trust are regarded as dependable, honest and reliable. This year, the top place is shared between paramedics and firefighters. In third place are their close associates, rescue volunteers. These three professions earn our trust by being there to help, when we need it most.
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Public health making inroads into Amish communities
Owen Sound Sun Times
It's taken years for public health to make inroads into the reclusive local Amish and Mennonite communities, but progress has been made in the last year and a half, according to health officials. "It just takes time for a community to become trusting and to really take stock of the information we're trying to share with them," said Grey Bruce Health Unit program manager Susan Shular.
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Educate your patients: 5 tips for teaching about insurance
By Jessica Taylor
Health insurance is every practice's nightmare. I'm sure you have millions of questions that arise when you're pulling and filing claims. Don't fret, though, you're not the only one who's confused. Most of your patients do not know about their insurance either, and it's up to you to educate them. USA Today recently reported that about 7 million Americans are estimated to start buying health insurance as part of the new law, but a new survey showed they don't understand the basics of how insurance works or is provided.

Survey: http://multibriefs.com/surveys/survey.php?SurveyID=1223

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