Women : Ontario Women's Health Centres and Programs

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care funds four women's health centres to provide women-specific health services. These are :

Peterborough Civic Hospital
Peterborough, Ontario
Tel : 705-743-4132 or 1-800-419-3111 (from 705 and 905 area codes)

Regional Women's Health Centre
Toronto, Ontario
Tel : 416-586-0211

Women's Health Centre, St. Joseph's Health Centre
Toronto, Ontario
Tel : 416-530-6850

Women's Health in Women's Hands
Toronto, Ontario
Tel : 416-593-7655

Programs Addressing Violence Against Women

The ministry funds 37 counselling programs for adult women who are survivors of sexual assault or childhood sexual abuse.

In addition, there are 31 hospital-based sexual assault care/treatment centres (SATCs) that provide 24-hour emergency medical care, forensic documentation, crisis management, emotional support and referrals to community agencies for longer-term support for victims of sexual assault. In 2001, 27 centres were providing or implementing services for victims of domestic violence.

Eating Disorders Programs

The rate of eating disorders is increasing in teenage women. Up to five per cent of adolescent females suffer from bulimia, while one per cent of young women suffer from anorexia nervosa. Some 27 per cent of Ontario girls, aged 12-18 have "disordered eating behaviour".

In June 2000, the government committed $7 million to develop or expand eating disorder treatment services in all regions of the province. This reinvestment tripled the funding previously available. More communities now are better able to offer earlier, age-appropriate treatment closer to home. The government also continues to fund a grant program to train more health care professionals in eating disorder treatment - across the spectrum of the illness.

Through a combination of inpatient, day hospital and outpatient services, these specialized programs provide service to thousands of young women in Ontario.

See also : The Ontario Breast Screening Program

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