The Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre is a facility in the Family and Community Medicine Program at Toronto Western Hospital. Equipped with an Acoustic Studio and Movement Assessment Studio with a sprung floor to aid in diagnosis and treatment. The Centre is the only clinic of its kind in Canada that specializes in serving the entire artistic community.
The Centre is an integrative outpatient clinic offering both medical and complementary care. Clinic services include acupuncture, chiropractic medicine, craniosacral therapy, registered massage therapy, MBCT group programs, naturopathic medicine, physiotherapy, psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, and shiatsu therapy. There is also a Nurse Practitioner to care for all patients and access to a family physician.
The Centre’s team specializes in addressing the specific healthcare needs of artists providing a holistic approach to health within an evidence-based framework. Our patients include students & staff of post-secondary arts institutions, and professional creative and performing artists of all ages. Through the Joysanne Sidimus Fund, services are subsidized for artists in financial need so they only pay a small fraction of the cost.
Our vision is to have a positive impact on the overall health and wellbeing of professional creative and performing artists.
Our mission is to advance local, national and international standards of excellence in health care for professional artists through our activity in:
• Patient Care – Delivering comprehensive patient-focused care that integrates comprehensive health care to professional artists.
• Research – Conducting research specifically related to the health concerns of professional artists.
• Education – Communicating our body of knowledge to professional artists and other healthcare providers
Philosophy of Care
The Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre (Centre) recognizes that professional creative and performing artists belong to a unique occupational group. As such, their health concerns are often specific to their profession and to their particular emotional and socio-economic circumstances. At the Centre, professional artists have access to quality healthcare professionals who value health promotion and education. As such, our healthcare providers work in partnership with artists to identify and address their health care needs.
“I’ve had some challenges. I think playing the violin is demanding in certain ways on the body, and if certain things go wrong…I have had carpal tunnel surgery on both my hands.”
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STEP ONE! Primary Care
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