Department of Family Medicine set to offer comprehensive Indigenous health education – Dal News

July 28, 2022

On July 8, 2022, the Wije’winen Health Centre opened its doors to the urban Indigenous community in Halifax, providing future opportunities for medical learners interested in Indigenous health.

An initiative of the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre, the new health centre will boast a full-time academic physician position, becoming the first of its kind in Nova Scotia to host learners formally. Medical students and residents will be offered a comprehensive experience in Indigenous health — something that has not previously existed in the central zone.

Serving patients who have not had options for self-directed care in the past, the centre will serve as a space for urban Indigenous peoples to seek culturally safe primary care. At a time when there are acute doctor shortages, the centre’s opening could not be more timely.

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