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Latest News Releases from Yukon Health and Social Services

Nov 10, 2017

Suicide prevention training to be expanded in Yukon

To help build capacity and knowledge on suicide prevention, the Government of Yukon will be funding Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) in six communities, including Whitehorse, in the coming months.

Nov 09, 2017

Results of public engagement on cannabis released today

The information gathered via the survey is informing the Government of Yukon as it develops a new act for the regulation of cannabis

Nov 07, 2017

Funding increased for extended-family care

Extended Family Care Agreements allow children who require out-of-home care to remain with members of their extended family, rather than being placed in foster or residential care.

Nov 03, 2017

Seasonal flu vaccine clinics now open

Dr. Brendan Hanley, Yukon's Chief Medical Officer of Health, reminds Yukoners to receive their seasonal flu vaccine. Clinics are now up and running in all Yukon communities.

Oct 26, 2017

Government of Yukon supports 16 students with their health-related studies

Since the bursary program began in 2006, 135 Yukon students have received financial assistance through the bursary programs

Oct 20, 2017

Yukon affected by recall of Jane’s frozen chicken product as potential cause of Salmonella

Yukon investigating case of salmonella caused by recalled product

Oct 18, 2017

Radon testing to become a requirement for child care centres and family day homes

The Government of Yukon is developing a phased-in approach to make radon testing and mitigation a licensing requirement for child care centres and family day homes in the territory.

Oct 18, 2017

Mental health services expand to provide support to Yukon’s French-speaking population

TAO Tel-Aide helpline now available to Yukon Francophones.

Oct 10, 2017

Government of Yukon tables Bill to amend the Hospital Act

The Government of Yukon today tabled Bill No. 12, the Act to Amend the Hospital Act (2017), which will reduce the size of the Yukon Hospital Corporation’s Board of Trustees.

Oct 06, 2017

Salvation Army Centre of Hope Officially Opens

The Salvation Army Centre of Hope celebrated its official opening today.

Oct 03, 2017

Government of Yukon tables bill to amend the Health Act

The Government of Yukon today tabled Bill No. 11, which will amend the Health Act to disband the Health and Social Services Council.

Oct 03, 2017

Government of Yukon hosts Yukon Mental Wellness Summit 2017

The Government of Yukon, in association with the First Nations Partnership Committee, is hosting a two-day 2017 Mental Wellness Summit on October 4 and 5.

Oct 02, 2017

Government of Yukon recognizes Mental Illness Awareness Week

In any given year, one in five Canadians will experience a mental health problem or illness. As part of Canada-wide efforts to raise awareness, the Government of Yukon is joining other jurisdictions to recognize Mental Illness Awareness Week.

Sep 27, 2017

Government of Yukon takes steps towards regulated midwifery in Yukon

The Government of Yukon has created a Midwifery Advisory Committee tasked with examining policy and regulatory options to govern midwifery in the territory.

Sep 27, 2017

New doctors boost healthcare opportunities for Yukoners this October

Joint recruitment efforts by the Government of Yukon and the Yukon Hospital Corporation will result in additional medical services for Yukoners this October.

Sep 26, 2017

Agreement with Yukon Medical Association valued at $6.9 million over five years

The Government of Yukon and the Yukon Medical Association have reached a new five-year agreement, effective April 1, 2017.

Sep 14, 2017

Federal focus aligns with the Government of Yukon’s mandate to support seniors

Yukon's focus on aging in place on national agenda at ministers' forum.

Sep 11, 2017

Three Yukon farms team up for a healthy choice fundraiser

From The Ground Up connects local farms to Yukon tables and supports school and daycare activities.

Aug 31, 2017

Yukoners are asked to remember and act on International Overdose Awareness Day

The Government of Yukon is recognizing the International Overdose Awareness Day.

Aug 10, 2017

Government of Yukon wants your input on cannabis legalization

Yukoners have more than seven weeks to participate in a public survey about cannabis legalization.

