Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action

Submissions

  • September 22, 2017

    RNAO appreciates the opportunity to provide feedback to the Health System Information Management Division of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care on the proposed amendments to the Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 (PHIPA) and policy directions for regulations under Health Information Protection Act, 2016 (HIPA).

    We support initiatives to improve access to key health information at the point of care so health professionals can provide more coordinated, person-centred care. However, we urge you to address the following concerns as you move forward with drafting regulations.

    • Opting out of the electronic health record
    • Non-maskable elements
    • Consent directive granularity levels
    • Consent directives and consent directive overrides
    • Security of personal health information
    • Education for patients, the public, and health-care providers
    • Patient control over their own health records
  • September 20, 2017

    RNAO supports HPRAC's general approach to regulation as it works within the structure of existing professional colleges who have been granted the authority to practice psychotherapy. Enabling them to set standards and educational requirements for psychotherapy will avoid the need for dual registration for professionals with the College of Registered Psychotherapist of Ontario (CRPO) and their own Colleges.
    RNAO is of the opinion that this clarifying document does not provide clarity. Furthermore, it shows a lack of understanding about how psychotherapy is practiced. This has led to a superficial and over simplified model which is not realistic or effective for practitioners or patients.

  • September 18, 2017

    RNAO welcomes the opportunity to provide feedback to the Ministry of Finance on the recommendations from the Fair Benefits Fairly Delivered: A Review of the Auto Insurance System in Ontario report. Our comments consider the impact of these changes on accident victims, as well as RNs and NPs.

    RNAO supports a number of key recommendations of the report. Specifically:

    Injured people should receive the care that they need when they need it.

  • July 28, 2017

    RNAO appreciated the opportunity to participate in the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services' (MCSCS) roundtable engagement on corrections reform legislation held in Toronto on July 19, 2017. Given the short one-week deadline for further feedback, RNAO will focus our responses on a few key themes related to legislative change and recommendations on improving health care in corrections. RNAO and our Ontario Correctional Nurses' Interest Group (OCNIG) remain unwavering in our commitment to continuous engagement with MCSCS and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) in support of a transformed correctional system that is safer, healthier, and more equitable for inmates, staff, and the larger community. As further context, please see RNAO's extensive list of recommendations to the MCSCS in Transforming Ontario's Correctional Services: Starting but Not Stopping, with Segregation.1

  • July 28, 2017

    The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses (RN), nurse practitioners (NP) and nursing students in all settings and roles across Ontario. It is the strong, credible voice leading the nursing profession to influence and promote healthy public policy. RNAO, in collaboration with its expert Ontario Nurses for the Environment Interest Group (ONEIG) are delighted to respond to the Provincial Nuclear Emergency Response Plan (PNERP).

  • July 21, 2017

    Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs = A Healthier Ontario

    RNAO appreciates the opportunity to provide feedback to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs on Bill 148, An Act to amend the Employment Standards Act, 2000 and the Labor Relations Act, 1995 and to make related amendments to other Acts or the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017. As nurses, we see firsthand the devastating consequences of job insecurity and its negative impact on people's health and wellbeing.

  • May 15, 2017

    RNAO appreciates the opportunity to provide feedback to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care on Strengthening Capacity in Primary Care Settings: Guidance to Ontario's Local Health Integration Networks. We are pleased that Minister's Hoskins mandate letters to the LHINs specifies as a priority locating care co-ordinators in primary care settings, and that the Ministry is providing guidance to LHIN's on how to transition care coordination to primary care.

  • May 5, 2017

    RNAO appreciates the opportunity to provide feedback to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), Population and Public Health Division, on the Standards for Public Health Programs and Services Consultation Document. This submission has been informed by our expert members working in public health through the Community Health Nurses' Initiatives Group (CHNIG), public health nurses working specifically to advance health equity through action on the social determinants of health, and ongoing research to support population health and health equity by RNAO staff.

  • April 26, 2017

    The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses (RN), nurse practitioners (NP), and nursing students in all roles and sectors across Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has advocated for healthy public policy, promoted excellence in nursing practice, increased nurses' contributions to shaping the health system, and influenced decisions that affect nurses and the public they serve.

  • March 23, 2017

    The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses (RN), nurse practitioners (NP), and nursing students in all roles and sectors across Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has advocated for healthy public policy, promoted excellence in nursing practice, increased nurses' contributions to shaping the health system, and influenced decisions that affect nurses and the public they serve. RNAO appreciates the opportunity to provide feedback to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs on Bill 84, an Act to amend various Acts with respect to medical assistance in dying (MAID).