Healthy behaviours and
supportive environments related to sexuality and reproduction are the
two principal desired outcomes of Ontario's Reproductive Health and
Sexual Health Standards. They are aimed at promoting healthy sexuality,
reducing the burden of sexually transmitted infections and unwanted
pregnancies, while enabling optimal health for both parents and newborns
from preconception to birth. From the onset of sexual maturity through
parenthood, people must be given the tools to make wise decisions
related to sexuality and reproduction, and to avail themselves of
established and effective interventions to ensure their physical,
emotional and social health and wellbeing.
|Resolution: #A02-5, Reporting on Sexual Health, AIDS and Other STD Teaching|
Association of Local Public Health Agencies (alPHa) petition the
Minister of Health and Long-Term Care to request the Minister of
Education to amend appropriate sections of the Education Act so as to
require the reporting of the proportion of students in grades 7-9
receiving the minimum three hours of sexual health teaching and three
hours of education about AIDS and other STD’s, annually, by schools, and
further that such reports be provided to the Boards of Health having
jurisdiction for each school.|
Developments on #A02-5:
February 7, 2003
a response from Geoff Kettel at the Public Health Branch that the
MOHLTC is "committed to supporting health units in the implementation of
mandated health promotion activities...to that end, the Branch is
involved in a number of ongoing activities, which address the provision
of health education in school curriculums, including sexual health
November 25, 2002
a response from Minister Witmer, summarizing the overall and specific
expectations of what students are required to learn about these subjects
in grades 7 to 12. She indicated that it is up to instructors on how to
meet these expectations, and that no amendments to require reporting of enrollment or success rates in the courses are being planned.
|CLOSED Resolutions:Resolution: #A05-1, Improving Access to Contraception in Ontario|
resolution calls for a change to the status of Levonorgestrel (a.k.a.
Plan B or the "morning after" pill) as a Schedule 2 drug, subject to
direct intervention of a pharmacist or certified dispenser. The form
that is used as part of this intervention calls for personal
information, including sexual history. alPHa believes that this is a
significant barrier to access. Levonorgestrel has been proven safe and
effective, and as such should be available as an off-schedule (over the
counter) medication for sale at any retail outlet. |
September 10, 2007
has been informed that NAPRA has received an application from the
Women's Health division of Paladin Labs to move Plan B to Schedule III
status, which would make it available over the counter. alPHa has sent
the resolution to the Executive Director of NAPRA to support the
April 27 2007
Resolution closed by alPHa board of Directors
April 24 2007
Advocacy Committee recommends closure as alPHa's advocacy efforts have been met with a clear response. NAPRA has made clear
its disagreement with alPHa’s position, and the CPA screening
interventions in question were changed in December 2005 following a
complaint by Ontario’s Privacy Commissioner
March 28, 2006
received from the National Association of Pharmacy Regulatory
Authorities outlining the reasons that it disagrees with alPHa's position on access to Emergency Contraception. Please click here to read.
March 21, 2006
received from the Ontario College of Pharmacists, outlining the current
standards of practice for the dispensation of Emergency Contraception.
Includes an excerpt from the general Standards of Practice (2003) and an
interpretation of that document's Standard 4 (patient interaction) for
the purposes of provision of EC. Please click here to read.
February 15, 2006
sent to the President of the National Association of Pharmacy
Regulatory Authorities and the Registrar of the Ontario College of
Pharmacists introducing this resolution. Copies sent to the CMOH, the
Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and the President of the Canadian
Pharmacists' Association. Please click here to read.
December 8, 2005
Ontario College of Pharmacists has agreed to advise its members to stop
using a screening form that was part of the dispensing process of
Levonorgestrel, following a complaint by Ontario's privacy commissioner.
Please click here to read the Toronto Star article.