APNs provide a benefit to both the patient and to health care providers. The APN works directly with VCH staff and other health care service providers to make sure Aboriginal patients get the best care possible.
Help staff create a personal plan when a patient leaves a hospital or care program.
Help VCH health care teams understand and work with Aboriginal health practices and beliefs.
Assist staff if a patient or family member requests access to an Elder or a traditional ceremony such as:
cedar and eagle fan brushings,
blanketing, medicine bundles, or
Toll-free: 1 (877) 875-1131
Fax: (604) 675-2552
To access the support of the Patient Navigator Program, please fill out one of the referral forms below and email or fax it to the program.
ICS Staff Education Referral
Client and Family Referral
The Aboriginal Wellness Program (A.W.P.) develops and delivers culturally safe mental wellness and addiction programs for First Nations and Aboriginal people residing within the Lower Mainland including:
Perry Omeasoo – Aboriginal Mental Health Liaison
(604) 674-2530 extension 22240
Bree Beveridge Aboriginal Health Lead, Central Coast
(604) 675-2530 extension 22227
Dion Thevarge Aboriginal Health Lead, Southern Stl’atl’imx, Pemberton, Whistler, Squamish
(604) 675-2530 extension 22242
Laurel Jebamani Aboriginal Health Lead, Joint Lead for Richmond, Vancouver
(604) 675-2530 extension 22251