McMaster Children’s Hospital: Family Advisory Council

The Family Advisory Council is a group of parents, family members and community members who volunteer their time to improve care and service. Family-centred care involves, recognizes and respects the partnership among the patient, family and health care provider.

The council is composed of around 8-12 family members and 6 staff members.

Members are asked to commit to a one year term with possibility of renewal. The council will meet at least 6 times a year from September to June. Meetings are held in the evenings for about 2 hours at McMaster Children’s Hospital. Working groups are formed as needed.

While many of the members spend numerous years on council, at least one year is required. As a family-centred group, they fully understand and support members’ need for flexibility. If you are interested in more information on becoming a family advisor please click  here or contact the staff liaison below.

Barb Flahert

Staff Liaison: Family Advisory Council

McMaster Children's Hospital Hamilton Health Sciences,

905-521-2100 ext: 72781, flahertb@hhsc.ca


St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton: Patient and Family Advisory Council

The council is made up of patients and their families. It shapes the design, delivery and evaluation of healthcare services and programs at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.

Some accomplishments include:

The Patient & Family Advisory Council members assist with the creation of long-term strategies and provide a patient perspective on broad issues related to improving healthcare services at SJHH. The council recruits members all year and involves a commitment of nine meetings annually (2 hours on a Monday afternoon at St. Joseph’s Charlton Campus).

If you are interested in joining the Patient and Family Advisory Council, please contact: Michelle Joyner, Director at 905-522-1155 ext. 32760 or mjoyner@stjoes.ca .

For more information, click here.