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Delivered twice monthly, the SPARK: News e-bulletin provides members and other subscribers with valuable information through the following sections:

Keeping Children’s Health on the Radar
This month, Children’s Healthcare Canada worked closely with the federal Ministry of Health to bring together child health leaders from across Canada for a roundtable discussion on emerging priorities for children’s healthcare.  The Ministerial Roundtable on Children’s Health addressed a range of healthcare challenges including human resource shortages, pediatric hospital capacity, community and mental health, rural, remote and Indigenous access to specialized services, regulatory reform for medications and devices and the need for a national child health strategy.
Children’s Healthcare Canada and our members will continue engaging the Ministry of Health, and other officials to build momentum around strengthening healthcare for children in Canada. 
Children’s Healthcare Canada is thrilled to be hosting our annual conference from December 3-5, 2023, at the beautiful Hyatt Regency in downtown Vancouver! For those unable to meet in Vancouver, a real time virtual option will also be available. Be sure to save the date in your calendars!

Returning this year will be the Poster Fair, Concurrent Sessions and the always popular, What Changed My Practice session. Our Call for Abstracts will be launching in March 2023. 

Visit our website to learn more. 
March SPARK Theme: Child Health in the Media

Podcast with
Carly Weeks from
the Globe and Mail

Launching March 27

Child Health in the Media: A Snapshot of the Media Representation of Child Health

Learn more

Webinar with
Megan Ogilvie
& Anick Losier

March 29 at 11am ET

Media and Child Health:
Bridging the Gap in the Delivery
of Child Health Information

Register today

#DYK that we have 3 seasons of podcasts available? 

Podcasts and interviews with leaders in child and youth health on issues that matter. Download them now. Listen later!

Learn more
National Newcomer Navigation Network Toolkits and Webinars

N4 has published a report and accompanying toolkit with resources, promising practices, strategies, and tools to support the recruitment and retention of internationally educated health professionals (IEHPs) into Canadian health care organizations. IEHPs improve Canadians’ access to care and enhance the diversity of our health care workforce through their valued international education and experience – a key asset to health care employers across sectors and provinces. In order to be successful, IEHPs require additional supports towards integration in their workplace and their communities. 

Part of the Solution, Not the Problem: Recommendations for Welcoming Internationally Trained Physicians into Canada’s Health Care Sector| April 19th @ 1 pm ET: Join us for a webinar where we will share for the first-time recommendations to improve the pathways to optimal employment for Internationally Trained Physicians. Register here.

Welcoming Internationally Educated Nurses into the Canadian Health Care Sector: Recommendations for Change | April 26th @ 1 pm ET: Join us for a webinar launch event where we will share for the first-time recommendations to improve the pathways to optimal employment for Internationally Educated Nurses. Register here.

Canada Dental Benefit

In Canada, a third of people do not have dental insurance and, as a result, many go without necessary dental care because it costs too much. The Government of Canada's new interim Canada Dental Benefit is available for eligible families who:

  • have children under 12
  • have an adjusted net income of less than $90,000
  • do not have access to private dental insurance
  • have, or will have, out of pocket dental care expenses.

The benefit allows families to receive up-front, direct payments up to $650 per year, per child, for two years (totalling up to $1300) for dental care services. The Canada Revenue Agency will be processing the applications and payments for the benefit, and applications will be accepted as of December 1, 2022. Visit our website for more information.

New ENFit education videos from AboutKidsHealth

Feeding tube supplies and accessories are being upgraded to a new global standard called ENFit. Health-care teams may recommend children using a non-ENFit feeding tube switch to the ENFit type or that they keep their current feeding tube, but future tube changes may involve switching to the ENFit type. This change will affect feeding tubes such as NG, NJ, G, J, GJ, and Combination G/GJ tubes, feeding accessories and syringes. AboutKidsHealth has four new videos about how to give medication and feeds with an ENFit feeding tube and how to clean the tube. Each video covers the supplies needed, the steps of the procedure and where to go for more information about ENFit and feeding tubes. To view all four videos, visit AboutKidsHealth’s Preparing, using and cleaning ENFit tubes and syringes playlist on YouTube.

AboutKidsHealth is SickKids’ health-education website and features more than 3,500 articles on a range of health topics.

For more videos on
ENFit and other health topics, visit our YouTube Channel

1 – 4 October 2023
Halifax, Canada 
ISPP 2023 is the premier interdisciplinary conference on pain in infants, children, and adolescents. Attendees will build capacity in the pediatric pain community by fostering partnerships and innovation through joint learning of the best international research featuring rigorous science, real-life stories, and knowledge sharing.  

Submit a Poster Abstract  (Deadline April 15, 2023)
Present your research to pediatric pain professionals and connect with key stakeholders in the field at ISPP 2023. Authors may also ask for their submission be considered for a rapid communication paper. Student poster submissions that are original and/or significant will be judged by the Scientific Program Committee for an award.

Learn more
Looking for a career in the healthcare community?

Do you know someone who may be a great fit for one of these roles? Please forward along the newsletter and help our members and external partners fill these roles.

Registered Nurse, Pediatrics – Fraser Health

Chief, Division of Neonatology | CHEO and The Ottawa Hospital

Consultation Liaison Nurse (CLN), Mental Health Programs | BC Children's Hospital

Social Worker I, MSW Standard (Child & Youth Mental Health) | BC Children's Hospital

Occupational Therapist II | BC Children's Hospital

Chief/Chair, Department of Pediatrics | CHEO

Vice President, Acute Care | Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)

Registered Nurse, Pediatric Intensive Care | BC Children's Hospital

Specialty Training/New Graduate Registered Nurse, Labour & Delivery (Birthing) Unit | BC Children's Hospital

Check out the External Job Postings page on our Children's Healthcare Canada website.

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