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World Breast Feeding Week
During the first week of October, mothers, babies and families gather around the world to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week and compete to set the record for the most babies' breastfeeding in one place at one time.
Medical Assistance in Dying
As of June 6, 2016, doctors in the NWT are allowed to provide medical assistance in dying. Our priority is to protect both patients and health care providers involved in medical assistance in dying. Medical Assistance in Dying Interim Guidelines have been developed to ensure this service is provided in a safe, fair and consistent manner in the Northwest Territories.
Patient Experience Questionnaire 2016

 

Your voice matters! Your input will help us improve our health care services.

 

Fill out the questionnaire between August 1st and October 15th 2016:

The GNWT is committed to supporting the well-being and safety of residents by focusing on mental health and addictions through locally delivered services with culturally-appropriate methods. The Mental Health Framework will guide us in transforming the NWT mental health system.
Future Regulation of Naturopathic Practitioners—Questions or Comments
Public consultation on the proposed key elements for the future Naturopathic Profession Regulation took place from July 29th – August 31st, 2016. The Department would like to thank residents for providing their feedback.
NWT Physician-Assisted Dying Framework
In February 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada determined it is against the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to prosecute a doctor for assisting someone with incurable suffering who wants to end his or her life.
World No Tobacco Day
Every year, World No Tobacco Day is on May 31st. On this day, people around the world are encouraged to be completely smoke-free for 24 hours. Every quit attempt is worth it; it’s getting you ready for the day when you have your last cigarette. So why not make this World No Tobacco Day your first day of a life smoke-free?
Starting October 1, 2015, the Northwest Territories Health Information Act is in force.The Health Information Act includes tough privacy and security safeguard requirements to ensure patients’ personal health information is properly protected.
Zika Virus

 

Zika virus has recently been introduced to the Americas after spreading to many of the Pacific islands since 2013. Historically, Zika virus has mostly been found in Africa and South-East Asia.

Let’s Talk About Cancer

 

The Let’s Talk About Cancer website provides a variety of resources for NWT cancer patients and their families.

For cancer fact sheets, health tips, practical information about cancer care, and videos of NWT residents sharing their cancer stories, visit www.cancernwt.ca.  

Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
Pertussis, also known as the whooping cough, is a very contagious infection that affects the lungs and airways. It is caused by bacteria called bordetella pertussis. It causes uncontrolled coughing fits that can lead to vomiting and choking.

Check the bottom right hand corner of your health care card for expiry date.

You are responsible for renewing your health care card. Renewal can be completed four months in advance of the expiry date.

The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) sponsors the Extended Health Benefits program to provide non-Native and Métis residents of the Northwest Territories who have specified disease conditions with certain benefits not covered by hospital and medical care insurance.
The Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) sponsors the Extended Health Benefits for Seniors Program to provide non-Native and Métis residents of the Northwest Territories who are 60 years of age and over access to a range of benefits not covered by hospital and medical care insurance.
The Do I Need to See the Nurse / Doctor handbook provides information about common minor health problems, practical tips on treating these problems and advice as to when people should contact a health professional.
BCG (Bacille Calmette-Guérin) is a vaccine given to babies to protect them from serious forms of Tuberculosis (TB) such as TB Meningitis (an infection of the brain) and Miliary TB (wide spread infection).