June 11, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Health professionals from across New Brunswick participated in workshops yesterday in Moncton to determine how to move health science research forward in the province. Improved health science research is seen as key to managing health-care costs over the long term.
"This is not a small undertaking," said Health Minister Michael Murphy. "The new structures must be transparent and provide local accountability, must respect the current system, and must link with the Provincial Health Plan, the research foundation, and educational institutions."
The workshop participants will continue their work, and will put forth recommendations for two research structures, one for Regional Health Authority (RHA) A and one for RHA B. The recommendations from yesterday's workshops will be forwarded to the RHA boards for their approval in the fall. The boards' recommendations will then be sent to the Department of Health, which expects to announce the results later this year.
"Around the world, administrators, health-care professionals and policy-makers have been grappling with how to address aging populations and high expectations of health outcomes in all age groups, balancing the promotion of health with the provision of care - all within a shrinking pool of resources," said Murphy. "If we are to become a healthier, more productive and attractive province, it is essential that all New Brunswickers have access to a more proactive health-care system that promotes healthy living while providing more flexible patient care."
With the restructuring of the New Brunswick health-care system, Murphy said that the way residents approach their own health and how they get access to essential health-care services is being fundamentally changed.
"In short, we are well on our way to completing the transformation to a more modern, technologically empowered health-care system," said Murphy. "Yesterday's meetings were about taking the next step."
MEDIA CONTACT: Meghan Cumby, communications, Department of Health, 506-457-3522.