C.A. Roberts Award for Clinical Leadership First awarded in 1998
In response to the crisis faced by primary care physicians in accessing consultations with psychiatrists, Dr. Keith Anderson championed the development of the Ottawa Academy of Medicine Psychiatry Referral Line. This is the equivalent of an out-patient service in a community hospital. It assists family physicians to access timely referrals to community-based psychiatrists for patients. In 2005, Dr. Anderson secured ongoing funding for the service from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.
Dr. Donald Addington received the award for impressive leadership in providing superior quality care to patients at risk of or suffering from schizophrenia. Dr. Addington is the driving force behind Calgary’s Early psychosis Treatment Service, which cares for patients with schizophrenia as well as those who are at high risk of developing this disease. The service is a combination of two innovative clinical programs, the First Episode Psychosis Service and PRIME.
Dr. Derek Puddester received this award for improving mental health services to physicians. Under his leadership as Director of the Faculty Wellness Program for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa the centre has developed several collaborations to extend its reach and make its products available nationally and internationally. Dr. Puddester is a founding member of the Canadian Physician Health Network, the Centre for Physician Health and Well-being and the Academic Network of Physician Health Initiatives.
Dr. Hany Bissada established and developed the Ottawa Hospital’s Regional Centre for the Treatment of Eating Disorders. He established the Centre at a time when many eating disorders patients were being sent out of the country for treatment. Over the last 20 years he expanded the Centre to include an intensive day hospital program, a six-bed inpatient unit and an outpatient eating disorders program, integrating the three components so that patients can move seamlessly from one to the other based on their needs.
Dr. Trevor Hurwitz has improved the health care services patients with somatoform disorders and neurobehavioural conditions receive in British Columbia, the Yukon and the Northwest Territories by establishing and growing the British Columbia Provincial Neuropsychiatry Program. He has served as the Medical Director of the Neuropsychiatry Program since its inception in 2000.
Dr. Nady el-Guebaly developed the Calgary Health Region's Addictions Program some 20 years ago at a time when many addictions patients were being sent out of province and to the U.S. for treatment. The Addictions Centre's program of vertically integrated care has grown into a region-wide program. In addition, Dr. el-Guebaly has developed a population-based regional service model that integrates addictions with mental health and general health.
Dr. Pierre Gagné established the first Canadian forensic psychiatry service in a general hospital at Sherbrooke Hospital. He also introduced a specialized treatment for paraphilia based in anti-androgenous medication and CBT which is now the gold standard in Canada. He is also a founding member of the CPA Forensic Section and the Canadian Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.
Dr. Robert Swenson developed multidisciplinary urgent consultation clinics at the two Ottawa Hospital campuses, giving patients in the nation's capital rapid access to outpatient mental health care. His innovative medical directive has given the hospital's psychiatric nurses, social workers and psychologists an expanded scope of practice.
Dr. Richard Williams established British Columbia's first Early Psychosis Program, a community-based early diagnosis and management service in Victoria for young patients with schizophrenia. He also developed the first BC group homes geared to youth with first-episode psychosis and forged links with community agencies to provide psycho-education and support to families of patients.
Dr. Bruce McCreary was recognized for his administrative innovations and for the superior quality of care he gave individuals with intellectual disabilities throughout his 40-year career. He was the driving force behind the establishment and maintenance of formal agreements with affiliated agencies in the field of developmental disabilities.
Dr. Keith Hildahl has upheld the principles of access, fairness and exemplary psychiatric service for children and their families for a decade by enhancing funding and staffing resources. This resulted in a large increase in the number of psychiatrists, a decrease in waiting lists and a substantial increase in overall service delivery.
Dr. Nicholas Kates was recognized for leadership and innovation in advancing collaborative mental health care and linking mental health care with primary care reforms.
Dr. Alistair Munro
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