Given the unique situation and accompanying restrictions associated with the COVID 19 pandemic, the AGHPS will host the 10th Leadership Summit exclusively via a virtual platform. Despite the logistical challenges, the need for strong coordinated leadership in Ontario hospital mental health has never been greater. Rather than cancel the annual meeting of leaders, we are committed to leveraging technology to increase access and encourage all Chiefs and Directors in Schedule I hospitals to participate and contribute to crafting the “go forward” plan for the immediate challenges of the pandemic but also for the future of mental healthcare.
Winston Churchill working to form the United Nations in the mid- 1940s as the end of WW II was approaching said “never let a good crisis go to waste”. For all the pain and disruption caused by the current global pandemic there is an opportunity to do things we haven't done before. The test of leaders now will be to pull from our experience to improve access, treatment and care of those living with mental illness. In this way we benefit current and future society and honour those thousands of individuals who died during the crisis.
Summit Learning Objectives
- To host a virtual Leadership Summit that provides all Schedule I leaders access to information, interaction and collaboration
in order to optimize systems and practice, and influence policies and best practices for Ontario.
- To choose a post COVID-19 path that enhances those changes that were positive and moves away from those that did not
enhance practice nor systems.
- To determine priorities for the AGHPS moving forward.