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49 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
Strategies for Health Care Professionals: Coping with Pandemic-Related Mental Health Challenges
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, our health care professionals who were already at risk of burnout and mental health challenges are experiencing even greater pressure. This is due to issues specific to the pandemic such as concerns about exposure for themselves and family members, working even longer hours with fewer breaks, dealing with misinformation about the virus targeting the profession, and losing patients to the COVID-19 virus or complication arising from the pandemic. In this episode we discuss these challenges and take a look at some tools and resources available.
45 minutes | Jan 29, 2021
COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Ontario
The rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines has raised various conversations regarding the logistics and implementation. In this first podcast episode of 2021, Justin Bates, CEO of OPA has an insightful discussion with healthcare thought leaders, Kristen Watt, Pharmacist and Owner of Kristen’s Pharmacy, and Dr. Alykhan Abdulla, Assistant Professor and Chairperson of the Section of General and Family Physicians. In this episode, you’ll uncover suggestions and key considerations for a successful COVID-19 vaccination campaign, the science behind mRNA vaccines and how they differ from traditional vaccines, tips on how to provide patient education and build vaccine confidence, and potential operational challenges that could arise with the distribution. Kristen and Dr. Abdulla also dive into the impact the pandemic has had on the mental health of healthcare professionals and provide suggestions on how to unplug and recharge. Lastly, the group shares recommendations on where the healthcare community and public can stay up-to-date regarding vaccine news and developments.
46 minutes | Oct 20, 2020
Political landscape in Ontario, Canada and the U.S. and its impact on healthcare
Political analyst and journalist, Amanda Galbraith, joins OPA CEO, Justin Bates, to discuss the political environment in Canada and the United States. Discussions include opinions on the U.S. election and potential outcomes, policy positions as they relate to healthcare, and other notable platform positions. We will also focus on politics in Canada both at the federal and provincial levels. Topics to be discussed include national pharmacare, and more provincially focused issues such as COVID-19 testing and immunization.
48 minutes | Sep 11, 2020
COVID-19 testing in pharmacy: the Alberta story
Alberta has long been a leader in the pharmacy space, and their ability to build healthcare capacity during COVID-19 is no exception.In this episode of Pharmacists’ Matters, pharmacy leaders, Margaret Wing and Bruce Winston, from Alberta join us to discuss COVID-19 testing in pharmacies and how the Alberta model is driving pharmacy opportunities for greater patient care and system sustainability. We discuss how the model works in Alberta and identify lessons learned that can be applied here in Ontario and elsewhere.
41 minutes | Aug 19, 2020
Medicinal cannabis and pharmacy
While cannabis was legalized in Canada in 2018, patients who receive authorization from a licensed healthcare provider have been allowed to use cannabis as part of their medical treatment. Under the current Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulation (ACMPR), the only legal distribution method remains by mail order from licensed producers direct to patients. Cannabis is one of the only regulated drugs that is not dispensed in a pharmacy. In this episode we discuss the status of medical cannabis in Ontario.
41 minutes | Jul 20, 2020
Pharmacy’s role in addressing racism
As one of the most accessible healthcare providers to patients within a community, pharmacy professionals have an opportunity to play a key role in ensuring that the care they provide meets the needs of diverse communities. In this episode, Justin Bates hosts our distinguished guests, Dr. Sandra Leal and Dr. Jaris Swidrovich, to discuss barriers that exist and how they can be addressed and eliminated to improve patient care and the profession.
43 minutes | Jun 22, 2020
LGBTQ+ care in pharmacy
Providing inclusive care for LGBTQ+ patients goes beyond mastering clinical knowledge and encompasses an awareness and appreciation for cultural differences that characterize the LGBTQ+ community. Our pharmacy panel of experts discuss how pharmacists are uniquely positioned to provide care for LGBTQ+ patients and what OPA is doing to educate pharmacy professionals about this topic.
42 minutes | Jun 1, 2020
OPA’s member engagement initiatives during the pandemic
In this episode we discuss the two major initiatives by OPA to ensure pharmacy services are continued and optimized during the pandemic. We talk to Johnny Paspalovski about our partnership with RONCO to provide pharmacies with much needed PPE. Jason Kreller also joins us to discuss how the Relief Buddy app has been helping to keep pharmacies staffed.
54 minutes | May 20, 2020
Pharmacy and pandemic resources
In episode 3 of Pharmacists’ Matters podcast, Justin Bates sits down with a diverse panel of experts to discuss pandemic related issues and challenges. Our guests provide listeners with advice and point to tools and resources that are available to help pharmacy professionals navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. The topics of conversation include mental health, abuse, and financial support for pharmacies.
46 minutes | Apr 20, 2020
Pharmacy in the face of pandemic
Justin Bates (OPA CEO) and special guest, Daniel Chiasson (CAPDM President and CEO), discuss Ontario’s drug supply chain. We also hear insights from a panel of frontline pharmacists and their challenges in the face of COVID-19 pandemic.
42 minutes | Mar 24, 2020
COVID-19 and the evolving pharmacy model
COVID-19 has impacted the entire healthcare as well as the pharmacy profession greatly and things are changing rapidly for frontline healthcare professionals. In OPA’s inaugural podcast, Justin Bates (CEO, OPA) and Blair Thielemier, PharmD (Founder, Pharmapreneur Academy) discuss COVID-19, the role of pharmacy and how this will change healthcare into the future.
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