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Canadian Nurses Association welcomes new dementia advisory board

Ottawa, May 14, 2018 — The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) welcomes the creation of a new dementia board that includes a strong nursing voice. CNA CEO Mike Villeneuve issued the following statement:

“We welcome Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor’s announcement of an advisory board that will focus on the health-care issues of people living with dementia. Today’s announcement is a great step to ensure that Canada’s national dementia strategy builds on the expertise of health and social service professionals, patient advocates and people living with dementia.

“Several months ago, we advised the minister to include a strong nursing voice in the creation of the dementia strategy in Canada. We are thrilled that Petitpas Taylor appointed CNA president Barb Shellian to represent nurses on the board. Shellian’s expertise in rural and community settings, her experience with telehealth, as well as her broad leadership experience at the national level will be great assets to the advisory board.

“Researchers suggest that current funding models are not adequately addressing dementia care and that patients’ social needs often go unmet. Patient outcomes improve significantly when health-care providers have the knowledge and skills to identify those unmet needs and use suitable behaviour-management interventions. The introduction of better dementia care models in communities will mean better patient outcomes and savings for the health system. To ensure appropriate dementia prevention and management of care for people living with dementia, we will need more evidence-based education across interprofessional care teams.

“We look forward to contributing to Canada’s national dementia strategy and ensuring a strong nursing collaboration to improve care for people living with dementia.”


The Canadian Nurses Association is the national and global professional voice of Canadian nursing, representing over 139,000 registered nurses and nurse practitioners in Canada. CNA advances the practice and profession of nursing to improve health outcomes and strengthen Canada’s publicly funded, not-for-profit health system.

For more information, please contact:

David Granovsky
Lead, Government Relations
Canadian Nurses Association
Cell: 613-697-7497
E-mail: dgranovsky@cna-aiic.ca