The Importance of Education and Advocacy for Respiratory Care
In October 2010, Jeff Sparks and Tracy Ryan arranged a presentation on respiratory health with a respirologist in St.John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. At the time, the presentation was a revelation to clients and staff at the Janeway, who had not heard a great deal about the importance of breathing aids, and respiratory health. Following on that initial presentation, communication was maintained with the Janeway clinic staff on the topic; one of the clinicians subsequently attended the workshop given for healthcare professionals by Dr. John Bach in Halifax in the fall of 2012.
Muscular Dystrophy Canada and March of Dimes held Health and Wellness Information Days for people living with a disability, on October 24 2013 in St. John`s. One of the key components was a workshop on respiratory care by Vital Air. The staff at Janeway not only took part in this initiative, but promoted this event as well. The day turned into a great forum for connecting persons with a disability, caregivers, and professionals on key issues. With lively discussions, and passion, it is evident that there is a need for more advocacy, and spaces to bring together people on disability issues whether it be respiratory care, or transportation.