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Chair’s Message

Happy New Year!! 2017 has been a year of growth and progress for The Lung Association – Ontario and the Ontario Respiratory Care Society. We are excited about the new ORCS member portal that launched in the fall. The new portal is a streamlined system that puts membership management, communications and events all in the one place. The new portal greatly improves the ORCS registration process for returning and new members, allows members to have their own profile page, and streamlines Better Breathing and other event registrations. If you haven’t done so already, visit to create or update your profile today!

Better Breathing 2018, Jan 25 – 27, is almost upon us. Canada’s premier respiratory conference caters to a variety of health-care disciplines including respiratory therapists, nurses, physiotherapists, pulmonary function technologists, occupational therapists, social workers, pharmacists, dietitians, and others involved in various aspects of respiratory care. This year’s line-up includes sessions on Transplant Innovations, the Use of Apps and New Technology in Sleep Medicine, Compassion Fatigue for Health-care Workers, and a lively (if I may say so myself) debate on pulmonary rehabilitation versus general rehabilitation when treating COPD. New this year will be a Respiratory Therapy Society of Ontario (RTSO) education stream featuring acute and community sessions, as well as the RTSO sponsored poster session and cocktail reception. For more information please see the Better Breathing website,

And finally, The Breathe! Gala returns on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at the Liberty Grand – one of Toronto’s most prestigious venues. Tickets are discounted for Better Breathing delegates. Purchase tickets here. I hope you can join us for an evening of celebration and help us continue to create breathing breakthroughs!

I am always available to discuss any comments or suggestions that you may have. Feel free to contact me by email or by phone 4l6-978-1739. I’m looking forward to seeing you at Better Breathing 2018!

Respectfully submitted,
Dina Brooks, BScPT, MSc, PhD
Chair, Ontario Respiratory Care Society

Editor’s Message

Welcome to the Winter 2018 edition of Update on Respiratory Health, Research and Education. The Editorial Board and Respiratory Health Educators Interest Group (RHEIG) continue to work hard to bring you interesting and informative articles in this joint ORCS/RHEIG publication and we hope these will enhance your knowledge about various areas of lung health.
Our first feature article Protection of Lung Health of Poultry Farmers in Ontario: Results of Outreach Rural Lung Health Clinics with N95 Respirator Fit-testing, has been written for us by Rose-Marie Dolinar while the second feature article by Donna Pan is titled Youth as Social Change Makers.

While our In the Toolbox section provides a review of Common Asthma Triggers: An Education Companion, which was developed for use with people with low literacy or English as a second language, our Eye On section presents the after-school program Play for All which promotes lung health and activity in children in primary school. In our Respiratory Articles of Interest section we provide summaries of two articles: one relates to asthma in athletes, and the other to painful co-morbidities in those with COPD. Lastly, but in no way least, In the Spotlight shines the light on our talented Shelley Provost.

As you know Better Breathing 2018 is only a number of weeks away and we encourage you to attend this excellent conference along with the Thursday afternoon sessions just prior to the conference, which are sponsored by the RHEIG. Please check the website and set aside January 25 to 27, 2018 so that you can join us in Toronto at Better Breathing 2018.

As we provide you with this joint electronic publication, we look forward to hearing from you with feedback, so, please, do let us know what you think!

Respectfully submitted,
Jocelyn Carr, BScPT, MSc
Co-chair Editorial Board


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