Medical Laboratory Professionals' Association of Ontario

Medical Laboratory Professionals' Association of Ontario The MLPAO is a not for profit organization that supports Medical Laboratory Technologists and Medical Laboratory Assistants/Technicians in Ontario.

Representing MLTs and MLA/Ts of Ontario

Mission: Advocate, advance and enhance medical laboratory professionals to facilitate collaborative practice, provide quality diagnostic information and improve healthcare.

Operating as usual

February is Chemistry month in our #YearOfTheLab! Do you work in this area? Send us a short video (
02/05/2021

February is Chemistry month in our #YearOfTheLab! Do you work in this area? Send us a short video (

We've also got new postings for MLTS and MLA/Ts at Blanche River Health, Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare, St. Joseph's Heal...
02/04/2021

We've also got new postings for MLTS and MLA/Ts at Blanche River Health, Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare, St. Joseph's Healthcare and Foundation, London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC), Sault Area Hospital, Riverside Health Care, Sinai Health, and Peterborough Regional Health Centre! #MedLabCareers - check out our job board 👇: https://www.mlpao.org/job-board

MLPAO CEO Michelle Hoad speaking with CBC News: The National: "Starting to do the testing with the new variant will real...
02/01/2021
The National On-Demand: Preparing for new travel restrictions | Jan. 31, 2021

MLPAO CEO Michelle Hoad speaking with CBC News: The National: "Starting to do the testing with the new variant will really help Public Health see exactly where it is, and if there's a fast spread, they can understand it." Clip starts at 2:57! #Labvocate #MedLabON
https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1850920515831

New travel restrictions as Canada fights to keep COVID-19 variants out, Vancouver police issue $17,000 in fines for packed penthouse party, and a brutal crackdown on protesters in Moscow.

Are you passionate about advocating for medical laboratory professionals? We're looking for people to join our Board of ...
01/31/2021

Are you passionate about advocating for medical laboratory professionals? We're looking for people to join our Board of Directors. Find out more in this week's newsletter. Plus: a Pop-Up on Health Informatics, Toques and more - https://mailchi.mp/mlpao/mlpao-join-our-board-2021

MLPAO CEO Michelle Hoad's message on #BellLetsTalk Day to medical laboratory professionals: "Take a moment and check in ...
01/28/2021
MLPAO CEO Michelle Hoad - #BellLetsTalk 2021 Message

MLPAO CEO Michelle Hoad's message on #BellLetsTalk Day to medical laboratory professionals: "Take a moment and check in on a friend today, it would make a big difference."

#MedLabThx for everything you're doing - we know how hard you're working.

https://youtu.be/QyWxr3rtsSc

With working short-staffed, long hours with no breaks, and home life being impacted, this has been one of the hardest 12 months and it is affecting the #Ment...

With working short-staffed, long hours with no breaks, and home life being impacted, this has been one of the hardest 12...
01/28/2021

With working short-staffed, long hours with no breaks, and home life being impacted, this has been one of the hardest 12 months and it is affecting the #MentalHealth of medical laboratory professionals. #BellLetsTalk

OAMHP Past President Suzanne Dennison DCS., RP, (cert)OAMHP shared some important resources in our Winter 2021 ADVOCATE. Read more here: http://ow.ly/OLBF50DkL54

Do you need a cozy toque? We found this pic of MLT Tania Toffner wearing one of our MLPAO toques last winter. We've also...
01/27/2021

Do you need a cozy toque? We found this pic of MLT Tania Toffner wearing one of our MLPAO toques last winter. We've also added a slouchy beanie in navy to our collection! Shop here: mlpao.org/shop

(She's now back in the lab testing for COVID-19 - #MedLabThx Tania!!)

Did you know? Medical Laboratory Professionals process fluids and tissues from different parts of our bodies. MLA/T Prec...
01/26/2021
Did You Know? Microbiology Samples - Precious Danica Agustin

Did you know? Medical Laboratory Professionals process fluids and tissues from different parts of our bodies. MLA/T Precious Danica Agustin explains what microbiology departments are looking for.

January is Specimen month in the MLPAO's 2021 Year of the Lab. Find out more and submit your video at mlpao.org/yearofthelab. #MedLabThx

https://youtu.be/QIu21bMX_w0

Did you know? Medical Laboratory Professionals process fluids and tissues from different parts of our bodies. MLA/T Precious Danica Agustin explains what mic...

