Health Professionals Advisory Committee

Mandate of the Committee 

Committee Membership 

Role of Members 

Application for Membership

The Champlain LHIN mandate is to plan, integrate and allocate funds for health services provided by hospitals, the community care access center, addiction and mental health agencies, community support services, community health centers and long-term care homes located in the Champlain Region.

We are working to build a coordinated, integrated and accountable health system for people where and when they need it.

Engaging local stakeholders in discussions of needs, priorities and opportunities for integration and coordination is critical to the work of the LHINs.

A key stakeholder group within the community is front line healthcare practitioners. The Local Health System Integration Act, 2006 requires each LHIN to establish a Health Professionals Advisory Committee as part of its overall community engagement strategy.

These multi-disciplinary committees serve as a forum for dialogue among health professionals as they advise the LHIN to reach its goals and objectives.

Mandate of the Committee

The Health Professionals Advisory Committee (HPAC) provides the Champlain LHIN with advice on key questions raised by the LHIN related to patient-centered care, implementation of the Integrated Health Service Plan, and other strategic initiatives. In providing advice to the LHIN, the HPAC considers the following matters as they relate to the LHIN’s activities:

  • Health status of those demographic segments of the population that the LHIN specifies
  • Innovative approaches to health service delivery
  • The utilization of human resources for health care
  • Health promotion and wellness
  • Other matters that the committee or the LHIN determines and that are consistent with the objectives of the LHIN.

Committee Membership

The HPAC is a multidisciplinary group whose membership is voluntary and whose composition reflects a diversity of perspectives and expertise.

The committee membership is limited to 12-15 members.

To qualify as a member of the committee, an individual must be one of the following:

  • A member within the meaning of the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991,
  • Registered as a drugless practitioner under Drugless Practitioners Act, or,
  • A member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers who holds a certificate of registration for social work, and
  • Practice or reside in the geographic area of the LHIN.

An individual may not be appointed a member of HPAC if any of the following applies:

  • The individual is a member of the board or an officer of a corporation or entity that represents the interests of persons who are part of the health sector and whose main purpose is advocacy for the interest of those persons.
  • The individual receives compensation to represent the interests of a corporation or entity described above, whether or not the person is an employee of the corporation or entity.
  • The individual is a president, vice-president, chair, vice-chair, treasurer, secretary, chief executive officer or executive director of a local, provincial, national or international trade union or performs functions for a trade union similar to those normally performed by a person holding any of those titles.
  • The individual receives compensation to represent the interests of a trade union, except if the person is an employee of the trade union.
  • The individual has been the subject of a finding of professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity in Ontario or any other jurisdiction and the finding has not been set aside on appeal or judicial review, as the case may be.

Role of Members

  • Participate in approximately four meetings per year. Video and/or audioconferencing may be made available.
  • Bring their expertise and leadership in support of the committee’s mandate and priority areas as established in the LHIN’s Integrated Health Service Plan and other issues as determined by the LHIN.
  • Convey local health issues and needs that may emerge from the community as they related to priorities, the Integrated Health Service Plan, and other issues determined by the LHIN.
  • Participate actively and constructively in the work of the committee and provides leadership to working groups that may be created.
  • Operate in a way that demonstrates inclusiveness and respect for a diversity of opinions.
  • Use an evidence-based approach to form advice.
  • Provides advice as appropriate and as requested to other LHIN committees / forums.

Application for Membership

To apply to become a member of the Health Professionals Advisory Committee please submit a brief cover letter describing why you would like to be a part of the Committee, and relevant experience you have related to health system improvement and integration, and/or professional collaboration as well as a current CV.

For more information on HPAC, please contact Jessica Searson, LHIN Community Engagement Coordinator (jessica.searson@lhins.on.ca, or 613.747.3239).