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Welcome to
The McMaster Family Health Team

We are an Academic Family Health Team affiliated with the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University. The MFHT trains medical clerks and residents in Family Medicine, as well as other healthcare professionals, providing primary care services and conducting research in the field of family medicine. We have 2 sites that include the Stonechurch Family Health Centre on the south mountain in Hamilton, and McMaster Family Practice & Maternity Centre of Hamilton, co-located in downtown Hamilton.  Together these practices serve over 40,000 patients from the Greater Hamilton Area.

Our Purpose

Together we serve, teach, discover: Primary care for better health and a brighter world


Our Values

Honouring – We are committed to honouring and respecting ourselves and others

Creative– We practice creative and courageous inquiry and action

Generous – We engage one another with generous interdependence


COVID-19 Vaccine

Important notice for patients who received  AstraZeneca Vaccine through primary care offices in Hamilton from March 10-28, 2021

Hamilton Primary Care, including the family practices listed below, are hosting clinics from June 10 to June 23 at David Braley Health Sciences Centre (100 Main Street W, Hamilton) to offer second doses of AstraZeneca to eligible individuals who received their first dose between March 10 and March 28.

This clinic will operate via booked appointments only.


Before booking your appointment, please have a look at the date of your first vaccine appointment and book your second appointment at around 12 weeks from that date. It is also important to note that choosing an alternate vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) for your second dose is now permitted. Information on this option and how to access an alternate vaccine for your second dose can be found through this link: Second Dose Guidance

When you are ready to book your appointment click this link and follow the instructions:

Clinic location: David Braley Health Sciences Centre
Dates: Thursday June 10 to Wednesday June 23
Hours: Mon-Fri 11:30 pm-6:30pm, Sat and Sun 8:30am-3:30pm

Before coming to the clinic

Eligible patients should review this important information from the Ministry of Health to help make their informed decisions about whether or not to proceed with the second dose of Astra Zeneca COVID19 vaccine at this point in time.

For patients who received AstraZeneca after March 28, 2021

If you received your first dose of Astra Zeneca after March 28th,  you are not yet eligible to receive your second dose. Further information about appointment availability for your second doses will be coming soon.


We have included some additional information which may help answer additional questions. As always, we encourage everyone to discuss specific questions and health concerns with their primary care provider.

Participating Family Practices:

Compass Community Health Centre
McMaster Family Practice
Core Care Family Health Team
Primary Care Physicians at the Port Authority
Crown Point Family Health Centre
Red Hill Medical Group
Harvard Square Medical Group
Rosedale Medical Group
Hamilton Community Health Centre
Stonechurch Family Health Centre



We do not know when the COVID-19 vaccine will be available for us to provide to our patients at McMaster Family Practice and Stonechurch Family Health Centre.  We expect it will be in fall 2021 and will update our website and social media accounts as more information becomes available.

Some helpful information regarding the vaccine is found at the following websites:

City of Hamilton: Coronavirus

Government of Canada: What you need to know about the COVID-19 vaccine for Canada

Government of Ontario: COVID-19 (coronavirus) in Ontario


Intersections between biomedicine and traditional knowledge and medicines

What is the role of Western biomedicine and Indigenous traditional knowledge and medicines in supporting health and wellbeing? Some of our Indigenous colleagues participated in a Fireside Chat to discuss this topic as part of a series called Maad’ookiing Mshkiki — Sharing Medicine. This project was designed to address the lack of culturally safe and relevant education materials for Indigenous people about vaccination.

In the latest release, Dr. Karen Hill, Dr. Amy Montour, Elva Jamieson, and Ashley Montour speak about how they use both approaches in their respective practices. Drs. Hill and Montour are Indigenous physicians and DFM faculty members, Elva Jamieson is a traditional medicine practitioner, and Ashley Montour is an Indigenous registered practical nurse. Watch the video on the Maad’ookiing Mshkiki YouTube channel.

To accompany the video, the project team developed materials that provide information on a variety of ways to support immune function, including singing, spending time outdoors and drumming. You can find resources on the virtual hub or download graphics to share on social media. The virtual hub also contains previous fireside chats covering topics such as vaccine hesitancy, what is COVID-19 and how the vaccines work.

We are grateful to our Indigenous colleagues for sharing their knowledge and encourage you to share with your network. Follow @SharingMedicine on TwitterFacebook and Instagram and use the hashtag #sharingmedicine.

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McMaster University Department of Family MedicineMichael G. DeGroote School of Medicine