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Media Advisory 2021 SOGC/CFWH Journalism Award for Excellence in Women's Health Reporting

Call for submissions now open

Ottawa, June 29, 2021 - The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) and the Canadian Foundation for Women's Health (CFWH) are calling for submissions for the 2021 SOGC/CFWH Journalism Award for Excellence in Women’s Health Reporting. This award recognizes journalists, reporters, and producers who have excelled in communicating information on women’s sexual and reproductive health issues to the public. The award comes with a $1,000 cash prize.

To be eligible, publications or broadcasts must have appeared in a Canadian consumer newspaper, magazine, podcast or broadcast report between May 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021. We accept submissions in both English and French.

Reaching the Canadian public at large with relevant and critical health information is an important objective for both organizations. This is why it is so important to recognize those who helped advance women’s health through their articles and broadcast stories. Public awareness, attitudes and behaviours are greatly influenced by the information Canadians receive in print, broadcast and online media outlets.

Submitted articles and reports will be judged by a panel of women’s health experts and communication professionals. Evaluation is based on the overall merit of the entry, with an emphasis on the following criteria:

  • Originality and creativity
  • Substance of the story
  • Interpretation of medical information
  • Quality of writing and presentation
  • Education benefit to women
  • Relevance and effectiveness

To apply, please send a cover letter, description of the work, and a copy of the published or broadcasted journalism piece to [email protected] no later than August 1, 2021.

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June 29, 2021
Media Advisory: 2021 SOGC/CFWH Journalism Award for Excellence in Women's Health Reporting
 

Important Notice: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

June 18, 2021

Further to the notice from Health Canada on use of NSAIDS, the SOGC reminds members that:

  • National guidelines, from SOGC and internationally, recommend the use of low -dose-ASA (100-180 mg po qhs) starting before 16 weeks and stopping by 36 weeks, for the prevention of pre-eclampsia and pre-term birth. Low-dose ASA may be given in the form of two baby aspirin (162 mgm total) at bedtime.
  • Screening for risk of pre-eclampsia, prior to 16 weeks, is best practice in prenatal care.
  • Low-dose ASA is recommended for women at increased risk, including those with a history of pre-eclampsia in a previous pregnancy, those with certain underlying medical conditions and those with abnormal findings on Doppler ultrasound or first trimester serum biomarkers. Women at risk can also be identified on the basis of clinical characteristics including age, BMI, blood pressure and ethnicity.

 

There may be other medical conditions for which an NSAID is the best treatment choice. The notice from Health Canada does not exclude these indications, with appropriate informed consent.

References

  1. The role of aspirin dose on the prevention of preeclampsia and fetal growth restriction: systematic review and meta-analysis. Roberge S, Nicolaides K, Demers S, Hyett J, Chaillet N, Bujold E.Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2017 Feb;216(2):110-120.e6. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2016.09.076. Epub 2016 Sep 15.PMID: 27640943
  2. Antiplatelet agents for preventing pre-eclampsia and its complications. Duley L, Meher S, Hunter KE, Seidler AL, Askie LM.Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2019 Oct 30;2019(10):CD004659. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD004659.pub3.PMID: 31684684

Read the statement HERE


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June 18, 2021
Important Notice: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
 

Labelling Notice: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

Date: June 9, 2021

Health Canada has released an important labelling update about the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

The issue is the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs beyond 20 weeks of pregnancy and risk of kidney damage to unborn babies leading to low amniotic fluid.

Health Canada is now advising pregnant women not use NSAIDs from 20 to 28 weeks of pregnancy, unless advised by a healthcare professional, due to risk of kidney damage and low amniotic fluid.

The SOGC will continue to monitor and advise on any updates from Health Canada.

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June 9, 2021
Labelling Notice: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
 

About the SOGC

The SOGC is one of Canada’s oldest national specialty organizations. Established in 1944, the Society’s mission is to promote excellence in the practice of obstetrics and gynaecology and to advance the health of women through leadership, advocacy, collaboration, and education.

The SOGC has over 4,000 members, comprised of obstetricians, gynaecologists, family physicians, nurses, midwives, and allied health professionals working in the field of sexual reproductive health.


