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Improving access to mental health support for Dalhousie and King's students

Posted by Alison Crepinsek, Tanis Trainor, and Krista Cross on August 30, 2017 in News

Joanne Mills, left, and Dr. Glenn Andrea say the new Dalhousie Student Health & Wellness Centre's single point of access will improve care for students.(Sydney MacLennan photo))

On September 5, Dalhousie will integrate Student Health Services, Counselling and Psychological Services, and Student Health Promotion to form the new Dalhousie Student Health & Wellness Centre on the Halifax campuses.

An interprofessional collaborative health-care model is a partnership between a team of health-care providers, offering a collaborative and coordinated approach to shared decision-making related to health care. Collaborative health care is becoming best practice in the field and Dalhousie has acknowledged this through initiatives including the Collaborative Health Education Building that opened in 2015 and interprofessional education and activities within the Faculties of Health, Dentistry and Medicine.

"Our team of counsellors, nurses, physicians, our social worker and psychiatrist are enthusiastic about the launch of a more fully integrated Student Health and Wellness Centre,” says Medical Director Dr. Glenn Andrea. “A single point of access for students to primary and mental health services along with an enhanced electronic health record system will facilitate the sharing of information among healthcare providers and improve the continuity and coordination of care for our students.”

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