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Raising NWT health at FPT health ministers meeting

YELLOWKNIFE (October 2, 2014) – Minister of Health and Social Services Glen Abernethy joined his federal, provincial and territorial colleagues in Banff earlier this week to discuss innovative practices in health.

Ministers discussed a range of health innovations including a new office for the Pan-Canadian Pharmaceutical Alliance, generic drug pricing, research on dementia, seniors and aging, prescription drug abuse and the ebola outbreak in Africa.

“We had great discussions with the Federal Advisory Panel on Healthcare Innovations,” said Minister Abernethy. “I extended an invitation for the panel to come to the NWT and see our system and innovations at work.”

Minister Abernethy raised the importance of electronic health records for residents of the NWT.  “We recently rolled out our Electronic Medical Record in our Fort Smith Health and Social Services Authority, thanks to continued support from Canada’s Health Infoway (CHI),” said the Minister. “We would not be where we are without CHI and we look forward to future investment to help us advance NWT informatics projects in years to come. I hope that the Federal government will be able to renew the funding to the CHI for this important work.”

During the meetings, Minister Abernethy was able to attend the Canadian Blood Service annual general meeting and explore options for NWT residents to contribute to the Canadian blood supply.

“This was a great opportunity to meet Alberta’s new Minister of Health, Stephen Mandel, and Federal Minister Ambrose. I look forward to building on learnings from this meeting and implementing them in the NWT,” added Minister Abernethy.

Media inquiries:
Brenda Norris

Media Liaison
Government of the Northwest Territories
Tel: 867-669-2302
Email: brenda_norris@gov.nt.ca