Ottawa Area, The Champlain Regional Cancer Program: Patient and Family Advisory Council

The Champlain Regional Cancer Program Patient and Family Advisory Council provides a way for the staff of the Cancer Program to connect with patients and family members and share advice on delivering care. The main goal is to help support a patient and family centred care approach across the program.

Patient and Family Advisory Council members provide advice to the Cancer Program so improvements can be made to help other cancer patients and their families. This is done by taking part in regular meetings, as well as by helping out on committees and working groups.

The Patient and Family Advisory Council does not take on the cause of a specific patient or family member, or a special interest group. It also does not fundraise to support its activities or interests.

The Council is made up of patients and family members from across the Champlain Region who have had used the services of the Ottawa Hospital Cancer Program and its regional satellite partners. Meetings are supported by staff who serve as the main link. The Canadian Cancer Society also has a representative on the Patient and Family Advisory Council.

The Patient and Family Advisory Council meets 5 times per year. Meetings are usually held late in the afternoon so members who work are able to attend. Members will also be asked to help out on committees, workgroups or special projects as needed. Often members are asked for advice and input by email or phone between meetings as well.

The first step to becoming a Patient and Family Advisory Council member is to read the FAQ’s sheet.

For more information, please see the Ottawa Hospital Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s).

Any questions should be directed to Gwen Barton, Manager, Patient Experience at 613-737-7700, ext. 73633 Email: gwbarton@toh.on.ca.