A Small, Rural Community Rallies Behind Its Healthcare Team

Photography: Roger Lemoyne

Caledonia, Nova Scotia is a small but determined community in the North Queens region. Like other rural towns in Canada, they faced the dual challenges of finding and keeping healthcare practitioners. They had succeeded very well at the first. They had two fulltime doctors and a nurse practitioner, all deeply committed to working and living in the area. The care they provided had become integral to the quality of life in the community, but their working conditions were far from ideal. The doctors worked out of a renovated double-wide trailer and the nurse practitioner worked in a much smaller trailer next door that laced both heat and running water. People throughout the community of Caledonia rallied behind their healthcare team and built a new, state-of-the-art community healthcare centre.

For more information on North Queens Community Health Centre, contact:

Address: North Queens Community Health Centre 1058 Albany Road RR#2 Caledonia, NS B0T 1B0 Phone: 902-682-2662

Email: rbennett@ssdha.nshealth.ca JRafferty@ssdha.nshealth.ca

Visit http://northqueens.ednet.ns.ca/pages/medctr.html to learn more about the history of the North Queens Community Health Centre.

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Northern Family Medicine Program in Goose Bay

Photography: Roger Leymone

Dr. Michael Jong is the driving force behind Memorial University’s Northern Family Medicine (NorFam) program in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. The program’s intensive, hands-on teaching program and its skill at introducing students to life in a remote location have earned it high praise from graduates and have made Labrador one of the few fully staffed remote locations in the country when it comes to doctors.

For more information visit:

Website: http://www.med.mun.ca/FamilyMed/Residency/Map-of-Teaching-Sites/Goose-Bay-NorFam.aspx

Address: Health Labrador Corporation P.O. Box 7000, Station C Goose Bay, NL A0P 3C0

Phone: 709-897-2103

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Garden Hill Renal Health Unit

Photography: David Campion

The establishment of a renal dialysis unit within a half hour journey of the four First Nations communities clustered on Island Lake in north eastern Manitoba has made a substantial improvement in their quality of life. People dependent on dialysis no longer have to uproot their families and move to Winnipeg. They are reunited with their friends, support networks and the culture of their communities. Many are even able to return to work and move on with their lives. And as the Renal Health Unit proceeds with the education and prevention work it has planned with the communities, there is hope that future generations will enjoy better health.

To learn more:

Website: http://www.umanitoba.ca/faculties/medicine/units/northern_medical_unit

Address: University of Manitoba Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2

Phone: 204-474-8880 1-800-432-1960 (within North America)

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One Day Full of Pain

There is an old man in one Kurdistan village in Iran, who heals fractures and broken bones with very simple tools.