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HEALTH
ISSUES
& RESOURCES

Women's Health

Statistics Pertaining to Women and HEALTH

Statistics on Persons with Disabilities in Ontario

HEALTH REFORM in ONTARIO

Miscellaneous Articles on Women's Health

Essential Health Information

Romanow Commission

Breast Self-Examination
A Handbook for Women with disAbilities

Eating Disorder & Weight Preoccupation info & resource links

Women's Health Resources
Canadian Women's Health Network
Toll free
line to the CWHN is 1-888-818-9172
Toll free TTY
line to the CWHN is 1-866-694-6367

Women's Health Matters

Women's Health Matters Resource Database
Searchable bilingual database of women’s health resources for
consumers & health professionals; provides women with information
about where to find women’s health resources to support their
health-care decision-making. Users can search the database
using a variety of criteria to retrieve results that contain
standardized descriptions of reviewed resources.

Canadian Institute for Health Information
Publishes data including Ontario Health Indicators

Violence - Sexual Assault

Brigit's Notes - Women's health E-bulletin
Brigit's Notes is an electronic bulletin full of great women's health news.
This monthly bulletin will keep you informed about what's new on the
Canadian Women's Health Network web site, including new policy initiatives, research, calls for submissions, events & conferences, new resources
& updates on women's health issues and activism!

Access to Breast Cancer Screening Programs for
Women with Disabilities

by Maria Barile
Equal access to health services for women with disabilities to health services
is a constant concern in all aspects of throughout their life cycles. Often, women with disabilities are denied services provided to women simply because these services are “unintentionally” geared to non-disabled women. In some cases,
as in the case of breast-cancer screening, this inequality of access for all
women with disabilities can have life-threatening consequences.
Read More

 

WOMEN'S HEALTH

(This information comes from PAR-L)


When the National Forum on Health wrapped up its work in 1997, it left behind a synthesis report on An Overview of Women's Health (français) making recommendations including reduction of power inequalities that lead to violence against Women, and supporting Women in decision-making and gate-keeping roles within the health system.

The Women's Health Bureau, formed in Health Canada in 1993, has over the last five years been establishing five Centres of Excellence in Women's Health (les Centres d'excellence pour la santé des femmes), in Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver. Their major priority is to to inform the policy process and narrow the knowledge gap on gender and health determinants.

These initiatives have breathed new life in the Canadian Women's Health Network (le Réseau canadien pour la santé des femmes) , whose vision is as follows: Health is a human right that, because of poverty, politics and dwindling resouces for health and social services, eludes many Women.

Guided by a woman-centred, holistic vision of Women's health, the CWHN recognizes and respects the diverse realities of Women's lives and takes an active stance in ending discrimination based on gender, region, race, age, language, religion, sexual orientation or ability.

Finally, in March 1999, the Minister of Health launched the Canadian Women's Health Strategy (Stratégie pour la santé des femmes) , a framework document to guide the federal government's initiatives with regard to the health of Women. Its four major objectives are:

  • Ensure that Health Canada policies and programs are responsive to sex and gender differences and to Women’s health needs.
  • Increase knowledge and understanding of Women’s health and Women’s health needs.
  • Support the provision of effective health services to Women.
  • Promote good health through preventive measures and the reduction of risk factors that most imperil the health of Women.

 

 


Statistics Pertaining to Women and HEALTH

The following information comes from PAR-L


Annette Jo Browne, Jo-Anne Fiske & Geraldine Thomas, First Nations Women's Encounters with Mainstream Health Care Services and Systems, BC Centre of Excellence for Women's Health, 2000. (Report available for download from Home Page)

Dawn Canada, A Way Out: Women With Disabilities and Smoking, Health Canada, February 1997. (Canadian Statistics)

Statistics Canada, Age-specific fertility rate of Women, Health Statistics at a Glance, 1999

Statistics Canada, Exercise frequency by sex and age 1996-1997, Health Statistics at a Glance, 1999

Statistics Canada, Health improvement measures by Women 1996-1997, Health Statistics at a Glance, 1999

Statistics Canada, Percentage of smokers by age, sex and province 1996-1997, Health Statistics at a Glance, 1999

Statistics Canada, Selected leading causes of death by sex 1996-1997, Health Statistics Division, 1997.

Statistics Canada, Therapeutic Abortion rates for Canada 1996-1997, Canadian Institute for Health Information, April 2000

 

 


HEALTH REFORM in ONTARIO

On Mental Health Legislative Reform ...

Brian's Law (Mental Health Legislative Reform), 2000
Read the Government of Ontario's Questions and Answers page about Brian's Law.

Read the Government of Ontario's "Getting Ready For Bill 68"
about amendments to the Mental Health Act and the Health Care Consent Act .

