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Patient Speaker, Infection Prevention and Control Education Day

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Open to Interior Region, Patient partners in Kelowna and the surrounding area

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The BC chapter of Infection Prevention and Control Canada is holding their annual conference in Kelowna and would like a patient partner to speak about their own or a family member’s experience with infection.

Open to: Patient partners in Kelowna and the surrounding area

Lead Organization or Department

Infection Prevention & Control BC Chapter and Interior Health


The aim of this opportunity is to include the patient voice to help create a positive, healthy and healing environment for patients and for participants to hear a first-hand story of the experience of having an infection to allow them to be reminded of the stress this puts on the patient.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of involve on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will involve patients in planning and design phases to ensure ideas or concerns are considered and reflected in alternatives and recommendations.


Experience with an infection either personally or as a family member.


Number of vacancies: 2 Location, Date, Time and Frequency: Friday, September 28th for approximately one hour. Time TBD. In-person in Kelowna


Expenses need to be discussed with the health care partner, it is unclear at this time if there will be any costs associated with this opportunity.


IPAC BC Education Day occurs every year, but this is the first time in many years that they have brought it to Kelowna. Interior Health's Infection Control Department will be the most involved with conference participants from all over BC. 70-80 participants are expected, including Interior Health staff from all departments.

Engagement Leader Contact Information

Carol Stathers
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Okanagan, Interior Region

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.