Halifax Based Pain Management Network Receives Major Funding From Federal Government

Children’s Healthcare Canada is excited to announce a new initiative focused on children’s pain, SKIP - Solutions for Kids in Pain.

Co-Directed by Dr. Christine Chambers of Dalhousie University, and Doug Maynard of Children’s Healthcare Canada, SKIP will be based at Dalhousie University and will include more than 100 Canadian and international partners.  Working together to put evidence-based solutions to child pain into practice, Children’s Healthcare Canada’s membership will serve as a backbone of this network. Our membership is well positioned to have a substantial impact on children’s pain, and will lead SKIP’s vision of healthier children through better pain management.

SKIP is funded though the Government of Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence program, with the support of more than 100 partners.

There will be many ways for our members to get involved so be sure to go to the SKIP website www.kidsinpain.ca, and sign up for the newsletter to keep up to date.

For more information see the official SKIP media release below:

 
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April 17, 2019, Halifax – The federal government has announced a $1.6-million grant, over four years, for Solutions for Kids in Pain (SKIP), a new knowledge mobilization network to improve children’s pain management in Canada and around the world.

Dr. Christine Chambers, Dalhousie, Canada Research Chair in Children’s Pain

Dr. Christine Chambers, Dalhousie, Canada Research Chair in Children’s Pain

“Children experience pain that is preventable and undertreated,” said Dr. Christine Chambers, children’s pain researcher and SKIP’s Scientific Director. “This grant will be a game-changer for children in pain and their families as it will ensure that our research findings get out of the medical journals and into the hands of people who can use them.”

SKIP will be based at Dalhousie University and will include more than 100 Canadian and international partners working together to put evidence-based solutions to child pain into practice.

Doug Maynard  SKIP Knowledge User Co-Director Children’s Healthcare Canada

Doug Maynard
SKIP Knowledge User Co-Director
Children’s Healthcare Canada

“Dalhousie is incredibly proud to host one of the newest Networks of Centres of Excellence, SKIP,” said Dr. Alice Aiken, Dalhousie University’s Vice President, Research and Innovation. “The world-class work being done will help ensure we have healthier Canadians through better pain management for children.”

SKIP will have four main hubs: the IWK Health Centre, SickKids (Toronto), Stollery (Edmonton), and Children’s Health Care Canada (Ottawa). Dr. Chambers and Doug Maynard (Children’s Healthcare Canada) are grant co-leads.

“Canada is a global leader in children's pain research, yet our children are not benefitting from this,” said Maynard. “We look forward to working through SKIP to engage researchers, patients, families, clinicians and health administrators to ensure our children receive the best care possible, and that includes the best possible pain management.”

Twenty-two-year-old Halifax native, Katherine Dib, began experiencing chronic pain after a car accident. “As a 15 year-old high school student I didn’t understand why I had chronic pain or what options were out there. It was a long journey to get the treatment I needed. SKIP will help children and their families suffer less.”

SKIP’s activities and outcomes will be guided by a diverse and experienced Board. “Solutions are known and available,” said SKIP Board Chair, Dr. Judith Hall. “We owe it to our children to put them into action. I am so honoured to be part of a network that will increase awareness and put the solutions into practice.”

An official SKIP launch will be held on Thursday, April 18th from 6-8pm at Volta in Halifax. Media are invited to attend.

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