Bone & Joint Decade Update
James P. Waddell, M.D., FRCSC
Coordinator, Canadian National Action Network
for the Bone & Joint Decade
The National Action Network for the Bone & Joint Decade in Canada has continued to be very active. Our third newsletter, focusing on trauma, has just been published. You should have received a print copy of the newsletter; if you didnt receive your copy you can see it on our web site at www.bjdcanada.org.
The web site, developed by Dot Brown at the University of Calgary, is our latest innovation. It contains information not only about the Bone & Joint Decade but has a number of links to other organizations affiliated with the Bone & Joint Decade and participating with us in our mission of improving public knowledge of bone and joint health. Dot has been largely responsible for the newsletter and entirely responsible for developing the website without her help we would not be able to effectively communicate with all of our constituent organizations nor with the public.
The plans for our meeting in 2005 have moved ahead substantially. The date and location have now been confirmed the meeting will be held October 29-30, 2005 in the Marriott Hotel in Toronto. The members of the International Steering Committee for the Bone & Joint Decade are committed to attend and a number of organizations are discussing the possibility of holding satellite meetings in conjunction with the Bone & Joint Decade meeting. We continue to plan to partner with ACAP for this meeting. The major focus will be on access to care and quality of care. This meeting presents a tremendous opportunity for clinicians, researchers and policy makers to interact with one another as well as to interact with people from as many as 40 different countries and to discuss the many aspects of musculoskeletal care arthritis, trauma prevention and treatment, osteoporosis, etc. We will keep you posted as the meeting develops.
April 7th, 2004, World Health Day, was devoted to the prevention of road traffic accidents and treatment strategies for victims of road traffic trauma. This World Health Organization initiative took place at the instigation of the Bone & Joint Decade. I feel this demonstrates the influence that the Bone & Joint Decade is having on the world stage in terms of musculoskeletal health and demonstrates the importance of the continued support of the Canadian Orthopaedic Association for this initiative in Canada. Information regarding the World Health Organization initiative in road traffic trauma can be found on the Bone & Joint Decade web site.
Our next newsletter relates to paediatric bone and joint health; some of you may be contacted by Dot Brown (
) or Hazel Wood (
) requesting a contribution to this newsletter. Perhaps you would like to provide us with an unsolicited contribution? We are interested in hearing from the individual members of the COA regarding issues that would be important to bone and joint health in Canada.