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Member, Health Authority Medical Advisory Committee

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

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Be the patient voice at the table that provides advice to the Board of Directors on the provision of medical care at Island Health. Help us ensure that the patient perspective is at the forefront of all of the decisions we make and that we strive to provide a great patient experience to everyone, everywhere, every time!

Open to: Patient partners across the Island Health region

Lead Organization or Department

Island Health, Medical and Academic Affairs


The role of the Health Authority Medical Advisory Committee (HAMAC) is to provide advice to the Board of Directors regarding the provision of medical care at Island Health. HAMAC monitors the quality and effectiveness of medical care, the adequacy of medical staff resources, continuing education for medical staff and planning goals to meet the medical care needs of the community. We are asking the patient partners to participate in monthly meetings by asking questions, and sharing experiences and opinions that will help guide our decision making.

Level of Engagement

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


  • Have experience of health services within Island Health (as a patient, family member or informal caregiver)
  • Comfortable sharing patient experiences in a group setting for the purposes of learning and quality improvement
  • A skilled listener who is respectful of a broad range of views
  • Previous experience as part of committee or quality improvement project is an asset, but is not required
  • A good understanding of the complexity of the healthcare system
Please note: This opportunity is not open to patient partners who are currently employed by Island Health. Applicants must have previously attended a PVN orientation session and completed the Volunteer Agreement. If you have not attended an orientation session but you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Ryan Sidorchuk directly to see if accommodations may be possible.


Number of vacancies: 2; preference for one member from the south Island area, one member from the mid-to-north Island area Date and Time: The meetings are monthly, usually on the second Tuesday of the month from 1600 to 1900. Location: In-person or teleconference Commitment: One year or more


Local travel (mileage/parking) expenses as applicable according to Island Health rates will be reimbursed. As our meeting is over the dinner hour, dinner will also be served during the meeting.


This is a long-standing committee that is looking forward to welcoming the patient voice at the table. The decisions made at this table affect the care provided across the health authority and it is the last stop for decision making before the Board of Directors. The Terms of Reference we use are outlined in the Medical Staff Rules starting on page 33. Please don't let the formality of these "rules" deter you from applying. We are ready to welcome you and will work closely with you to bring you up to speed and ensure you feel comfortable. The HAMAC produces formal agendas and minutes for each meeting. The coordinator of the meetings will be your point of contact for everything and if/when needed can arrange meetings with you and the Committee Chair before the meeting, to ensure your questions are answered and you come to the meeting feeling well informed and ready to participate.

Engagement Leader Contact Information

Ryan Sidorchuk
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Central & North Vancouver Island

From Our Community

Cherie Mercer

Patient Partner, New Aiyansh

Cherie Mercer

I have learned so much about innovation and capacity building by being part of PVN. I signed up to build my leadership skills, however, I experience benefits for myself, my community and Indigenous peoples throughout the province. I understand more about the complexities and opportunities required to improve health care.