What does the future of health care look like? In dynamic health care settings, the collaboration of health care disciplines will enable exceptional and thorough patient care. The Interprofessional Clinic at UBC’s Okanagan campus will be a leader in the province for training future health care professionals who will set standards of quality of health care in BC.
An innovative treatment centre at the Okanagan campus, the Interprofessional Clinic will provide interdisciplinary mental and psychosocial health services to individuals and families in our Okanagan communities. This clinic-the only one of its kind at a Canadian university- joins the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences (psychology), and the Faculty of Health and Social Development (the School of Nursing and the School of Social Work). An important focus of the clinic is to treat children with mental illness and to provide family support. This team-based approach will fulfill an unmet need in the Okanagan Valley- the team will provide access to affordable psychology services and will solve the problem of a shortage of mental illness health care professionals. This outreach clinic will place nursing, social work and psychology graduate students at the forefront of clinical training where they will engage in supervised hands-on learning to assess and treat children with mental illness.
How can you make a difference in our region and in the province? External funding is crucial to renovate appropriate clinic space at the Okanagan campus and to finance operating costs. Donors have a unique opportunity to impact entire communities by supporting this mental health care initiative and by helping UBC train the next generation of health care professionals.