University of Regina opens first-of-its-kind Student Wellness Centre

News Release Release Date: November 5, 2021 10:15 a.m.

Grand opening ceremonies held today officially launched the University of Regina’s new Student Wellness Centre.

The Centre, unique among Canadian universities as the only one operated by nurse practitioners from a Faculty of Nursing, offers a full range of services and treatments focusing on primary health care.

“Healthy students are successful students, and the new Student Wellness Centre shows how invested the University is in student wellness,” said Dr. Jeff Keshen, University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor. “When I was a student, universities didn’t always have a truly holistic view of what students’ academic success entailed. In today’s world, modern and progressive institutions recognize that they have a moral and social obligation to support things like physical and mental wellness. In that spirit, the Student Wellness Centre is a tangible, living example of the University of Regina’s continuing commitment to our students and their overall university experience.”

The state-of-the-art facility – operated by nurse practitioners licensed to make a diagnosis, prescribe medications, order and interpret diagnostic tests, and perform other medical procedures – will also focus on disease prevention, health awareness and education, healthy lifestyle choices and more.

“It’s important to recognize that students aren’t just students. We’re people and we have jobs and we need transportation and we need health care,” said Hannah Tait, President of the University of Regina Students’ Union. “So having this on campus means that we’re getting the service we need to take care of ourselves on a timely basis.”

The Centre also anticipates engaging nursing and other students (e.g. social work, kinesiology) in clinical operations, providing them with experiential learning opportunities, and eventually expanding services to other members of the campus community in addition to students. 

“The Student Wellness Centre is a physical manifestation of the U of R’s commitment to the physical and mental well-being students,” said Dr. Cheryl Pollard, Dean of the Faculty of Nursing. “We’re here to serve our student population. We’re creating a home. We’re creating a space where people can thrive, whether that’s through creating a healing space or helping them achieve their academic dreams.”

Since it opened for appointments in late October, the Centre has already seen steady demand from students for the services and treatments that are provided.

More information on the Student Wellness Centre and services provided is available here


About the University of Regina

The University of Regina—with campuses located on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 territories, the ancestral lands of the Cree, Saulteaux, Dakota, Lakota and Nakoda nations and the homeland of the Métis—is a comprehensive, mid-sized university that traces its roots back to the creation of Regina College in 1911. Today, more than 16,000 students study within the University's 10 faculties, 25 academic departments/schools, 18 research centres and institutes, and three federated colleges (Campion College, First Nations University of Canada, and Luther College). The University of Regina has an established reputation for excellence and innovative programs that lead to undergraduate, master, and doctoral degrees.  


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