OPA Wellness Committee
Are you a motivated individual who is passionate about making impactful change?
The OPA is seeking participants who are interested in making a difference in the mental health and wellness of the paramedic community to support ongoing initiatives of the OPA Wellness Committee.
The purpose of the OPA Wellness Committee is to empower paramedics with pragmatic tools toward attaining a wellness continuum within the field of paramedicine. This committee has been established by the OPA who has a vested interest in supporting the health and well being of its membership and the profession of paramedicine.
The successful candidate(s) will:
- Possess strong networking and collaboration skills
- Demonstrate accuracy and creativity in written communications
- Possess a strong knowledge of occupational stress injuries and their structural/individual impact
- Provide regular feedback to the Committee
- Possess strong written and oral communication skills
- Be proficient in basic software and apps (Doodle, Dropbox, Excel, Outlook, Skype, Word)
- Participate in meetings as required
This posting is open to all stakeholders, and OPA members. Please note that all working group member positions are unpaid positions.
DEADLINE: Candidates are invited to submit a CV and cover letter by no later than November 15, 2021 to the OPA Wellness Committee
Specialized Treatment Centre for PTSD Announced in Ontario
Paramedics and other emergency responders are exposed to a variety of hazards on the job and as such are at a greater risk of acquiring traumatic stress injuries, including PTSD, at a higher rate than the general population. This is often further complicated by stigma, lack of available resources and interprofessional supports, and the high costs associated with treatment; Factors which increase barriers to the timely access of appropriate care for individuals who are struggling.
The Ontario Paramedic Association has been working with the provincial government and allied agencies to ensure that the voices and experiences of paramedics are adequately represented in discussions surrounding mental health, and on Thursday October 14, 2021, leaders from a variety of public health and safety organizations met at Runnymede Healthcare Centre for a roundtable discussion and announcement of the Runnymede First Responders Post Traumatic Injury Centre of Excellence.
The Regional Chair for the Region of Peel, Nando Iannicca, has graciously donated 26 acres of land in Caledon to Runnymede Healthcare Centre, which will be the official site for a provincial PTSD treatment facility for emergency responders and nurses. This facility will allow individuals to attain the care that is required for their unique needs; providing evidence-based treatment and therapies, as well as ensuring the space supports families as part of the healing journey of the injured individual. This space will also accommodate the needs of those working with a service animal.
The Ontario Paramedic Association will continue to work closely with its allied partners in support of this initiative.