Enhancing Interdisciplinary Collaboration in Primary Health Care Initiative


Spotlight on Collaboration

When you talk to Brian Match, you realize very quickly that working in collaboration with others comes pretty much second nature to him. As a social worker, partnering with different professionals — whether in the health field, education arena or other areas — is at the heart of his discipline's whole philosophy. >more

Wendy MacDonald has worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist (S-LP) for 19 years; 14 of them at Stanton Territorial Hospital in Yellowknife. During that time, she has seen a lot of changes in the way services have been provided, but nothing that has been quite as effective and worthwhile as her time spent working with the Child Development Team. >more

Ruth Dimopoulos is a physiotherapist who would drive a long way to be part of a winning team. For just that reason she commutes 90 km daily from her home in Brockville to Merrickville, Ontario, to work at the Merrickville District Community Health Centre (MDCHC). > More

Canada's beacon of interdisciplinary collaboration is shining brightly from Southern Alberta where there are no tall buildings, trees or mountains to block the long view. Taber is a town known for its big sky, excellent sweet corn and now for great primary health care. Ask anyone who knows the scene and the Taber Project comes up. > More

Rashna Batliwalla is an Ottawa community pharmacist about to work much more closely with a very important part of the community: its family practice physicians. > More

Angela Hardie is the occupational therapist and one of four case managers for the Geriatric Outreach Program on Vancouver's North Shore. > More

Barb Leslie is a dietitian who has made collaboration her way of doing things for over ten years. > More

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Spotlight on Collaboration

The Collaboration Toolkit is now available for your reading pleasure. This toolkit contains our last research report—Interdisciplinary Primary Health Care: Finding the Answers—and a vast warehouse containing tools that have been designed across the country to support interdisciplinary practices. The Collaboration Toolkit offers practical tips and tools such as checklists, vision and policy statements, floor plans, transfer of function agreements, and many others. It is a must-read for anyone considering—or involved in—interdisciplinary care.

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