More help coming for addictions services training in British Columbia
In November 2013, the provincial government created a mental-health action plan to “reduce barriers and service gaps, and support evidence-based solutions for patients with severe substance use addictions and mental illness.”
On Wednesday, August 6, Health Minister Terry Lake announced an additional $3-million of funding specifically for substance abuse education and training to add to the $20-million allotted originally to regional addictions programs and supports. The new $3-million partnership is between the provincial government and the education, care and research program of Dr. Evan Wood (co-director of the Urban Health Research Initiative as the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS at St. Paul’s Hospital and medical director of Addictions Services for Providence Health Care and Vancouver Coastal Health).
This funding will go toward a new BC addiction medicine diploma program at the University of British Columbia which will be linked to regional health authorities, as well as a first-of-its-kind Canadian network which integrates medical education, scientific research and clinical care to reduce the health and social harms of untreated addiction.
Mike Davies reports