05/05/2013 01:32 EDT | Updated 07/05/2013 05:12 EDT

Medical association prez puts spotlight on care for those nearing death

TORONTO - The new head of the Ontario Medical Association is putting a priority on improving care for those nearing the end of their lives.

Dr. Scott Wooder took over the group's top job on Sunday.

The Hamilton-area family physician says he wants to raise awareness of end of life issues.

The OMA is playing a lead role in developing a province-wide strategy in areas like organ donation and palliative care.

Wooder says it's not easy to talk about death, but it's an important conversation for one to have with family and caregivers.

He also says he will be raising awareness of the importance of taking immediate action to tackle obesity, especially in children.