MLPAO CEO Michelle Hoad speaking with CTV on rapid testing this week: “I think a lot of people thought originally it was...
01/26/2021
'Spartan' rapid test re-approved by Health Canada, delivery to Alberta not expected

MLPAO CEO Michelle Hoad speaking with CTV on rapid testing this week: “I think a lot of people thought originally it was gonna be like a home pregnancy test, so you take it (and) you're going to find out the results really quickly. That is not at all how they work. We still need a human to actually run the instrument."

https://calgary.ctvnews.ca/spartan-rapid-test-re-approved-by-health-canada-delivery-to-alberta-not-expected-1.5280312

A Canadian-made, rapid COVID-19 testing kit has been approved by Health Canada for a second time but there are currently no plans to bring these tests into Alberta.

Our next Pop-Up is February 11 with Dr. Asim Masood! Dr. Masood is Chief of Staff and VP, Medical Affairs at Cambridge M...
01/25/2021

Our next Pop-Up is February 11 with Dr. Asim Masood! Dr. Masood is Chief of Staff and VP, Medical Affairs at Cambridge Memorial Hospital and will be presenting on Health Informatics and how technology impacts patient care. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_oiMKdneOQzqf1v2ss_Wqsg

Thanks to everyone who attended our Jan. Pop-Up! You will get your certificate this week. #MedLabON #MLPAOLearning

Do you have an outstanding colleague, instructor, or team member? Nominate them for an #MLPAONod! Find out more in this ...
01/24/2021

Do you have an outstanding colleague, instructor, or team member? Nominate them for an #MLPAONod! Find out more in this week's newsletter. Plus: bursaries, Pop-Ups, BOD Nominations and more - https://mailchi.mp/mlpao/shout-out-nominations

01/23/2021

Our CEO Michelle Hoad is back on CP24 at noon today chatting about Rapid Tests, and some of the challenges we have been experiencing and why they are not as simple as just putting an instrument in every building in the province. That's not how it works.

The ongoing education to the public of what you do, is what we do. We are happy to be your voice.

#mlpao #medlabON #medlabtx #hiddenheros

Students, you've got one week left to apply! January 31 is the deadline for our student bursary. If you're an MLT or MLA...
01/22/2021

Students, you've got one week left to apply! January 31 is the deadline for our student bursary. If you're an MLT or MLA/T student member with a strong academic standing and a commitment to the profession, you can win up to $1000.

Download your application form here: http://ow.ly/lAtX50DfTIw

This week, the MLPAO heard from some of our members that they were directed to self-isolate at home without pay followin...
01/22/2021

This week, the MLPAO heard from some of our members that they were directed to self-isolate at home without pay following exposure to a colleague who had tested positive for COVID-19.

We want to hear from you - please share your experiences of work-related infection and isolation with this 1-minute survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/53SKQ85

We're celebrating the HRLMP on this month's episode of the Dish! CEO Michelle Hoad spoke with some of their all-star tea...
01/21/2021

We're celebrating the HRLMP on this month's episode of the Dish! CEO Michelle Hoad spoke with some of their all-star team: Paula Costa - MLA in the Virology Lab at SJHH, Candy Rutherford - MLT, Technical Specialist in Virology at SJHH, and Katerina Hynes - MLA in the Core Lab at HGH. Learn about the process of setting up assays and more - listen here: https://www.mlpao.org/post/new-podcast-the-dish
St. Joseph's Healthcare and Foundation
Hamilton Health Sciences #MedLabThx

Today we're celebrating our January Lab of the Month, the HRLMP! The teams at St. Joseph's Healthcare and Foundation and...
01/20/2021

Today we're celebrating our January Lab of the Month, the HRLMP! The teams at St. Joseph's Healthcare and Foundation and Hamilton Health Sciences are processing about 1200 COVID-19 samples/day and developed made-in-Hamilton COVID-19 PCR and respiratory assays, shared with labs across Ontario. https://mailchi.mp/mlpao/lab-of-the-month-hrlmp

Did you know? Pediatric Phlebotomists have many ways of making sure patients and their parents are more comfortable duri...
01/18/2021
Did You Know? Pediatric Phlebotomy - Jessica Ylinen

Did you know? Pediatric Phlebotomists have many ways of making sure patients and their parents are more comfortable during a blood draw. MLA/T Jessica Ylinen explains how!

January is Specimen month in the MLPAO's 2021 Year of the Lab. Find out more and submit your video at mlpao.org/yearofthelab. #MedLabThx

https://youtu.be/IqKMlVYDIQM

Did you know? Pediatric Phlebotomists have many ways of making sure patients and their parents are more comfortable during a blood draw. MLA/T Jessica Ylinen...

01/18/2021

Are you going to be up early tomorrow? Tune into CBC radio on the following channels as our CEO Michelle Hoad discusses the status of Rapid Tests in Ontario.

