Issue No. 9
Jul 24, 2006


Regsiter Now for Congress 2006!

AGM Notice

Membership Fees

Anaerobic Bacteriology Workshop

Iron Haemochromatosis Telehealth Seminar

Wait Times Unchanged

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Regsiter Now for Congress 2006!

Our annual Congress - the premier BCSLS event of the year - brings together laboratory professionals, educators, and industry representatives across the the province and nationally.

Riding the Rails in the Rockies will be held on September 21-23 in Cranbrook at the Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort & Convention Centre, 209 Van Horne St., Cranbrook, BC.

This event is fast approaching so make sure you register by our Early Bird deadline of August 15th. Regsiter early and save! Space is limited so make sure you get registered now!

Use the following links to register and get more information about:

Program & Social Events


Location & Accomodation

Exhbitors & Sponsors

The organizing committee can be reached at: BCSLS Congress 2006, Box 695, Elkford, BC, V0B 1H0 or by email Leslie Carson for more information.

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AGM Notice

Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Friday, September 22nd at 09:00-11:15 in Cranbrook at Congress 2006. The location is the Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort and Convention Centre. A complimentary breakfast is provided to all those who attend and door prizes are available.

A copy of the 2005/06 Annual Financial Statement and membership report will be published on our web site in August and in the August edition of The Objective.

Board Elections: Interested in serving on the Board? Check out the Board Position & Duties for 2007 - Vice President, Director for Medical Laboratory Technologists, Treasurer and Director of Marketing and Communications. Elections will be held at the AGM. If you are interested, or know someone who might be, submit a Nominations Form by September 10th or come to the AGM to put your name forward.

Awards: Honorary Awards for 2006 will be given out at the AGM as well as Dr. Phil Reid Bursaries. Check out our Awards web page for more information.

Have a look at the AGM 2005 minutes and AGM 2006 Agenda. Please print these and bring them to the AGM.

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Membership Fees

While BCSLS membership fees have remained unchanged since 2000, the costs of operations have risen. Last year's AGM voted in favour of a general increase of $10.00 per member to bridge the gap.

Our new fees for 2007/08 will be:

MLTs (Certified and Non-Certified working in a Canadian laboratory) $106.30 ($100.28, plus GST).

MLAs (Certified and Non-Certified working in a Canadian laboratory) $68.85 ($64.95, plus GST).

Affiliates (MLTs and MLAs who are Certified or Non-Certified, but not working in a Canadian laboratory for at least 12 consecutive months; students in approved programs leading to certification by CSMLS and/or BCSLS). Affiliates cannot vote or hold office in the society. $63.50 ($59.91, plus GST).

The increase is needed despite significant reductions in some administrative costs, including board travel and accomodation expenses. BCSLS fees will still compare favourably with similar societies, such as the Ontario Society of Medical Technologists. A further smaller increase of 1.6% for 2008/09 will be recommended to the next AGM. This will allow for inflation when combined with the general GST reduction that came into effect this month.

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Anaerobic Bacteriology Workshop

In conjunction with Congress 2006 the BCSLS East Kootenay Academy is offering a special pre-congress workshop on Anaerobic Bacteriology for the Clinical Laboratory. While it is aimed at Microbiology Technologists this workshop may be of interest to all laboratory scientists.

Faculty: Mike Cox, President of Anaerobe Systems

Date: Wednesday, September 20th, 2006

Time: 0830-16:30

Location: Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort and Convention Centre (site of Congress 2006) in Cranbrook, BC.

Cost: $125.00 (for those registered for the full Congress); $135 for those not registered for the full Congress.

Included: Lunch, handouts, and The Wadsworth KTL Anaerobic Bacteriology Manual (6th Edition)

Workshop Information Brochure

Workshop Enrollment Form

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Iron Haemochromatosis Telehealth Seminar

BCSLS is pleased to present another in its series of Telehealth Seminars for 2006:

Dr. Gillian Lockitch, Director of the Department of Pathology & Lab Medicine, UBC/Children's & Women's Health Centre of BC will provide an update on the recognized genetic variants of haemochromatosis, present typical case studies, examine genotype/biochemical and clinical phenotype relationships and suggest an approach to diagnosing and confirming haemochromatosis in children and young adults.

Date: October 19

Time: 6:00PM-8:00PM (PST)

Location: Participating TeleHealth Sites. Contact BCSLS to request that your site be added to the list.

Early Bird Rate: $25 BCSLS Members/$50 Non-Members. Deadline: October 5th

Late Registration: $35 BCSLS Members/$65 Non-Members, after October 5th.

Online Registration Form

Mail-In Registration Form & Bulletin

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Wait Times Unchanged

Despite an all-out effort by governments to reduce wait times for medical services, supported by billions of dollars in federal funding, the wait-time needle has not budged according to a Statistics Canada report.

On a national basis, median wait times for specialist visits edged up from 4.0 to 4.3 weeks between 2003 and 2005, while wait times for non-emergency surgeries and diagnostic tests remained the same at 4.3 and 3.0 weeks respectively.

Wait times for specialist visits in the western provinces increased from 3.0 to 4.3 weeks, and B.C. also witnessed an increase in wait times for non-emergency services and diagnostic tests. The median wait for diagnostic tests in Newfoundland and Labrador more than doubled from 2.0 to 4.3 weeks.

On a national basis, over 80 per cent of patients get specialized services within three months, but the proportion getting cardiac and cancer-related surgery in under a month declined from almost 60 per cent in 2003 to 42 per cent in 2005. It was the same pattern for joint replacement and cataract surgery with a drop from approximately 25 to 19 per cent. All of these procedures were targeted as priorities by First Ministers in the 2004 health accord.

The calculations are based on a survey of the experiences of almost 34,000 Canadians through the Canadian Community Health Survey. Preliminary results for the first six months of 2005 were released in January. This report is for the full calendar year.

Source: Merck-Frosst Health Edition July 14, 2006 Volume 10 Issue 28

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News Shorts

BC & Alberta Agree Regional Trading Bloc

In April the BC and Alberta provincial governments signed an agreement to create an "economic region" free of certain barriers to trade. Included is the removal of separate licensing arrangements for certain professions such as Medical Laboratory Technologists. Unfortunately, BC doesn't license MLTs! It appears that in order to protect the public safety in Alberta MLTs moving from BC will need to get licensed in Alberta, but not the other way around. In fact, Albertan's moving to BC won't even have to maintain their previous licensure.

UBC Finds Genetic Key to Dementia

UBC researchers, Dr. Ian MacKenzie and Dr. Howard Feldman in cooperation with the Mayo Clinic in Florida have discovered a genetic mutation responsible for the second most common form of dementia in people 65 and younger - frontotemporal dementia (FTD). The discovery is a major step forward in diagnosis, screening and possible treatment for the disease. The discovery was reported in Nature, an online magazine.

Anti-MRSA Sports Clothing

A full head-to-toe body suit may be required in future, at least in Australia, to prevent the spread of community-acquired MRSA, according to Professor Turnidge, Director of Laboratory Medicine at the Women's and Children's Hospital in Adelade. The professor stated that due to cuts and abrasions in contact sports, the prevalence of chronic skin disorders such as eczema, and the spread of CA-MRSA the time may be near when schools sports programs and other public recreation programs may have to adopt rules about such clothing. His remarks were reported in the publication Australian Doctor.

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