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Health and Community Services - 2005
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January

January 7
Board representation named for new regional integrated health authorities

January 21
CEO named to lead Labrador-Grenfell Health Authority
CEO named to lead Eastern Health Authority

January 17
Government launches smoking ban consultation

January 25
Province to proceed with gambling prevalence study
CEO named to lead western health authority

February

February 1
CEO named to lead Central Health Authority

February 7
NOTE TO EDITORS:  News conference, February 8.  Subject:  New immunizations for children

February 8
Three new vaccines to boost childrenís health in Newfoundland and Labrador

February 10
NOTE TO EDITORS - Minister to attend meeting on early learning and child care in Canada

February 14
Ministers build consensus on early learning and child care

February 17
Premier officially opens MRI suite

February 24
Government releases best practices reviews of Western and Grenfell
NOTE TO EDITORS: Western RIHA responds to Hay Best Practices Review
NOTE TO EDITORS: Labrador-Grenfell RIHA responds to Hay Best Practices Review
NOTE TO EDITORS: News conference, February 25. Subject: Early learning and child care

February 25
Increased support for children and families with new investment in early learning and child care

March

March 3
Installation of sprinkler systems in personal and community care homes

March 21
Government acts to reduce patient wait times; $23.2 million investment delivers 43,344 more procedures across province

Government enhances care for seniors with $14.5 million investment
Budget 2005 boosts provincial drug plan - 25 new drugs added

Government enhances support for mental health and addictions
Government makes record $6 million investment to strengthen public health
Government invests in new health technology to improve patient care
Government continues to improve patient care

Budget 2005 enhances services for children
Budget 2005 builds on infrastructure commitments

March 24
Ministerial Statement - Nutrition month celebrates wellness

March 28
NOTE TO EDITORS: Minister to officially open dialysis unit
NOTE TO EDITORS: Minister to tour the Central Newfoundland Regional Health Centre

March 29
Dialysis unit opens in Gander

NOTE TO EDITORS: First meeting of Seniors Advisory Council

March 30
Provincial Advisory Council on Aging and Seniors holds first meeting

Alternate Health and Community Services Minister announced

April

April 11
Loyola Sullivan to serve as alternate Minister of Health and Community Services

April 14
Ministerial Statement - National Organ Donor and Tissue Donation Awareness Week

April 15
NOTE TO EDITORS: Health ministers to meet in Toronto

April 18
NOTE TO EDITORS: Premier and acting Health Minister to hold news conference

Government improves cancer services in central region

April 21
NOTE TO EDITORS: Minister to officially open Carbonear dialysis unit

April 22
Satellite dialysis capacity expands to Carbonear

May

May 9
Province names first chief nurse

Ministerial Statement - National Nursing Week

May 12
NOTE TO EDITORS: An Act to Revise the Law Respecting Smoking in Public Places

Government introduces new smoke-free legislation to protect public health
NOTE TO EDITORS: Premier and Acting Minister of Health to attend an early learning and child care event

May 13
Moving Forward: Governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador sign Agreement on Early Learning and Child Care

May 16
NOTE TO EDITORS: News conference, May 16. Subject: An Act Respecting the Practice of Medicine in the Province

Government tables new Medical Act to increase accountability and public protection
West Nile virus surveillance plans announced for 2005

May 17
NOTE TO EDITORS - Premier to annouce site selection for Corner Brook long-term care facility

May 18
Sites selected for Corner Brook long-term care facility

May 30
Minister returns from medical leave

June

June 1
NOTE TO EDITORS: Minister launches Seniorsí Month

June 2
Newfoundland and Labrador celebrates Seniorsí Month

June 3
Expressions of Interest called for long-term care facility in Corner Brook

June 6
NOTE TO EDITORS: Alliance for the Control of Tobacco Unveils Three-Year Tobacco Reduction Strategy

