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Volunteer Patient Advisor Information

BOPDHB Volunteer Patient Advisors

The Bay of Plenty District Health Board (BOPDHB) is looking for people with an interest in patient safety and quality of health care to bring the perspective of the people who use our services to planning, projects and committees.

The Volunteer Patient Advisory Committee (VPAC) meets monthly, is comprised of past & present patients, family members, caregivers and BOPDHB staff members.

Are you:

  • Interested in working with the DHB as an volunteer
  • Experience as a patient or family member
    (in the last 3-4 years)
  • Comfortable in speaking in a group
  • Able to use your personal experience positively
  • Keen to help us with a variety of issues
  • Able to listen and appreciate differing opinions
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What is the Purpose of Volunteer Patient Advisors?

  • To open lines of communication between patients, families, and staff and improve patient experience
  • To offer an opportunity to provide input into programme and service development opportunities

 

What is a Volunteer Patient Advisor?

  • Someone who volunteers their time to share their insights, thoughts, and opinions about what works and what doesn't work for people receiving services
  • Someone who can provide fresh insights on what it's like to receive services from our healthcare system
  • Someone who can bring not only their own ideas, but the thoughts and ideas of others within their network

What do Volunteer Patient Advisors do?

  • Bring diverse ideas and experiences to conversations about ways to improve services and tools that might be used
  • Work together with staff in planning and decision making to make healthcare better for our community
  • Think beyond what happened in the past to help others have an improved experience
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Who should apply?

  • Enthusiastic individuals, passionate about making a positive impact in the healthcare system.
  • People from all backgrounds who live in the Bay of Plenty and are comfortable communicating, participating and engaging in meetings through discussion and sharing experiences
  • Including, but not limited to, people with recent experience of the BOPDHB healthcare system within the last 5 years
  • No formal qualifications are required

 

How much time does it take?

  • Volunteer Patient Advisory Committee (VPAC) members commit to an average of about 2 hours per month (meeting time) and may also commit to other meetings and/or projects (time commitment can be variable and is flexible to your availability - it's up to you)
  • Suggested length of term for membership is at least 12 months to maintain some consistency in the group

For more information contact:
Averil Boon
Programme Manager, Quality and Patient Safety
Phone 07 579 8968
Email averil.boon@bopdhb.govt.nz

Last updated: May 26, 2017