We couldn't do what we do without you
Northern realities mean Nunavut residents must travel thousands of kilometres for treatments which many Southerners take for granted.
We are motivated to make a difference.
We are motivated to make a difference and to make their travel as stress-free and efficient as it can be – for everyone's sake. We also make follow-ups easier and more efficient!
For more than 20 years, OHSNI has partnered Northern patients and practitioners like you for better care.
IN THAT TIME, WE HAVE
Connected more than
patients to the care they needed
Facilitated more than
appointments in the South
Held more than
specialty clinics in the North
What to expect
Send all referrals
Send all referrals to Iqaluit case management. Everything goes through them.
Confirm your patient's availability
Confirm your patient's availability and ensure they are given their medical health travel package.
Send OHSNI all relevant, up-to-date medical records and information that a Southern counterpart needs to know for an appointment.
The patient travels and comes home
Contacting Iqaluit case management
Inquire about the status of referrals by contacting Iqaluit case management.
Our guarantee to youWe work toward better care and better lives.
To get there, we are committed to:
- Working with you and your colleagues to make life easier for everyone
- Linking you, the patient, and practitioners in the South effectively and efficiently
- Respecting your time and the patient's
OHSNI facilitates the transfer of medical documentation from North to South and South to North. Please help us ensure the files you transfer via Iqaluit case management are current and complete with any information a Southern colleague may require.
Need anything? Let us know!
If you (or your escort) need anything before coming to Ottawa or during your time here, let us know.GET IN TOUCH Or call us at: 613-523-7822 Ext 151 Someone is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Specialty clinicsOHSNI organizes more than 50 specialty clinics a year. These are great opportunities for Southern specialists to travel North to see the realities of health care provision in the territory first-hand.
These clinics are based out of Baffin's only hospital, in Iqaluit.
- Check out our list of upcoming clinics to see if there is a fit.
- Reach out to OHSNI's clinic coordinator for more details
"OHSNI's specialty clinics in the North are real value-adds in that they provide care closer to home and closer to a patient's support network. They limit emotional upheaval, reduce stress and turmoil, bridge cultural divides, and stretch finite health care budgets. They're a win-win for patients and practitioners."-Lori Steeves, Specialty Clinic Coordinator
OHSNI is involved in several research initiatives aimed a furthering our understanding of Northern populations and health systems. If these are of interest to you, please contact our Executive Director Danielle Dorschner for more information.
"OSHNI is an important research partner when it comes to Inuit populations in health care systems. Danielle and her team are leading the development of tools and approaches to promote shared decision-making with Inuit populations."- Janet Jull, OT Reg (ON), Ph.D., Asst. Professor, Queen's University, Kingston, ON.
Here’s what patients and their families say about OHSNI
My mother was at hospital and did not have a family escort. But Donna was there the whole time with her, keeping me in contact via text messages. I just want to thank OSHNI and her for her amazing work. I am not sure what she would have done without her help and assistance.”
Christie Akittiq Akearok, daughter of an OHSNI client