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Over the course of the last 2 years, Spinal Cord Injury Ontario and its partners - Center for Family Medicine, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, and the Rick Hansen Institute - set course on the development of a Physicians Engagement Network.  This network was designed to inspire family physicians to work closer with the SCI Community to provide much needed supports closer to home.  In line with the Patients First Act, stakeholders have been engaging doctors from various parts of the province, providing relevant information, supports, and advocacy to motivate a more organized and accessible health care for people with SCI in the community in order to avoid unnecessary hospital visits.  For month to month updates on our progress, join our Accessible Health Care For All blog  

In our efforts to provide regular knowledge exchange and outreach to family physicians, this past March we hosted a certified webcast on Improving Primary Care for People with Spinal Cord Injury and Other Physical Disabilities in Ontario in partnership with the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN)  Professional Learning Series. Our panelists shared critical information about supporting people with SCI’s medical needs in the community, important advocacy to improve accessibility in doctors examining rooms, and our direction to develop stronger services for people with SCI across Ontario.  To view our webcast, click here 

On April 132018, Spinal Cord Injury Ontario hosted the Ontario SCI Alliance Retreat, co-led with the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation.  In partnership with the Rick Hansen Institute, 74 stakeholders from across Ontario came together to launch a 3-year plan to support Ontarians with SCI. This plan aims to improve supports and services for people with SCI and reduce secondary complications such as, pain management, bladder management and pressure injuries.  To view our presentation slides from the retreat please click here.

As a next step, Ontario SCI Alliance will be releasing a follow up report for our members and SCI community. This report will inform the Alliance’s Strategic Plan on SCI community engagement and mobilization.

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Our current advocacy campaign focuses on the provincial election of June 7 - get involved in Your Move, Ontario.