Collaborative Care in Action

The Interprofessional Collaborative Practice and Learning Environments Across the Continuum of Care in Western and Northern Canada pilot project (August 2010 - March 2011) provided an opportunity for three teams within the Winnipeg Health Region to further develop and strengthen Collaborative Care within their teams and programs.

The three teams that participated in the project were:

Home Care Community Stroke Care Service

Mature Women's Centre

River Park Gardens

Clinical placements

The region has been working closely with the University of Manitoba to place students from a variety of health disciplines together, providing opportunities to learn together in a clinical setting.

Swiss baby's traumatic beginning ends happily for family

Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) staff at St. Boniface Hospital recently demonstrated flexibility and resourcefulness in helping one family stay connected this summer as their little one was in hospital.

Laying the groundwork for students

Ensuring a learning environment that fosters Collaborative Care takes laying some groundwork. Read about the Region's Clinical Placement Project and how it highlighted the need for partnership with the University of Manitoba - click here.

Curiosity contributes to collaboration

Read why Christine Ateah (IPE Coordinator for the University of Manitoba's Faculty of Nursing) is interested in learning about different disciplines...and what that means for her professionally and the people she works with - click here.

Contributing to health and well-being...together

Sandra Biescheuvel (respiratory therapist and educator) explains Collaborative Care...where things are and where she'd like to see them in five years - click here.

Let's collaborate!

At the heart of Collaborative Care is relationships. Based on the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority’s relationships with the University of Manitoba and the University of Toronto, a dynamic five-day conference provided a select group of health professionals with the opportunity to gain further understanding about Collaborative Care guiding principles. Click here to read more

Shared care and health care for the homeless

The Shared Care program is improving health and wellness through mental health therapists and psychiatrists working with primary care health clinics. And see how the Region is collaborating to improve health care delivery to the homeless population. Click here to read more

Celebrating collaboration

The College of Registered Nurses of Manitoba recently presented the Community Based Coordination Team with the interdisciplinary health care team award. Click here to read how the group is improving health care delivery for a high risk population...and how it all started with a question.

Delivering collaborative foot care for people with diabetes

This latest Collaborative Care success story started in the most unique way and place: volunteering at Siloam Mission. Click here to read how Dr. Pamela Monk and Danna Ferry are improving health outcomes for people with diabetes.

Advance care planning discussion in renal health

We just added an important resource – a video called ACP Discussion in Renal Health - to encourage people to have tough conversations about their health care wishes. This discussion takes place with the use of an Aboriginal Health Services Interpreter/Resource Worker. The video offers key elements to consider – such as how to language important questions - when having a culturally sensitive conversation about end of life issues. It also emphasizes how important collaboration is when delivering health services that are truly patient centred. Click here to read more

What elements make up a collaborative team?

How do you know when you’re truly delivering Collaborative Care as a team? It's a question that Susan Bowman, Kathleen Klaasen and Paul Komenda set out to determine with the EXTRA project (the executive training for healthcare improvement program through the Canadian Foundation for HealthCare Improvement). Over the past two years, the trio have scoured the available literature to determine what elements make up a high-functioning team. They've surveyed health care providers. They've looked at the six core competencies (person-centered care, role clarification, team functioning, collaborative leadership, interprofessional communication and interprofessional conflict resolution identified by the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative. And ultimately, they've identified eight indicators of a high-functioning, collaborative team

Click here to read the resources the Advancing Collaborative Care Teams Program created. 

Collaboration improving care

Joe Puchniak and Cynthia Sinclair found a way to improve quality of life for residents in personal care homes – and reduce costs. Click here to read more

Creative approaches to health care delivery

The Region is taking new approaches to health services delivery to the homeless community. A large part of this shift is working in collaboration with resources within the Region, and community agencies. Read more about it here

Collaborative Care in action: A great prescription

Grace Hospital’s Mark Friesen has discovered a new prescription for increased collaboration, greater efficiency and improved job satisfaction. Read more

Working together for the best outcome

The Breast Health Centre’s collaborative approach to working with lymphedema clients was recognized in Lymphedemapathways. Read about the collaboration here


Further reading

Interprofessional Student Clinical Placement

Concordia Hosptial Orthopedic Surgery Team

Has your team found a solution to a challenge? Learned lessons on the Collaborative Care journey? Experienced an a-ha moment? We want to hear from you! Share what worked for you - call Tracy Thiele at 204-926-8029 or email

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