June 10
NOTE TO EDITORS: Seniorsí seminar on healthy aging set for Gander

June 15
NOTE TO EDITORS: Seniorsí Seminar on Healthy Aging set for Trepassey

June 22
NOTE TO EDITORS: Seniorsí Seminar on Healthy Aging set for Happy Valley-Goose Bay

June 23
Seniorsí seminar on Healthy Aging set for Port au Port West

June 27
Interim methadone clinic established

June 29
NOTE TO EDITORS: Seniorsí Seminar on Healthy Aging set for St. Johnís

June 30
New smoke-free legislation to take effect tonight

Lyme disease season starts again
Fox tests positive for rabies
NOTE TO EDITORS: Premier to announce health services improvements for Burin Peninsula

July

July 4
Government invests $1.05 million in medical equipment for Burin

July 15
Prime consultant selected for Corner Brook long-term care facility

July 22
Government proceeds with two healthcare initiatives in Labrador

August

August 5 
NOTE TO EDITORS: Minister to travel to the Northern Peninsula and South Coast of Labrador 

August 23
NOTE TO EDITORS: News Conference, August 24   Subject - Metro Community Chaplaincy

August 24
Turning Point for Turnings

September

September 8
NOTE TO EDITORS: P/T meeting of Health Care Ministers, September 9, Toronto, ON

September 9
NOTE TO EDITORS: Ground-breaking ceremony for long term care facility, Clarenville

September 12
Site preparation to begin for Clarenville long-term care facility

September 22
Province to host first Healthy Schools Student Summit

Progress being made in addressing health wait times

September 23
NOTE TO EDITORS: Minister to bring greetings at CHICA-NL annual education conference

September 28
NOTE TO EDITORS: Minister  to address Atlantic Planners Institute Conference

September 29
NOTE TO EDITORS: Launch of Cabot Habitat for Humanityís 2005 fundraiser

Federal minister announces $223,632 to strengthen Newfoundland and Labradorís health care workforce

September 30
NOTE TO EDITORS: Parliamentary Secretary scheduled events

Contract awarded for Corner Brook long-term care facility

October

October 3
NOTE TO EDITORS: Minster to release provincial policy framework for mental health and addictions services

October 5
New provincial policy framework for mental health and addictions services

October 6
NOTE TO EDITORS: Minister to bring greetings at Schizophrenia Society of Newfoundland and Labrador fifth annual conference

October 7
Influenza Immunization Program to commence in October

October 11
NOTE TO EDITORS: Minister to bring greetings at Seniors Resource Centre AGM

October 12
New board chair for the Centre for Health Information

October 19
NOTE TO EDITORS: Minister to bring greetings at Emmanuel House 60th anniversary ceremony

October 21
NOTE TO EDITORS: Annual conference of Federal/Provincial/Territorial Ministers of Health

October 24
Annual conference of Federal-Provincial-Territorial Ministers of Health

October 25
NOTE TO EDITORS: Premier to turn sod for Corner Brook long-term care facility

October 26
Ceremonial sod turning for Corner Brook long-term care facility

November

November 1
NOTE TO EDITORS: Ministers sign proclamation declaring November Diabetes Awareness Month

November 2
NOTE TO EDITORS: News conference to announce investment in health care services

Enhancing health care services on the Burin Peninsula

November 9
Improving access to treatment therapies for breast cancer patients

Cancer clinic at Grand Falls-Windsor moving ahead on schedule

November 16
NOTE TO EDITORS: Minister to attend Community Mental Health Initiative AGM

November 18
NOTE TO EDITORS: Minister to address delegates at cancer control strategy forum

November 21
Ministerial Statement - National Child Day

Get up on it during Addictions Awareness Week, November 20-26

November 24
NOTE TO EDITORS: Minister to release findings of provincial gambling prevalence study

November 25
Provincial Gambling Prevalence Study released Ė  findings consistent with other provinces

December

December 1
Ministerial Statement - World AIDS Day

December 20
NOTE TO EDITORS - Minister to outline provinceís current health wait times

December 21
NL on track to meet national wait time benchmarks


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