Overview to the Primary Care Reform ...

The information page has been removed from the Government of Ontario website. However, if you wish to obtain a current printed version, please contact the Registration and Claims Branch of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care at 1-800-262-6524.

 

 

Miscellaneous Articles on Women's Health

About Mammograms: A Woman's Guide

 

REPORTS & ARTICLES

Read the Report
WOMEN, INCOME AND HEALTH IN MANITOBA: - An Overview and Ideas for Action
written by: Lissa Donner
with contributions from: Angela Busch and Nahanni Fontaine
prepared for: Women’s Health Clinic, Winnipeg
July 2000 - Revised January 2002
Poverty & Women's Health

Perceptions of Primary Healthcare Services among People with Physical Disabilities: A 2-part report on the perceived quality of primary care received by persons with disabilities.
Reprinted with Permission from Dr. Donna Stewart
Part 1: Access Issues
Part 2: Quality Issues


Article on Osteoporosis
authored by Don R. Powell, PhD
Apr.1999 1999 Don R. Powell, PhD, and

Amer. Inst. for Prevent. Medicine


America's War on the Disabled; 1975-1992:
A Personal Account

A History of the Social Security Disability Reviews of the 1980's
available free online, authored by Tennise Broeck Morse,
a woman who lives with MS

Breast Self-Examination
A Handbook for Women with disAbilities

What this booklet is about
The Facts about Breast Cancer
Why Practice Breast Self Examination
Reasons Why We Don't Do Breast Self-Examination
To Treat Cancer you must First Find it
Other Alternatives to BSE
For Information or support

About Mammograms: A Women's Guide

The Last Sisters: Health Issues of Women with Disabilities
by Carol J. Gill, Ph.D

Medical Information Record (form)


Follow this link for a comprehensive set of Health related links from the Canadian Women's Health Network.


January 21, 2002
Join the Campaign to Save Medicare

In the face of new threats to Medicare from the Mazankowski Report, the Kirby Commission and statements by Ernie Eves and other Tory leadership hopefuls, local meetings are being organized around the province to plan an urgent and unprecedented campaign to save Medicare. Get Involved! Follow this link to find out more about the Campaign and meetings in your area. Follow this link For essential background documents.

Ontario Health Coalition (OHC)
Tel: 416-441-2502
Email: ohc@sympatico.ca
URL: www.web.net/ohc

 

Essential Information

"Dip and Skip" A Supplement to the June 2001 Report on Homecare Reform in Ontario:
A special report from the Ontario Health Coalition updating the worsening crisis in homecare throughout the province. A special report from the OHC updating the worsening crisis in homecare throughout the province. Download the document as a Rich Text Format (RTF) file


ROMANOW COMMISSION: The Romanow Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada has invited submissions from organizations. We strongly encourage organizations and individuals to send in a submission or a letter. We also encourage parties to review the Ontario Health Coalition's submission to the Romanow Commission.
View guidelines and notes for submissions to the Romanow Commission
Download guidelines for submissions (RTF format)
View the OHC's submission to the Romanow Commission online

Download OHC's submission to the Romanow Commission (RTF format)


SECRETS IN THE HOUSE: Homecare Reform in Ontario, 1997-2000
OHC's report on homecare reform issued June 2001

Report from Long Term Care Forums: During February and March 2001, the Ontario Health Coalition held hearings across Ontario on the government's proposed changes to Long Term and Home Care in Ontario. This is a detailed report of those hearings.
Download as an MS WORD file.

Why NOT Privatize? OHC's fact sheet on privatization
View as an HTML file
Download as an MS WORD file

Health Care Spending: THE FACTS
View as an HTML file
Download as an MS WORD file.

OHC's Primary Care Position Paper
View as an HTML file

OHC's Guide to the New Long Term Care Act
View as an HTML file

OHC's Guide to Party Platforms for the 2000 Federal Election
View as an HTML file

 

Violence - Sexual Assault


Disabled? Sexually Assaulted? Need Help?
Sexual Assault and Women With Disabilities.
Read the brochure online | Order the brochure

You Deserve To Be Safe: An Educational Video for Girls with disAbilities; accompanied by a Resource Guide booklet
Read the booklet online
| Order the video & booklet

Guide to Services for Assaulted Women
What can Women with disAbilities do to Be Safe

DAWN Ontario's Annotated Bibliography and A Statement of Need
re: Violence Against Women With Disabilities:

Through the Looking Glass
Through the Looking Glass (TLG) is a nationally recognized non-profit center and first National Resource Center for Parents with Disabilities. They provide direct services, training, materials and research concerning families in which a child, parent or grandparent has a disability or medical issue.

 
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