The Patients' Association of Canada helps Ontario's board members adopt the patient perspective

TORONTO, December 5, 2011 /Canada NewsWire/ - The Patients' Association of Canada (PAC) is bringing the patient perspective to the governance level in Ontario's healthcare boards. PAC was awarded a $92,500 grant from The Ontario Trillium Foundation for a project 'Enhancing the Patient Voice in Ontario's Health Care Boards' in which board members and PAC volunteers collaborate to strengthen the patient perspective in board deliberations.

"In many public discussions about health care, patients' interests are represented by others, whose points of view differ from those of patients," says PAC president Sholom Glouberman. "Bringing a patient perspective to decision making is a critical step in improving healthcare."

Board Members who join the collaboration will have access to engagement tools including an information line, in-person meetings, and an online library of resources. PAC will hold three mini-conferences throughout Ontario and the project will culminate in 2012 with a conference on patients and governance.

Information on the project can be found here. To view a video debate about the patient perspective, click here.

About the Ontario Trillium Foundation (

A leading grant-maker in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities.

About the Patients' Association of Canada (PAC) (

The Patients' Association of Canada strengthens the role of patients in health care in order to improve the healthcare experience for all.