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A Big Win for Ontarians! NPAO Welcomes Two New NP-Led Clinics

We are happy to announce that as part of the 2017-18 Inter-professional Expansion, the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care has announced two new NPLCs!

We welcome Parry Sound and White River NPLCs with a lot of joy and applaud the Ministry’s decision to further its investments in the NPLC model. 

Nurse Practitioner Led Clinics (NPLCs) are an innovative model for the delivery of comprehensive primary health care in Ontario and Canada. The model is designed to improve access to care for the thousands of vulnerable individuals and families in underserviced areas who do not have a primary health-care provider.

Sudbury NPLC was the first-ever NPLC to be announced in November 2006. The unquestionable success of the clinic model opened doors for other opportunities across the province and in 2007, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care announced the creation of 25 Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics.

“The announcement of two new Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics [NPLCs] in Parry Sound and White River helps to ensure that all people of Ontario who need primary care have access to a high-quality team for life.  Using Nurse Practitioners as the Most Responsible Provider, Ontario’s NPLCs are innovative and internationally unique.  NPLCs have a strong and proven track record of success; the work of the NPLC not only improves the lives of patients but also the health of the community as a whole.  We are very pleased to welcome these two new clinics to the province of Ontario.  We’d like to thank their innovative leaders and we look forward to supporting development and ongoing operation.” said Leanna Lefebvre, NP-PHC and NP Lead at North Muskoka NPLC.

NPAO continuously advocates that Ontarians should have access to the right care, at the right time, by the right provider, as close to home as possible. Further investments to NP-Led Clinics were part of NPAO’s submissions for both the 2017 and 2018 Budget Consultations.

NPAO will continue to advocate for new clinics in communities that would benefit from having a NPLC in their region. 

If you are interested in submitting a proposal for a NPLC on your region, or want more information about what is required, please email our Chief Operating Officer, Marcela Killin at mkillin@npao.org

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