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Member, Health Technology Assessment Committee, Ministry of Health

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Open to Provincial Region, Patient partners outside the greater Vancouver area (the committee already has one patient partner from the Vancouver area and is looking for another person from a different area in BC)

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Contribute to meaningful, high-level decisions about the use of health resources across the province!

Open to: Patient partners outside the greater Vancouver area (the committee already has one patient partner from the Vancouver area and is looking for another person from a different area in BC)

Lead Organization or Department

Partnerships and Innovation Division, Ministry of Health


The Ministry of Health values patient input and seeks to include patient perspectives wherever possible. The patient partner along with other members of the committee will review analyses of health technologies (devices, diagnostics, clinical procedures, etc.) and contribute their opinions on how they should be used in BC's publicly-funded health care system.

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.


  • Comfortable speaking to the general patient experience rather than to a specific cause or condition
  • Comfortable attending meetings via teleconference
  • Comfortable reading and understanding academic literature
  • Not required, but financial literacy would be an advantage to the patient partner
  • A current PVN member (already been through an orientation)


Vacancies: 1 (as 1 already sits on the committee) Meetings: Monthly 2 hour teleconference meetings
Date Details
May 10 1:00 – 3:00pm
June 14 1:00 – 3:00pm
July 12 1:00 – 3:00pm
August 9 1:00 – 3:00pm
September 13 1:00 – 3:00pm
October 11 1:00 – 3:00pm
November 8 1:00 – 3:00pm
December 13 1:00 – 3:00pm
One in person meeting in Vancouver on April 30 (due to short notice attendance at in-person meeting is not mandatory but available if schedules allow) Location:
  • Monthly meetings via teleconference
  • In person meeting on April 30 (9:00-4:00pm) in downtown, Vancouver
  • 1 year term
  • Attendance at all teleconference meetings (extenuating circumstances excluded)
  • Committee members are expected to pre-read meeting materials distributed prior to each meeting


Expenses for patient partners attending the in person meeting on April 30 in Vancouver will be covered including travel, accommodation, & meals


The BC Health Technology Review is a joint ministry and health authority process used to make evidence-informed decisions about which health technologies (devices, diagnostics, clinical procedures etc) should be publically provided in the province. Specifically, the Health Technology Assessment Committee (HTAC) provides evidence informed recommendations to a committee of senior ministry and health authority executives. The HTAC is comprised of a mix of ministry and health authority representatives from across the province. There is currently one patient representative on the committee and they are seeking to add one more patient partner. For more information on the Health Technology Assessment Committee please visit their website.

Engagement Leader Contact Information

Teresa Bissenden
Engagement Leader, Patient & Public Engagement | Provincial

From Our Community

Karla Warkotsch

Patient Experience Consultant – Interior Health

Karla Warkotsch

The question I like to ask health care employees is ‘Who is this for?’ and ‘Do we have the right people at the table?’ As a health care employee, I see how easy it is to fall into doing for, rather than doing with patients. The voices of the patient, family and caregiver are essential to ensure the patient is central to the direction and focus of the work being done.