Student Wellness Centre

The Student Wellness Centre offers urgent and non-urgent physical and mental health care to University of Saskatchewan students and their spouses and children.

Service changes to help slow the spread of COVID-19

The Student Wellness Centre has re-opened, in a limited capacity to serve those clients that need to be seen in person. In Person visits will be determined by your concern and your provider. We are not seeing drop-in appointments at this time, however there are some Same Day appointments available. The majority of our services for counselling, mental health, prescription renewals, and health teaching are still being done virtually.Learn more about our changes in service.

Address
Third floor (Rm. 310) and fourth floor, Place Riel Student Centre
Hours
8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday - Wednesday, Friday
9:30 am - 4:30 pm Thursday

Service changes to help slow the spread of COVID-19

Flu shots will be available at the Student Wellness Centre beginning the week of October 19, 2020

It is extremely important to get your Flu shot this year to avoid the health care system from becoming overwhelmed by both COVID-19 and Influenza-like Illness.  A Flu shot is the best way to protect yourself and your family against the flu and prevent its spread.

Book your appointment to get your Flu Shot at the Student Wellness Centre by calling 306-966-5768 or email student.wellness@usask.ca

To prepare for your Flu shot:

  1. Read the Flu vaccine  information sheet
  2. Bring your health card to your appointment
  3. Wear comfortable clothing that make it easy to access your arm for your flu shot
  4. Be prepared to wait for 15 minutes following your flu shot

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are seeing patients and clients through phone and web calls and offering some in-person appointments.

Book appointments by
Or call 306-966-5768

Your Health Care provider will determine if an In-person appointment is needed. Our nursing team is seeing patients in person for visits related to immunization, STI testing and treatment, contraception and wart treatments.

Same-day mental health support

If you are in crisis, are distressed, concerned about another student, wanting to book a mental health intake, or seeking same-day telephone counselling, do not come in person, instead, phone 306-966-5757 or email intake@usask.ca.

For after-hours support, please contact Saskatoon Mobile Crisis at 306-933-6200 or Crisis Services Canada at 1-833-456-4566.

Services available by phone or online

Our physicians, nurses, counsellors, psychiatrists, dietitians, intake specialists and outreach coordinators will provide services by phone or online for clients who do not require a face-to-face assessment. To book an appointment, email student.wellness@usask.ca. We are checking our email 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday - Friday. Appointment requests will be answered within the hour.

Before your phone appointment with a counsellor, you will need to consult the forms below:

Counselling terms of service
Therapy consent form

If you need any support that cannot be provided by booking an appointment, email us at student.wellness@usask.ca.

Health care support from physicians, nurse practitioners, dietitian, and registered nurses

 To book an appointment, call 306-966-5768 or email student.wellness@usask.ca.  Please include your:

  1. Name.
  2. Provincial Health Number and Date of Birth.
  3. Short reason for concern. Limit to 10 words.
  4. Preferred date and time of visit (AM or PM).

You will be reached within 1 hour to confirm your appointment by one of our front staff.

PLEASE be advised that this email is NOT for urgent or emergency concerns or a direct access to any of the listed clinicians or services.

IF YOU HAVE an emergency or urgent concern please phone Healthline 811, Mobile Crisis Saskatoon 306-933-6200 or 911. 

If you need any support that cannot be provided by booking an appointment, email us at student.wellness@usask.ca.

Disclosure

Student Wellness Centre currently offers a combination of virtual care and In person visits.  We may be using video and audio technologies for virtual appointments. Some of these technologies are provided by the province or territory. Others have been provided by vendors like Google or Apple to help make discussions with your care provider as easy as possible during these difficult times. Some health concerns can be addressed with virtual care alone, but in some cases your doctor may ask you to come In person for a physical examination.

We do our best to make sure that any information you give to us during virtual care visits is private and secure, but no video or audio tools are ever completely secure. There is an increased security risk that your health information may be intercepted or disclosed to third parties when using video or audio communications tools.

To help us keep your information safe and secure, you can do the following:

  • Understand that emails, calls or texts you receive are not secure in the same way as a private appointment in an exam room.
  • Use a private computer/device (i.e., not an employer’s or third party’s computer/device), secure accounts and a secure Internet connection. For example, using a personal and encrypted email account is more secure than using an unencrypted email account, and your access to the Internet on your home network will generally be more secure than an open guest Wi-Fi connection.

