Archive for month: January, 2016

Collaborative Health Centre Sought

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Colleen O’Neil has been working to build better health-care support as part of the Medical Clinic Society on Bowen.

She sees a dire need for a health centre so that islanders don’t have to leave the island when they feel least like commuting into town for health services. O’Neil is flabbergasted that it would appear to Vancouver Coastal Health that we are well-served on Bowen when it comes to medical services as a result of their own survey “My Health, My Community.”

“However, we went in depth and drilled down into their results with a 39-page survey. Our survey showed that while 85 per cent of us have a GP, (general practitioner or family doctor) only 32 per cent use a GP on the island. It would seem like we are well-served here, but we are not.”

Here is a link to the slide presentation produced by the Health Centre Society to council on January 18, 2016. Please refer to this presentation for more detailed survey results:

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Residents provide data to improve health support

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JANUARY 15, 2016 12:16 PM

Hundreds of people participated in a 29-page survey, supported by the Municipality was initiated by the Medical Clinic Society.

The survey was meant to discover specific issues around access to health care on Bowen Island. Organizer Colleen O’Neil said that they “had some concerns as to whether the community would actually spend the time thinking about their answers and persevere to the end.

We were thrilled to have more than 500 people do the survey.

We spent this past Fall analyzing the results, which included 95 pages of qualitative data.”

O’Neil found great value for their project due to the fact that it was “islanders telling their specific stories around their concerns about accessing health care on Bowen.“
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Rotary aims to bring AEDs to Bowen – Jump Start program may help save lives

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Amanda Ockeloen / Bowen Island Undercurrent
January 22, 2016 12:00 PM

Sudden cardiac arrest can strike anywhere, and it can happen to anyone at any time: shopping in the Cove, sitting in the ferry line up, reading a book at home.

The Rotary Club of Bowen Island has initiated a program named Jump Start that plans to site Automatic External Defibrillators, AEDs, at many points around the island where the public will be able to access one when needed. The club will also be supporting the basic training sessions so that anyone situated near an AED knows how to give CPR and use an AED to help a heart attack victim.
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