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Health Care Innovation Panel
On June 24, 2014, Health Minister Rona Ambrose announced that the federal government has established an Advisory Panel on Healthcare Innovation. The panel has invited stakeholders and experts to recommend sustainable areas of innovation that will ensure Canada's health-care system continues to deliver high-quality care. 

SAC is submitting two briefs to the panel:

1. Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI)

SAC has partnered with the Canadian Academy of Audiology (CAA) to form the Canadian Infant Hearing Task Force (CIHTF), which will focus on Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) promotion and advocacy. As part of its advocacy work, the task force has prepared a brief that addresses the need to improve the quality and consistency of, and access to, EHDI programs across Canada. 

2. Health-Care Services for Seniors

SAC is also submitting a brief on the role of S-LPs in providing health care for seniors in Canada. Specifically, the brief will recommend that S-LPs be formally incorporated into the screening process for dementia and other neurological disorders, either independently or as part of an interprofessional team, to ensure that seniors who experience communication or swallowing difficulties as a result of a neurological disease get the services they require.
In This Issue

Health Care Innovation Panel

HEAL: Calling for Federal Leadership

Federal Healthcare Partnership Meeting

SAC's Pre-Budget Submission

May 2014: SAC's Day on the Hill
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HEAL: Calling for Federal Leadership
The Health Action Lobby (HEAL) formed in 1991 out of concern over the federal government's decreasing support for a national health-care system. SAC is a member of HEAL, a coalition of 41 national health organizations that represent more than 650,000 health-care providers and consumers. HEAL is dedicated to protecting and strengthening Canada's health-care system. 

For the past several months, the coalition has worked with a consulting firm to develop a strategy to urge the federal government to assume a leadership role in health care. The members of HEAL are drafting a joint position statement on the need for the government to work collaboratively with health-care providers to make Canada's system more cost-effective, responsive, inclusive and accessible. On December 2, 2014, HEAL will hold a news conference to launch the position statement. 

Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) Working Group

SAC, several other HEAL members and the Assembly of First Nations have set up a national working group to advocate for improvements to the Non-Insured Health Benefits (NIHB) program. This working group, made up of representatives from HEAL organizations with a special interest in NIHB, identifies general procedural issues and concerns with the program. The group is distinct from another NIHB working group that SAC participates in, which specifically addresses audiology-related issues.
Federal Healthcare Partnership Meeting
SAC participated virtually in a meeting with the Federal Healthcare Partnership (FHP) on October 17, 2014. The FHP is comprised of Veterans Affairs Canada, Blue Cross Medavie, Department of National Defense, RCMP and NIHB (Health Canada). At this meeting, we presented your questions to the partnership; a Q & A document will soon be available on the SAC website.
SAC's Pre-Budget Submission
Each year, the federal government issues a call for pre-budget submissions, encouraging organizations from across the country to submit their ideas to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance. Pre-budget submissions are extremely important as they can influence the priorities of the federal budget.

SAC’s 2015 pre-budget submission focused on the federal government's role in the early identification and intervention of communication disorders. Our goal is to emphasize how the ability to communicate impacts every aspect of our daily lives and directly affects our overall well-being. 

SAC's submission identifies the connection between communication health and academic achievement, as well as the link between communication disorders and unemployment and youth crime rates. The submission also addresses Canada's aging population and the increased need for communication health services for seniors. 

From the submission:

We recommend that the federal government take a leadership role to recognize the importance of communication health and to work with provinces and territories to invest and implement comprehensive early identification and intervention programs.
May 2014: SAC's Day on the Hill
On May 7 2014, SAC embarked on our biggest advocacy initiative ever: our Day on the Hill in Ottawa. 

In the last issue of SAC in Action, we shared some highlights and photos from the event on Parliament Hill. However, we know that spring is an extremely busy time of year for many of our members and associates, so we wanted to make sure that you had the chance to read about our successful day. 

Click here to read the original article or scroll down below to see some additional photos and quotes from the day. Thank you once again to everyone who helped make it an experience to remember!

SAC Chair Judy Meintzer addresses MPs, senators and SAC delegates at the reception.

"That was such a wonderful experience. The team was ready to get us out there and provided positive, useful information. I was engaged through the whole process." — SAC Delegate


Jennifer Finbow, former SAC Board Director (Student), and Hon. Terry Mercer, Senator 

"I enjoyed my time on Parliament Hill and I appreciated witnessing how it functions. I also felt a level of satisfaction and renewed passion when speaking about our professions and advocating for those who have communication difficulties. It was a great experience to be involved in this event." — SAC Delegate

Navid Shahnaz, former SAC Board Director; Hon. Lynne Yelich, MP Blackstrap, Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular); Laureen McIntyre, former SAC Board Director
"I did hear from other delegates at the conference that the whole level of advocacy work and the profile of SAC and the professions has just been bumped up a notch!!" — SAC Delegate
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