You should also understand that electronic communication is not a substitute for in-person communication or clinical examinations, where appropriate, or for attending the emergency department when needed (including for any urgent care that may be required).

By providing your information, you agree to let us collect, use or disclose your personal health information through video or audio communications (while following applicable privacy laws) in order to provide you with care.

In particular, the following means of electronic communication may be used:

  • Email
  • Videoconferencing (Pexip, WebEx, etc.)
  • Text messaging (including instant messaging)

Urgent assistance

Immediate threat or danger; life threatening or severe psychological difficulties

  • Saskatoon Police Service 911 or 9-911 (on campus)
  • Royal University Hospital 103 Hospital Drive
  • Campus Protective Services (306) 966-5555

Urgent after hours assistance

  • Saskatoon Crisis Intervention Services (306) 933-6200 (24 hour)
  • Campus Protective Services (306) 966-5555
  • Royal University Hospital Emergency 103 Hospital Drive
  • Saskatoon Police Service 911 or 9-911 on campus
  • Saskatoon Sexual Assault Crisis Centre (306) 244-2224

Services

The Student Wellness Centre has re-opened, in a limited capacity to serve those clients that need to be seen in person.  In Person visits will be determined by your concern and your provider.

We are not seeing drop-in appointments at this time, however there are some Same Day appointments available.

The majority of our services for counselling, mental health, prescription renewals, and health teaching are still being done virtually.

The following services are provided by family physicians, medical specialists, psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers and a dietitian:

  • Doctor and nurse appointments
  • Mental health assessment, consulting and counselling
  • Nutritional counselling
  • Sexual health care including contraception counselling and STI prevention, testing and treatment
  • Physiotherapy*
  • Massage therapy*
  • Chiropractic care*
  • Acupuncture*

*Associated fees for physio, massage, chiropractic and acupuncture. See below for pricing.

Nursing Services

For more information about nursing services at the Student Wellness Centre, please visit the following page:

Nursing Services

Nurse Practitioner Services

Nurse Practitioners are health-care professionals with additional post-graduate education and clinical practice experience. NPs are able to diagnose, order and interpret diagnostic tests, prescribe treatment (including medication) and perform procedures within their legislated scope of practice.  They collaborate with clients to incorporate their clients’ values, beliefs and preferences in making decisions about the plan of care.  Health promotion and disease prevention, illness management, and supportive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative care are part of the Nurse Practitioner role. Nurse Practitioners work in collaboration with all members of the Health Care Team and can refer to medical specialty services, physiotherapist, massage therapy and other health services providers.

At Student Wellness, the Nurse Practitioner manages common illnesses specific to our student population.  Some examples of medical problems that you can see the Nurse Practitioner for are: coughs, colds and flus, asthma, urinary tract infections, sexual health including contraception and pelvic exams, skin conditions, minor injuries, and mental health diagnosis and treatment.  

There is a Nurse Practitioner at the Student Wellness Centre five days a week. We look forward to helping you with your health care needs.

Booking an appointment

Important

When you book an appointment please let us know if:

  • Safety (yours or others) is at risk
  • You have experienced a recent trauma (e.g., physical or sexual assault, life-threatening accident)

To book an appointment, phone 306-966-5768 or email student.wellness@usask.ca. We are checking our email 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Monday - Friday. Appointment requests will be answered within the hour.

Additional services

Some of the following services are also available but may have restrictions or associated fees:

Chiropractic, physical therapy and massage therapy services

Chiropractic, physical therapy, massage therapy and acupuncture services are not available at this time.

These services are not free but fees are partially covered by USSU/GSA student health and dental plans and most personal health plans.

Student Staff and faculty
Chiropractor

1st visit $65, follow-up $45

1st visit $65, follow-up $45
Physiotherapist 1st visit $55, follow-up $40 1st visit $80, follow-up $56
Massage Therapist*

30min:$40, 45m:$50, 60m:$60

30 min:$45, 45m:$60, 60m:$75
Acupuncture**

$70 new and $55 follow up

$85 new, $70 follow up

*Referral is required for massage for coverage under the StudentCare plan.

