Science pub series presents sobering talk on health care

By Costa Maragos Posted: April 19, 2017 6:00 a.m.

Dr. Karen Eisler, Associate Dean of Nursing and Dr. Tom McIntosh, Professor of Politics and International Studies, will present their perspectives on health care before turning to the audience for questions and comments.
Dr. Karen Eisler, Associate Dean of Nursing and Dr. Tom McIntosh, Professor of Politics and International Studies, will present their perspectives on health care before turning to the audience for questions and comments. Photo by Rae Graham – U of R Photography

You have the chance to have your say on health care as the Faculty of Science presents its latest Health Science Pub series at the Regina Bushwakker Brew Pub.

TRANSFORM THIS: Patients, the Public & the Future of Saskatchewan Health Care takes place on Thursday, April 20 at 7 p.m.

Science Pub Series Poster
The lectures will be presented, by Dr. Karen Eisler, Associate Dean of Nursing at the U of R and Dr. Tom McIntosh, Professor and Head of the Department of Politics and International Studies at the U of R.

The talks are just one part of the event with most of the time left open for comments and questions from the pub crowd.

“It’s a great format,” says McIntosh. “These talks are very informal. You get a group of people from the general public who are seriously interested in these issues and very interested in the research we’re doing. These pub talks are a great way to keep our links to the community alive and to get across the idea that what we do at the University is about peoples’ lives and can have a real impact on citizens.”

The Science Pub Series is now into its fifth season and covers a variety of science-related topics of general interest.

McIntosh has been a speaker at the event and has attended others.

It will be the first time for Karen Eisler.

“I’m looking forward to being a part of this and sharing the nurses’ perspective on health care,” says Eisler who has been a registered nurse (RN) for over 35 years. Her experience includes working as a clinical RN for 20 years in an intensive care unit and at a hospital’s emergency department in Regina.

“The public might be confused about the type of services nursing provides and the role we play in the delivery of health care services in Saskatchewan,” she says.

As Eisler points out, nursing has registered nurses, nurse practitioners and licensed practical nurses. Eisler hopes to give people a “basic idea of those care providers, what they can do and where they might practice.”

The discussion is also sure to lean towards the bigger picture of the state of health care in Saskatchewan.

“From my perspective we have three things happening at once,” says McIntosh, who served as research coordinator for the Romanow Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada. “The amalgamation into a single health authority, an austerity budget and a new accord with the federal government that provides specific funding for mental health and home care. This adds up to the potential for some significant changes to occur and for a great deal of uncertainty about how these transformations will play out.”

Those changes include looking at what all this means to patients, health professionals and for the people whose tax dollars support the system.

While the event begins 7 p.m. you are encouraged to show up early as seating is limited.

Event:      Health Pub Series
Venue:     Bushwakker Brew Pub
Location: 2206 Dewdney Ave.
Time:       7 p.m.
Free admission. Only 50 seats are available.