Faculty of Health Disciplines

An unprecedented time

The worldwide response to the spread of COVID-19 is challenging health care professionals everywhere. We all have an important role to play in keeping ourselves, our loved ones and our communities safe and healthy in these and coming days.

The Faculty of Health Disciplines is extraordinarily proud to see so many alumni, students and faculty — in every facet of health care, in organizations and communities across Canada and beyond — contributing their knowledge, skills and passion at this critical time.

You represent the best of who we aspire to be as health care professionals, and we are grateful for everything you are doing.

Everyone is focusing on and coming to grips with the “new normal” during this uncertain and complex time. FHD students work in health care, so you are likely to be impacted directly or indirectly by COVID-19. You might be hard pressed to balance work and home commitments.

To assist you, a number of actions are being taken:

  • AU remains open and accessible, and theory classes continue as usual
  • all practicums have been cancelled
  • information about exams and extensions can be found on the AU news website, which will be updated regularly

Your program director is your key contact with respect to the COVID-19 situation, and will provide additional information. You are invited to contact your program director if you have questions or concerns.

Please visit the AU website for the University response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

For professional resources, Health Canada has a Coronavirus information line (1-833-784-4397) as well as a national repository of outbreak updates and information for health professionals (spectrum of illness, transmission, detection and reporting, infection control and treatment). The WHO has published guidance on the clinical management of severe acute respiratory infection when COVID-19 infection is suspected, and has developed a central repository of information.

The COVID-19 situation is fluid. The Faculty of Health Disciplines will respond appropriately as information and recommendations change. We are committed to supporting students, and to following the advice and recommendations of Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Dr. Margaret Edwards
Dean

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