6:00 Sudbury
6:10 Toronto
6:50 Windsor
7:00 Ontario Morning (serves Barrie, Peterborough, Kingston)
7:20 Kitchener
7:40 London
7:50 Thunder Bay

#medlabtx #yourvoice

We have been honoured to be your voice in Ontario with media and government this year. Renewals have been tremendous - w...
01/14/2021
Did You Know? Specimen Analysis - Xander Fernandes, MLT

We have been honoured to be your voice in Ontario with media and government this year. Renewals have been tremendous - with your engagement, our voice is growing louder. Read our plans to build on that momentum through #YearOfTheLab 2021: https://mailchi.mp/mlpao/year-of-the-lab-2021

Thanks to MLT Xander Fernandes for making the first of our Did You Know videos! https://youtu.be/KBqh6InIs7w

Did you know? Medical Laboratory Professionals collect specimens of our blood, urine, stool, and more to analyze what is going on in our bodies to make sure ...

Our CEO  Michelle Hoad on CP24 this morning explaining that lab professionals have been working non-stop and how testing...
01/09/2021
MLPAO CEO Michelle Hoad CP24 January 9th 2021

Our CEO Michelle Hoad on CP24 this morning explaining that lab professionals have been working non-stop and how testing for the variant occurs in a research lab,

Keep up the great work everyone. 8.2M test to date and 71K in one day a few days ago, you are our hidden hero’s.

#medlabtx

https://youtu.be/aWmr53hCoIk

Exhausted lab professionals are giving it their all hitting 8.2M tests completed and where do the variant tests go?

Congratulations to Abraham Charummoottil and Frank Dang for winning our final early renewals draw! 2021 membership renew...
01/08/2021

Congratulations to Abraham Charummoottil and Frank Dang for winning our final early renewals draw! 2021 membership renewals are still open - sign up now: https://www.mlpao.org/membership

Do you have questions about vaccine distribution? 💪As an MLPAO member, you're eligible to participate in the upcoming we...
01/08/2021

Do you have questions about vaccine distribution? 💪As an MLPAO member, you're eligible to participate in the upcoming webinar—COVID-19 vaccine distribution: Progress to date—on Monday, January 11. Click here to register: - https://mailchi.mp/mlpao/vaccine-distribution-webinar

We had the opportunity to speak with the leader of the opposition to share the challenges the lab have been facing for m...
01/07/2021
Andrea Horwath on Twitter

We had the opportunity to speak with the leader of the opposition to share the challenges the lab have been facing for many years.

The lab will not be hidden behind closed doors. #medlabtx

“Great to meet with representatives of Medical Laboratory Technologists and Assistants/Technicians yesterday to talk about addressing lab and testing capacity in Ontario during the pandemic, and in the years to come.”

With monthly webinars, two half-day conferences, and a MediaLab subscription, your membership includes so many opportuni...
01/06/2021

With monthly webinars, two half-day conferences, and a MediaLab subscription, your membership includes so many opportunities for professional development. Find out more about all the free CE you get access to as a member and save the dates for 2021 learning: 💻 - https://mailchi.mp/mlpao/free-continuing-education-2021 #MLPAOCE

Our CEO Michelle Hoad on CTV News; A reminder that RT are assessment tools and can provide useful information; but come ...
01/02/2021
New rapid test could be used in Ontario

Our CEO Michelle Hoad on CTV News; A reminder that RT are assessment tools and can provide useful information; but come with limitations. The standard PCR test is still the go-to diagnostic tool for #COVID19

And we all need to #StayHome

#medlabtx @kateygoalie for discussing our #hiddenheros @MLPAOnews

https://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=2110790

Michelle Hoad joins CTV to talk about a new COVID-19 rapid test that Health Canada is reviewing for approval.

What a year 2020 has been! You’ve worked so hard this year and it has been an honour to make sure you were in the spotli...
01/02/2021

What a year 2020 has been! You’ve worked so hard this year and it has been an honour to make sure you were in the spotlight. We wrote a lot of letters, our CEO had over 70 media appearances, we adapted to virtual forms of continuing education, and fought hard every day to get you recognized. Thank you for your support and engagement and for everything you do for Ontarians. Here’s to the #YearOfTheLab in 2021! #MedLabThx

Happy New Year!Our CEO Michelle Hoad on CP24 this morning talking about lab professionals sacrificing their lives to pro...
01/01/2021
MLPAO CEO Michelle Hoad - CP24 Jan 1 2021

Happy New Year!

Our CEO Michelle Hoad on CP24 this morning talking about lab professionals sacrificing their lives to process the thousands of tests coming into our labs.

