Archive for April, 2014


School of Dental Hygiene, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Manitoba

Position Number: 16857 & BR279

Applications are invited for the position of Director, School of Dental Hygiene in the Faculty of Dentistry, University of Manitoba, Canada. The position will commence July 1, 2014 or as soon thereafter as possible for a term of five years (renewable). The position will be a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in the School of Dental Hygiene (rank and salary commensurate with qualifications and experience).

The School of Dental Hygiene is located in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Manitoba and is part of a dynamic health sciences campus providing opportunities for interprofessional collaboration and education with other health disciplines. The University places great value on interprofessional education for collaborative person-centered care with all academic health and social units participating in joint initiatives. The University of Manitoba is recognized internationally for innovation and achievement in interprofessional education.

Applicants must hold a degree in Dental Hygiene from an accredited program, have experience in dental hygiene education, and be eligible to register as a Dental Hygienist with the College of Dental Hygienists of Manitoba. Experience in management and/or academic administration is preferred and a Master’s degree/PhD in a relevant discipline is an asset and individuals holding such degrees are encouraged to apply.

The Director will report to the Dean of the Faculty of Dentistry and be an integral part of the leadership team assuming responsibility for guiding the future growth of the School. Specifically, the Director will be responsible for overall administration of the School of Dental Hygiene including: 1) curriculum development; 2) recruiting; 3) mentoring/maintaining a diverse and talented faculty/staff; 4) coordination of faculty/staff development; 5) fostering excellence in education, research and service; 6) student counseling; 7) supervision of research activities within the School; 8) fundraising and alumni relations; and 9) participation on School, Faculty and University committees. In addition, the Director will be expected to maintain involvement in teaching and participation in research and/or scholarly activities (a record of extramurally funded scholarly/research activity will be considered an asset). Extramural dental hygiene practice privilege is available 1 day per week if desired.

The University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Dentistry offers a three-year dental hygiene diploma, a one-year dental hygiene degree completion program, a four-year dental degree, a two-year international dental degree completion program, and five graduate programs. A significant research profile and variety of community service activities has made the School of Dental Hygiene among the most respected in Canada ( 

Winnipeg is the largest city in Manitoba with a growing population of 750,000. It has a rich culture and diverse living environment, which includes a symphony orchestra, a vibrant internationally recognized performing arts community and ethnic festivals, many multicultural restaurants, very affordable housing, many public libraries, a low unemployment rate, and a new international airport within the city limits. Besides supporting professional baseball, football and hockey teams, the region provides ample opportunities for outdoor recreation in all seasons in 10,000 acres of city parks and is a desired tourist destination. Excellent private and public schools (including four universities) are available that teach in English, French and many other international languages. Learn more about Winnipeg at

The University of Manitoba is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. Applications are encouraged from qualified women and men including members of visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, people of all sexual orientations, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Only complete applications will be considered. Applications must include: 1) curriculum vitae; 2) a philosophical statement on each of the three pillars of the University (administration/service, teaching and research/scholarship) including one’s goals in each pillar; 3) three letters of reference sent directly from the referees; 4) certified copies of college/university graduation certificates (Dental Hygiene diploma/degrees and graduate degrees); 5) a certified copy of the applicant’s present licensing authority registration certificate; 6) a letter of good standing from the licensing jurisdiction; 7) documentation attesting to the applicant’s current citizenship (certified copy of current Canadian passport/Canadian Permanent Residence Card or foreign passport, if applicable). Applicants who have not graduated from an accredited dental hygiene program in Canada are required to submit, at their own expense, independent verification of their university-based graduate credentials and transcripts, which may be obtained from:   or

Completed application documents and informal enquiries should be directed to:

Dr. Anthony Iacopino, Dean
Faculty of Dentistry, University of Manitoba
D113 – 780 Bannatyne Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada  R3E 0W2
Telephone: (204) 789-3249
Fax: (204) 789-3912

Closing date for first consideration of applications is May 2, 2014. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Please refer to the noted Position #16857 & BR279 in all correspondence. Application materials, including letters of reference, will be handled in accordance with “The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act” (Manitoba). A copy of the submitted curriculum vitae will be provided to participating members of the search process. As a requirement for employment in the Faculty of Dentistry, all staff in a clinical setting must submit a Child Abuse Registry check at the time of hire.

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Identification of and Intervention in Post-Partum Depression

Posted by CDHM INFO On April - 2 - 2014

As members may be aware, a case last summer of serious post-partum depression resulted in a tragic outcome in the death of a mother and 2 children.  Just before Christmas, the Chief Medical Examiner referred this matter to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba and after careful consideration it became apparent that all health care professionals need to be aware of the identification and intervention in post-partum depression.

In discussion with the Manitoba Alliance of Health Regulatory Colleges, the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, the Mood Disorders Association, The College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Manitoba and the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba, The College of Physicians and Surgeons created a similar notice as follows:

It is important that all registered dental hygienists be aware of the insidious nature of post-partum depression.  The following internet links present various materials that registered dental hygienists may provide to their clients.  It is very important that all registered dental hygienists be aware of the potentially tragic results that can occur when a mother who has serious post-partum depression slips through the cracks or intervention is not started early enough.  Post-partum depression may become a serious life threatening illness.

Please read the following material and consider it carefully:

Key Messages on Post-Partum Mental Health Awareness for Health Care Regulatory Colleges

April 2014


  1. To create awareness amongst health care professionals about post-partum mental health.
  2. To stress the importance of early recognition of symptoms of post-partum depression, anxiety and psychosis.
  3. To support health care professionals in finding the tools and resources needed to best serve their patients.

Key Messages

  1. Attention to perinatal and post-partum mental health is crucial to the well-being of both mother and child.
  2. Awareness and early recognition is essential because postpartum mental health issues can be silent. Helpful treatment options include counselling, medication and support.
  3. Health care professionals must work together to provide comprehensive care to women and children during the perinatal and post-partum periods.
  4. You can find resources to support your practice in the following places:
  5. Crisis resources are available in the following places:

This document has been adapted with permission from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba. Also, Mr. R. Guse, Registrar of  the College of Pharmacists of Manitoba, was as a key advisor in the creation of this article.

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