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Vancouver Island Eating Disorder Patient and Family Advisory Committee

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Would you be interested in becoming a member of the Vancouver Island Eating Disorder Patient and Family Advisory Committee to discuss and provide input into the priorities and option development of eating disorders program planning? Your involvement will help improve our services moving forward.

Open to: Patient partners from Vancouver Island

Lead Organization or Department

Island Health, Mental Health & Substance Use

Aim

  • To provide a venue for the voices of clients and families with lived experience with eating disorders to be heard.
  • Offer input into the development and provision of eating disorder services provided by the Ministry of Child and Family Development (MCFD) and Island Health (IH) on Vancouver Island.
  • Review information circulated to the committee
  • Attendance at a minimum of 2 meetings per year
  • Strive to understand the goals, objectives, and desired outcomes of projects or initiatives under discussion
  • Contribute ideas and suggestions on initiatives, through meetings, teleconferences or written input
  • Support positive, open discussion with fellow Advisory Committee members, reflecting on insights from personal experience, with a focus on how these may inform positive change for clients and families in the future
  • Provide advice on strategies and planning initiatives from personal or professional experience
  • Signing the IH confidentiality agreement
  • Declaration of any personal conflict of interest related to topics being discussed. E.g. Advocacy group involvement
  • Disseminate information about Vancouver Island Eating Disorder services and/or community engagement activities through community networks and contacts.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of involve on the spectrum of engagement (www.iap2.org). The promise to you is that the health care partner will work with you to ensure that your ideas and concerns are reflected in recommendations and provide feedback on how your input affected the decision.

Eligibility

The role of the advisor will include contributing to positive, open discussion with fellow Advisory Committee members, reflecting on insights from personal experience with a focus on how these may inform positive change for clients and families in the future. This invitation is being extended to patient/family members with an interest in this topic, who are willing to volunteer their time, and:
  • Are comfortable with participating within committees and working groups
  • Are comfortable exploring, sharing and learning about the patient care journeys and services that the Vancouver Island Eating Disorder Programs supports
  • Are available to review information circulated to the committee and attend a minimum of 2 meetings per year
Patients should have previously attended a PVN orientation session and signed the Volunteer Agreement. If you have not attended an orientation but are interested please contact the Engagement Leader directly to see if accommodations may be possible. Please note: short listed volunteers will be requested to participate in a telephone interview.

Logistics

  • Vacancies: 2-4
  • Start date: March 14, 2017
  • Time: 3:00 to 4:30 second Tuesday every three months (quarterly) or as determined by members.
  • Location: In person at the Royal Jubilee Hospital or Comox Valley Nursing Centre (2 sites linked via videoconference) or by teleconference
  • Subsequent Session Dates: (June 13, Sept. 12, Dec. 12 2017 and ongoing)
  • In-person, at the Royal Jubilee Hospital or Comox Valley Nursing Centre (2 sites linked via videoconference) or by teleconference
  • Long term opportunity (2 years with an option to extend for an additional year)
 

Reimbursement

Mileage and parking to attend closest in person location for meetings will be reimbursed when applicable.

Background

This committee came about as part of a Joint Regional Plan for eating disorder services on Vancouver Island between Island Health and the Ministry of Children and Family Development. It was developed in an effort to help address the gaps in the under serviced areas of the island to respond to service fragmentations. The committee includes family and client stakeholders along with representation from the joint Island Health/Ministry of Children and Family Development Eating Disorder Steering Committee and other leadership staff. It's also linked to the regional Steering Committee and local Working Groups. Two members from the Advisory Committee are invited to join the Steering Committee Meetings and their local Working Group meetings on a quarterly basis or as invited and able. Learn more about the committee here.

Engagement Leader Contact Information

Ryan Sidorchuk
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Central & North Vancouver Island
250.951.4850
rsidorchuk@bcpsqc.ca

From Our Community

Ovey Yeung

Patient Partner, Vancouver

Ovey Yeung

Being involved in the Patient Voices Network has broadened my understanding of the system and helped me empathize with health care challenges and limitations. What matters to me is to walk away feeling that my experience matters, that I matter!