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Indigenous Traditional Practice in Action: Insights, Tips, and Considerations

Upcoming Session:

  • June 26, 2019 (8:30-9:30am) at Diamond Head Health Care Centre, Room #2263, Vancouver General Hospital

Would you like to learn what traditional Indigenous practice is all about? How do we support patients asking for traditional Indigenous practice as part of their care in VGH or in communities? What tips and insights would be helpful when interacting with Indigenous Elders and Traditional Practitioners for optimal interprofessional collaboration for patient-centred care?

In this second of a series of rounds, please join us to explore the harmonization of traditional Indigenous practices in healthcare delivery settings from hospitals to primary and community care. If you have any questions please email aboriginalhealth@vch.ca.

Please register below for remote access details. To register, please visit:

A Coming Together of Health Systems

Event posterThis collaboration between the UBC Faculty of Medicine Digital Emergency Medicine, First Nations Health Authority, Island Health and Vancouver Coastal Health seeks to better inform Island Health care centers about incorporating traditional medicine into everyday practice, gathering physician input and perspectives in system redesign, and optimizing the health and wellness of all patients and families.

Dialogues were held at:

  • March 19, 2018 at Si'em Lelum Gymnasium, 5574 River Rd. Duncan, BC
  • March 21, 2018 at Quinsam Centre Gymnasium, 2005 Eagle Drive, Campbell River BC.

Anticipated Outcomes:

  1. Improve participants appreciation of other perspectives, and expand their thinking of how to attain "patient-centered care" through traditional practices and acute care.
  2. Generate ideas and insight on how to best shape policies and strategies in acute care settings to facilitate access to traditional practitioners and practices for patients who request it.
  3. Establish suggestions for developing guidelines for health professionals to use when interacting with traditional practitioners.

Save the date – March 15, 2017

A Coming Together of Health Systems Workshop: A Dialogue between Traditional Practitioners, Indigenous Community members and Health Professionals

Where: Tsawout First Nation, 7728 Tetayut Road, Saanichton, BC

When: March 15, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Recognizing the importance of harmonizing traditional medicine with western medicine, this workshop invites traditional practitioners, Indegenous community members, patients and caregivers, and health professionals from acute care settings to participate in an interactive half-day workshop.

If you are interested in participating in this workshop, please contact Jon Rabeneck (Jon.Rabeneck@fnha.ca) or Penny Cooper (Penelope.Cooper@viha.ca) to register. Registration will be open until March 13, 2017. Coffee and registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. Please check your email the evening before the workshop (March 14, 2017) for any updates. Refreshments and lunch will be included.

If you would like to provide any input or feedback on the content of this workshop, please contact Jon, Penny or Elizabeth Stacy (Elizabeth.S@ubc.ca).

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