Surrey Place Centre is proud to announce that Dr. Bill Sullivan, physician at Surrey Place Centre, has been honoured with the 2016 Hull-Roeher Award of Merit by the Ontario Association on Developmental Disabilities (OADD).
The award was presented to Dr. Sullivan in person during the OADD conference Thursday April 7, 2016, in London, Ontario.
“We congratulate Dr. Sullivan on his outstanding achievements as a staff physician, a leader in family medicine, and an advocate for people with developmental disabilities,” said Steven Finlay, CEO of Surrey Place Centre.
The Hull-Roeher Award of Merit is given in honour of John Hull and G. Allan Roeher, each of whom made a significant contribution to the field of developmental disabilities in the Province of Ontario. It is presented to an individual for an outstanding contribution or special achievement in the areas of education, research or service.
“Dr. Sullivan’s significant contribution to family medicine, and his exceptional advocacy for individuals with developmental disabilities truly deserves to be recognized,” said Terri Hewitt, Vice President of Community Programs at Surrey Place Centre.
Dr. Sullivan’s clinical work is based in Medical Services at Surrey Place Centre and in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital. He is the founding director of the Developmental Disabilities Primary Care Initiative (DDPCI), which developed the Canadian consensus guidelines for the primary care of adults with developmental disabilities (DD) and established primary care tools and learning resources for health professionals and caregivers.
In 2014, based on the success of the DDPCI, Dr. Sullivan developed the Developmental Disabilities Primary Care Program (DDPCP). The goal of DDPCP is to continue and expand upon the work begun by the DDPCI by supporting primary care providers with guideline-informed health care for people with DD and individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The Ministry of Community and Social Services (MCSS) and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) have recently announced joint funding support for the DDPCP, which will be an ongoing program at Surrey Place Centre.
“I am deeply grateful for the dedication and support of so many friends and colleagues at Surrey Place and beyond with whom I have had the good fortune of getting to know and to work with,” said Dr. Sullivan. “I look forward to the DDPCP playing a vital role in mentoring and providing resources to family physicians and others to help them accompany people with DD or ASD and their families and improve their health and wellness.”
About Surrey Place Centre
Surrey Place Centre provides specialized clinical services that are responsive to individual need and which promote health and well-being. In addition to the direct service role, the Centre facilitates system-wide access to information and supports. Our leadership in research, evaluation and education is directed toward advancing knowledge and practice in the field and building the capacity of service systems. As an organization we are committed to supporting the social inclusion of people with developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, as well as young children challenged with visual impairments. For more information visit www.surreyplace.ca.
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