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POSTPONED: Lung Cancer Screening and Smoking Reduction and Cessation in the Champlain Region

Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances, the Lung Cancer Screening and Smoking Reduction and Cessation conference planned at the Renfrew Groves Park Lodge GEM Hall on Thursday, February 22, 2018 is being postponed. Please stay tuned for a new date and time to be announced.


Champlain Regional Cancer Program Presents:  Lung Cancer Screening – An Interactive Learning Event

POSTPONED: Thursday, February 22, 2018 6:00 pm—8:00 pm

(Buffet Diner and Registration will start at 5:30 pm)

Groves Park Lodge GEM Hall 470 Raglan Street North Renfrew, On. K7V 1P5

Cost: $25.00

Register online Now!

For more information contact:

or  dial: 613-798-5555 x 15811

This program has been accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Ontario Chapter for Mainpro+ credits.

Please share poster: Lung CME Poster2

Don’t have to see it to believe it – The Effect of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Scans on Knee Arthroscopy

Don’t have to see it to believe it:

The Effect of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Scans on Knee Arthroscopy: Randomized Controlled Trial Arthroscopy. 2007 Nov;23(11):1167-1173.e1

Multiple pathologies of the knee cannot be picked up on x-ray and ultrasound. Increasing prevalence of MRI has led to increased use. We as physicians may not see the bill for these investigations but they are still a considerable expense for our system. Due to long wait times, the National Health Service (UK) has started to perform MRIs to try and reduce the number of patients that will actually require surgery while in the US, they are questioning whether MRI will actually add value.

A randomized control trial was performed using 252 patients on a waiting list for knee arthroscopy. All patients had an MRI of their knee performed. They were then randomized into two groups; one had their MRIs read by their surgeons prior to surgery and the other did not. Even though the group whose MRIs were read had a diagnosis change in 47% of cases, compared to 1% in the control group, ultimately, the rate of surgery was the same.

Important to highlight that this is American data and they may be more likely to proceed with arthroscopy than their Canadian colleagues. Important to note that a diagnosis change occurred in 47% meaning information from MRI was still of value.

Take away message to consider: Don’t wait for an MRI report to refer to orthopaedics because it is unlikely to change the management plan in patients you suspect will require arthroscopy but still order the MRI as it can provide valuable information for operative planning.


Anthony Caragianis, PGY3

Advisor Dr. Taryn Taylor BKin, MSc, MD, CCFP (SEM), Dip Sport Med

Continuing Professional Development Series – Breast Imaging Update 2018

The Champlain Regional Cancer Program is pleased to share with you our evening Education Opportunity in January for Primary Care Providers. Please see poster and feel free to send to anyone in your organization.

Breast Imaging Update 2018
Featuring Dr. Jean Seely and Dr. Erin Cordeiro
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
The Ottawa Hospital – General Campus
Critical Care Wing Room 5225
Cost: $25

Register online Now!


For more information contact Champlain Primary Care at 613-798-5555 x 15811 or

Falls Prevention Planning in Champlain: Article 7

CME Certified Fall Prevention module

In a cross Canada review, there were few certified Fall Prevention programs targeted towards Primary Care physicians and their healthcare professional teams. Dr. Frank Molnar, Geriatrician, and his team have changed that! The Champlain Fall Prevention Steering Committee, Dr. Molnar and the Regional Geriatric Program of Eastern Ontario have worked together to deliver an interactive Fall Prevention module which utilizes the Champlain Fall Prevention tools. This online group learning program meets the certification criteria of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and has been certified by the University of Ottawa’s Office of Continuing Professional Development for up to 2 MainPro+ credits.

The sequential modules focus on education, client self-screening using the Staying Independent Checklist, and delivery of the appropriate and evidence-based follow up assessment and diagnosis to determine the root cause of the fall. Selecting the right intervention and referral is also covered in the module.

A complement to this CME program includes access for non-registered health care workers to an online PSW Fall Prevention module. It can be useful for volunteers, receptionists and other non-registered team members as it provides information to enable them to act as a coach and guide for their older clients and to understand the importance of self-screening and the use of the Staying Independent  Checklist as part of the Champlain Fall Prevention Algorithm.

These two modules are components of the Fall Prevention education framework to reinforce the delivery of the best practices in Fall Prevention across the continuum. Work is now being undertaken to provide other registered healthcare professionals with similar support,

All of these resources and the link to sign up for the CME module can be found through the website

Two Primary Care Education Opportunities in January 2018

The Champlain Regional Cancer Program is pleased to share with you two Education Opportunities in January for Primary Care Providers. Please see attached posters and feel free to send to anyone in your organization.

  •  Webinar Series for Primary Care featuring Cancer Screening and Mental Health
    January 10, 2018 from 12:15-12:45  Click to view PDF
  • Continuing Professional Development Series Breast Imaging Update 2018
    January 24, 2018 from 18:00-20:30 Click to view PDF

Register online Now!

For more information contact Champlain Primary Care at:
613-798-5555 x 15811 or

Falls Prevention Planning in Champlain: Article 6 – Exercise Class Navigation Flow Chart: Evaluation


As described in our last article physical activity plays a very important role in Fall Prevention but it has often been complicated in the past, for seniors to find the class with the right fit for them to enable them to continue to participate. The purpose of developing the exercise class navigation tool was to make it easier for seniors to access LHIN funded exercise classes across the region. The link  “Exercise Classes for Seniors” shows the “Which Exercise Class is Best for Me” flowchart and a list of the available classes in the senior’s locality.

