PFSP captures international attention

PFSP Perspectives

January 16, 2019

Representative invited to share insights at conference in Spain

Physician wellness is a key component in maintaining the effectiveness of our health care system. As one of the top physician care programs in Canada, the Physician and Family Support Program continues to ensure physicians are receiving the best possible support.

Dr. Terrie Brandon, Clinical and Program Director of PFSP, recently traveled to Spain to attend an international conference centered on the quality of mental health resources available to physicians. She was invited by the Catalonia Medical Council to speak at the conference in Barcelona because they wanted to showcase physician health programs from various countries and they had heard that PFSP is one of the most successful programs in Canada.

At the conference, Dr. Brandon found that the practices of supporting mental health varied from country to country, but she also found that the core philosophies were the same. “All agreed that mental health and addictions problems are health issues that require effective and timely treatment for physicians,” Dr. Brandon shares. “All programs are working to reduce stigma around these issues. And all of us agree that physicians have multiple barriers to seeking help.”

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