July 15, 2022

More on mental wellness supports for frontline workers

From Dr. Sylvain Roy, OPA (via Association of FHTs in Ontario)


Self referral

  • Frontline workers can self-refer to a mental health hospital (e.g., CAMH) for up to 6 sessions of 1-1 therapy with a social worker or psychotherapist 
  • If more sessions are required or the person may be best served by a psychologist/PA, the individual may be referred to an OPA psychologist for 8 (up to 12 sessions) of therapy covered by MOH.
  • Find out more.


Referral through primary care clinician

  • Clinicians can refer frontline worker patients directly to OPA psychologists using the same method as before or from within their EMRs.
  • Digital integration work between OCEAN to Strata Health (psychologists e-referral platform) enables direct primary care clinician referrals to psychologists for the frontline workers programs and more. 

More resources for frontline workers

Patient Care

COVID-19 booster eligibility extended to 18+ 

MLHU encourages you to join the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Program if you haven't already. Many patients prefer to be vaccinated by a trusted health care provider. Contact MLHU to learn more.

Additional COVID-19 resources:

Monkeypox and related anti-viral/vaccination info:

Virtual care:

  • New toolkitCanada Health Infoway and Healthcare Excellence Canada. Supports your efforts to make virtual care safer, more effective and accessible. Info synthesized from existing resources/tools, then tested/ refined by 25 teams through Virtual Care Together Design Collaborative.

Arbeau Sports Medicine Clinic now openVisit their website for referral info.

For your patients - free virtual self management groups in July

Please consider putting up these posters in your clinic in order to raise awareness of free virtual programs for patients/clients/caregivers: Thames Valley FHT and Southwest Self Management Program.

These virtual programs are led by qualified facilitators (pharmacists, dietitians, OTs, RNs, etc.)

Upcoming programs

Dream On - CBTi for Insomnia (recommended first line treatment of insomnia)

July 20 - 9:30-11:30 am

Interactive session focusing on a non-medication approach to help get your sleep back.

For adults (18+) who are not sleeping; struggle with falling asleep, staying asleep or waking too early, or a  combination of these; not sleeping despite taking a pill; struggle to keep focused during the day. 

For more free virtual groups for patients/clients, please ask your patients to visit Register for a Program 

(https://thamesvalleyfht.ca/programregistration/) or use the QR codes in the poster above.

Diabetes Education

Free 6 week online series

July 20 to August 24

For patients who live with diabetes or know someone who does. 

Patients who sign up can learn how to manage blood sugar levels, about healthy eating and exercise and how to gain confidence in managing their meds.

For more workshops for patients/clients/caregivers and providers, please ask your patients to visit Self-Management Programs Network (https://selfmanagementprograms.ca/) or use the QR code in the attached poster.

Streamline your Practice

eReferral via eFax moving forward successfully!


eReferral via eFax was launched on May 24th in Middlesex London and according to Dr. Vineet Nair, family physicians and co-chair of LMPCA Executive Council, it is helping to make his practice more efficient.


"The success of the Referral Management Program and eReferrals relies heavily on the number of physicians and specialists who sign on. The more who sign on, the better!

Referring patients using Ocean eReferral/eFax has recently shifted the practice in my clinics. Since I started using Ocean eReferrals, things became easier for me, my team and my patients by reducing admin time and improving communication via emails with patients. Today, 50% of my referrals are done through Ocean.”

For the list of the 104 active Specialists in Middlesex London, please visit Middlesex London OHT Region - eReferral via eFax Receiver List.


How can you get involved? 

Email eReferral@ehealthce.ca if:

  • you are a primary care provider or a community based specialist who is interested in registering to Ocean eReferral
  • you need additional training on eReferral


Email Tom Janzen (Chief Medical Information Officer, LHSC and SJHC at tom.janzen@sjhc.London.on.ca if:

  • you are in a hospital-based specialist clinic and are interested in adopting eReferrals and would like further details on when eReferral may be made accessible to you.

Missed the latest LMPCA Town Hall on eReferral via eFax?

Job Opportunity - SOAHAC

SOAHAC is seeking the services of a family physician to join their interdisciplinary staff team at the Chippewa of the Thames location in Muncey, Ontario. SOAHAC provides quality, wholistic health services by sharing and promoting traditional and western health practices to enable indigenous people to live in a more balanced state of well-being. Find out more here.

Requests for Feedback
  • Primary care clinicians needed to help guide a research project about care for clients with dementia. A research team from Dalla Lana school of Public Health are planning a study into what enables effective communication with clients who have mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or early-stage Alzheimer disease or related dementia (ADRD). They're currently looking for a family physician or NP to join the project's steering committee. For more info, email Allie Peckham (Allie.Peckham@asu.edu).
  • Are you a physician working with youth aged 16-24? A research team from the University of Toronto would like to hear your perspectives on cannabis use in youth and young adults. Sign up for an interview here, or get more information here. Questions? Email Dr. Toula Kourgiantakis (Toula.Kourgiantakis@utoronto.ca) or Dr. Sandra McNeil-Marshall (Sandy.McNeil.Marshall@mail.utoronto.ca).
Education Opportunities

For more educational opportunities, please visit the LMPCA website: https://lmprimarycare.ca/education-opportunities/ 

  • Free Cybersecurity Assessment and Training for primary care clinicians, community specialists and team members/office support staff. MainPro accreditation achieved. Ensure that your office has knowledge of safe cybersecurity habits, password security, clinical cyber hygiene, and phishing awareness. Receive a community-based security assessment and training module at no-charge for 2022-23 (as part of the offerings of the West Region Security Operations Centre (RSOC) led by TransForm Shared Service Organization). Contact Samantha Bordage (Samantha.Bordage@ehealthce.ca) at the eHealth Centre of Excellence for more info.  
  • Primary Care Masterclass in Sport and Exercise Medicine and Musculoskeletal Health. Monthly online seminar series starting fall 2022 that will equip primary care providers with new knowledge on current and emerging hot topics in MSK health and Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM) from a multidisciplinary group of internationally renowned experts. Please complete this short survey to let organizers know what times would be most suitable for you. 
  • New Horizons: Navigating towards the future of family medicine (May-September 2022). Speaker series hosted by Dr. Danielle Martin, Chair of the UofT Department of Family and Community Medicine. Find out more here.
  • Integrating Hepatitis C Care with Safer Supply Practice Webinar | Thursday, July 28, 2022 - 12:00 PM. How safer supply providers can integrate hepatitis C care into their practice. Includes an overview of hepatitis C testing, treatment and prevention, examples of how other safer supply programs are providing hepatitis C care, and linkage to hepatitis C trainings and resources. Offered in partnership with CATIE, Canada’s source of HIV and hepatitis C information. Register here.

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