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SUBJECT: Memorial University committee to explore collaborative health education and research; lectures series will help inform discussion

DATE: March 1

Memorial University has responded to one of the requests contained in the White Paper issued last summer by the provincial government by forming a Committee on Collaborative Health Professional Education and Research.

President Axel Meisen said the committee is seeking optimal ways and means of promoting what is known as inter-professional education and research.

“This committee is currently studying how our Faculty of Medicine, Schoolof Nursing, Schoolof Pharmacy, Schoolof Social Workand possibly the Schoolof Human Kineticsand Recreation can co-operate more closely,” he said in a recent memo to faculty. “In particular, they seek an answer to the question: How best can MemorialUniversitymeet the new and growing needs of the provinceof Newfoundlandand Labradorfor health professionals who are educated and trained to work happily and productively together in teams?”

Dr. Duncan G. Sinclair, retired vice-principal (health sciences) and dean of medicine at Queen’s University and past chair of Ontario’s Health Services Restructuring Commission, is the chair of the committee which also includes: Dr. Shelly Birnie-Lefcovitch, director, School of Social Work; Dr. Linda Hensman, director, School of Pharmacy; Dr. Sandra LeFort, director, School of Nursing; Dr. Mary Bluechardt, director, School of Human Kinetics and Recreation; Dr. Jim Rourke, dean, Faculty of Medicine; Dr. Shirley Solberg, School of Nursing; Dr. Roy West, Faculty of Medicine; Sr. Elizabeth Davis, former CEO of the St. John’s Health Corporation; and Dr. Wayne Ludlow, former dean of Student Affairs and one of the White Paper co-authors, who will act as facilitator and co-chair.

Documents relating to the committee’s work are available in pdf format at

Any questions or comments that faculty have on the work of the committee can be forwarded to Glenys Woodland, c/o Office of the Vice-President (Academic), or by e-mail She is providing administrative assistance to the committee.

Part of the work of the committee includes a lecture series – the President’s Lecture Series on Collaborative Health and Research – aimed at informing the campus community and the general public about the growing awareness of the benefits of inter-professional education and research. These lectures – taking place in March – will focus on the relation of such collaborations to the provision of optimally effective primary health care services to the increasingly elderly and widely dispersed people of Newfoundlandand Labrador.

The first two lecturers in this series are Dr. Carol Herbert, dean, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Universityof Western Ontario, and Jessica Diamond, Strategic Initiatives Branch/Best Start Team, Ministry of Children and Youth Services based in Toronto, Ontario.

Dr. Herbert will give a presentation titled Inter-professional Education for Collaborative Patient-Centred Practice: From the Romantic Fringe to the Mainstream. Dr. Herbert’s lecture takes place on Tuesday, March 7, at 5 the Main Auditorium, Health Sciences Centre, located on Clinch Crescentin St. John’s. The lectures will be videoconferenced to the Western School of Nursing, Corner Brook, and to three clinical sites in the province. A reception will follow each lecture.

Ms. Diamond’s lecture is titled Learning Together to Work Together: Enhancing Interprofessional Education Experiences and takes place on Thursday, March 16, at 5 the Main Auditorium, Health Science Centre.

Biographical notes

Carol P. Herbert

Dr. Herbert is dean, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of WesternOntario. She is professor of Family Medicine and was head of the UBC Department of Family Practice from 1988-98. Dr. Herbert is a UBC graduate in honours biochemistry (1966) and in medicine (1969). After internship and additional training in pediatrics, she was a full-service family physician and clinical instructor at the REACH community health centre, a UBC teaching facility in Vancouver, from 1971 until 1982 when she joined the full-time faculty in the UBC Department of Family Practice.

She is former editor of the international journal, Patient Education and Counselling (1994-99) and has been on the editorial boards of the Canadian Medical Association Journal; Annals of Family Medicine; and Patient Education and Counselling. She was founding head of the Division of Behavioural Medicine in the UBC Department of Family Practice (1984) and a founder of the UBC Institute of Health Promotion Research. She has been an advocate for women’s and children’s health, pioneering in the provision of services for sexually abused children and was founder and co-director of the Sexual Assault Service for Vancouver(1982-88).

Her research interests include shared decision-making between physicians and patients; physician behaviour change; and clinical health promotion. She has conducted participatory research in aboriginal communities and teaches the approach to primary care researchers. Current research includes a study of why patients with chronic pain choose CAM. Recently completed projects include an RCT of educational interventions to change prescribing by family physicians; a study of physician decisions to screen for cancer when the evidence for screening is uncertain; and a study of attitudes and beliefs of family physicians regarding CAMand cancer. She has been a leader nationally and internationally in the development of primary care research, and is a past chair of the National Research Committee of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and a past president of the North American Primary Care Research Group. She was founding chair of the Joint Action Committee on Child and Adolescent Health, a joint committee of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Canadian Pediatric Society (1997-2000). She was a member of the Health Canada Scientific Advisory Board (1999-2003) and currently co-chairs the National Expert Committee on Inter-professional Education for Patient-Centred Collaborative Practice for Health Canada. She is president of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (2004-2006).

Dr. Herbert is a fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and winner of the 1997 W. Victor Johnston Medal for lifetime contribution to the College of Family Physicians of Canada. She was named YWCA Woman of Distinction in Health and Education in 1985 and received the UBC Faculty Citation Award for community service from the UBC Alumni Association in 1998. She received a 50th Anniversary Medal for lifetime contribution from UBC in 2000 and the UBC Wallace Wilson Alumni Award in 2002. She was a recipient of a Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2002. She is also a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.

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