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Primary health care delivered with understanding and compassion for people who use drugs is the focus of a new Greater Victoria patient-oriented research study funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). 

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CAMPBELL RIVER—As part of the Province’s response to the overdose emergency, AIDS Vancouver Island (AVI) and Island Health have implemented an overdose prevention site at 1371-c Cedar Street in Campbell River.
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VICTORIA – The Archie Courtnall Centre/Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES) at Royal Jubilee Hospital will be temporarily relocated in late May and June to allow for much-needed renovations that will give patients a more dignified experience and provide enhanced safety for staff.

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Vancouver Island - BoosterBuddy, a mobile app for youth dealing with mental health challenges, has been updated to improve the game experience, through funding from Coast Capital Savings. Users will now be able to check in multiple times per day, schedule repeating to-dos in the calendar, and participate in enhanced quests.

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VICTORIA – A new Rapid Access Addiction Clinic (RAAC) is open in Victoria to support people who use opioids such as morphine or heroin and who are ready for treatment and beginning a path to recovery.

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NANAIMO — Dr. Derek Poteryko, Dr. Betty Bartleman and Dr. Kelvin Houghton invite community members to walk with local health care providers on Saturday May 13, at the Nanaimo Walk With Your Doc event.

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PORT ALBERNI—As part of the response on Vancouver Island to the overdose public health emergency, the Port Alberni Shelter Society and Island Health have implemented an overdose prevention site at 3699 3rd Avenue in Port Alberni.

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Victoria, B.C.- Kindness and compassion are ageless and secular. That’s what Island Health’s Mental Health Substance Use (MHSU) Advisory Committee discovered when considering nominations for its awards program. Both of this year’s recipients responded with dignity and fairness to the people who lived at Tent City.

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Nanaimo - Island Health is seeking feedback on a proposed model and location for supervised consumption services (SCS) prior to submitting an application to Health Canada.  read more >
Island Health is warning the public of potential schemes targeting overseas health care professionals. The misleading postings are offering non-existent jobs within Island Health and state that in order to qualify, potential employees must pay fees for a medical exam and a two day contract orientation session or that they are offering to provide visas for applicants at Island Health. Please be advised that Island Health is not currently recruiting healthcare professionals from overseas. Use caution when receiving any communications of this nature.
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