** Acupuncture is not covered under StudentCare, but is covered under SunLife for staff and faculty.

Appointments

  • Please bring your provincial health card to your appointment.
  • Provide at least 24 hours notice if you are unable to attend your appointment. You may be charged for missed appointments.

ADHD treatment

For students who think they may have ADHD: If ADHD is suspected after an initial appointment, screening tests and further appointments are scheduled in order to confirm the diagnosis and discuss treatment.  The protocol involves several 30-minute appointments and requires a few weeks to complete.

For students previously diagnosed with ADHD: If you have a local provider who has seen you for this before, we ask that you continue to see that provider for ADHD-related concerns or prescriptions. If you do not have a local provider, we will request records pertaining to the ADHD diagnosis. If the records are incomplete, we would proceed with our evaluation protocol described above to complete our requirements.

Stimulant medication policy: We will not prescribe stimulant medication until the ADHD evaluation is completed and the student has signed our patient agreement for psychostimulant therapy. 

Medical excuse notes

We do not provide Medical excuse notes for missed academic requirements (including exams and labs) because of illness. A physician may provide a letter supporting accommodation or medical withdrawal for students who have been under the care of a physician for management of a long term illness. Colleges provide a procedure to be followed for missed academic requirements; use of the student-signed Declaration of Absence form is recommended. 

Travel immunizations

For short-term "resort vacation" travel, students can get their Hepatitis A and/or B vaccinations (ideally at least a month before travel - earlier is better so it can be effective). We do not provide travel medicine consults or advice about what medicines or vaccines students should get for other international travel. We recommend the Saskatoon Health Region International Travel Centre for a comprehensive consult.

Education and programming

The centre also educates the campus community on a variety of wellness topics. 

Mental health and counselling

Self-care, social support, online mental health resources and mindfulness meditation are effective tools to help students cope with the demands of university.

Professional assistance is advised when mental health difficulties:

  • are intense
  • persist
  • significantly compromise academic and day-to-day functioning

Common reasons students seek counselling:

  • problematic anxiety
  • depression
  • thoughts of suicide
  • trauma
  • grief
  • eating and body image concerns
  • relationship difficulties
  • abuse
  • sexual assault
  • questions about sexual orientation or gender identity

Immunizations for College Programs

Immunization update in light of COVID 19

Instructions to Book your Immunization review at the Student Wellness Centre

The Nursing staff at the Student Wellness Centre is doing your immunization review in a slightly different way this year due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Review your College Web page for specific immunization requirements.  We ask that all Health Science students locate their childhood and adult immunization records. Email the records along with your consent form (that is located on your web page – the demographic information on this consent form is needed in order to create your chart and therefore book your appointment) to student.wellness@usask.ca

 You must send in or e-mail your immunization records and consent form prior to your first in person appointment.

You will receive your TST (tuberculin skin test) on day 1, and then have it read 48 to 72 hrs later.  There is a 40 $ charge for this payable by debit.  (We are working on having Visa or Mastercard payments in the future)

 Medicine and Physical Therapy students require a 2 step TST, which consists of a TST on day 1, read 48 to 72 hrs later.  IF the TST is negative, it is repeated 1 to 3 weeks later.  There is an 80$ charge for this. 

Currently, Place Riel is closed to the Public.  Students that have an appointment to see the Nurse will enter by the foyer of the Murray Building (in between Place Riel and the Murray Library).  Follow the arrows and signage from the main doors of Place Riel.  You must have an appointment. You will be screened for Covid symptoms the day before your appointment and when you arrive.  IF you are sick or have a fever, you must re-schedule your appointment.

Health Sciences

Students that are in a Health Science Program are required to provide documented proof of immunization.  Completion of these requirements is mandatory for you to be able to do your clinical placements.

Health Science Colleges include Medicine, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Dentistry, Dental Assistant Program, Pharmacy, Nutrition, Public Health and Veterinary Medicine.

Completion of the immunization requirements is the responsibility of the student.  This includes locating childhood and adult immunization records, booking appointments for your immunization review (have your schedule ready when you are booking), and any costs associated with the immunization program (we only accept exact cash or debit card).  You must take a copy of the Immunization Record to your College once it has been completed.

