Minister Kevin Falcon Pays a Visit to the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility

Minister Kevin Falcon Pays a Visit to the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility
On Tuesday, July 27th 2010, the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility (CHHM) at VGH had the pleasure to host Minister of Health Services, Kevin Falcon, Assistant Deputy Minister Heather Davidson and Minister's Chief of Staff Fraser Randall. These guests had the opportunity to interact with CHHM scientists to discuss three areas that the Minister identified as a priority; areas that align with research currently being conducted by CHHM scientists. These were:
  • Prevention program for children, adolescent and older adults;
  • Development of devices to detect and prevent falls and fractures in older adults; and
  • Effective interventions to enhance cognitive function and prevent falls in older adults.

Heather McKay, Centre Director and professor in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC provided an overview and highlighted the Centre’s compelling goal, “to prevent, detect and treat bone and joint problems and to translate new knowledge into enhanced mobility across the lifespan”. A key area of interest for Minister Falcon was Action Schools! BC, and how best to enhance positive lifestyles (physical activity and healthy eating) especially at a young age.

The group toured the CHHM Mobile Research Laboratory and discussed how the “mobile lab” provides an opportunity for research to be undertaken in rural and remote regions around BC and/or with individuals who are too frail to travel to the CHHM.  Dr. Karim Khan, professor within the UBC Department of Family Practice presented novel tools that identify older adults likely to sustain a fall; Dr. Stirling Bryan, Director at the Centre for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation and professor within the School of Population and Public Health at UBC, presented the cost effectiveness of fall prevention strategies and potential savings to the health care system; and Dr. Pierre Guy, associate professor within the UBC Department of Orthopaedics demonstrated a “real time” hip fracture captured using high speed video (9000 frames a second).  The take home message from the visit was the urgent need for strategies targeted for both young and all that prevent, detect and treat costly bone and joint health problems.