“86% are stressed/burned out, 80% say their homes lives have been affected, 44% are contemplating stress leave, the people of Ontario need to understand they are not above the rules in this lockdown, when the rules are broken theses lab professionals are sacrificing their lives to get these tests done, which could be avoided”

#medlabtx #medlabON

https://youtu.be/dqFKRjWMM2M

New rapid tests and burnout with lab professionals.

2020 was an incredible collective undertaking. If you haven't seen it yet, here's our review of everything you made happ...
12/31/2020
MLPAO: We Will Win This Together

2020 was an incredible collective undertaking. If you haven't seen it yet, here's our review of everything you made happen this year.

Thank you for everything you've done this year, and thank you to the team you've been fighting alongside--your friends, families, and lab colleagues. Here's to big changes and new strides in 2021!
https://youtu.be/Z9UIoKapfOA

COVID-19 has been very hard for many lab professionals, but it has also shone a spotlight on the lab. You have found new ways of working with each other and ...

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The MLPAO is supported by the laboratory technologists and technicians of Ontario who wish to belong to an organization whose exclusive mandate is to serve the medical laboratory profession. The Association serves as the unified voice and advocate of professional issues in Ontario for Medical Laboratory Technologists (MLTs) and Medical Laboratory Assistants/Technicians (MLA/Ts). The MLPAO offers a diversified collection of programs and benefits to its membership.

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Tuesday 08:30 - 16:00
Wednesday 08:30 - 16:00
Thursday 08:30 - 16:00
Friday 08:30 - 16:30

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Greetings to all, we have an opportunity for Junior Medical Laboratory Technologists. It is for a contract role, with our client, a state-of-the-art Medical Laboratory, highly equipped to meet the needs of modern medicine. The successful hires will provide support for the team of dedicated staff, directors, pathologists and medical and scientific consultants. If you have recently graduated, we feel that you could be successful. If you are interested, please advise and we will be in touch to discuss. If you know of a Medical Laboratory Technologist who may be interested, please let us know and we would be happy to assist!
I ordered a pack of 3 masks today.
Thanks MLPAO, I love my masks! I ordered 3 so I always have a spare clean one 😷
Love my mask, I ordered 3 so I always have a spare clean one. 😷 Thanks MLPAO!
ATTENTION - JOB OPPORTUNITY If you are living in the Ottawa area and are open to full time and part time opportunities as a licensed Medical Laboratory Technologist in Ontario - I am supporting Public Health Ontario with 20 job opportunities in Ottawa, On and 2 in London, On. If interested please send your resume to my email at [email protected] Thank you!!!
URGENT MEDICAL LAB TECHNOLOGIST OPPORTUNITY IN OTTAWA - COVID TESTING PM me if interested Our client, a leader in the Clinical industry, is looking for a Certified Medical Laboratory Technologist to join their team in the Ottawa area on a contract basis. The responsibilities for this position include but are not limited to the following duties: • The medical lab technologist will be responsible to conduct standardized/complex clinical virus culture/detection and viral molecular assays according to established protocols and approved laboratory procedures, for routine and stat diagnostic testing, outbreak and surveillance testing. • Ensure maintenance and repair of instrumentation, and all related documentation is complete. • Report and interpret results to health care providers within designated time frames, including stat/rapid response testing as assigned. Qualified candidates will possess the following skills and experience: Must Have • College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario (CMLTO) • 2 years as a Medical Laboratory Technologist • Virology experience including virus culture, detection and molecular methods Expectations • Someone who has excellent knowledge of virus detection and molecular methods and related testing algorithms for diagnostic testing • Independently review the slides and vial pathogens • Have a knowledge of quality control / quality assurance principles and processes – there is NO room for errors at this time Salary: $30 - $40 /hr Job Type: Contract, 6 month We thank you in advance for your interest. Due to the large volume of applicants, only those qualified candidates selected to move through the process will be contacted. Disclaimer The Company is an equal opportunity employer and will consider all applications without regard to race, sex, age, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, disability, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law. If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation, such as the modification or adjustment of the job application process or interviewing process due to a disability, please call 844 895-8598 or email [email protected]. However, if you have questions about this position, please contact the Recruiter located at the bottom of the job posting. The Recruiter is the sole point of contact for questions about this position.”
Anyone else a mobile lab technician that has not got pandemic pay? Back on May 12th the MLPAO sent out an email saying that lab technicians that are mobile, working at long-term care homes are eligible for the pandemic pay, but the government has not followed through with this as of yet 😠
Rally at NYGH today!!
Protest in North Bay! #medlabisfrontline #WeAreEssential #TheForgottenHealthHeroes
https://www.facebook.com/whylachance/videos/10158789087507174/ How can we ever expect our government to acknowledge us when our own management and coworkers do not see us as front liners!
As a lab technician we are working 24/7 to reach the goal of testing.