You will be asked to sign a consent form to share your immunization records and/or serology results with your College and clinical placements.  This is to ensure your safety and the safety of your patients.

Locate your child and adult immunization records.  If you do not have these records, check with your parents, Public Health in the area where you grew up in, or your Physician’s office.  If your records are not located in Canada, check with any family that may be in the home country.  If you immigrated to Canada as a child, Immigration Canada requires an immunization record signed from a Physician in your country.  Ask your parents for this form.  If you do not or cannot locate any records, you must start your immunizations over – this is costly and timely.  Please make every effort to locate your records.

Booking an Appointment – you may choose to see your Family Physician  or Public Health Nurse to begin and/or complete your immunization review,  but you are still required to have one appointment with Student Health Nurse to ensure all requirements have been met.  Bring your health card to your visit.

Students are to follow the recommendations for Immunizations for health care students as laid out in the most current Saskatchewan Immunization Manual.  https://www.ehealthsask.ca/services/Manuals/Documents/sim-chapter7.pdf (Section 6.3 Publicly Funded Vaccines – Healthcare Worker)

Medical Electives require an immunization review and completion of forms.  There is a 20 $ charge for this service.

Eligibility

Who can visit the centre?

Students with a Canadian (provincial/territorial) health card currently registered in classes at the University of Saskatchewan. Spouses and children of students can access most services at the Wellness Centre, with the exception of psychiatry, one-on-one counselling and group therapy. However, students and their spouses can access couples counselling.

USask staff and instructors may access physiotherapy, massage therapy and chiropractic care.

International students

Learn how to access health care in Canada how to apply for your Saskatchewan health card.

Self-help materials

Mental health

Find self-help information about:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationships
  • Self image
Physical health

Find self-help information about:

  • Sleep
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Sexual health and STIs, contraception and pregnancy
  • Nutrition and fitness
Covid-19 wellness

Find information about:

  • COVID-19 facts
  • Awareness and preventiion
  • Coping tips
  • Questions and answers

COVID-19 wellness

Pregnancy and early childhood

Find self-help information about:

  • Prenatal education
  • Ressources for babies and young children
  • Nutrition tips

Pregnancy 

Early childhood

Student volunteer opportunity

Peer Health are students dedicated to promoting health on the USask Saskatoon campus and are passionate about health issues that impact student well-being. Peer Health works within the Be Well framework in the following seven specialties:

  • Alcohol moderation and cannabis use
  • Healthy connections
  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Invisible disabilities
  • Mental wellness
  • Parents on campus
  • Sexual wellness

Faculty and staff

Services for staff and faculty

Staff and faculty
Chiropractor 1st visit $65, follow-up $45
Physiotherapist 1st visit $80, follow-up $56
Massage Therapist* 30 min:$45, 45m:$60, 60m:$75

Concerned about a student

Contact the Student Affairs and Outreach team at (306) 966-5757. They can provide guidance, assistance and support if you are concerned about a USask student.

Our staff

Jocelyn Orb
Manager, Student Wellness Centre


Dr. Kit Mark
Physician


Dr. John Matic
Senior Physician (interim)


Dr. Ayla Mueen
Physician


Anne Arguin
Registered Nurse


Melissa Huckabay
Registered Nurse


Pam Komonoski
Nurse Practitioner


Mary Ellen Labrecque
Nurse Practitioner


Brett Neault
Registered Nurse


Devan Moxley Teigrob
Mental Health Nurse


Evan King
Registered Social Worker


Terri Peterson
Registered Social Worker


Florence Mudzongo
Registered Social Worker


Kyle Schwartz
Registered Social Worker


Ken MacLeod
Registered Marriage and Family Therapist


Dr. Susan Hurst
Registered Doctoral Psychologist


Lila McCormick
Registered Doctoral Psychologist


Darcia Evans
Registered Psychologist


Shannon Weber
Registered Psychologist


Wendy Witzel
Registered Psychologist


Megan Wood
Registered Psychologist


Rohit Sachdeva
Physiotherapist


Gillian Halyk
Registered Massage Therapist


Nick McEachern
Massage Therapist


Amy Pickering
Registered Dietitian


Alice Geib
Medical Office Assistant


Rita Hanoski
Health Education Coordinator


Lisa Ehman
Senior Admin, Health Services