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November 18, 2010
News Releases

November 18, 2010 - The Department of Health and Social Services, the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, and the Tuktoyaktuk Community Corporation recently launched a pilot program in Tuktoyaktuk to address mental health and addictions issues.

The pilot project will explore what type of programming will be useful and helpful in the community. Through the pilot project, an ideal counselling services model will be developed based on the community's needs.

November 16, 2010
News Releases

November 16, 2010 - Minister of Health and Social Services Sandy Lee and Minister Responsible for the Northwest Territories Housing Corporation Robert C. McLeod, announced that the focus of the Joe Greenland Centre will be on independent living and day programming for seniors. Current residents requiring long term care will be placed by the Territorial Admissions Committee according to their care needs. The Northwest Territories Housing Corporation (NWTHC) is now considering options to renovate the units currently administered by Health and Social Services.

November 14, 2010
Public Service Announcement

November 14, 2010 - National Addictions Awareness Week (NAAW) is observed across Canada every year during the third week of November. This year NAAW is November 14-20, 2010.

NAAW is an important opportunity to focus on the harms associated with alcohol, drugs, tobacco, and gambling. This year, the theme for NAAW is Celebrating Healthy Choices as it promotes addiction free lifestyles for individuals, families and communities.

During the Week, communities across the NWT will be hosting events:

November 2, 2010
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

November 2, 2010 - The Minister of Health and Social Services highlighted the GNWT's investments in eHealth and how they are essential to the delivery of health care now and in the future.

Mr. Speaker, investment in HealthNet tools such as the interoperable Electronic Health Record (or iEHR), the Diagnostic Imaging/Picture Archiving Communication System (or DI/PACS), and Telehealth are critical to delivery of health care services for residents of the Northwest Territories.

November 1, 2010
News Releases

November 1, 2010 - The Government of the Northwest Territories is committed to ensuring the delivery of the Lifesaving Society Water Smart™ program in every community in the Northwest Territories over the next four years. The Program is intended to significantly reduce the number of preventable drownings each year associated with boat use and water activities in the NWT.

November 1, 2010
News Releases

November 2, 2010 - Minister of Health and Social Services, Sandy Lee, provided further details on the process the GNWT is taking to implement the recommendations from the Supplementary Health Benefits Joint Working Group surrounding updates to the existing Extended Health Benefits program.

Mr. Speaker, I would like to provide further details on the process we are taking to implement the recommendations from the Supplementary Health Benefits Joint Working Group surrounding updates to the existing Extended Health Benefits program.

October 29, 2010
News Releases

October 29, 2010 -  Minister of Health and Social Services Sandy Lee has responded to the report of the Supplementary Health Benefits Joint Working Group.

The 2007 Policy on Supplementary Health Benefits will be withdrawn and the Department of Health and Social Services will concentrate efforts on ensuring existing extended health benefits programs are fairly and consistently administered. The GNWT will now begin work to advance changes in the life of the 16th Assembly based on:

October 29, 2010
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

October 29, 2010 -  The Minister of Health and Social Service highlighted some of the recommendations from the Report of the Supplementary Health Benefits Joint Working Group.

Mr. Speaker, decisions surrounding Health care, particularly who pays and for what, are some of the most contentious and sensitive that a government faces. We have seen this over the past few years as we have attempted to resolve the inconsistencies between uninsured supplementary health benefits programs in the NWT.

October 22, 2010
Public Service Announcement

YELLOWKNIFE (October 22, 2010) - The Minister of Health and Social Services Sandy Lee will be attending the first public flu clinic at Northern United Place in Yellowknife on October 25, 2010 at noon to receive her seasonal flu shot.

Each year, the flu shot is provided free of charge to the public as a means of helping to prevent the flu.  People from six months to five years, as well as seniors and other high risk groups are urged to get the flu shot to protect themselves and others from the annual flu bug.

October 19, 2010
Ministers' Statements and Speeches

October 19, 2010 - The Minister of Health and Social Services Sandy Lee provided Members of the Legislative Assembly with an update today on ‘A Foundation for Change.'

Mr. Speaker, I have often spoken about the importance of making careful change within the Health and Social Services System. Our 2009 to 2012 Action Plan, ‘A Foundation for Change’, provides the foundation for this careful change.

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