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Member, Mental Health and Substance Use Quality Council

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

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Island Health is looking to enhance the person- and family-centred care experience by incorporating the voice of people with lived experiences and their families in the activities of the Island Health Mental Health and Substance Use Quality Council.

Open to: Patient partners across the Island Health region

Lead Organization or Department

Island Health, Mental Health Substance Use


The aim of this opportunity is to ensure the quality of Mental Health and Substance Use (MHSU) services across Island Health. The patient partner will:
  • Work with the team to provide ideas and inform practice for improved care processes as people access services;
  • Enhance the quality of care and safety by providing insight, feedback and ideas to ensure a coordinated person and family-informed approach to care;
  • Review feedback and decision-making requests within existing Person with Lived Experience and Family Advisory structures; and
  • When able, and as needed, attend in person or teleconferenced MHSU Quality Council meetings and associated subcommittee opportunities.

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.


  • An interest in quality improvement
  • Previous experience as a person or family member accessing mental health and/or substance use services
  • Comfort sharing personal experience, ideas and perspectives
  • Experience working in groups
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: 4 Date and Time: The MHSU Quality Council meets the last Wednesday of each month from 900 - 1100. Location: In-person and/or teleconference Commitment: Seven months to one year


Local travel (mileage/parking) expenses as applicable according to Island Health rates will be reimbursed.


The MHSU Quality Council works in collaboration in an effort to provide excellent care by sharing perspectives and ideas to inform and improve care processes and responses to people accessing MHSU services. Membership includes program leadership, physicians, research partners, and other key stakeholders. Patient partners are currently not represented on the Quality Council. The person with lived experience and/or family member voice is valued and seen as a crucial component of how the Quality Council informs care.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

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

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Nancy J. Wood

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Nancy J. Wood

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