Supporting Caregivers Supports Patients- The Critical Role of Primary Care in Preventing Caregiver Burnout

Thu, November 24, 2022
ZOOM Webinar

HOSTED BY The ONTARIO CAREGIVER ORGANIZATION and PRIMARY CARE COLLABORATIVE

 

There are 4 million caregivers across Ontario, providing an estimated 75% of the care to family members, partners, friends, or neighbours. Caregiver well-being has an impact on patient health outcomes – well-supported caregivers are more likely to provide better care. Primary care providers can play a key role in preventing burnout and enhancing caregiver well-being by initiating early interventions and connecting caregivers to support.

Strengthening mental healthcare delivery in primary care

The OMA and the Primary Care Collaborative have released a joint policy paper with recommendations to strengthen mental healthcare delivery in primary care.

The rate of new mental health and addiction diagnoses is increasing, exacerbated by the ongoing impacts of the pandemic. Approximately three-quarters of Canadians rely on their primary care provider to address their mental health needs, but there are longstanding system gaps that must be addressed to enhance the ability of primary care doctors to deliver mental health care.

Wellness Check: Dealing with Transitions and Managing Stress

Thu, September 15, 2022
ZOOM Webinar

​HOSTED BY AFHTO & Canadian mental health association ontario 

Uncertainty and unpredictability have been constants throughout the duration of the pandemic as has the need to navigate transitions. In this webinar, participants will have the opportunity to gain insight into change processes and their impact on workplace mental health. Strategies for managing hybrid working models and combating stress will also be explored.  

Supporting Stress Management in the Health Care Workplace

Content below WAS developed by Nhi Luu, Canadian Mental Health Association 

Stress and stress management in the workplace have long been topics of interest for both employers and employees. We often hear that stress is unavoidable and expected when it comes to employment, but for health care professionals the degree of chronic stress endured throughout the COVID-19 pandemic is an issue that deserves concentrated attention and thoughtful response. 

Mental health and wellness during COVID-19

Originally posted on March 27, 2020. Last updated on July 20, 2022

We will be posting tools and resources to help providers and patients with mental health and wellness throughout and after this crisis. New and updated resources will be added to the top of each list as they become available.

We ask teams who develop or know of good tools to please consider sharing them for distribution. 

Health Care Navigation Service – Coming Soon

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The Ontario government is awarding a contract to create a one-stop, digitally enabled navigation tool with fully bilingual services that will increase access to care and improve equity. This new tool expected to be ready in early 2022,  where Ontarians will have a ‘Digital Front Door’ to Ontario’s health care system, offering a place where they can have easier access to health information, advice, initial triage, symptom checking, mental health and addictions supports, home and community care, caregiver supports, information on finding a local doctor or nurse practitioner, and virtual care to become connected to health information and health care services across the province and to receive guidance throughout their health care journey.


Ontario Health has been assigned contract management for the navigation tool and will work closely with the consortium, the ministry, and key stakeholders to design and implement this service. The ministry and Ontario Health will continue to work closely with health care sector partners to harness their expertise and insights on how best to support health care system navigation and address patients and providers’ needs.


Helpful Resources:
•    Health Care Navigation Service overview (attached document)
 

Breaking Free Online – Digital Support Tool for Substance Use Disorder

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Ontario Health has launched Breaking Free Online, an online therapy tool for Ontarians 16 and up to support recovery from the use of over 70 substances such as tobacco, alcohol, and drugs, including opioids, and help prevent a relapse. The solution is free for patients and providers and is available 24/7 in both English and French. Primary care providers can refer their patients to Breaking Free Online directly or choose to implement it as a tool to facilitate ongoing treatment. 

Getting Started: To implement Breaking Free Online, please email Nicholette Smith at nsmith@breakingfreegroup.com to receive your organization’s service code. You will use this service code to enrol clients, access resources in the operational toolkit, and view real-time data analytics via an online outcomes dashboard. 

Helpful Resources:
•    Breaking Free: Addressing Substance Use Disorders Through Digital Innovation (attached document)
•    Video Overview
•    Extensive Peer-Reviewed Research
•    Q&A