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COA Global Surgery (COAGS) Executive Statement - Nepal Earthquake

The COA Global Surgery (COAGS) Program Executive is releasing the following statement regarding the recent Nepal earthquake tragedy and the subsequent COA member response to aid in this tragedy:

It is well known that orthopaedic services are one of the foremost surgical needs required in the early days and weeks following any major earthquake. Mass numbers of victims with multiple fractures, crush injuries and spine fractures will inundate any regular health system, but in a very poor country such as Nepal, their abilities could become further overwhelmed. With more than 5000 people dead as of April 29, 2015, the trauma injury triangle would predict five times that number of victims (25,000) with major trauma-based injuries. This number will no doubt rise once the many villages in the Khumbu Valley region north of Kathmandu are reached.

Click on the Read More link below to read entire statement.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 April 2015 18:39
Will YOU be the 1000th Active Member?

Join the COA today as an Active member and you could be eligible for three years of free membership! Our 1000th Canadian Active member of the Association will not be charged any annual membership dues for three full years.

That is close to $2500 in savings!

Submit your completed membership application today!

Former COA members – this applies to you too! If you were previously a member of the COA in the past* and would like to reinstate your Active membership, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to rejoin. You might be our 1000th Active member and have your annual dues waived for three years!

* Must have previously been an Active or Associate member of the COA prior to 2014. In order to reinstate your membership, you must first pay the current fiscal year's membership dues in full.

The 1000th Active member would have his/her dues waived as of the COA's following fiscal year. Contest is open to new or former members, currently practicing in Canada, applying to the Active membership category only.

Last Updated on Monday, 30 November 2015 19:52
Calling on the Federal Government to Expand its Role in Health Care

The COA is one of thirty-nine health care organizations that comprise the Health Action Lobby (HEAL), a non-partisan coalition dedicated to improving the health of Canadians. On Dec. 2, 2014, HEAL issued a consensus statement, 'Accelerating Innovation and Improving Health System Performance', calling on the federal government to take a leadership role in collaboration, innovation and improved system performance along with the provinces and territories. See the full press release and statement HERE.

Last Updated on Friday, 02 January 2015 23:11
Quality Standards for Fracture Liaison Services in Canada

At least 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men will suffer a fragility fracture in their lifetime caused by osteoporosis. In Canada, 200,000 fractures occur each year, including 30,000 hip fractures. Of the Canadians who break a hip, 28% of women and 37% of men will die within the first year after their fracture. The rest will experience pain and loss of independence.

The acute hospitalization costs for fractures in Canada are $1.2 billion annually. The total costs, when considering outpatient care, prescription drugs and long term care costs for all fracture types is staggering, estimated in 2010 to be $3.9 billion per year in Canada. This does not include personal or financial loss experienced by patients or their caregivers.

It is essential that people presenting with fragility fractures of the hip, spine, wrist and shoulder receive high-quality preventive care. Currently, over 80% of Canadians who suffer a fragility fracture never receive the osteoporosis screening and/or treatment they need to prevent their next fracture.

The good news is that many of the fragility fractures can be prevented and many lives saved with Fracture Liaison Services (FLS). FLS is a model of care which has been proven in Canada and other countries to reduce the incidence of repeat fractures and the related pain and suffering while resulting in cost savings to the healthcare system. Osteoporosis Canada urges all jurisdictions to implement an effective FLS by 2015.

To support ongoing implementation of FLS, Osteoporosis Canada has developed Quality Standards for FLS in Canada. These standards provide very clear guidance to healthcare professionals and administrators on what a world-class FLS can and will deliver. To date (November 25, 2014), these Quality Standards have been endorsed by the Canadian Orthopaedic Association, the Canadian Orthopaedic Nurses Association, Bone and Joint Canada and the Canadian Rheumatology Association.

The Quality Standards for Fracture Liaison Services in Canada are available at For more information, contact Dr. Diane Thériault at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

NATF Fellowship Application Deadline = December 30

Applications for the North American Travelling Fellowship (NATF) are now being accepted until December 30, 2016. This dynamic fellowship is open to surgeons who have completed their residency training in Canada up to three years ago. The tour of Canadian and American centres will begin in the Fall of 2017. We encourage all eligible members to apply. Complete criteria and a downloadable application form can be found here.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 July 2016 14:42
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