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World Patient Safety Day

September 17, 2021

The World Health Organization (WHO) established World Patient Safety Day in 2019 to enhance global understanding of patient safety, increase public engagement in the safety of health care, and promote global actions to enhance patient safety and reduce patient harm.

For World Patient Safety Day 2021, WHO urges all stakeholders to “Act now for safe and respectful childbirth! with the theme “Safe maternal and newborn care.”

As the regulator of midwives in the province of Ontario, the College works to ensure that midwives provide safe maternal and newborn care by ensuring that midwives meet high standards, and acting when risks are identified. Our purpose is to protect the public and the public interest.

To mark World Patient Safety Day 2021, we’re watching a webinar on safe and respectful First Nations, Inuit and Métis maternal and newborn care in Canada, and raising awareness of the day on social media.

Here’s how you can join in:

Attend a Webinar
Safe and Respectful First Nations, Inuit and Métis Maternal and Newborn Care | September 17 | 12pm-1pm EST
Join the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives and Patients for Patient Safety Canada to discuss the barriers faced by First Nations, Inuit and Métis families when accessing care during pregnancy, labour and delivery, and practical ways to make care safer. You’ll hear perspectives from patients, providers and researchers on the current patient safety challenges faced and how we can work together to improve patient outcomes.

Learn More & Register

Join the Conversation
Spread the word on social media by using the hashtags #PatientSafety#WorldPatientSafetyDay, and #SafeChildBirthForAll along with the slogan “Act now for safe and respectful childbirth.” You can find more ideas and resources in this toolkit provided by Healthcare Excellence Canada.