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Port Alberni Primary Care Network


Across BC, divisions of family practice and health authority, Indigenous and community partners are working to establish primary care networks (PCNs). In response to community consultation taking place over 2021, the Port Alberni Primary Care Network identified the top 6 primary care needs identified in Port Alberni:

  • Lack of access to primary caregivers
  • Lack of access to culturally safe care
  • Need for low-barrier, city-centre health services
  • Need for a low-barrier mobile healthcare unit for remote areas
  • Lack of access to mental health services 
  • Lack of access to substance use services

To address all of these shortfalls in primary care, the Port Alberni PCN was approved for and started to deliver the following services in spring 2023:

Urban Indigenous Community Health Centre in the downtown core of Port Alberni    >>>
Placing allied health workers in family practice clinics to increase capacity and care    >>>
Low-barrier MHSU clinical services located in the upcoming community health centre      >>>
Mobile unit delivering primary care to urban, rural & remote, & street-entrenched patients      >>>
Métis Health Advocate to support the local and under-served Métis community      >>>

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For more information, or to get in touch with the Port Alberni Primary Care Network team, please contact:

Amanda Salvage, Administrative Assistant 250-937-9402
Sharon Todd, Primary Care Network Manager 250-937-0611
Tina Biello, Change Management Lead 250-668-2261