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Shortage of Psychiatrists Contributing to Crisis in Access to Mental Health Treatment

Report from the Coalition of Ontario Psychiatrists reveals alarming inequity and a growing gap in patient access to psychiatric care

Toronto – August 8, 2018 – An alarming new report finds that access to mental health services is being severely impacted by the shortage of Psychiatrists in Ontario. Released today from the Ontario Psychiatrists, the report titled Ontario Needs Psychiatrists: Ontario psychiatry shortage contributing to Canada’s mental health crisis, finds that there is a currently a shortage of 200 psychiatrists across Ontario, and that if action isn’t taken soon the shortfall will grow by 75% by 2030.

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A Special Message from Dr. Wiplove Lamba - Chair, OPA Section on Addiction Psychiatry 

Dear colleagues,

It is very exciting for me to be introducing our first event from the OPA Section on Addiction Psychiatry.

For this Addiction 101 Day, we have used the needs assessments to come up with an interactive day of presentations and workshop-style activities.  We will cover the approach to the patient, pharmacotherapy of substance use disorders, and psychosocial treatments in a general, broad, and experiential way that is relevant to your current practice.

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Introducing Dr. Mathieu Dufour – OPA 2018 President

The Ontario Psychiatric Association Council is pleased to welcome Dr. Matthieu Dufour as the new OPA President.

"Dr. Mathieu Dufour is a bilingual forensic psychiatrist working at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. He completed his training in general and forensic psychiatry at the University of Ottawa. He graduated from Sherbrooke University medical school."

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OPA Council

OPA Council is regularly recruiting members for our committees. If anyone is interested in participating on one of the OPA committees or becoming more active in the organization, please contact the OPA office. For more information on the OPA Committees please click here.


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