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Aboriginal Patient Partner, Regional Trauma Council, Interior Health



Commitment: Long-term

Connection method: Virtual

Open to Interior Region


Do you want to help evaluate and improve the quality of care for injured patients throughout the Interior region? The Trauma Services Network is looking for an Aboriginal Patient Partner to work with the Regional Trauma Council to share their experiences and input to help shape how services are provided across our region.

The role of the Aboriginal Patient Partner is to participate in discussions with administrative partners and medical leaders to evaluate opportunities for improvement in current practices related to patient care, transportation, standardizing care etc. in order to improve care based on the needs of the Interior Health population. Your direct experience as a patient will help to inform the discussions and influence proposed changes.

This opportunity is open to Aboriginal Patient Partners from the Interior Health region who have experience either as a patient or family/care giver with acute injury/physical trauma, which required hospital level interventions.

We are seeking an individual who is comfortable sharing their health care journey with a large group of health care professionals for the purpose of process improvement. Candidates should be comfortable with discussions that may include details of patient injuries or circumstances related to the care of injured patients. This may be triggering to some partners. The council will make every effort to be sensitive in these discussions and partners may excuse themselves from certain aspects of the discussion. Opportunities to discuss concerns outside of council meetings will be provided regularly.

Please note:
o This opportunity, as with all Interior Health patient engagement opportunities, is not open to Interior Health staff members or patient partners who are currently employed by Interior Health.
o The placement process for this opportunity may include an informal interview between the volunteer and the health care partner.

Logistics of this position:
• Number of vacancies: 1
• Date/Time:
o Meetings will be held 4 times per year (December, March, June, September).
o Meetings are currently held the 2nd Tuesday of the month (1:00pm-3:00pm).
• Location: Meetings are currently held virtually using Microsoft Teams.
• Commitment: The ideal term will be for 2 years.

In recognition of your time and commitment, a small honorarium of $100 per hour of meeting time will be available.

No out-of-pocket expenses are anticipated for this engagement opportunity.

Interior Health has a Trauma Services Network to support quality improvement and system planning across to the whole region for patients who have been injured. Our scope includes injury prevention, pre-hospital care, hospital care and rehab, and follow-up for all trauma related patients.

We are looking to improve the quality, consistency and standardization of the trauma services within Interior Health by having a Regional Trauma Council to support information sharing across the region and addressing system challenges. Representation on the committee includes many operational and administrative leaders in Interior health and physician leaders from around the region as well as two existing patient partners. Patient partners are an integral part of representation on this committee.


Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of Collaborate on the IAP2 Spectrum of Public Participation.


  • Willing & comfortable to share health care experiences in a group setting
  • Have access to technology and the internet to participate in the engagement opportunity
  • Comfortable using technology to attend online/virtual meetings
  • An interest in improving health care services
  • The time to participate in the engagement opportunity
  • Experience as a patient who has accessed health services within Interior Health as a result of an injury or accident. Alternatively, experience from the family member/care giver/community support perspective is also valued.
Patient Partners ARE NOT required to be PVN members to participate in this engagement opportunity.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Kyla Gowenlock Director, Trauma Services, Trauma Services Network | Interior Health (250) 801-5762

From Our Community

Lucie Neliba

Patient Partner, Surrey

Lucie Neliba

The Patient Voices Network has connected me to a community with the same drive to bring person- and family-centred care to the forefront. I am grateful for all opportunities I have been a part of thanks to PVN, which positively impacts patients like my sister and their caregivers. No matter how small, all patient engagement will help shape the future of health care and that I can stand behind