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Allied primary health practitioners

National Occupation Code (NOC): 3124

This unit group includes nurse practitioners, physician assistants and midwives who provide primary health care and treatment in conjunction with physicians and in collaboration with other health professionals. Nurse practitioners and physician assistants provide a range of health services to patients delivering preventive and continuous care toward the management of patients’ health. Midwives provide full-course care to women and their babies during the pre- and post-natal period. Nurse practitioners are employed in community health centres, hospitals, clinics and rehabilitation centres. Physician assistants usually work in private practice, including group or team practices, hospitals and clinics. Midwives are employed in hospitals, clinics, birthing centres or in private practice.

Job Duties for Allied primary health practitioners

Nurse practitioners
  • Examine patients and take their medical histories and consult with physicians and other medical practitioners to evaluate patients' physical and mental health
  • Order laboratory tests, X-rays and other diagnostic procedures
  • Inoculate and vaccinate patients
  • Advise patients and their families on health care including health promotion, disease, illness and accident prevention
  • Collaborate with members of an interdisciplinary health team such as family physicians, therapists and nutritionists to plan, implement, co-ordinate and evaluate patient care in consultation with patients and their families
  • May prescribe from a limited list of medications
Physician assistants
  • Conduct patient interviews, physical assessments and take medical histories
  • Perform or order diagnostic tests and interpret results
  • In consultation with a supervising physician, formulate and implement treatment plans and monitor patients' progress
  • Perform and assist in minor surgery
  • Provide health maintenance education
  • May participate in research activities
  • May prescribe from a limited list of medications.
Midwives
  • Provide primary, full-course, care to women and their babies during pregnancy, such as physical examinations, screening and diagnostic tests to monitor the health of mother and baby and make referrals to medical specialists as required
  • Manage labour and spontaneous normal deliveries
  • Care for, assess and monitor the health of newborns and refer infants to appropriate medical services as required
  • Provide advice and guidance regarding care for newborns and young infants.

Working Conditions for Allied primary health practitioners

Work is performed in healthcare facilities such as hospitals, doctor's offices, and medical clinics. Travel to schools, community centres, businesses and homes is undertaken by community and public health nurses. Emotional tolls associated with working with sick, injured, and terminally ill patients and their families may be experienced.

Alternate Job Titles

  • Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Advanced Nurse Practitioner
  • Advanced Practice Nurse
  • Anesthesia Assistant
  • Extended Class Registered Nurse - Nurse Practitioner
  • Licensed Midwife
  • Midwife
  • Nurse Practioner - Adult Care
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Practitioner - Anesthesia
  • Nurse Practitioner - Cardiology
  • Nurse Practitioner - Extended Class
  • Nurse Practitioner - Pediatrics
  • Nurse Practitioner - Primary Health Care
  • Nurse-midwife
  • Physician Assistant
  • Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Registered Midwife (RM)
  • Registered Nurse - Extended Class (RN-EC)
  • RM (registered Midwife)
  • Anesthesia Assistant
  • Midwife
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Practitioner - Extended Class
  • Physician Assistant