Health & Wellness

About

Our Health and Wellness Services are available to help Indigenous people living in southern Vancouver Island, or those accessing health services of the Vancouver Island Health Authority – South Island.

These include our:

  • Health Services
  • Wellness Clinic
  • Primary Care Clinic

Services

Events Calendar

Health Services

The VNFC Health Services team includes Indigenous Health Support Workers, Mental Health and Substance Use Counsellors, and a Mental Health Liaison. Our Health Services team provide holistic and culturally safe health and wellness services to people who identify as Indigenous and their families.

Health Support Workers

Provide one-on-one support for people with health challenges, including:

  • Navigate access to health care and wellness services
  • Advocate on client’s behalf within the health care system
  • Assist with accessing health benefits funding for services, equipment, and medications
  • Provide transportation to appointments for clients with mobility issues

Provide group support and education, including:

  • Lunch & Learns
  • Drop-in monthly information sharing about health issues and resources
  • Footcare
  • Services and assessment provided by a Footcare Nurse for Elders and people with diabetes. Registration is required
  • Health Support Circles and Cultural Sharing
  • Sharing circles and cultural activities (art, music, food) help to support mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health and wellbeing

Mental Health and Substance Use Supports

  • One-on-one counselling for people with substance use issues in all stages of change
  • Client-centred goal setting and help with developing healthy living skills
  • harm reduction, abstinence, setting boundaries, stress management
  • Information about and referrals to other mental health and substance use services for healing and recovery, such as support groups, other agencies, and residential treatment centers
  • Advocacy and support in navigating the mental health and substance use systems
  • Culturally safe group supports, including talking circles, grief support circles, and cultural activities and teachings
  • Community education on mental health and mental health resources and services

How to Access Health Services

To access our one-on-one Health Services, an intake is required. Intake can be completed from 1pm –4pm, Monday to Friday, by either coming in person to the VNFC or calling us at (250) 384-3211. If you have a question for intake, complete the Inquiry Form below. Details about drop-in and group programming can be found on our Health calendar.

How to Reach Us

8:30am – 4:30pm Monday – Friday
Intake is required*

231 Regina Avenue
Victoria, BC
V8Z 1J6

Tel: (250) 384-3211
Email: intake@vnfc.ca

Director: Grey Showler
Coordinator: Christina Kante

*Intake is by phone (250) 384-3211 or in person between the hours of 1:00pm and 4:00pm Monday to Friday. Inquiries for intake can be done by completing the below form. All referrals must go through Intake.

Wellness Clinic

The VNFC Wellness Clinic provides access to healing and wellness modalities for Indigenous community members and people accessing VNFC services. We have partnered with the Pacific Rim College (PRC), the West Coast College of Massage Therapy (WCCMT) and local health providers to bring services in a culturally friendly and supportive environment. All services are free of charge and are by appointment.

Herbal Medicine

Pacific Rim College students provided information and consultations about herbal and plant medicines. Herbal tinctures, teas and capsules are offered to treat a range of conditions.

Acupuncture

Pacific Rim College students provide acupuncture specific to your health needs. Along with acupuncture, your session may include fire cupping, gua sha and tui na massage. Monday 8:45am – 2:15pm

Community Massage

Students from West Coast College of Massage Therapy provide 50-minute massages. Thursday 10:00am – 1:00pm

Foot Care

Footcare clinics are offered to Indigenous Community members by Registered Nurses and are for people with diabetes and elders. They are scheduled once a month, are by appointment only, and cannot be booked through reception. Please contact Scott or Isobel to sign up (scott.i@vnfc.ca or isobel.d@vnfc.ca).

How to Access the Wellness Clinic

Appointments for the VNFC Wellness Clinic can be booked through VNFC Reception (except foot care – see above). Call 250-384-3211 or email reception@vnfc.ca. Please arrive 10-15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time.

How to Reach Us

8:30am – 4:30pm
Monday – Friday
Intake is not required

231 Regina Avenue
Victoria, BC
V8Z 1J6

Tel: (250) 384-3211
Email: intake@vnfc.ca

Coordinator: Christina Kante

Primary Care Clinic

We provide longitudinal primary health care services provided by nurse practitioners and family physicians. Primary care services are culturally safe and integrated with VNFCs wide range of health and wellness services.

How to Reach Us

*Intake is by phone (250) 384-3211 or in person between the hours of 1:00pm and 4:00pm Monday to Friday. Inquiries for intake can be done by completing the below form. All referrals must go through Intake.

8:30am – 4:30pm
Monday – Friday

231 Regina Avenue
Victoria, BC
V8Z 1J6

Tel: (250) 940-2669

Intake is required* Director: Grey Showler

Inquiry Form

Intake is by phone (250) 384-3211 or in person between the hours of 1:00pm and 4:00pm Monday to Friday. Inquiries for intake can be done by completing the below form. All referrals must go through Intake.

Partnership provided by

Vancouver Island Health