Established by government legislation in 2002, the Health Quality Council (HQC) is a provincial organization with a mandate to accelerate improvement in the quality of health care in Saskatchewan. Since then, HQC has been working with patients and families, clinicians, administrators, researchers, and quality improvement specialists to make health care better and safer for everyone in Saskatchewan.
The past 19 years have been an exciting journey. While our mandate – to accelerate improvement in Saskatchewan’s health care system – has remained constant, the ways we support our partners have changed over the years. Explore the timeline below to read about some of the highlights.
The Alzheimer Society of Saskatchewan is continuing to provide information, education and support to people affected by dementia by phone and by email. Our Support Groups, Coffee Club and Minds in Motion® are being offered virtually via Zoom. We look forward to COVID-19 restrictions lifting to allow in-person programming in the future. People with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia and their families/caregivers may self-refer to our organization or be directly referred by health/allied health professionals through our First Link® Program. We also publish many dementia-related resource for health care professionals and people affected by dementia. A few examples include: What is Alzheimer’s disease?, Communication, Conversations about Dementia and Driving, Multi-step Safety Plan – Checklist to reduce the risk of wandering, Personal Care, Supporting clients through ambiguous loss and grief: Strategies for healthcare providers, etc.
The Saskatchewan Health Information Resources Partnership provides access to a comprehensive suite of online health information resources for all health practitioners in Saskatchewan. Practice areas include medicine, nursing, pharmacy, psychology, and therapy. The SHIRP digital library includes:
13 Medical and Interdisciplinary Health Databases
Over 6,000 Full text Journals
144 Full text Books
3 Clinical Decision Support Tools
ensure that critical evidence-based health information is available to all health care practitioners in the province
provide training and reference support for all health care practitioners in accessing these vital resources
The SHIRP team is comprised of two Co-Chairs, a Coordinator, an Outreach Services Librarian, and a Programmer/Analyst.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) is a fatal neuro degenerative disease. ALS has no known cure or effective treatment yet. Approximately 2,500 – 3,000 Canadians currently live with this fatal disease.
Tech for Goodprovides people of all ages with professional assistance so they can independently use or control their mobile phone and tablet. We offer customized recommendations, one-to-one training with an assistive technology specialist, and support on mobile devices and related assistive technology in order to help individuals overcome barriers to digital accessibility as well as becoming more independent in their daily activities. This program is offered virtually across Canada in both English and French.