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Member, Ethics Website Refresh Project, Island Health

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Open to Vancouver Island Region, Patient partners across the Island Health region

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Are you interested in ethics? Would you like to participate in the creation of a patient- and family-centred ethics website? We need your help to ensure that information is the central focus for patients and families!

Open to: Patient partners across the Island Health region

Lead Organization or Department

Island Health / Ethics & Quality, Safety and Improvement


As part of the Island Health public website redevelopment project, we are refreshing the Island Health ethics webpage and need the perspectives and experiences of patients to guide our efforts. The goal is to create a better online experience for people needing information about clinical ethics. The role of the patient partner will be to support content that puts patient and family needs first, and is easily accessible and understood.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of collaborate on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the research partner will work together with you to formulate solutions and incorporate your advice and recommendations into the decisions to the maximum extent possible.


  • Open to patient partners across the Island Health region (not open to those currently employed by Island Health)
  • Have frequent access to a computer and internet connection
  • Have some experience searching for information on health organization websites
  • Have experience in, or a passion for, clinical ethics
  • Are comfortable participating in meetings with teleconference and videoconference technology
  • Prepared to review and provide feedback on documents
  • Patient partners should have previously attended a PVN orientation session.  If you have not attended an orientation but are interested please contact Kira Tozer directly to see if accommodations may be possible.


  • Number of vacancies: 6
  • Date/Time/Location: TBD (all meetings will be on work days during business hours)
    • 2-hour meeting in late June 2018 (TBD) – via videoconference/teleconference
    • 4-hour meeting by mid July 2018 - in person in Nanaimo
    • 2-hour follow-up meeting in August 2018 - via videoconference/teleconference
    • 2-hour follow-up meeting in Sept 2018 - via videoconference/teleconference
  • Commitment: 4 meetings over 4-6 months


Participation in teleconference and video-conference is toll-free. Mileage and parking to attend in-person meetings or at your nearest Island Health facility for video-conferencing (if applicable) will be reimbursed.


Island Health is about to launch a new public-facing web presence over the summer that focuses on the user experience. The learnings and improvements that were part of this public website redesign project, such as ethics to develop and adapt the specific site to better meet the needs of the patients and people seeking health information, will be shared with individual programs.

Engagement Leader Contact Information

Kira Tozer
Engagement Leader, Patient & Public Engagement | Vancouver Island

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.