Ms. Libby Davies, Dr. Kennedy Stewart, and Dr. Robert McMaster visit the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility

Ms. Libby Davies, Dr. Kennedy Stewart, and Dr. Robert McMaster visit the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility

On Tuesday, October 9th 2012 the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility (CHHM) was pleased to host Members of Parliament and Opposition Critics Ms. Libby Davies and Dr. Kennedy Stewart, and Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) Executive Director Dr. Robert McMaster.

The purpose of the meeting was to showcase VCHRI Centres and specifically, at CHHM, to address challenging issues related to bone and joint health.

Among many discussion topics, prevention strategies were identified as one possible and perhaps necessary solution to address the problem of chronic diseases. The notion of knowledge exchange and dissemination as a means to guide evidence-based practice, programs and policy was also discussed. A tour of the 'MobilityLab" and a brief demonstration of the GAITRite instrument provided a means to highlight the importance of preventing the devastating consequences of falls and fracture.

About the NDP

New Democrats to engage Canadians in a discussion on how to make our healthcare system sustainable for generations to come

The consultations will focus on four priority areas: improving access to prescription medication, home and long-term care services, the role of healthcare professionals, and how to assist all Canadians in leading a healthier life.

“The NDP wants to offer an alternative approach to Canadians - one of leadership and collaboration,” said NDP Health Critic Libby Davies. “We want to work together with Canadians, health care professionals, and the provincial and territorial governments to determine what changes are needed to adapt our health care system to the 21st century.”

Libby Davies has been the Member of Parliament for Vancouver East since 1997, House Leader from 2003 to 2011, and the Deputy Leader of the New Democratic Party since 2007.        She is also the Official Opposition Health Critic.

Dr. Kennedy Stewart is a Member of Parliament for Burnaby-Douglas and Official Opposition Critic for Science & Technology. He was elected to the Canadian House of Commons for the federal New Democratic Party in the 2011 election, representing the electoral district of Burnaby—Douglas.