Allied Health Professionals

Allied Health professionals are available to provide additional services and consultation to complement the care provided by your family doctor. Your Allied Health team may include:

  • Behaviour Health Consultant
  • Diabetic Educator
  • Dietician
  • Health Management Nurse
  • Mental Health Therapist
  • Clinical Pharmacist
  • Certified Respiratory Educator
  • Social Worker

 

Allied Health PositionRoles and Services
Behavioral Health Consultant (BHC)
  • Address mental and behavioral health concerns with the goals of early identification, quick resolution, prevention, and health promotion
  • Effectively facilitate lifestyle modification and understand the role of behavior as a contributor to disease
  • Treat a wide variety of mental illnesses and assist in managing complex interactions where there is a medical co-morbidity
  • Target functional outcomes rather than symptom elimination
Diabetic Educator
  • Help patients learn to manage Diabetes
  • Teach insulin administration
  • Adjust Diabetes medication
  • Act as a resource for patients with Diabetes, their family members and care givers, as well as other Health Professionals
Dietitian
  • Provide evidence-based nutrition education to adult clients for a variety of medical conditions and chronic diseases
  • Develop, implement and monitor nutritional care plans
  • Help with setting goals and behavioural change
  • Act as a resource to provide evidence-based nutrition information
Health Management Nurse
  • Support patients with advancing skills, knowledge and self-efficacy to adopt healthy lifestyle behaviors
  • Help patients self-manage their chronic and complex health conditions
  • Help build care plans as part of regular follow-up and support for patients with chronic disease
  • Connect patients to community/ health system resources
  • Perform patient assessments, including Mini Mental State Exam
  • May discuss advanced care plans
Clinical Pharmacist
  • Medication reconciliation and pharmacotherapy review
  • Help build care plans as part of regular follow-up and support for patients with chronic disease
  • Start, stop, modify and monitor drug therapy. Bloodwork is done in collaboration with the family physician
  • Answer drug questions i.e. interactions, dosages, compounds, etc.
  • May discuss advanced care plans
Certified Respiratory Educator
  • Spirometry (Breathing Test)
  • Disease Specific Education for Asthma/ Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Chronic Cough
  • Assessment of Asthma/COPD Control
  • Assessment and Teaching of inhaled device technique
  • Tobacco Reduction Counselling
  • Confirming Diagnosis of Asthma/COPD
  • Provide recommendations on specific treatment options for Asthma, COPD and Chronic Cough
  • Recommend Referrals to other programs like Alberta Healthy Living Program/Community Accessible Rehab
  • Provide Self Management Skills
Social Worker
  • Complete Psychosocial Assessments
  • Provide supportive counselling regarding mild to moderate mental health concerns
  • Provide resource counselling, and link patients to community resources
  • Advocate for patients when needed
  • Provide application support with AISH, CPP-D, and others
  • Support with various referrals such as to Home Care, the Calgary Food Bank, etc.
  • Provide support and information regarding dementia care, supportive living, and caregiver issues
  • Advance Care Planning including Personal Directive, Enduring Power of Attorney, Power of Attorney, Guardianship and Trusteeship

 

For information on accessing an Allied Health professional, speak to your family doctor.