Primary Care Clinic
Aligned with the vision of the Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre, the Primary Care Clinic provides resources that enable individuals to attain or maintain the balance in their lifestyle that is necessary for health. The clinic is committed to offering traditional and/or contemporary healing practices to meet the needs of the urban Aboriginal community.
Aboriginal Health and Wellness sets itself apart in the way we offer care by focusing first and foremost on building strong relationships between all staff and constituents. We approach care with as much compassion as we would for a relative. The staff here are fostering and balancing familial like ties, in a professional setting.
Through modelling the Seven Sacred teachings using core principles such as honesty respect and humility, the hope is to foster a safe environment that emphasizes the well being of all who share these spaces, staff and constituents alike. We practice from a trauma informed lens rooted in a harm reduction approach, grounded in understanding of responsiveness to the physical, psychological and emotional safety for both providers and survivors. This creates opportunities for survivors to rebuild a sense of control and empowerment. Harm reduction focuses on working with people without judgement, coercion, discrimination or requiring that they stop using drugs as a precondition of support.
The team aims to meet the unique needs of each individual by addressing specific medical issues, providing routine and episodic care, and facilitating appropriate referrals to a wide range of health specialties.
Aboriginal Health and Wellness Primary Care Team is a group of health professionals who work closely together to provide comprehensive and holistic primary care in a culturally safe way. Our wrap around care consists of the following professionals:
- Cultural Advisor
- Medical Doctors
- Registered Nurses
- Foot care nurse
- Registered Dietitian
- Social Support Workers
- Community Health Workers
- Medical Administration staff
- Student learner placements
Our Cultural Advisor is available to meet with constituents for advice and counselling related to traditional and spiritual healing. The Cultural Advisor provides holistic care in areas of ceremonies, spiritual advice, and counselling. They also act to connect constituents to other traditional healers as needed.
Primary Care services are offered with a holistic approach, following the Medicine Wheel, to address the physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional wellbeing of our constituents.
The health care team works in collaboration with one another and is comprised of Physicians, Social Support Workers, Community Health Workers, Registered Nurses, Counsellors, Cultural Advisor, Registered Dietitian and Administrative Staff.
Health Community Care
The Community Health Workers and Nursing staff operate outreach programming that focuses on promoting health and wellness and preventing disease.
Frequently Asked Questions
MON-FRI 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Closed daily 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Location: Room 215
Please call to book an appointment
Director of Primary Care Clinic
(Acting): Colleen Ottertail
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