Become a Patient Family Advisor
We have made a commitment to involve citizens in setting priorities and making decisions that matter to them, impacting their lives, our community and the whole health care system. To do this, we are looking for patients, their family members and/or caregivers to volunteer as active members of one or more of our teams. These members are called Patient Family Advisors.
You can learn more about our Patient, Family and Public Advisory Council members here.
- New! Patient and Family Advisors for Nova Scotia Health Patient, Family & Public Advisory Council (PFPAC) (.pdf)
- Antimicrobial Stewardship Program - Volunteer Advisory Committee Member - Deadline: Open (.pdf)
- Cobequid Community Health Centre Clinical Affairs Quality Committee – Deadline: Open (.pdf)
- Continuing Care Quality and Patient Safety Council Patient Family Advisor - Deadline: Open (.pdf)
- Diagnostic and Therapeutic Network, Eastern, Northern and Western Zones - Deadline: Open (.docx)
- Diagnostic Imaging and Cardiac Services Quality Improvement and Safety Team (.pdf)
- Eastern Zone (EZ) Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Interdisciplinary Quality Improvement and Safety Committee - Deadline: Open (.docx)
- Glace Bay Dialysis Unit Design Committee - Deadline: Open (.docx)
- Inpatient Acute Medicine Quality Improvement and Safety Committee - Deadline: Open (.docx)
- Northern Zone Continuing Care Quality Improvement & Safety Committee – Deadline: Open (.pdf)
- Northern Zone Quality Improvement & Safety Council – Deadline: Open (.pdf)
- Northern Zone Primary Health Care Quality Improvement and Safety Council – Deadline: Open (.pdf)
- Northern Zone Volunteer Advisory Committee Member - Primary Health Care - Deadline: Open (.docx)
- Nova Scotia Health Healthy Eating Policy Steering Committee - Deadline: Open (.docx)
- NSHA Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (Various Teams) - Deadline: Open (.pdf)
- NSHA Renal Program (Various Teams) - Deadline: Open
- Renal Dialysis Department Eastern Quality Team - Deadline: Open (.doc)
- Virtual Care: Telehealth Volunteer Advisory Committee - Deadline: Open (.pdf)
- Volunteer Advisory Committee Member Integrated Access and Flow Network - Deadline: Open (.pdf)
How do I apply?
For the “Current Opportunities” listed above, please follow the application instructions within each posting.
Apply online: Click here to open the online application form.
Apply by mail: Click here to open the paper application form. Please print the form and mail it to the address listed on the form.
Can I apply to become a Patient Family Advisor?
If you have recent personal, family or caregiver experience with any Nova Scotia Health healthcare service, you can apply to become a Patient Family Advisor! Please note, you cannot apply to become a Patient Family Advisor if you are a current Nova Scotia Health staff member, Foundation member, an elected official, or a Community Health Board member.
Why should I apply?
Serving as a Patient Family Advisor is a great way to make a difference, improving the health care system for you and your loved ones. Your valuable experience as a patient, family member or caregiver can help make the care we provide even safer. This volunteer opportunity also provides a unique look into your health care system.
What are the time commitments?
Time commitments can vary depending on the opportunity, however most Patient Family Advisor opportunities require attending 1-2 meetings per month for a term of two years. Additional time may also be needed to prepare for each meeting, and to travel to/from each meeting. Many meetings are held during the daytime at hospital sites throughout NSHA. Meetings can often be attended virtually (online) as well.
What about my costs and expenses?
The costs and expenses incurred as a Patient Family Advisor (such as parking, travel and accommodations) are typically reimbursed according to Nova Scotia Health’s Travel Policy.
For more information, please contact Mike Wheatley (email@example.com, 902-240-4785)