Winnipeg, Manitoba, July 7, 2015 Today, Calian Health, working in collaboration with the Winnipeg Military Family Resource Centre, announced an exciting new program aimed at improving access to family physicians for families of serving Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members.
The Military Family Doctor Referral Program will help match physicians, practising at Calian's Primacy Clinics in Real Canadian Superstore® locations in the Winnipeg area, with military families in need of a family physician.
“The families of serving members of our Canadian Armed Forces are the backbone of our military, and we are honoured to do our part to help alleviate one of the unique challenges facing military families through improved access to family physicians within our network,” said Scott Murray, VP Health Services at Calian.
The Calian Military Family Doctor Referral Program addresses a growing and urgent need for military families. According to the 2013 National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces Ombudsman’s report On the Homefront: Assessing the Well-being of Canada’s Military Families in the New Millennium, it was found that military families experience a high degree of difficulty in accessing and maintaining a family physician, due in part to frequent relocations, and were four times less likely to have a family physician when compared to civilian families.
The program is expected to expand nationally later this year, leveraging the more than 140 Primacy clinics across Canada with a network of over 400 family physicians.
"We're excited to be working with Calian to facilitate access to family physicians for military families,” said Don Brennan, Executive Director at the Winnipeg Military Family Resource Centre. "Together, we are making a difference for military families in Winnipeg by offering a number of options across the region that can help mitigate some of the challenges families face when newly posted."
"We are proud to extend our support to the families of our military members,” said Kevin Ford, President and CEO of Calian. "This program is a logical extension of Calian's long-term relationship with the Department of National Defence as we have been supporting the delivery of health care services to the Canadian Armed Forces for over 10 years."
Individuals and families can sign up for the program by contacting the Winnipeg Military Family Resource Centre, visiting calianhealth.com/militaryfamily or by calling Calian’s Primacy team at 1-877-633-7722 x 550.