Our vision is to empower and invest in youth by providing collaborative health services and resources in a non-judgmental, inclusive, safe, welcoming and culturally sensitive environment in order to create a better community

  • a multidisciplinary health and wellness centre (A number of health services for mental, sexual, and physical health, as well as health promotion strategies)
  • a safe, culturally sensitive and comfortable setting for youth to seek care and engage with a multitude of health services, including Family Physicians, Sexual Health & Public Health Nurses, Support Workers, Mental Health/Substance Use Supports and other community services and programs.
  • a place where students can be assessed, treated, and/or referred to other programs or services as needed. The centre will provide guidance in locating any services that aren’t provided at the Wellness Centre itself.

Consent and Confidentiality at the Wellness Centre

Consent to Treatment for Youth
Physicians in BC must follow guidelines outlined in the Infants Act for health care for youth under 19 years of age.

Summary of guidelines:
Youth under age 19 may consent to a medical treatment on their own as long as:

  1. the benefits and risks of the treatment have been explained to the youth
  2. the health care provider is confident that the youth understands the risks and benefits
  3. the health care provider has made a reasonable effort to conclude that the health care is in the best interest of the youth

At the Wellness Centre we encourage youth to include their parents or guardians in their health care. We welcome the presence of any parent or guardian in appointments at the clinic as long as the youth provides consent.

For more information:
HealthLink BC summary
Link to Infants Act

Duty to Report:
There are some situations where confidentiality between a health care provider and a patient under age 19 can be broken and the health care provider is required by law to report the situation the Ministry of Children and Family Development in BC.
These include situations where the health care provider has reason to believe that the child or youth under 19 years of age has been or is likely to be abused or neglected.

Summary of rules about reporting child abuse in BC
Link to the BC Child Family and Community Service Act

Confidentiality
Generally the personal health information of a patient is kept secure and private and anything said by a patient cannot be repeated or shared, even to a parent or guardian, without the consent of the patient.
Confidentiality between a health care provider and a patient can be broken in the following situations:

  1. If the patient has a communicable disease such as some sexually transmitted infections, the physician may be required to report this to the local health authority
  2. If the patient poses an imminent risk of harm to self or others
  3. If the patient is under the age of 19 and shares information that is within the “Duty to Report” scope as outlined above.

If parents or youth have any further questions or concerns about confidentiality in the Wellness Centre and/or Duty to Report, please contact us
250-833-6100 or email info@sassullivanwellness.com