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Island Health Perinatal Advisory Committee



Commitment: Long-term

Connection method: Hybrid

Open to Vancouver Island Region


Island Health is revitalizing its perinatal programming and would like to invite a patient to become part of its Perinatal Advisory Committee. The committee will be made up of Island Health professionals with relevant expertise, an Indigenous Knowledge Keeper and patient representative. The committee will provide advice and feedback to the five working groups that are creating or revising perinatal practice standards and guidelines.

This committee will be consulting and decision-informing; members will not be requested to come to consensus to make decisions. Rather, they will be asked to share their experiences, opinions, and feedback to perinatal leadership about proposed processes and programs.

The patient will bring their own – and perhaps friends’ and relatives’ – experiences of the perinatal period and its associated health services. We will invite them to share about the services that were helpful or meaningful for them, and any that were harmful or not needed. We would like to learn what services they wish were provided and ask for their opinions of perinatal programming proposals. Their perspective will be taken to the working groups that are creating best practice guidance and used to inform decision-making.

Level of Engagement

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


  • Willing & comfortable to share health care experiences in a group setting
  • Specific health care experiences [details below]
  • Previous committee/working group experience
  • 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

Patient Partners ARE required to be PVN members to participate in this engagement opportunity.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Jenny Nijhoff
Perinatal Manager, Public Health | Island Health
(236) 638-5206

From Our Community

Christine Wallsworth

Patient Partner, Vancouver

Christine Wallsworth

Patient and family partners should not be a check box on research proposals! They need to be involved right from the start. I know patient and family partners are doing their part by providing their knowledge to researchers from their lived experience.  It’s a win-win for us to work together through PVN to make sure our input drives improvements.