THE PEOPLE WHO CARE
CAMHis a passionate organization. Our staff are dedicated to our clients
and committed to all aspects of our mission.
Our interprofessional care team includes a range of specialists: peer support
workers, occupational therapists, psychologists, nurses, dietitians, cultural
interpreters, physicians and pharmacists. The people who care at CAMH
also include our research scientists and technicians, educators, public policy
developers, health promotion professionals, volunteers, administrators,
maintenance workers, housekeeping staff , information technology team,
The various professions practising at CAMH recognize and honour the outstanding work of their
peers, such as these winners of the Annual Nursing Recognition Awards.
Increased safety through teamwork
This is the second year of CAMH’s comprehensive staff training program
Partnering to Prevent Aggressive Behaviour. This approach emphasizes
partnerships. The interprofessional team partners with patients to create
individualized care plans that identify behavioural triggers. It also stresses
prevention—developing proactive strategies that anticipate safety issues to
reduce risk for clients and staff .
Drs. Benoit Mulsant and Catherine Zahn welcome CAMH staff facilitators to the launch of the 2011
Partnering to Prevent Aggressive Behaviour training program.
CAMH’s Prevention of Restraint and Seclusion Initiative focuses on safely
reducing and ultimately eliminating the use of chemical or mechanical restraint
and seclusion at CAMH. It is a collaborative effort between management, our
unions, the Empowerment Council, Family Council and Psychiatric Patient
Advocate Office. We are proud of the outcomes: we have reduced our use of
restraints by 50 per cent and our use of seclusion by 37 per cent.
The Canadian Institute for Health Information report compared CAMH very favourably to our
peers throughout the province.