(Photo left to right: Patricia Prince, Mary Wesley, Lillian Lewis, Brittany Brinkworth, Lyndsey Rhea, Lloyd McDames, Ken Solonas)
APLs are an important part of the health care team. They work to ensure First Nations and Aboriginal patients, clients, residents and their families have access to high quality, culturally appropriate care. They help to bridge the gaps between western and traditional medicine ensuring a holistic health approach.
APL positions were created as an Aboriginal Health initiative of Northern Health (NH). Aboriginal Health supports nine APLs throughout the north.
Some of the services provided by APLs include:
- Arranging for translation services
- Helping patients understand health care processes, procedures and terminology
- Helping to ensure admission and discharge planning goes according to patient needs
- Assisting with advanced health care planning
- Facilitating communication and cultural understanding between patient and care providers
- Connecting patients to end of life support
- Coordinating spiritual/cultural advisers
- Providing supporting and comfort to family and friends
- Assisting with referrals within Northern Health and to community agencies
- Helping to link patients to non-insured health benefits
- Assisting with transition to and within long term care
Speak with a health care provider for a referral to the Aboriginal Patient Liaison program, or contact your local APL below.