Jul 10, 2017

Government of Yukon hosting poverty reduction and housing forum

The Government of Yukon is hosting a one-day forum to expand on the connections between poverty and housing.

Jun 27, 2017

Pertussis cases confirmed in Whitehorse

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health encourages Yukoners to get vaccinated against pertussis (Whooping Cough).

Jun 14, 2017

Yukon trans and gender-non-conforming individuals protected from discrimination

Amendments to the Human Rights Act and the Vital Statistics Act protect trans and gender-non-conforming individuals.

Jun 12, 2017

Governments share long-term vision for early learning and child care

Minister of Health and Social Services Pauline Frost represented Yukon at a meeting of federal, provincial and territorial ministers.

May 31, 2017

Government of Yukon highlights successful tobacco cessation and prevention programs on World No Tobacco Day

Recent statistics on the Government of Yukon's tobacco cessation programs show encouraging results.

May 18, 2017

Government hosting opioid management conference

The two-day conference will provide Yukon health care providers and policy makers with an opportunity to learn about harm reduction in action, and the role of culture and community in recovery.

May 17, 2017

Government of Yukon extends funding to the Yukon Imagination Library

Since 2007, the Yukon Imagination Library has distributed more than 85,000 books to Yukon children.

May 05, 2017

Health Canada-funded study examines attitudes, opinions and behaviours related to alcohol use

Whitehorse Liquor Store customers will be asked to participate in a survey assessing attitudes, opinion and behaviours related to alcohol use.

May 04, 2017

Yukon government seeking public input on development of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder plan

Community input into development of this plan will benefit individuals with FASD and their families going forward.

May 03, 2017

Yukon government supports Ronald McDonald House

Minister Pauline Frost presented a $5,000 cheque in support of Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon.

May 02, 2017

Yukon releases cancer mortality report

The report is designed to help health professionals, policy-makers and researchers make better and more-informed decisions about cancer control and prevention in Yukon.

Apr 25, 2017

Government strengthens laws to protect the rights of transgender Yukoners

Changes to the Vital Statistics and Human Rights acts will prohibit discrimination on the grounds of gender identity and gender expression

Apr 24, 2017

Yukon to offer free HPV immunization to boys

Expanding Yukon's immunization program to include boys will help protect youth from HPV-related cancers and other serious health problems

Apr 13, 2017

Government of Yukon supports proposed federal cannabis legalization and regulation

Government of Yukon is getting ready for legalization of cannabis

Mar 13, 2017

Legislative amendments will protect the rights of transgender Yukoners

Amendments to the Vital Statistics Act will remove the requirement for sex reassignment surgery before a person can change the gender on their birth registration.

Mar 03, 2017

Government of Yukon launches ColonCheck Yukon program and awareness campaign

The new program helps Yukoners detect early signs of colorectal cancer

Feb 03, 2017

Minister shares Yukon social services perspective with federal, provincial and territorial colleagues

Yukon leading by example with collaborative relationships on social services issues.

Feb 03, 2017

Government of Yukon supports students in their health-related studies

Health bursaries have supported 137 Yukon students over the past 10 years in a wide variety of post-secondary health studies.

Feb 01, 2017

Popular blood pressure clinics return for a fifth year

More than 750 Yukoners took advantage of last year's blood pressure screening clinics; 9 per cent identified as being at risk.

Jan 31, 2017

Naloxone kits available across Yukon

The Government of Yukon is making an overdose-reversing take-home naloxone kit available.

Jan 31, 2017

Alternative emergency shelter slated to open

Partnership results in 10 more emergency shelter beds for those with nowhere else to go.

Jan 16, 2017

Territories reach new health care agreement with Canada

Northern premiers have reached an agreement with the federal government to increase health-care funding.

Jan 11, 2017

Home health monitoring goes live in Yukon

Patients with some chronic conditions can now receive support in their homes and communities.

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