Join our Patient and Family Advisory Committee

Posted Oct 1, 2021

The Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA) is recruiting Albertans to join its Patient and Family Advisory Committee.

“The HQCA’s success relies on having a patient and family perspective across our projects” says Charlene McBrien-Morrison, acting chief executive officer for the HQCA. “Engaging with and listening to our Patient and Family Advisory Committee is one meaningful way in which we do this. Our members’ unique perspectives and diverse experiences inform and influence how we pursue opportunities to improve health service quality, person-centred care, and patient safety for Albertans.”

This volunteer Committee is made up of a group of 11 people from across the province and various backgrounds, who provide input to the HQCA to help improve aspects of Alberta’s publicly-funded healthcare system. The Committee reports directly to the HQCA Board of Directors and focuses on issues of patient safety, person-centred care, and health service quality from the system perspective.

“Our team of patient and family advisors work incredibly well together. We represent a diverse group with very different perspectives and we need everyone’s voice to be heard– I have learned so much from this amazing committee,” says Sue Peters, HQCA Patient and Family Advisory Committee Chair. “The HQCA listens to and considers our viewpoints, and provides meaningful opportunities to participate in their work and activities.”

Applicants must be 18 years or older, reside in Alberta, and have a passion for improving the quality of Alberta’s healthcare system.

Committee members are appointed for a term of three years and may serve a maximum of two terms. Committee meetings are held four times each year on a Saturday. Additional meetings on weekdays may be required. Currently these are virtual meetings, but pre-pandemic were rotated between Calgary and Edmonton, which will return in the future. The HQCA provides Committee members with an honorarium for their time and compensation for Committee-related expenses.

Anyone interested in becoming a member can find more details about this opportunity and the Expression of Interest Form here.