In this 2015 Marion Woodward lecture, Dr. Robyn Tamblyn will speak on health information technology in Canada.

Event Details

When: October 15, Thursday 2015 | 7:00-8:00pm

Where: UBC Robson Square | 800 Robson Street [Map & Parking]

Speaker: Robyn Tamblyn, BSCN, MSc, PhD | Scientific Director, CIHR – Institute of Health Services and Policy Research Professor, Departments of Medicine and Epidemiology & Biostatistics, McGill University, Faculty of Medicine

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For information on the afternoon symposium: Nursing Leadership Roles in eHealth Technologies


The Canadian landscape of health information technology is at an all-time high with various types of smart devices, electronic health records, and decision support systems available to both the health community and patients. Such technologies help to improve the productivity of clinicians and the safety of the patients by increasing the efficiency of certain tasks and reducing the risk of error. With nurses representing the largest workforce within the health care delivery system, there are many technologies designed with their expertise in mind to help streamline health care delivery. Two such technologies are web-based case management systems, which allow nurses to virtually manage the on-going health of patients, and home care technologies, such as watch sensors, monitoring tools, and telemedicine, which all allow direct access to nurses. These clinical informatics tools are particularly beneficial for patients transitioning in care and for seniors who may have questions concerning their chronic conditions or medications and may not be mobile to visit their primary care physician or community pharmacist. Furthermore, these technologies allow nurses to manage many more patients than would be feasible in person and deliver care to their full expertise and potential.


Dr. Robyn Tamblyn is a Professor in the Department of Medicine and the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McGill University. She is a James McGill Chair, a Medical Scientist at the McGill University Health Center Research Institute, and the Scientific Director of the Clinical and Health Informatics Research Group at McGill University. Dr Tamblyn’s ground-breaking research on educational outcomes has elucidated important relationships between health professional training, licensure and practice that have subsequently guided credentialing policies. Her work on prescription drug use, its determinants, and computerized interventions to improve drug safety (MOXXI) have been recognized internationally. She leads a CIHR-funded team to investigate the use of e-health technologies to support integrated care for chronic disease, and co-leads a Canadian Foundation for Innovation Informatics Laboratory to create advanced technologies to monitor adverse events in populations and create new tools to improve the safety and effectiveness of health care. Her work is published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Annals of Internal Medicine, the British Medical Journal, Medical Care, and Health Services Research among others. She has been awarded the CHSRF KT award for her research in improving the use of medication as well as the ACFAS Bombardier award for innovation in the development of a computerized drug management system. As of January, 2011, she became the Scientific Director of the Institute of Health Services and Policy Research at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

History of the Marion Woodware Lecture

The Mr. and Mrs. P.A. Woodward Foundation has generously supported the annual Marion Woodward Lecture since 1969, when over 300 students, faculty, alumni, affiliates, nursing leaders, clinical colleagues and members of the public gathered to hear the then Executive Director of the Canadian Nurses Association, Helen Mussallem, deliver a talk entitled “Nursing Tomorrow”.

Mrs. Marion Woodward had never before allowed her name to be used in conjunction with grants from the Foundation, but through the efforts of Beth McCann, she endorsed the speaker series and hosted a tea reception at her home following the initial lecture (Zilm & Warbinek).

What is the key to happiness? Is it family relationships? Wealth? Job satisfaction? Helping others? Perhaps we need to spend more time in nature, and less time in cities. And is happiness a universal feeling, or are there significant differences in the experience of it based on culture, age or other factors? There are so many ideas about where happiness comes from, yet many of us still struggle to find it. Are some people simply hardwired to be happy and others not, or is it a state of mind that can be consciously pursued?