The chart was launched nine months ago for Fall prevention month in November 2016 and the time has come to ask users what they think of it, and to understand whether it has achieved its purpose and what improvements can be made.

To do this a questionnaire has been developed and will be visible when seniors, family members, and caregivers as well as referrers use the Champlain Healthline at

We would like to ask you as referrers and health care providers to give us your feedback as well as encouraging your patients and clients to complete the very short survey which can also be found here.

Thank you for your time and your help in making sure that the navigation chart is relevant and useful for seniors and their care providers alike.

Champlain Regional Cancer Program – upcoming educational event

Please feel free to forward this email to others in your group.

Register online Now!

Limited Space Available!

Learn more about:

Lymphoma • Childhood and Adolescent Cancers • Health Equity and Cultural Awareness in Primary Care • Esophageal and Oral Cancers • Update on Cancer

Screening Programs • Prostate and Bladder Cancers • Ovarian Cancer and more!

For more information, contact:


Conference on Capacity Consent and Substitute Decision Making

Equality and Justice for People with Disabilities, is presenting the first of a three-part conference on Health Care and the Vulnerable Person on Thursday, November 30th. Join us in the morning to learn from two experts: Dr. Francine F-A. Sarazin, C.Psych. Practice in Neuropsychology, Capacity Assessment, and Elizabeth Lockhart  Lawyer & Mediator

Date: Thursday, November 30, 2017 at Sandy Hill Community Centre, 250 Somerset St. East (fully accessible)

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 12: 00 p.m.

This conference will be of specific interest to health care providers, law practitioners, and social service/workers providers.


View/share posterHealth Care and the Vulnerable Person part 1

Questions? Tel: 613-236-6636

“It’s Not Right” – Changing the Conversation to Stop Abuse of Older Adults

Become one of our 2017 Champions for Social Change

In collaboration with the Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat, Elder Abuse Ontario and Western University invite you to be part of a provincial initiative to engage our citizens in challenging social norms and encouraging bystander interventions in support of at-risk seniors.

What YOU can do to get involved:

Contact us to register for a one-day workshop in your region (below)

At the one-day regional workshop,

  • You will learn about It’s Not Right! Neighbours, Friends and Families for Older Adults (INR-NFF) – a proven, high performing education and engagement tool
  • You will meet other passionate advocates and professionals who have been identified as leaders and influencers
  • Together, we will set highly ‘do-able’ goals and make a coordinated regional plan to engage your community
  • You will take-away the INR-NFF tools and materials to be able to deliver presentations. Each participant will commit to delivering a minimum of 3 INR-NFF presentations by March 2018 and supporting the roll-out of their regional plan.

There is no cost for registration or for the materials.

INR regional workshop invitation – Dec 1 Eganville


See how little things YOU do can make a BIG difference to change attitudes and behaviours to stop abuse of older adults

Regional workshops are being held across the province.

A workshop will be held in your region from 10am – 3pm:

Dec. 1st        Eganville and District Seniors’ Centre (30 Bell St, Eganville, ON)

 Why you were chosen to attend: You are a professional, advocate or citizen who has been recognized by peers for your leadership and work in the area of older adults’ safety or elder abuse awareness in your community.

What the champion role requires: Participants should have experience with public speaking and making presentations. Be prepared to take action by committing to making a minimum of 3 INR-NFF presentations by March 2018 and supporting the roll out of a regional plan to engage your community in elder abuse prevention and intervention.

Register today! Spaces are limited. Registration is FREE.  Please contact Stéphanie Cadieux at

Lunch will be provided (Please inform us of any food restrictions when registering)

Travel subsidies of up to $250 are available if you are traveling over 150 km to attend.

Falls Risk Screening Research Project

Falls are a leading cause of injury among seniors. 20-30% of seniors (age 65+) experience one or more falls each year and 85% of seniors’ injury-related hospitalizations are due to falls.

The Champlain LHIN IMPACTT Centre is conducting a research project supported with Ontario Centres of Excellence funding from the MOHLTC Ontario Chief Innovation Strategist.

This project will ddetermine the value of a falls prediction model that leverages a new technology; QTUGTM and uses trained technicians (non-professionals such as personal support workers) to engage seniors that are normally not being actively screened for falls, and to identify those at higher risk of falling prior to their first fall.

If a senior has been identified with a moderate to very high falls risk, we are suggesting they take the handout materials and speak with their physician or other healthcare professionals to better understand what may be contributing to their risk of falls and what they can do to help prevent falls.

 What is QTUGTM?

The “Timed Up and Go” or TUG test is one tool that health professionals use during a falls assessment.  It consists of the person getting up from a chair walking 3 meters, turning around, walking back the 3 meters and sitting down while the professional monitors the time it takes, the gait, steadiness, etc.

The QTUGTM uses sensors worn on the shins (over clothing) and a hand-held tablet to track the person during the TUG test.  With proven qualitative input, analytical data and algorithms it produces a Falls Risk Score.

First, the person is asked a few questions about age, weight, height, recent falls, any problems with mobility, medications, blood pressure, dizziness and/or vision. The sensors and tablet then measure the time taken to stand, average stride time, average stride velocity, step time variability, time taken to turn, number of steps in turn and time to complete the test. The sensor information combined with the short falls questionnaire determines your risk of falling.

For more information contact the IMPACTT Centre.

Email: Judy Marshall-Brunke 

Tel: 613-745-8124, ext. 5879 | Toll Free: 1.800-538-0520