Partners Hoping To Boost Native Health Workforce

Friday, October 27, 2006 at 14:18



The province’s two major universities are hoping to show northern residents there’s a lot more to the health care field than being a doctor or nurse.


Both the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan have announced partnerships with the Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority in an effort to get more Aboriginal people into the health sector.


Professor Pamela Petrucka says the province is looking to recruit individuals who want to stay in Saskatchewan and work here.


She maintains while there is a growing need for nurses and doctors, there’s an even bigger issue with finding medical specialists.


Petrucka says the university hopes to get the word out about these professions through its partnership with NITHA.


She adds they will also try to show people who are already employed in other sectors how they can slowly transfer over to the health care field.