News Release - May 17, 1999
SASKATCHEWAN'S HEALTH SYSTEM TAKES NATIONAL STAGE
Associate Health Minister Judy Junor today told a national conference
on the future of health care that Saskatchewan is pioneering a model
of front-line health services to better meet the full range of
individuals' health needs.
Junor spoke at the Pulse 99 Conference in Toronto, addressing
hundreds of health providers, administrators and policy makers from
across the country. She outlined Saskatchewan's innovative project to
develop primary health service sites in a wide range of rural and
Junor said primary health service sites bring together teams of health
providers and build links with other community and social services.
The focus is on early intervention and prevention of illness, health
promotion, proactive treatment of chronic conditions with an emphasis
on continuity of care and ongoing follow-up with patients.
"Primary health service sites are an excellent example of how, through
co-operation and a team-based community approach to health care, we
can help Saskatchewan people better manage their own health in
partnership with a wide range of health professionals and other
service providers," Junor said.
Junor said primary care nurses, with advanced clinical training,
play a key role in the teams. These nurses work as partners with
local physicians to provide health education and teaching, treat
minor illnesses and stable chronic conditions, and assist in
co-ordinating client services. This helps residents find the
services they need, including those delivered by physicians or
other members of the health team, such as pharmacists, public
health nurses, mental health and home care workers, chiropractors
Junor said sites have been developed in six communities so far;
Hafford, Hudson Bay, Kyle, Beechy, Regina and Saskatoon. She
said Saskatchewan Health is working with other health districts,
communities and physicians to establish additional sites.
"By developing this unique model, we are taking a fundmental step
forward to help our citizens get the services they need to
maintain their health and well-being," Junor said. "Today, as in
the past, Saskatchewan is leading the way in developing health
services that are responsive to people's health needs and
sustainable into the coming century."
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Phone: (306) 787-4088