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OPA ANNUAL CONFERENCE POSTPONED

Dear OPA members, friends and supporters,

As the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic continues to change rapidly, the OPA Council has made the decision to postpone our Annual Conference. This decision was made with the deepest concern for our attendees and everybody else involved in planning and executing such a complex event, especially in relation to their health and safety. This decision is in line with the policies currently being implemented by hospitals and by other health care organizations and with your feedback.

We are working with the Omni King Edward Hotel on rescheduling the Annual Conference and associated centennial celebrations for a later date. At this point, it is not realistic to move the program entirely online due to logistical challenges, including additional accreditation requirements.

We will be addressing details and actions resulting from this decision, including management of registration fees, as more information becomes available. Our Annual General Meeting will likely be held by electronic means and we will advise you on the date and the format of this event. Please stay tuned to our further communications.

We appreciate your understanding and your continued support of the OPA.


IN THEIR SHOES: SHARING PSYCHOTHERAPY STORIES

To coincide with the OPA's 100-year anniversary, a new exhibit called In Their Shoes: Sharing Psychotherapy Stories will be held during our Annual Conference at the Omni King Edward Hotel in Toronto. The event will display shoes with a brief written story from the former owner about a positive long-term/intensive experience with psychotherapy. Following the event, the shoes will be donated to a charitable organization. We are currently seeking submissions from those with lived experience of healing through psychotherapy and would appreciate your support in facilitating the submissions. (Submission instructions are outlined below.) Please consider celebrating these mental health successes by participating in this initiative! 

The exhibit will also feature a special performance by the Canadian Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq. Tanya Tagaq is an improvisational singer, an avant-garde composer, and a bestselling author. A member of the Order of Canada, a Polaris Music Prize winner, a JUNO Award winner, and a recipient of multiple honorary doctorates, Tanya Tagaq is one of the country’s most original and distinguished artists. In its many forms, Tanya Tagaq’s art challenges static ideas of genre and culture and contends with themes of environmentalism, human rights, and post-colonial issues. http://tanyatagaq.com 

Submission Instructions for Participants

1. Stories should be a maximum of 100 words and describe your positive experience with an intensive/long-term form of psychotherapy. Please note that stories may need to be edited for stylistic/spacing/content purposes. Up to 25 submissions will be featured in our exhibit.

2. There are two ways to submit.

i) Send us your story and an accompanying photo of your shoes to: opa@eopa.ca . Those submissions that are only done electronically which are selected for the exhibit will be printed and displayed in a frame on-site.

OR

ii) Drop-off your package (shoes and accompanying story) in person/by mail to: Ontario Psychiatric Association, 304-2233 Argentia Road, Mississauga, ON L5N 2X7. The office is open Monday-Friday from 09:00-17:00.

3. Should you wish to attend the exhibit, please include your name and a form of contacting you (e.g. e-mail address or telephone number) with your submission so that we can issue you a complimentary ticket for the exhibit if your submission is selected. You can still opt to designate your submission to be de-identified for the exhibit.

** Regardless of whether the physical shoes submitted are selected for the exhibit, they will be donated to a charity after the event.

If you have any questions please contact the OPA office by e-mail opa@eopa.ca or phone 905-813-0105.


Introducing Dr. Javeed Sukhera – OPA 2019 President

The Ontario Psychiatric Association is delighted to welcome Dr. Javeed Sukhera to the position of President for 2019.

"Dr. Javeed Sukhera is Interim Chair and Assistant Professor, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry at Western University in London, Ontario, Canada where he is also the Senior Designate Physician Lead for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at London Health Sciences Centre. He completed his honours bachelor of science degree at Trinity College at the University of Toronto and medical degree at the Medical School for International Health (MSIH), an innovative collaboration between Columbia University and Ben-Gurion University in Israel that provides a four-year MD program with an emphasis on global health. He completed his residency in psychiatry and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Rochester."

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Shortage of Psychiatrists Contributing to Crisis in Access to Mental Health Treatment

Report from the Coalition of Ontario Psychiatrists reveals alarming inequity and a growing gap in patient access to psychiatric care

Toronto – August 8, 2018 – An alarming new report finds that access to mental health services is being severely impacted by the shortage of Psychiatrists in Ontario. Released today from the Ontario Psychiatrists, the report titled Ontario Needs Psychiatrists: Ontario psychiatry shortage contributing to Canada’s mental health crisis, finds that there is a currently a shortage of 200 psychiatrists across Ontario, and that if action isn’t taken soon the shortfall will grow by 75% by 2030.

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