Aboriginal Health

Operational Principles Aboriginal Health, a department of VIHA's Population and Family Health clinical portfolio, provides hospital, community, home care and public health services. Vision Working together to improve the health of Aboriginal people.

Purpose:  

To provide respectful and responsive care for Aboriginal people and to have an enhanced presence both in the communities and throughout Island Health.

The Aboriginal Health Manager works with the individual and the community to address health needs in a culturally respectful manner. The Manager for Aboriginal Health is the contact person for VIHA Aboriginal Health program information.

The Aboriginal Liaison Nurse (ALN) understands that Aboriginal people often face special health care challenges. We strive to make sure that you and your family gets the right kind of health care advice, equipment and services. An ALN can:

  • advocate on your behalf
  • visit and provide support to you and your family members
  • explain health care issues and help find answers to your questionss. ALNs support you in making informed decisions.
  • with your approval, keep family and caregivers up-to-date on your health care status
  • support consultation with family physicians, specialists, hospital staff and other care providers. Can assist you to contact other appropriate community resources for further support, if and when needed.
  • help you to navigate the system in if you have a complaint
  • connect you with an Elder fro spiritual and emotional support. May assist with other cultural needs as requested.

The North Island Aboriginal Health Dietitian works to improve food security in First Nations' communities and the aobriginal urban population from the Comox Valley to Port Hardy. Food security means having access to safe, culturally acceptable, affordable, and nutritious food. The priniciples of food security are sustainability self-reliance, and social justice. The dietitian works to help communities access healthy food and enjoy good nutrition through projects such as:

Community Nutrition Initiatives

  • Garden Creation Projects
  • Food Skills
  • Finding funding and linking resources to community
  • Linking communities to VIHA health services
  • General health information and resources Population Served North Island Aboriginal people and communities

Address / Contact Info

VIHA - Campbell River General Hospital Sunshine Wellness Centre
375 2nd Avenue Campbell River , BC V9W 3V1
Aboriginal Liaison Nurse CRDGH : Juliet Bullock

Phone Numbers

Phone : (250) 850-2604
Fax : (250) 850-2637

Hours of Operation

Regular hours: Mon - Fri, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Web Links

Location Map

Other Programs from This Organization

Aboriginal Health Dietitian The Aboriginal Health Department has a full-time dietitian who delivers health services to First Nation communities and urban Aboriginal populations from Comox Valley to Port Hardy.
Aboriginal Health Liaison Nurse Aboriginal Health, a department of VIHA's Population and Family Health clinical portfolio, provides Aboriginal Liaison Nurse services in acute care facilities and links patients with community resources and assists with discharge planning.
Manager, Aboriginal Health Works with you and your community in addressing your health needs in a culturally respectful manner. The manager for Aboriginal Health is the contact person for VIHA Aboriginal Health program information.

This program was last updated on 21 Dec 2015.