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On September 13, 2017 50+ PAs descending upon the Ontario Legislative Assembly in Queen’s Park, Toronto to speak to their local Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) about the Physician Assistant profession and how the health care system needs to better integrate PAs. This event was called “PA Awareness Reception”, or informally “PA Lobby Day”.
The purpose of this day was for practicing PAs, PA students, and supervising physicians to speak to MPPs about successes and struggles of PA practice in Ontario, and speak to how PAs could be better integrated into Ontario’s health care system.
What is lobbying?
Lobbying is when groups or individuals bring issues and concerns directly to their government. This would involve speaking with MPPs (elected public officers) in their local riding, to party leaders and health critics, with regard to developing or changing government policy. The Lobbying Act states there should be “free and open access to government is an important matter of public interest”. This communication is an opportunity to advocate or influence politicians to positively affect change in policy.
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Merriam-Webster defines Advocate as, "to support or argue for (a cause or policy)". Physician Assistants are natural advocates, this is required as part of training as outlined by CanMeds-PA . We use our expertise and knowledge to positively influence the health of Canadian patients.
From Anne: Sahand is a McMaster PA grad graduating from Class of 2013. He served as the McMaster PA Student Association (MPASA) President for his class, and has been an advocate for the PA Profession. He now works in Emergency Medicine at University Hospital
Although civilian PAs have been working in Canada since 2006, there’s no question that integrating them is still a work in progress. If you are lucky, you’ll be applying for jobs where the supervising physicians and hospitals already have PAs and have worked
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