Located in the fast-growing community of Langford, a municipality of Greater Victoria, the new clinic in Belmont Secondary opened in September 2016, a year after the new 1,200 student school was built in a new location. Dr. Anderson learned that a nurse-managed Wellness Centre was in the early stages of planning there.
Located in Colwood in a new 800-student high school, the Royal Bay Clinic was established by Island Sexual Health Society and opened in September 2016. The LAT strongly advocated for a family physician to join the team so youth could access health and mental health services at the Clinic. With support from Island Health, the LAT is recruiting another doctor to join the team in 2017. A youth health committee meets twice a month with the LAT engagement coordinator at Royal Bay Secondary to discuss clinic services and ways to promote use of the clinic by students, especially young men. Working with Island Sexual Health, the YHC created a youth sexual health ambassador role. If approval is obtained from the schools, the youth ambassador will provide outreach and peer counselling services. More student engagement and health promotion events are being planned, including an ambitious mental health day in 2017. The Royal Bay YHC also recently received a $500 grant from the RCMP to create a marketing strategy to destigmatize the use of sexual health services by young male students.
Located in Sooke and with a catchment area that includes First Nations and rural/remote communities, the LAT worked with the principal of the 700-student Edward Milne Community School to develop a clinic that offers family physician services one half-day a week, with three local physicians sharing the role. Island Health provides a Medical Office Assistant on clinic days. Plans are for the Sooke Family Resource Society and Island Health’s Discovery Program each to have a part-time staff person on site. In the two months after opening in September 2016, 57 students visited the centre and 12 youth joined the school’s Youth Health Committee, which is also attended by the public health nurses.