Two representatives of the Saskatchewan Health Authority spoke at a national conference in Ottawa in early March.
Saskatchewan Health Authority patient advisor Shane Partridge (left) and Tracy Muggli, Director of Mental Health and Addictions Community Services for Saskatoon, speak at the Patient Engagement Learning Exchange in Ottawa in early March.
Shane Partridge, an SHA patient and family advisor, and Tracy Muggli, Director of Mental Health and Addictions Community Services for Saskatoon, delivered a presentation about the SHA’s Adult Addictions Advisory Committee at the Diversity in Patient Engagement Learning Exchange in Ottawa March 4-5.
The conference was organized by the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement.
The SHA’s presentation was part of a session that focused on case study presentations regarding mental health in both youth and adults. Presenting right after Muggli and Partridge was a group from Parkland Alberta, speaking about their Youth Mental Health Coalition.
“It was an honour to be invited and to speak at this event,” notes Muggli. “It was rewarding to be a part of such a great exchange of ideas. I think what we shared will be helpful to other parts of the country, and we came home with great learnings as well.”
Partridge, an advisor who has utilized services with Mental Health and Addictions Services, became a patient and family advisor in 2016. His key area of interest is ensuring better services for those with mental health and addictions issues.
When asked why Shane got involved with the Saskatchewan Health Authority and became active as an advisor, he stated, “I wanted to give back. I know that the stuff we’re working on isn’t going to be put in a briefcase and filed away. That’s why it works for us.”