The Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS) is a national association of paediatricians. As a voluntary professional association, the CPS represents more than 3,000 paediatricians, paediatric sub-specialists, paediatric residents, and other people who work with and care for children. Since 1922, they have advocated to all levels of government for legislation, programs and policy that help support the health and well being of children and youth.
The CPS is regularly called upon by the government to provide expert advice on how legislation and programs can best meet the needs of children and youth. To this effect, Amanda provided training to 100 paediatricians in the organization on advocacy skills to achieve policy change. This included: how to define clear objectives (i.e what we’re trying to achieve); prioritizing the ask (i.e. where we can get the most traction); developing key messages (how to communicate with decision-makers); choosing the right tactics and running effective meetings and/or presentations with government.