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Infographic highlighting the impact of brain injury in Ontario.
Take a look at this infographic revealing interesting statistics on brain injury in Ontario!

Fall Prevention Month Campaign Launch

As the weather warms and summer approaches, November may be far from your mind; but our Prevention team is already gearing up for a busy and productive Fall Prevention Month (FPM) Campaign! The bilingual FPM website launched in June with an updated look and functionality. The goal is to prompt health professionals and service providers to start thinking about how they can implement successful initiatives in November and create a collective awareness of fall prevention.

Like last year, providers will have access to free downloads to support their work in adult and child fall prevention. The website has tools to support health professionals and service providers take action during November. This year, the website offers even more customizable materials, including graphics and media, to help enhance promotions and adapt to the needs of their audience. The website is also efficiently categorized making it easier for users to access the materials they need.

For those interested in hosting activities this year, we are hosting a series of activity implementation webinars. These 45-minute webinars will walk you through how to navigate the Fall Prevention Month website and feature speakers who have hosted activities in the past.

See below for a list of our activity implementation webinars:

Activity spotlight: Spot the Hazards that can Lead to a Fall
Presenter: Daphne Kemp

Activity spotlight: Safe Winter Walking
Presenter: Amber Schieck and Marguerite Thomas

Activity spotlight: Finding Hazards in the Home
Presenter: Jennifer Lindsay

ABI Webinar Series

It has been said that we are living in the age of information. In a time where so much knowledge is accessible through the web, many have found that too much information can be just as harmful as the lack of thereof. Translating research into digestible forms catered to specific groups is key to knowledge mobilization strategy that can then lead to successful implementation.

With this in mind, the ABI team has launched a series of webinars directed at Healthcare Associations and Emergency Physician Leads / Primary Care Leads across the province. The aim of the webinars is to guide users through how to best use ONF concussion resources to manage persistent symptoms of concussion.

“We developed a series of presentations providing guidance to make it easy for health care providers to implement ONF resources effectively. We recognize that first line providers may not have the time to move available research into practice, which is why we have strategized to inform them on how to use ONF knowledge mobilization tools to improve patient outcomes.”

Chad Debison-Larabie | Stakeholder Engagement and Program Coordinator – ABI

The presentations have been tailored for the: Ontario College of Family Physicians, Association of Family Health Teams of Ontario, Nurse Practitioner’s Association of Ontario, Emergency Nurses Association of Ontario and other regional health teams.

ONF well-represented at ICORD meeting

The Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation was a major sponsor of the two-day biannual Canadian Spinal Cord Injury Research Meeting (Vancouver, April 8 – 9). The meeting, which featured the latest scientific developments in the diagnosis, care and treatment of SCI drew a large number of Ontario researchers, several of whom participated in presentations. ONF also supported the participation of representatives of the Ontario SCI community. This meeting gives ONF the opportunity to demonstrate its role as catalyst bridging the gap between clinical and basic research scientists. There was also the opportunity to enhances the dialogue between the SCI community and researchers on research priorities and perspectives from the community perspective. The next research meeting will be held in Ottawa.

Climbing Rates of Concussion

Increased concussion rates have been a hot topic in recent news, but researchers at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute’s KITE lab were determined to uncover whether we are seeing an increase in incidents or just better recognition and reporting. In the ONF funded study, the team of researchers discovered 150,000 Ontarians are diagnosed with a concussion each year; a staggering near two times more than previously reported.

“Past research has looked at the incidence of concussion by examining a particular population, such as children; cause of injury, such as a road accident; or use a single reporting source, such as records from the Emergency Department. This can under-represent estimates of the real incidence of concussion,” says lead author, Laura Langer.

“Our study revealed concussion rates that are almost double what has been previously reported and highlights the critical importance of looking at everyone who sought medical attention for their concussion.”

The research team suggests the increased rates of reported concussions may be influenced by a number of factors listed within the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation publication. With this current snapshot of the concussion crisis in Ontario, health care providers, researchers, advocacy groups and allied professionals must continue to recognize how critical it is to develop tools and resources to support the 1 in 7 Ontarians who will experience persistent, post-concussive symptoms.

2007 Vent Strategy revisited

In 2007 ONF played a role in the development of the Long-Term Ventilation Strategy Development for Ontario. Earlier this year the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care established the Severe Spinal Cord Injury and Long-term Vent-dependent Task Force including a Neurosurgery Rehabilitation Sub-Group to review current rehabilitations needs of individuals with SCI who are vent dependent. Dr. Tara Jeji and Peter Anthanasopoulos of the SCI Ontario represented the SCI community at the two subgroup meetings held this spring. In 2007 ONF developed a white paper titled “Living fully in Ontario Communities: People with spinal cord injuries and disease who use respiratory supports” in support of the strategy.

Hamilton Health Sciences – Annual Conference

ONF’s Judy Gargaro was given the opportunity to speak at the Hamilton Health Sciences 2019 Conference in May. She shared ONF’s intent to support improvements to the complex healthcare delivery system across the province by reinforcing implementation science to make sustainable changes. Several implementation projects across the province have been tackling the challenge of increasing service access, efficiency and efficacy when supporting persons with brain injury and mental health and/or addiction problems. Understanding that the most challenging part is breaking down the silos in the healthcare system and addressing the factors that work to keep the status quo, the intervention projects have used slightly different methodologies but all involving building trust across sectors, forging networks and increasing communication among providers.

CORPORATE ANNOUNCEMENT – February 2021(Click to learn more)