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Health Advocate Applauds Federal Government in Free Access to Contraceptives for Canadians

OTTAWA, ON: The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologist of Canada (SOGC) applauds the Canadian government on today’s historic announcement to include free access for prescription contraceptives as part of a National Framework for Pharmacare.

This announcement begins a generational shift across Canada in terms of access and the future of women’s health care at large. Access to contraception is not only a matter of reproductive rights but also a fundamental aspect of public health and equity.

As a national voice for women’s health and rights, the SOGC has been advocating for coverage for a full range of contraceptive options, including: the pill; the patch; the ring; IUDs; the shot and the implant. By removing the financial barriers to all contraceptives, women will have the tools to better control their futures and as a result, improve economic prosperity for the country. Investment in a program that provides universal access to contraception is an investment in Canada’s future.

The direct cost of unintended pregnancy in Canada is estimated to be at least $320 million and does not factor in the downstream costs to the individual, their community or society. Women spend approximately 35 years of their lives in their childbearing years. A woman planning to have two children will spend five years on average trying to conceive, being pregnant and then breastfeeding. This means that Canadian women spend 30 years of their lives, on average, incurring the associated costs of trying to avoid a pregnancy.

The SOGC also wishes to applaud the efforts of the New Democratic Party as part of their Supply and Confidence Agreement with the federal government and their commitment to pharmacare in Canada.

“The SOGC is pleased with today’s announcement from the federal government and its commitment to women’s health care in Canada. This policy will help ensure that women are empowered with the tools to better control their futures including family planning, educational pursuits and workforce entry and re-entry. By ensuring coverage for all contraceptives, we are taking significant steps towards a healthier and more equitable future for all Canadians.” – Dr. Amanda Black, President of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada

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SOGC News Release

Media Inquiries:

Kelsey MacDonald
Director of Communications and Public Affairs
Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada
[email protected]
613-730-4192 x 228

February 29, 2024
Health Advocate Applauds Federal Government in Free Access to Contraceptives for Canadians
 

People with polycystic ovary syndrome may be at higher risk of suicide: study

The SOGC's CEO, Dr. Diane Francoeur speaks to Global News Edmonton about Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and how it can affect women's mental health. 

Read the full article at Global News Edmonton
February 7, 2024
People with polycystic ovary syndrome may be at higher risk of suicide: study
 

N.B. medical groups call for greater abortion access following Clinic 554 closure

Some medical groups are calling on the provincial government to expand access to surgical abortions following the closure of Clinic 554. Dr. Amanda Black, the president of the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada, says that it’s unacceptable to leave large swaths of the province without local access to surgical abortion procedures.

Read the full article on Global News.

February 6, 2024
N.B. medical groups call for greater abortion access following Clinic 554 closure
 

About the SOGC

The SOGC is one of Canada’s oldest national specialty organizations. Established in 1944, the Society’s mission is to lead the advancement of women’s health through excellence and collaborative professional practice.

The SOGC has over 4,000 members, comprised of obstetricians, gynaecologists, family physicians, nurses, midwives, and allied health professionals working in the field of sexual reproductive health.


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About the JOGC The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada (JOGC) publishes original research, reviews, case reports, and commentaries by Canadian and international authors, pertinent to readers in Canada and around the world.

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About the JOGC

The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada (JOGC) publishes original research, reviews, case reports, and commentaries by Canadian and international authors, pertinent to readers in Canada and around the world. The Journal covers a wide range of topics in obstetrics and gynaecology and women’s health covering all life stages including the evidence-based Clinical Practice Guidelines, Committee Opinions, and Policy Statements that derive from standing or ad hoc committees of The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada.

The Journal emphasizes vigorous peer-review and accepts papers in English and French. Abstracts for all papers are available in both languages. JOGC is indexed in Medline.

We are excited to announce that starting January 2022, the JOGC will transition into an online-only publication in an effort to reduce its environmental footprint while remaining a valuable benefit to SOGC members.

 
Online Courses
Premier medical education combined with the convenience of online study.

 

SOGC Online Courses

 

Designed by SOGC experts and employing the most current medical knowledge, our accredited online courses combine premier medical education with the convenience of online study. These courses are designed specifically for improving the learning experience and to tailor your educational experiences to meet your personal learning objectives.

 

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ALARM Courses
ALARM - Advances in Labour and Risk Management Improving care provided to women, babies and families during pregnancy, labour and delivery.

Advances in Labour and Risk Management (ALARM)

                 The SOGC places the utmost importance on improving intrapartum care, from the process to its outcomes. One way to achieve that objective is through offering continuing education programs like the ALARM course (Advances in Labour and Risk Management).

Welcome and Overview

ALARM was developed by obstetricians/gynaecologists, family physicians, midwives and nurses, who jointly continue to maintain and teach the course. Backed by the SOGC, the ALARM course arose out of our work to improve the care provided to women, babies, and families during pregnancy, labour, and postpartum.

  • The content of the course is evidence-based and incorporates the Canadian practice guidelines, so participants who complete the course gain an understanding of the latest best practices for providing care.
  • The ALARM course objective is to evaluate, update and maintain the competence of obstetricians/gynaecologists, family physicians, midwifes and nurses.
  • This two-day course offers case-based and hands-on workshops.
  • This course is not intended to certify attendees in any procedural skills. It provides education and hands-on experience, but this is not a substitute for clinical exposure and mentorship.
  • The courses have a ratio of approximately 6 participants to 1 faculty member to ensure a highly interactive and educational course.
The ALARM certificate will be awarded only to those who pass the written examination and who attend the course in its entirety.

If you are unable to attend an ALARM course but would like to purchase the PDF ALARM manual, please download this form  and submit it by email to [email protected].

 

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The SOGC is the leading voice in women's health in Canada. We are a strong and vibrant society with an active and growing membership. We are here to support you in providing the best care possible to women in Canada and around the world. That's why so many health care providers have become members of the SOGC. Let us be your partner in practice.

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March 11 - 11
Prise en charge médicale de l'endométriose et des fibromes
 
April 3 - 3
Live interactive forum - Cervical cancer screening
 
April 24 - 24
Contraception Summit 2024
 
June 10 - 14
Annual Clinical and Scientific Conference 2024
 

Public Education Resources

The SOGC believes that good healthcare is built upon many partnerships and that improving healthcare requires a collaborative, holistic approach.

Providing the public with the information needed to make informed health decisions removes one barrier to improved health.

SexandU.ca

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Brand Recognition Program

The SOGC Brand Recognition Program aims to assist Canadian consumers to make informed choices when selecting over-the-counter products. 

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