The Scarborough Academic Family Health Team (SAFHT) is a group of health care providers who work together as part of a family health team. SAFHT is part of the Family Health Network, and is funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. SAFHT is also associated with the Department of Family & Community Medicine at Scarborough General Hospital and the University of Toronto. Our team currently includes 18 Family Doctors, a Physician Assistant, 2 Nurse Practitioners, 7 Registered nurses, 4 Mental Health Workers, a Case Manager, a Psychiatrist, a Clinical Chiropodist, a Registered Dietician, and Receptionists. We have 9 locations across eastern Toronto and together serve approximately 27,000 enrolled patients.

SAFHT has been incorporated as a non-profit corporation since 2006 and many of our physicians have been serving the community for a number of years prior to incorporation. SAFHT is administered by a Board of Directors composed of members of the health team, the Scarborough Family Health Organization and the Victoria Health Centre Family Health Organization.

As part of the Ministry of Health family health team initiative, our mission is to deliver accessible, high-quality care in a broad range of health-care services and traditional medicine, with a focus on health promotion, disease prevention and chronic disease management. Our goals are to make a significant and lasting improvement in the health and well-being of our community, to enhance access to primary care, to increase the capacity of individuals to improve their own health, and to decrease the use of local hospital emergency departments. In addition, SAFHT fosters the development of future healthcare professionals through student internships and educational opportunities with our physician members.

Please note that SAFHT is not a walk-in clinic. When you enrol with SAFHT, you have access to primary health care treatment or advice, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, through a combination of regular and extended office hours, and a nurse-staffed Telephone Health Advisory Service (THAS).

What is a Family Health Team?

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care defines a Family Health Team as "...an approach to primary health care that brings together different health care providers to co-ordinate the highest possible quality of care for you - the patient. Designed to give doctors support from other complementary professionals, most Family Health Teams will consist of doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, and other health care professionals who work collaboratively, each utilizing their experience and skills so that you receive the very best care, when you need it, as close to home as possible." Family Health Teams are a key piece of the provincial government's plan to build a health care system that promotes good health, reduces wait times and improve access to care. Family Health Teams focus on preventing illness and promoting health. They will look at the best ways to manage chronic illnesses such as diabetes and depression. Family Health Teams provide care that is more accessible, coordinated, and comprehensive. They will give patients the opportunity to be more involved in making decisions about their own health.

You can find out more information about Family Health Teams on the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's website at http://www.health.gov.on.ca/transformation/fht/fht_mn.html What is a Family Health Team?

What is Primary Care?

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care defines primary care as "...the patient's first point of contact with a doctor or a health care team." Primary care can include disease management and prevention (such as diabetes and other chronic diseases), disease cure, palliative care, health education and promotion and referrals to specialists.

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