Starting June 1, a nurse practitioner will be working full-time at the community health centre in the Village of Mayo. The health centre will become the first in Yukon to be staffed by a nurse practitioner, who will join a team of three nurses already in place and will have the support of visiting physicians who will be in the community on a rotational basis.
Officials from the Department of Health and Social Services met with the First Nation of Na-Cho Nyäk Dun and the Mayor and Council from the Village of Mayo on this new model of primary care. A community town hall to discuss the new model of care will be held for Mayo residents in May.
This is an exciting opportunity to build a new collaborative care model in Mayo that will enable the health care team to continue providing excellent quality care. The nurse practitioner will be able to provide more comprehensive care in the community, reduce the workload of physicians, reduce wait times for clients and increase the options for health care in the community.
Minister of Health and Social Services Pauline Frost
Dr. Majid Bakri, who was the resident physician in Mayo since 2000, retired from his position at the end of March 2019.
Nurse practitioners are advanced practice primary health care providers offering direct clinical, comprehensive care and are authorized to diagnose diseases, disorders, injuries or conditions; supply, prescribe, administer and/or monitor the effectiveness of drugs and treatments; order and interpret lab and diagnostic tests; and perform procedures within their legislated scope of practice.
In 2012, Yukon passed legislation to enable licensing of nurse practitioners in Yukon.