Canada’s Nurses have Rideau Hall Roundtable Dialogue on Aboriginal Health with

Via Scoop.itNWT News

“Health in aboriginal communities is about balance between mental, emotional, spiritual and physical health,” said Julie Lys, one of the Commissioners and a nurse practitioner who personally delivers health-care services in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories. “Our current health-care system addresses physical and some mental health. But without understanding and addressing the core issues that affect all of these areas, we will not effectively be able to re-establish balance and improve the health status of Aboriginal people.”


Commissioners will highlight the interventions and ideas proposed by roundtable participants via Twitter (@NtlCommission) throughout the day. The Commission will also post a synopsis of the day’s discussions on its web site on Wednesday, March 28. A list of roundtable participants will also be posted at

In preparing its report, the Commission has adopted the “triple aim” framework developed by the Institute for Health Improvement that focuses on the themes of Better Health, Better Care and Better Value. This approach is being used effectively around the world because it addresses the three dimensions of care: the health of the population, the experience of care for individuals within the population, and the per capita cost of providing that care. The Commission will also add a Best Nursing component to their report.


All videos feature NEC Commissioner Julie Lys.



Video with caption: “Commissioner Julie Lys talks about the use of interdisciplinary, collaborative health teams in northern communities.”.

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Video with caption: “Commissioner Julie Lys confirms that health-care providers see the impact of social and economic determinants on the health of Aboriginal populations every day.”

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Video with caption: “Commissioner Julie Lys is also a nurse practitioner and she knows from first-hand experience that nurse-led innovations offer real solutions in terms of the delivery of health services in remote and northern communities.”. Video available at:




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