About our Staff

Nursing Staff

The Public Health Nurses (PHNs) in our travel health clinic provide services focused on pre-travel health. These Registered Nurses (RNs) require a minimum of 4 years, recent public health nursing experience in order to practice in this clinic, and are also required to have their Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing (BN). They are orientated to this specialized service of travel health, by an intense 6-week orientation followed by ongoing on-site education and peer learning. 

Competence is achieved over a 6-12 week period of time. Maintaining of competency is achieved through ongoing practice in travel health, regular attendance at travel health conferences and seminars as well as monthly meetings with the medical director of the clinic. Currently, all of the PHNs working in our clinic have attained their Certificate in Travel Health™, and any newly hired nurses will be expected to receive this certificate in the future. It is also anticipated that by the year 2015/16, all PHNs working in the WRHA Travel Health Clinic will require an additional Registered Nurse Prescriber designation, through the College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba (CRNM), in order to continue to practice in the clinic. This course is currently under development.

Medical Staff

The doctors in the clinic provide services to our post travel clients, who may be returning ill from their travels. They are Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine Specialists, and their professional qualifications include:

  • Licentiates of the Medical Council of Canada;
  • Registered Members of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba;
  • Fellows of Internal Medicine or Medical Microbiology through the Royal College of Physicians of Canada;
  • Certificates of Special Competence in Infectious Diseases through the Royal College of Physicians of Canada;
  • Associate Professors in the Department of Medical Microbiology through the University of Manitoba;
  • Medical Director, Cadham Provincial Public Health Laboratory
  • Former Chair of the Committee to Advise on Tropical Medicine and Travel (CATMAT) of the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Staff Members Certified in Travel Health™

Our current nursing staff members have successfully received their Certificate in Travel Health™ through the International Society of Travel Medicine (ISTM).

The ISTM Certificate of Knowledge in Travel Medicine International Examination is the first internationally recognized credentials in travel medicine which promotes professional development; enhances quality of patient care; establishes internationally recognized standards of knowledge; and recognizes, in a formal manner, individuals who meet the ISTM standards of excellence in travellers’ health.  This exam is open to all qualified travel medicine practitioners, and is comprised of 200 multiple-choice questions, based on a standardized Body of Knowledge for the Practice of Travel Medicine.  The Body of Knowledge was developed by ISTM to help establish standards for the practice of this rapidly growing sub-specialty.  The successful passing of this exam proves these practitioners have an expertise in the profession and a solid knowledge of travel medicine.  Click here for further information on the ISTM Certificate of Knowledge in Travel Medicine International Exam.

French Language Services

We are officially designated a bilingual service, by the WRHA French Language Services, whereby the French-speaking population is able to access comparable services in both official languages.  An active offer of French is made available which ensures services are available, accessible, publicized and comparable in quality to any service in English.

When calling to book your appointment, or when seeing the nurse in the pre-travel clinic or the doctor in the post travel clinic, French services are available, and actively offered.

 

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