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Ont Psychiatric Association - Personal Reflections on Disparities in Indigenous Health and Mental Health

Ontario Psychiatric Association

Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2022
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm ET

Online/virtual event

Personal Reflections on Disparities in Indigenous Health and Mental Health

Speaker: Dr. Anna Banerji

In this presentation, Dr. Banerji will describe her experience with RSV in Inuit babies, her experience with her son and other observations as examples of a larger problem: lack of understanding of the impact of colonization on the physical and mental health of Indigenous peoples. She will include a broad overview of historical and present-day barriers faced by Indigenous persons, including biases and discrimination.  She challenges physicians to do more for Indigenous populations.

About the Speaker

Dr Anna Banerji has spent almost 30 years working with Indigenous populations. She has travelled to numerous Indigenous communities across Canada in various capacities and has been to the Arctic over 50 times. Her studies on respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) in Inuit babies have demonstrated that they have the highest rates of admission in the world with RSV lung infection bronchiolitis. In 2001 palivizumab, and antibody became licensed in Canada for the prevention of RSV. Dr. Banerji’s studies have shown that the cost of giving palivizumab to term Inuit infants is cheaper than the cost of admission, and would prevent admission and excess suffering, however this has not been implemented yet. In 2004 she adopted her Inuit son Nathan. When his mental health was deteriorating, there was a failure to recognize his intergenerational trauma.

CME Accreditation: Section 1, Section 3, RCPSC Maintenance of Certification program

Fee: $80 for non-OPA members

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