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The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada (JOGC) publishes original research, reviews, case reports, and commentaries by Canadian and international authors, pertinent to readers in Canada and around the world. The Journal covers a wide range of topics in obstetrics and gynaecology and women’s health covering all life stages including the evidence-based Clinical Practice Guidelines, Committee Opinions, and Policy Statements that derive from standing or ad hoc committees of The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.

The Journal emphasizes vigorous peer-review and accepts papers in English and French. Abstracts for all papers are available in both languages. JOGC is indexed in Medline.

 
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The SOGC places the utmost importance on improving intrapartum care, from the process to its outcomes. One way to achieve that objective is through offering continuing education programs like the ALARM course (Advances in Labour and Risk Management).

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ALARM was developed by obstetricians/gynaecologists, family physicians, midwives and nurses, who jointly continue to maintain and teach the course. Backed by the SOGC, the ALARM course arose out of our work to improve the care provided to women, babies, and families during pregnancy, labour, and postpartum.

  • The content of the course is evidence-based and incorporates the Canadian practice guidelines, so participants who complete the course gain an understanding of the latest best practices for providing care.
  • The ALARM course objective is to evaluate, update and maintain the competence of obstetricians/gynaecologists, family physicians, midwifes and nurses.
  • This two-day course offers case-based and hands-on workshops.
  • This course is not intended to certify attendees in any procedural skills. It provides education and hands-on experience, but this is not a substitute for clinical exposure and mentorship.
  • The courses have a ratio of approximately 6 participants to 1 faculty member to ensure a highly interactive and educational course.
The ALARM certificate will be awarded only to those who pass the written examination and who attend the course in its entirety.

If you are unable to attend an ALARM course but would like to purchase an ALARM manual, please download this form  and submit it by email to [email protected].

Upcoming Courses

Please note that there are currently no in person ALARM courses planned.

We have developed "ALARM Virtual", an independent online study program that is available for registration. For more information or to register, please click here.


If you would like to hold an ALARM course in your community, please contact us at [email protected]. Please note that a minimum of 12 participants is required.

Should you have any questions about your registration, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected].

 

Instructor Courses - Overview

The ALARM program would not be possible without the efforts of specialists, physicians, nurses and midwives trained to teach this course to their peers. In order to maintain the quality of this highly recognized program, the ALARM Committee has identified specific requirements for instructors throughout Canada.

In order to be eligible to take the instructor course, you must:
  • Have participated in an ALARM course in the past 4 years
  • Be currently registered as an MD (Family Physician or OB/GYN), Registered Nurse or Registered Midwife
  • Be actively providing intrapartum obstetrical care

If you meet the above requirements and wish to participate in the ALARM instructor course, please submit an application at the link below. Please note, a letter of recommendation from your employer, department head or a current ALARM Course Director is required.


If you are selected, you will be sent a registration link for the course. At this point, you will be able to pay your registration fees ($650 plus applicable taxes for OB/GYN and FP doctors; $500 plus applicable taxes for Registered Nurses and Registered Midwives) and receive access to the course materials.

Your participation at the ALARM instructor course is not a guarantee that you will become a qualified ALARM Instructor. 

To become a qualified ALARM instructor, you must:
  • Complete the Instructor course
  • Teach a course
  • Receive a favourable evaluation from the Course Director

Please note you will be required to teach once every three years to maintain your status as an active instructor following a successful completion of the evaluation process. If you fail to do so, you will have to take another ALARM course or Instructor course to maintain your active instructor status.

Space is limited to 24 participants per course. 

Upcoming Instructor Courses

Please note that there are currently no instructor courses planned.

 

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June 22 - 25
77th Annual Clinical and Scientific Conference
 
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Forum interactif en direct - le 8 septembre 2021
 
September 8 - 8
Live interactive forum - September 8, 2021
 
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Forum interactif en direct - le 13 octobre 2021
 

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The SOGC believes that good healthcare is built upon many partnerships and that improving healthcare requires a collaborative, holistic approach.

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