Wilfrid Laurier University Undergraduate Academic Calendar - 2008/2009
Canadian Excellence

Health Services

Director, Health Services: James Hicks, MD, ext. 3146
Manager, Health Services: Karen Ostrander, RN, kostrander@wlu.ca, ext. 3622
Office Location: Upper floor, Student Services Building
Office Hours: September to April (while classes in session) - Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Monday to Thursday evenings until 7:15 p.m.; May to August - Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., closed from 12 to 1, and two selected evenings per week.
Website: www.mylaurier.ca/health

Health Services provides primary health care to all students. A full range of medical services is available, including services related to immunization, allergy injections, STI information, birth control, emergency contraception, health counselling, acute and chronic illnesses, minor sutures and dressings, medical referrals, pregnancy tests and first aid. Health Services also provides massage therapy and chiropractic care, on site. Appointments are recommended by calling the office.

Every student must have medical insurance to register at Laurier. Ontario residents must have an Ontario Health Card. If the student is from another province, that province's health insurance is accepted as equivalent. According to new Ministry of Health (governmental) regulations, health cards must be presented at every visit to Health Services, or any other medical facility.

Visa students are not eligible for Ontario Health Insurance coverage. When non-Canadian students arrive in Ontario, they must register in the university's Business Office and enrol in the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) designed for foreign students. This plan is compulsory at time of arrival. Students may, with proper documentation, apply for a waiver, but should be aware that these are rarely granted. Information regarding this plan may be obtained at the university's Business Office. (Refer to Financial Services chapter).

The Student Health and Development Centre

Health Education and Promotion Co-ordinator: Marilyn Nieboer, RN, mnieboer@wlu.ca, ext. 2860
Office Location: Lower level, Student Services Building, (across from the Dining Hall)
Office Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Website: www.mylaurier.ca/development

The Student Health and Development Centre is a collaborative effort from the student services departments whose collective mission is to provide services primarily outside the classroom setting that will aid in the development, health and overall personal and academic success of both undergraduate and graduate students.

The Centre provides a central, welcoming location where students can explore and research various concepts and approaches to improve their overall health.

The Centre includes an open resource area equipped with displays, print resources, interactive computer modules, CD ROM, video/DVD and audiotapes covering all aspects of pre-tested self-help information. Some of the topics included in Centre material are depression, body image, nutrition, spiritual growth, men and women's health issues, and other wellness concepts.

The Centre also offers a central training facility for student paraprofessionals where they receive specific training and supervision by professional staff and provide knowledgeable and effective interactions with undergraduate and graduate students.

The Centre is home of The Student Nutrition Action Committee (SNAC), which oversees our consulting dietician.

Leave The Pack Behind

Leave The Pack Behind is a smoking cessation initiative program. We have a group of committed students working hard to provide information on how to quit smoking, cut down, or learn more about tobacco and nicotine. For more information, email ltpb@wlu.ca.