Shiral Tobin – Producer of CBC’s The Early Edition

Elizabeth Dunn – Associate Professor, UBC Department of Psychology
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Relevant Books and Articles at UBC Library

Willingham, D. T., & Dunn, E. W. (2003). What neuroimaging and brain localization can do, cannot do, and should not do for social psychology. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 85(4), 662. [Link]

Dunn, E. W., & Weidman, A. C. (2015). Building a science of spending: Lessons from the past and directions for the future. Journal of Consumer Psychology, 25(1), 172-178. doi:10.1016/j.jcps.2014.08.003 [Link]

Yu, R. Q., & Zhao, J. (2015). The persistence of the attentional bias to regularities in a changing environment. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, doi:10.3758/s13414-015-0930-5 [Link]

Mani, A., Mullainathan, S., Shafir, E., & Zhao, J. (2013). Poverty impedes cognitive function. Science, 341(6149), 976-980. doi:10.1126/science.1238041 [Link]

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Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by the School of Nursing at UBC. Following World War II, governments began extending healthcare to residents living in northern remote communities as a way to “modernize” the vast region and to pave the way for increased resource extraction. Small outpost nursing stations were established across the north where nurses, often working alone and facing a number of challenges, delivered health care services to the primarily Aboriginal population. However, the nurses’ roles and their perceptions of the communities where they worked were often ambiguous and contradictory, resulting in a mixed experience for nurses and patients alike. Drawing from the nurses’ personal correspondence and interviews, this presentation will examine the perspectives about the places where nurses worked and the people they provided services to during a time of significant change.

Select Articles Available at UBC Library

McBain, L. (2013). Jurisdictional boundaries and the challenges of providing health care in a northern landscape. Nursing History Review, 21, 80-88. doi:10.1891/1062-8061.21.80. [Link]

McBain, L. (2012). Pulling up their sleeves and getting on with it: Providing health care in a northern remote region. Canadian Bulletin of Medical History, 29(2), 309. [Link]

McBain, L., & Morgan, D. (2005). Telehealth, geography, and jurisdiction: Issues of healthcare delivery in northern saskatchewan. Canadian Woman Studies, 24(4), 123. [Link]

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Aboriginal Health

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Martin Dawes, MD, PhD
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Pieter Cullis, PhD
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Bruce McManus, MD, PhD
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Ida Goodreau
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Is brain failure inevitable?

Teresa Liu-Ambrose, PhD, PT
Associate Professor, UBC Department of Physical Therapy; Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity, Mobility, and Cognitive Neuroscience

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Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by the Consortium and the BC History of Nursing Society. In the immediate post-WWII Years, the treatment of caesarean sections solidified and became entrenched in medical and social discourses. Canadian mothers and medical professionals embarked on a quarter-of-a-century consideration of how reduction of risk in c-sections could contribute to positive outcomes. This case study looks at the operation as it occurred at St. Paul’s Hospital, exploring social, technological, and professional changes in the operation through the lens of a large, urban, tertiary care facility to expose a shift to increased comfort with the operation. By examining medical records and prevailing medical and social discourses of the era, Sally Mennill traces this shift beyond the early-twentieth-century era of extreme caution with regard to surgical birth. Specifically, caesarean deliveries continued to take place in cases when the fetus had to be removed to prevent imminent death, but it was also relied upon increasingly in scenarios where the threat of death was not the primary determining factor. By the end of the 1960s, caesarean section had become an option even when existing records suggest that danger was not clear cut.

About the speaker:
Sally received her BA in History and Canadian Studies from Simon Fraser University in 2000, and her MA in Canadian Studies from Trent University in 2005. Her PhD, exploring caesarean sections in post-WWII British Columbia, is from UBC’s Centre for Women’s and Gender Studies (2012). Sally has been teaching at Douglas College since 2007, first as contract faculty and now as probationary regular faculty.

Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by the Life Sciences Institute at UBC. This talk – “Drugs, Diet and Genes. Personal Approaches to Treat Diabetes and Obesity” is about the link between obesity and diabetes, current treatment options for type 2 diabetes and how genetics and personalized medicine will inform better treatments in the near future.

This talk is an informal and open forum that aims to bring the latest and greatest ideas in the area of the Life Sciences to the public. Each event is free to attend and will include a talk, networking opportunities and reception. This series focuses on Personalized Medicine and how the Life Sciences Institute faculty, staff and students are working to change clinical practice, improve health outcomes, and reduce health costs. In partnership with the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre’s Health Information Series, an ongoing public lecture series that take place in the Lower Mainland community.


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Medical Director,
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