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Thank You!

A big thank you to all members who attended our Engagement Sessions to learn more about the Lung Health Foundation’s new strategic direction and provide input on how the ORCS can become more involved and engaged in upcoming initiatives. We will be in touch with next steps and updates over the coming weeks!

The 11th Annual Respiratory Health Forum

is next Wednesday, October 21st

We already have over 200 Registrants!!!

Join us for the Lung Health Foundation’s Respiratory Health Forum. This year’s event is online, of course. Together with other primary-care professionals, learn innovative approaches to lung health and the latest respiratory guidelines from leading medical experts. Did we mention it’s free? Because it is!

This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Ontario Chapter for up to 8.5 Mainpro+ credits.

This year’s agenda includes:

  • Family Medicine Leadership During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Stories from the Front Lines
  • Evolving and adapting exercise maintenance to our changing environment
  • Dysphagia and COPD – how to prevent exacerbations
  • Highlighting an online youth smoking and vaping cessation project
  • EMR-integrated point-of-care asthma care tool for a virtual world
  • Spirometry workshop
  • Pan-Canadian EMR standards for severe asthma
  • COPD co-morbidities and how to use information to manage patients

The Ontario Respiratory Care Society Central Region Committee Webinar

Pearls for Practice in Virtual Care:

Where we’re at, what we’ve learned, where we’re going. A panel discussion

You’re invited to join us from Noon-1pm on Tuesday November 3rd for this lively panel discussion featuring:

  • Sandra Mierdel Director of Clinical Innovation, Ontario Telemedicine Network
  • Tina Lepener RRT, CRE, ProResp
  • Meridene Haynes Coordinator, Caring for my COPD, Hamilton
  • Jennifer Nguyen RRT, CRE, ProResp 

Special thanks to Central Region Committee Members for planning this event!

 1 hour can be used toward continuing education requirements


BBC 2021 Goes Virtual!

Save the dates for our newly-formatted online Better Breathing conference!

This year, BBC2021 will take place over the week of

Monday January 18 to Friday January 22, 2021

Each day will focus on a key area of Lung Health

Asthma, COPD, Lung Cancer, Infectious Disease, and Vaping/Smoking Cessation

Registration will open soon! Stayed tuned!

Patient Support Group

Information about the upcoming support group meeting dates to disseminate to your patients and networks.

You are not alone.

We realize that a diagnosis of lung disease brings endless questions and concerns. We welcome you to join our first telephone based lung health support group. This opportunity is ideal for people who do not have a support group in their community or who may be unable to attend an in-person meeting.

Support group meetings will include:

An opportunity to share your experiences
An opportunity to ask questions of others living with a chronic lung condition and of Lung Health Foundation staff
Information on diagnosis, disease management and resources


Upcoming Support Groups

Wednesday, November 4th at 11:00 am
Wednesday, December 9th at 11:00 am
Wednesday, January 13th at 11:00 am

Support group meeting details:

  • All meetings will be from 11:00 am – 12 noon
  • Everyone is welcome (patients and caregivers). All lung diseases / conditions
  • No cost
  • Call in numbers are: Toll-free: 1- (877) 213-6937; Followed by the conference code: 845 200 1122 #

For more information or to add your name to the group distribution list, please contact:
Jody Hamilton (jhamilton@lunghealth.ca) (416-864-9911, ext. 290)

Diane Feldman (dfeldman@lunghealth.ca) (416-864-9911, ext. 274)

We look forward to speaking with you soon!

Patient Study Recruitment

Long time ORCS member, Mika Nonoyama is asking for your help in recruiting COPD Patients for the study, ” A Cross-sectional Survey on The Effects of Temperature and Humidity on Health Outcomes in Individuals with COPD.”

This study will look at the effects of temperature and humidity on different aspects of health in individuals with COPD and form the basis of future studies to determine the direct impacts of different weather extremes on COPD outcomes and how specific strategies may help with COPD management during these times.

This research study consists of a 20-30 minute survey that will include questions on their background health, health-related quality of life, respiratory symptoms, physical activity level, frequency of exacerbations, rescue inhaler use, and healthcare use during three different weather conditions: 1) hot and humid, 2) cold and dry, and 3) moderate or “ideal” temperature and humidity. A $20 gift card will be provided as compensation. The survey can be viewed at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GZ3R9BT

If you know of any suitable patients who may be interested in participating in this study, please feel free to give them this flyer:


Lung Health Foundation Pediatric Asthma Webinar Series

Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases in children. About one in four children and youth live with asthma in Ontario and asthma exacerbations remain one of the top reasons for hospitalizations in children and youth (CIHI, 2018). The Pediatric Asthma Webinar Series was created to address gaps in knowledge and training regarding diagnosis, risk factors, appropriate pharmacotherapy and strategies to assist with overall management of asthma in children and youth in the community.

This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Ontario Chapter for up to 6 Mainpro+ credits.

October 28, 2020 I 12:00 – 1:00 pm EST
How do we manage childhood asthma? Introducing the Ontario Health Asthma Quality Standards for children and adolescents – Dr. Dhenuka Radhakrishnan, MD FRCPC

November 4, 2020 I 12:00 – 1:00 pm EST
Smoke and Vapors in Youth – Dr. Tom Kovesi, MD, FRCP(C)

When objective measures are not available: Diagnosing Asthma in Preschoolers –
Dr. Ryan Smith, BASc, MSc, MB BCh BAO, FRCPC

November 18, 2020 I 12:00 – 1:00 pm EST
Is it time to change the way we manage asthma? Examining the relevance of GINA 2019 in children and adolescents – Dr. Dhenuka Radhakrishnan, MD FRCPC

more to come!

Update Your member profile!

By updating your ORCS member profile in Member 365 you are maximizing your reach with our directory for networking opportunities and the value of connecting with other society members. With the world going virtual, this tool is more important than ever for staying connected!

Update your ORCS Member profile today:

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