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MANITOBA PHARMACISTS-AT-RISK PROGRAM

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Problems - or more appropriately - personal problems. We all experience them, and work them out most of the time. Some problems might involve:

  • Marital issues
  • Financial issues
  • Family issues
  • Substance abuse / misuse
  • Legal issues
  • Emotional/psychological issue
    (or any combination of the above)

Because we are all unique as individuals, we consequently respond differently to these problem situations. At times however, these problems may seem next to impossible to resolve on our own - we may need HELP.

The Pharmacists-At-Risk Committee is a group of individuals who are committed to help a colleague or their family members with a personal problem.

The primary purpose of the Pharmacists-At-Risk Program is to assist a colleague with his/her problem, and support them in the recovery process. Consequently, we feel the Program to be a positive step toward providing help for troubled pharmacists.

The following questions and answers will attempt to address some of the issues concerning the At-Risk Program. In doing so, we hope to provide you with some insight/information, regarding its operation.

 

WHAT IS THE PHARMACISTS-AT-RISK PROGRAM?

It is a voluntary, confidential, non-punitive Program that enables pharmacists to seek help or achieve resolution of a personal problem.

...help...


WHAT DOES THE PROGRAM DO?


The Program has been developed/designed to provide help, support, and assistance for troubled pharmacists.

The Program is committed to assist those colleagues who are experiencing personal problems which can adversely affect their professional performance.

The Program provides compassion and understanding. It advocates assistance rather than punitive action.

The Program maintains on-going contact, provides encouragement and support, during and after treatment, and during re-entry into practice with the goal of regaining colleague's health and well-being.

...support...


WHAT SORTS OF PROBLEMS DOES THE PROGRAM ADDRESS?


A variety of personal problems can adversely impact the work performance and the lives of pharmacists so affected, as well as the lives of their family members, co-workers and the public. These problems may include; misuse of prescription or other drugs or alcohol, stress, legal, physical, mental or emotional issues.

...understanding...


WHO CAN CONTACT THE COMMITTEE?


Anyone concerned about another pharmacist or anyone experiencing personal problems can contact the Committee. That person could be a colleague, spouse, family member or the affected pharmacist.

The Program encourages and assists individuals to "link-up" with appropriate professional services and resources in attaining personal problem resolution.

...concern...


WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE COMMITTEE IS CONTACTED?

If you yourself are experiencing difficulty and request assistance, a meeting would be arranged with two members of the Committee and recommendations made as to appropriate referral for counselling and/or treatment if necessary.

If you are concerned about another pharmacist, the Committee would obtain information on the situation, verify and assess as to whether there is sufficient reason for action, and if necessary, initiate a plan of assistance, i.e. intervention, assessment, treatment, aftercare.

....assist....


WHAT ABOUT CONFIDENTIALITY?


All calls/inquiries/cases are kept strictly confidential.

The Program attempts/strives to work in the pharmacist's best interest, therefore it is inherent that anonymity and confidentiality be maintained.

No disclosure concerning an affected pharmacist is made outside of the Committee Members without the express consent of the individual concerned.

....confidential....


HOW CAN ONE CONTACT THE PROGRAM?


One can access the Committee by phoning (204) 992-2704. Please leave your name and phone number and your call will be returned within 24 hours. Or you can e-mail us at info@pharmarisk.mb.ca All contacts are kept strictly confidential.


MANITOBA PHARMACISTS-AT-RISK COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

  • Myron Kurjewicz chair
  • Barbara Cinnamon
  • Verne Cooke
  • Gerry Morrow
  • Archie Orlikow
  • Penny Shefrin
  • Greg Skura
  • Yvonne Skura
  • Gordon Walkty
  • Don Watts

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