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The OCFP provides high-quality, evidence-based education, promotes family doctor leadership and advocates for the vital role of family doctors in Ontario’s health-care system. With 10,500 members, we are the provincial Chapter of the College of Family Physicians of Canada and are an essential voice for family medicine in Ontario.
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NEWS & FEATURES

Grow Your Family With a Family Physician

Family physicians deliver more than 11,000 babies in Ontario each year. The OCFP is working to raise awareness of the role of family doctors in maternity care, including the important focus on the overall health - mental and physical - of families and pregnant women.

Read information for women and families about Family Practice Maternity Care.

Watch “Grow Your Family With a Family Physician”. [video] 

Navigating the Opioid Crisis

June 24, 2017

Recent actions by governments, regulators and other policymakers underline the urgency of the opioid crisis. With patients and families suffering greatly, we, the doctors on the front lines of this issue, are grappling with what recent and upcoming developments mean for our practices and especially how these changes affect patients living with complex issues related to pain. The OCFP is committed to helping family physicians continue to provide quality care at this critical time.

Read Dr. Glenn Brown's message to members and a Q&A with the OCFP Collaborative Mentoring Networks' Drs. Arun Radhakrishnan and Leah Skory.

The Importance of National Aboriginal Day

June 21, 2017

It’s National Aboriginal Day. As we celebrate the diverse cultures and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples of Canada, we, as family physicians, can think about how to support indigenous peoples to experience health care that is culturally safe, and to experience greater equity in health care and health outcomes. In this post, Dr. Sarah Newbery shares important insights and helpful resources for family physicians.

Read Dr. Newbery's blog post.

Two Doses: Mumps Information from Public Health Ontario

April 11, 2017

There has been an increase in mumps activity in Ontario with most cases reported in 18 to 35 year olds.   Due to historical changes in Ontario’s immunization schedule those born between approximately 1970 and 1992 have likely received only one dose of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.  To decrease the risk of transmission, anyone born after 1970 should be appropriately immunized with two doses of mumps-containing vaccine.

See more information on PHO's website.

Search underway for new OCFP CEO

April 21, 2017
In the search for a new Chief Executive Officer, the OCFP is seeking a passionate and collaborative leader who will bring vision and strategic acuity to the organization. The CEO works closely with an active and engaged Board, the membership and the staff to communicate both the substance and importance of the organizations's mission to the public, government and strategic partners across the healthcare community.

Read more about this leadership position.

Related: OCFP CEO to Retire - A Letter from OCFP President Glenn Brown

New Process for ODSP Medical Reviews

April 7, 2017

Changes to the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) medical review process have been announced by the Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS) to help improve the system for health providers and clients of ODSP. A group of health, legal and community experts including OCFP representatives helped inform the changes which include more targeted forms, a pre-screening process and safeguards for vulnerable clients.

Access more information from MCSS including the Health Care Professional’s Guide to Medical Reviews

OCFP Program Recognized as Leader of Change

April 6, 2017

The OCFP’s Practising Wisely: Reducing Unnecessary Testing and Treatment program is highlighted in a new report from Health Quality Ontario that looks at successful programs implemented by clinical leaders to provide and improve quality care by reducing unnecessary care to patients across Ontario. 

Practising Wisely focuses on reducing over-prescribing, over-imaging, over-screening and over-monitoring using the latest evidence and tools, and aligns closely with the Choosing Wisely Canada campaign. Learn more and register for an upcoming workshop.

The Paradox of Putting Patients First Without Engaging Family Physicians

On Dec. 7, 2016, the provincial government passed Bill 41, the omnibus bill that will enable Patients First. The OCFP is disheartened that the bill is now law when there is a deep and growing impasse between the Ontario government and physicians.
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