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Health Services

The Nunavut Department of Health and Social Services provides a broad range of programs and services in the following areas:
  • Primary and acute health, both inpatient and ambulatory
  • Family services
  • Mental health
  • Health promotion and protection
  • Injury prevention

The department is continually seeking new and innovative ways to manage health care across Nunavut’s large and diverse territory. Telehealth is providing communities with a wide range of health care, social programs and services through teleconferencing both within and outside the territory.

The department works with the federal government in administering programs such as Brighter Futures which strives to improve the physical, mental and social well-being of Nunavummiut, the Canadian Prenatal Nutrition Program provides financial assistance to community-based organizations which offer programs and services for at-risk pregnant women. There are active groups within the department working on issues such as smoking cessation, FASD, suicide prevention and mental and dental health. Health promotion professionals, such as nutritionists and public health nurses, work in communities to promote health and well being through education and skills sharing. The department also oversees custom and public adoptions, acts as the Public Guardian and provides social services through out the territory.

Nunavut’s Health and Social Services goal is to:
  • Improve the health status of Nunavut residents.
  • Provide supportive environments for individuals, families and communities in making decisions that affect their health, well being and independence.
  • Deliver integrated and co-ordinate health and social services to individuals, families and communities.
  • Develop healthy public policy.
  • Be accountable and responsive to the people of Nunavut. Deliver flexible and excellent programming.
  • Demonstrate effective use of public resources.
Nunavut Health and Social Services provides a wide range of programs and services to the residents of Nunavut, including:
  • Health promotion & protection
  • Laboratory services
  • Dental services
  • Diagnostic imaging services
  • Mental health services
  • Pharmacy services
  • Child and family health services
  • Nutrition & dietician services
  • Rehabilitation therapy services
  • Addiction services
  • Home support & care services
  • Social work services
  • Public health services
  • Birthing services
  • Community health clinical services
  • Disease prevention
  • Audiology & speech language pathology
  • Specialty services
  • Environmental health services
  • Palliative care
  • Referral services
  • Respite care
  • Urgent & emergency care services
  • Medivac services
  • Acute inpatient & outpatient services

Services and programs are delivered in diverse locations throughout the communities of Nunavut; in clinics, in client homes, outpost camps, community and regional health centres and at the Qikiqtani Hospital, in Iqaluit.