Ontario’s developmentally challenged go to court--Who’s challenged now?
December 20, 2011
Hosted by Dr. Gordon Atherley
How well children and adults with various mental health and other conditions were cared for in the Ontario government’s Huronia Regional Centre, closed in 2009, will be examined in a class-action lawsuit which goes to trial on September 30, 2013 in Ontario. Jody Brown, an associate with the law firm Koskie Minsky LLP, and Bruce Ritchie, Moderator & CEO of FASlink Fetal Alcohol Disorders Society, and a single father of a son who was diagnosed with FAS as an infant, explain the lawsuit, the allegations, and the questions of responsibilities, and say what the Court will be asked to decide. They discuss the health conditions that are likely to have affected the children and adults. They discuss fetal alcohol spectrum disorder as one example. They analyze what is known about the standard of care in the facility, consider the roles of the medical and legal professions, and talk about the likely implications of the case for attitudes to mental illness and the care it needs in Canada.
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Family caregivers are the people who provide care to partners, parents, children, brothers, sisters, cousins, friends, neighbors and even co-workers. They are the people who provide care when everyone else has gone home. They are the people who organize the functioning of the home for the person with special needs, and for the family as a whole. They are the coordinators of care, the managers of appointments, the preventers of loneliness, and the makers of decisions even to the point of Power of Attorney. And they are so often people who themselves are burdened with their own health challenges and who may be in only marginally better health than the persons to whom they are providing family caregiving.
Dr. Gordon Atherley
Dr Gordon Atherley holds the British equivalent of the Canadian PhD and MD degrees, and LLD, Honoris Causa, from Canada’s Simon Fraser University. His awards include Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, UK. His medical specialties are occupational medicine and public health.
As first President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, the Canadian equivalent of the US National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, he led the creation of Canada’s electronic information service in occupational health and safety, now used in more than 40 countries.
In academia, he held senior, tenured, full-time positions, including departmental chair, in university faculties of physics, engineering, and medicine. He is the author of a textbook and numerous articles and publications.
Since retiring from medical practice, he’s built up Greyhead Associates, which critically researches the safety, effectiveness and fairness of health services for persons with special needs.
Through Virtual Care International, a company of which he’s President, he’s involved in providing sensible technology to family caregivers to help them with their responsibilities, workloads, and concerns.
Now an activist, he urges family caregivers to unite because, more and more, it’s not just their families who depend on them, it’s also the healthcare system as a whole, as it struggles to meet more and more needs of more and more people.