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FAQ’s

What is the difference between the Artists’ Health Alliance, and The Al and Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre?

What are the main activities of the Artists’ Health Alliance?

Does my donation to the Artists’ Health Alliance go to Alliance’s activities, or to The Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre at Toronto Western Hospital?

How many of the services at The Al and Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre are covered by OHIP, and which are fee-for-service?

What is the Joysanne Sidimus Fund?

I don’t live in Toronto. Are there other artists’ clinics where I can get similar services?

I’m a practitioner looking to work at The Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre. Who do I contact?

What is your Accessibility Policy?


What is the difference between the Artists’ Health Alliance, and The Al and Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre?

The Artists’ Health Alliance (Alliance) exists to support the overall health and wellbeing of our artistic community. This is accomplished through management of the Joysanne Sidimus Fund, for artists to access specialized and integrative healthcare at The Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre, and by providing programming through the Christine Ardagh Education & Outreach Program.

The Al and Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre (Centre) is a facility in the Family and Community Medicine Program at the Toronto Western Hospital.

The Centre’s inter-professional team offers both medical and complementary care to professional creative and performing artists, and students in, and teachers at, recognized post-secondary arts institutions. The Centre’s mandate includes research, education, and outreach to the arts community.

The Alliance works in partnership with Toronto Western Hospital to ensure that programs and services at the clinic are responsive to the needs of the community, and to promote the clinic within the artistic community.

What are the main activities of the Artists’ Health Alliance?

The Artists’ Health Alliance (Alliance) staff and volunteers are active in promoting the clinic within the artistic community, to ensure that local artists are aware of the availability and accessibility of resources through the hospital and The Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre (Centre).

Through the Christine Ardagh Education & Outreach Program, the Alliance is able to help artists develop appropriate strategies and self-care tools to deal with common health issues.  The Alliance also works in partnership with the Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation to raise funding for both the Joysanne Sidimus Fund and the Centre’s Research Program, through its own fundraising events.

Does my donation to the Artists’ Health Alliance go to Alliance’s activities, or to The Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre at Toronto Western Hospital?

Your donation to the Artists’ Health Alliance helps fund our activities.  These include:

Education and outreach, to the artistic community and students in professional post-secondary training programs, about maintaining health and wellbeing through the Christine Ardagh Education & Outreach Program

Facilitation of access to integrative health services at the Centre  through  management of the Joysanne Sidimus Fund

Promotion of the programs and services available through the Centre and Alliance, to the artistic community to ensure ongoing maintenance of health and wellbeing

The Artists’ Health Alliance is a charitable organization, and will issue a tax receipt for your donation of $25 or more. Charitable registration number 88315 0534 RR 0001

The Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre essential staff and core practitioners (nurse practitioner, psychotherapists, consulting physician, and receptionist) are paid for through the generosity of Toronto Western Hospital and the University Health Network, while the Centre’s allied health professionals (physiotherapists, massage therapist, chiropractor, and naturopath) are fee-for-service practitioners, and as such are paid by their clients.

How many of the services at The Al and Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre are covered by OHIP, and which are fee-for-service?

At The Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre (Centre), an artist client is able to access primary care services through the Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Dietitian and consulting physician, for no charge.  These practitioners are funded by Toronto Western Hospital directly.

Physiotherapy services, psychotherapy services, massage therapy, chiropractic care, and appointments with the naturopath are all fee-for-service, and are paid by the client.  Some of these services may be covered by your private health care plan, and in addition, qualifying artists may apply to the Joysanne Sidimus Fund for financial assistance.
Support groups are available at low cost on an ongoing basis, and Centre clients are able to access Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction courses two to three times yearly, at no cost (there is a small fee to cover materials).

Information about the Centre’s various services and fees can be accessed here

What is the Joysanne Sidimus Fund?

The Joysanne Sidimus Fund is a financial assistance program which helps eligible professional artists and students in, and teachers at, recognized post-secondary arts institutions (as determined by the Eligibility Checklist below) to pay for the fee-for-service treatments offered at The Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre at Toronto Western Hospital by covering 75% of the cost, up to a maximum of $760 for each successful application. For more information on this program click here.

I don’t live in Toronto. Are there other artists’ clinics where I can get similar services?

As far as we know at this time, there is no other clinic in Canada (and possibly  internationally) that offers the range of services that is available through The Al and Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre (Centre), or that offers services to such a diverse group of artistic disciplines. There are, however, excellent clinics and practitioners both locally and internationally that focus on specific therapeutic modalities and one or two specific artistic disciplines.

If you are a visiting artist to Toronto, the Centre is here for you.

Out-of-Province Patients
• With provincial insurance coverage, there is no upfront charge at the Centre. But, please make sure that you have valid coverage from your province. This can be verified at the Toronto Western Hospital Admitting and Registration office. Clients are billed $350 per visit by the hospital unless you have valid insurance coverage. Claims for health costs incurred outside of the province may be refunded within 365 days of the appointment.

International Patients
• Clients are billed $350 per visit by Toronto Western Hospital. Claims for health costs incurred outside of the country of residence may be refunded. We recommend that you verify the policies of your country of residence.
• Regular charges apply to fee-for-service appointments.
• Centre charges $120 for a physical health exam and $60 for any follow-ups with the Nurse Practitioner.

I’m a practitioner looking to work at The Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre. Who do I contact?

There are currently no employment opportunities at The Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre. If you wish to send your resume, to be kept on file, please email Matt Eldridge, Clinic Coordinator.

What is your Accessibility Policy?

The Artists’ Health Alliance Accessibility Policy can be downloaded here.

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Upcoming Workshops

Registration: Artists' Toolbox

June 30, 2018

Fill in the form below and select which events you want to register for, including the number of spaces you want to reserve (under “quantity”). If you have any problems registering online, you can do so over the phone by calling 416-351-0239.   Season Summary Narrative Wellbeing ...

Maintaining Creative Energy

March 13, 2018

This workshop addresses creative fatigue and combats the isolation that plagues artistic work. Through activities facilitated by an expert drama educator, participants identify and discuss sources of their creative energy. Explore how your personal and professional stories, and the places you come ...

Healthy Habits

January 25, 2018

This workshop addresses the fact that artistic practice can entail unhealthy habits. Facilitated by a registered dietician and a physiotherapist, this workshop will help artists gain individual insight into their own habits in regards to diet, exercise and sleep. More details coming soon! Click ...