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The CCSA wants to ensure its members are always up-to-date on what is happening in the continuing care and senior supportive living industries.

Nova Scotia improving access to PTSD benefits

October 17, 2017
Canadian Occupational Safety

The government of Nova Scotia is making it easier for front-line and emergency response workers diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to access benefits.

Amendments to the Workers’ Compensation Act introduced on Sept. 25 will ensure covered workers no longer have to prove their PTSD diagnosis was caused by a workplace incident. 

“Our front-line and emergency response workers have often witnessed great tragedy, sadness, and loss when helping those in need,” said Minister of Labour and Advanced Education Labi Kousoulis. “We want to make it easier for those who suffer from PTSD to access benefits and treatment. These changes are a step in the right direction.” 

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Support workers in long-term care homes need more training, says expert

October 2, 2017
CBC News

An aging expert says personal support workers in long-term care homes need better training on how to deal with stress on the job after multiple incidents of abuse surfaced in Ottawa's seniors homes. 

Adele Furrie, a board member of the Council on Aging of Ottawa, said the issue of mistreatment in long-term care facilities is a systemic problem that won't go away unless it's properly addressed.

"Their job is a very difficult one," she said. "I'm not convinced that they have the appropriate training to handle the stress."

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Is workplace bullying compensable?

Septemer 12, 2017
Canadian Occupational Safety - Norm Keith

Ontario expanding workers’ compensation law to include emotional stress

The law regarding harassment, bullying and discrimination is generally understood to be the purview of human rights legislation in Canada. Bullying may also be an occupational health and safety issue and the subject of grievances and wrongful dismissal claims in the courts. However, there appears to be a growing move on the part of employees, unions and workers’ compensation boards to engage the issue of bullying in the context of workers’ compensation legislation. This raises the issue of whether the adverse health effects of workplace bullying is compensable under workers’ compensation legislation and systems across Canada.

Read more: http://www.cos-mag.com/psychological-health-safety/columns/is-workplace-bullying-compensable/

National strategy needed to improve healthcare safety

September 12, 2017 (first published April 15 2017)
Regina Leader Post - Sandra Cripps

The National Alliance for Safety and Health in Healthcare welcomes the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health’s release of an operational plan on budget day that focuses in part on improving home and long-term care for seniors and enhancing safety for healthcare workers. 

Bolstered by the federal government’s investment of $190.3 million for home care included in Saskatchewan’s 10-year health funding agreement, efforts to achieve a culture of safety, including continued focus on the implementation of the Safety Management System across all healthcare service lines, could significantly improve seniors’ care in this province. 

Read more http://leaderpost.com/opinion/columnists/national-strategy-needed-to-improve-healthcare-safety?platform=hootsuite