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For Immediate Release
Whitby, Ontario - January 6, 2006 - VON (Victorian Order of Nurses) is pleased with the steps that the Liberal Party of Canada has taken towards addressing the needs and concerns of caregivers.
"As the health care system continues to move people from the institutional setting to the home and community care arena, the role of caregivers will continue to grow and be an even more important to the sustainability of our health care system. As an organization that has been a leader in this field we applaud the Liberal party for tackling an issue that has not been given the attention it deserves " said Dr. Judith Shamian, President and CEO, VON Canada. "A national and comprehensive strategy along with substantial financial investments like the one we are seeing today will help to keep caregiving at the top of the agenda."
In particular, VON is pleased that a Liberal government would:
VON is currently working to launch Canada's first caregiver portal that will:
"The issue of caregiving and the need to support caregivers is not new to VON. We have been dealing with this issue for over 100 years and are pleased that the issue is climbing the political agenda," said Dr. Judith Shamian. "While much works remains to be done, the opportunity for community based organizations like the VON to provide community based solutions with financial resources is crucial if we are going to support the needs of caregivers".
For information on VON's position on caregiving, please visit the following links:
VON is dedicated to being a leader in the delivery of innovative
comprehensive health and social services and to influencing the
development of health and social policy in Canada. We are a national
health organization and registered charity offering a wide range
of community health care solutions that meet the needs of Canadians