Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action

Queen's Park on the Road, 2014

While Queen’s Park on the Road began as an initiative to replace RNAO’s Queen’s Park Day in 2013, QPOR has been so successful that it is now a signature political advocacy event for RNAO. Our members met with MPPs in their riding offices twice in 2013- spring and fall- to discuss important issues and recommendations contained in our Platform brochure and leaflet Why Your Health Matters. Nursing leaders and nursing students used examples from their workplaces, placements and communities to describe why change was needed and what could be done to improve nursing, health and the social and environmental determinants of health. In total, 104 out of 107 MPPs met with RNAO members last year—a concrete sign of the tremendous working relationship we have with elected officials in Ontario.

The next round of Queen’s Park on the Road meetings will begin in the fall of 2014. The topic of discussion will be RNAO’s platform document Visionary Leadership-Charting a Course for the Health System and Nursing in Ontario. Another critical item for discussion will be RNAO’s demand that the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care ban medical tourism in Ontario’s hospitals.

With the government’s new mandate now underway, RNAO looks forward to an ongoing dialogue with elected officials and input into policy decisions which impact nursing, health and the social and environmental determinants of health in Ontario.

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