Radical Approach to Health at the Workers Healthcare Center of Vio.Me.

Radical Approach to Health at the Workers Healthcare Center of Vio.Me.


While visiting Vio.Me., the occupied and
worker run factory producing environmentally friendly cleaning
products in Thessaloniki, Greece, Unicorn Riot sat down with Dimitra, a psychologist
with the Workers Health Care Center of Vio.Me. In one of our three video specials
from the factory we learn about how the autonomous, volunteer-run, free, and open-to-the-public, holistic clinic that has treated over
200 people in the last three years, functions. The Workers Health Care Center
is self-managed, autonomous and that is not getting financed by the state, Church,
political parties, it’s completely self-managed. It is a primary holistic
health care with a special emphasis to the working conditions. We want to take
in a particular consideration the working conditions or the relations
inside the work and how this influence life of the person. It is open to
everybody because this kind of approach you will not find it in the health care
system. My name is Dimitra Pouliopoulou, I am a
psychologist, family psychotherapist. I am a member of the Health Care Center in
Vio.Me. and member of the Solidarity Assembly to Vio.Me. We have a concept of the
notion of the health as a whole connecting the somatic, the psychological,
and the social aspect of life integrated and connected synchronically and diachronically between them. The idea to create a medical center was at the
beginning it was from the workers of Vio.Me. The Workers Health Care Center has
been created with the equal participation of the workers of Vio.Me.,
with specialists and doctors. This is this was our, how to say – basis, to start. So,
the idea was before the 2015 around 2014 from the workers they came to the
Assembly of the Solidarity Clinic of Thessaloniki to propose this idea and we’ve
created a third ground, a common ground, that was here, the
Workers Health Care Center. The workers of Vio.Me. are co-creators but it
has not been created for the workers of Vio.Me., it has been created *by* the workers
of Vio.Me. and together with the workers of Vio.Me. This is the the main
difference that you can find from what other clinic in Greece, okay, who
have workers that they have taken the work in their hands and somehow they
take also the health in their hands, okay? And they have opinion on that. We operate
one time per week. We have seen until now around 200 visits, more or less. All the
team is now around ten; doctors, psychotherapists, and nurses. It is open
to the society, who wants can come, it is open. When we have a person that wants to
come in the Health Care Center in Vio.Me. we see this person – three people, three
specialists. One is the general practitioner, the second one is a psychologist/psychotherapist, and the third one is a nurse. We are in the session
that lasts at least one hour and half the first one trying to take a holistic and
integrative history, medical history. The next appointments are of one hour. So we
give the time and the space to co-create a dialogue and its therapy. And of course the following of health care. We have also
integrated a genogram that is climbing up three generations. This
genogram is including the family history – means the relational history of
the person and the working history of the person, related with the working
history of its relatives. So combining all these aspects we try to create and
connect all together as a team in the mind of the health team and of course
especially in the incomer (patient), all the aspects of the life. So we don’t see one,
we don’t see the others as just one, for example: I have pain in my back and
that’s it… No. Why you have this pain in your back? When
this started and with what is related and how it started, is there any other
member of your family that had something similar and when this? I mean, it’s a full
history, is a full dialogue, that we are trying to connect all these aspects. So
making a criticism into the dominant paradigm of the medical science we try
to reconnect all these aspects. So, of course we cannot deny the evolution of
the science. I mean, the specialties have brought knowledge and
that permit us to understand better but in the meantime we have to find ways to
connect all this knowledge, to reconnect, ok? To regain back this knowledge so as
far as we understood there is no way to do it one person, or one science. So we
need more fields to work together parallel in the same time, this is very
important. It’s different, there are collaborations that there are
referals and maybe they discuss after between them
but no, this is, here is different. We discuss
in front of the patient, in front of the incomer, in the main time and between us.
So in order that the person has the possibility to know what is going on
and to connect, to connect his life. Just one thing what is incomer? As we have as a perspective to
create a community for health that includes also the prevention of health,
means to sensibilize the community that health is not to – is not only the body
first of all, ok? But how to have an opinion, no? On
health, not only on your personal but what kind of health care system we want
and how we take as a society in our hands in this sense we are all incomers
in the health care center in Vio.Me. The only way to answer to to the dominance
of knowledge, science, economical aspects that they put in the health care system
is collaboration with equality. This is a challenge. We have always to fight for
that, equality. It is the need, it is the need of the society that you want to do
something about what is going on, you have to answer to all that that is
going on. So are we going to do something? When? Now. Better yesterday.
With who? Here were are and Vio.Me. is the best example of to take the things in our
hands. So with that – like self-management, not
only their work but in all the fields, in all the aspects of life, far away from
the state and from the market, because in any case the game is over there. Just
to realize it. So are we going to create our communities and to start
to have the, to keep things in our hands and to have another proposal. So for me
the political proposal of Vio.Me. finds me completely in agreement and I see
this also that can be applied in the field of health. Thanks for watching our special in the
workers health care center inside the occupied worker managed Vio.Me. For
further content, watch our other specials from Vio.Me. and find more of our media
from Greece on topics like health care clinics, squats, and mutual aid at Unicorn
Riot dot Ninja [https://unicornriot.ninja].

Daniel Yohans

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