The John Barsby Wellness Centre, a collaborative project involving the Nanaimo Division of Family Practice, received the Excellence in Quality: Staying Healthy award at the 2017 Quality Awards. Providing students with easy access to health care practitioners including GPs, RNs, a social worker, and mental health counsellors, the Centre is a natural fit for an award celebrating projects that prevent injury, illness, or disability.
The John Barsby Wellness Centre opened in September 2015 through collaboration between the Nanaimo Division and partners including John Barsby School students and parents, the Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use (CYMHSU) Collaborative (funded by Doctors of BC and the BC government), School District 68, and Island Health. By October 2016, the Centre had supported 1,051 youth through appointments dealing with issues including adolescent pregnancy; physical, emotional, and sexual abuse; suicidal thoughts; sports injuries; and undiagnosed learning disabilities. As Vancouver Island’s first high school-based multidisciplinary health and wellness facility, the Centre provides an invaluable service to a community with high rates of child poverty and low access to health care services.
In addition to the Nanaimo Division’s award win, members of several other divisions were nominated for their dedication to health care quality improvement.
Congratulations and thank you all of the divisions who are taking innovative approaches to improving health care in BC.
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