Living Well Integrative Health Center

2176 Windsor Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. (902) 406-1500

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FMF presentation..."Living Well, living hell. The trials and tribulations of collaborative care"

Thank you to the CFPC and FMF for the opportunity to speak about collaborative care. "Living Well, living hell; The triumphs and tribulations of collaborative care was an honor to present. I look forward to presenting the same at Family Medicine grand rounds Valentine's day 2019 and at the Dalhousie faculty club in April 2019. In the midst of chaos and reform creativity arises. Success does not come without its shadow of failure. Indeed one requires the other. Shortcomings and limitations are not failures as much as they are opportunities to observe, inform so we can change, grow and evolve. Living Well is the actualization of vision of the PMH, a model of care that breaks down hierarchical barriers that exist within the institution of health care; those which devalue the valuable roles, expertise and wisdom that so very many compassionate and intelligent health care providers. It breaks down the stigma created by the artificially created duality of mind and body that is pervasive in a disease-based model. We have reached the anticipated expiry date of the silos, the hierarchical ladders and the illness model. Collaboration is not innovation, it is common sense. We are living in a knowledge economy and "common sense" isn't valued as much as other forms of knowing. Having said that I have taken great leaps to break down other barriers to care including cost to patients for non MSI insured services by offering alternative forms of visits like group medical visits. This is just the beginning. Without the encouragement and validation of the CFPC and the PMH department I would certainly still be doing this but the support of like minded peers is very much appreciated. The presentation has been requested to be submitted for the hypothesis section of the CFP journal. Thank you for the opportunity to be heard with open ears, hearts and minds. It is my sincere hope that the same may occur at home in NS so that we begin to serve our communities and create a healthier system that embraces the value of compassion, communication and collaboration in health care.






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