Patient and Public Advisory Council

Patient partners are valuable members of health care research teams whose lived experiences and personal health care journeys bring important perspectives to the table. The term patient is inclusive and refers not only to patients seeking health care, but also to caregivers, families and communities.

Working with staff, our Patient and Public Advisory Council (PPAC) provides advice and guidance on the work of NL SUPPORT and Quality of Care NL in the determination of patient-oriented research priorities, the engagement of patients in research projects, and planned public outreach activities. 

In addition to ensuring that the patient perspective is considered in all areas of our work, members of the PPAC:

  • Participate in public engagement and outreach activities
  • Play an active role on health research teams
  • Assist with funding applications and advise on funding priorities
  • Network nationally to promote patient engagement across Canada and internationally
  • Participate in national and local conferences on Patient-Oriented Research
  • Have numerous learning opportunities related to health care (i.e. webinars, courses, conferences, workshops)
A photo of members of NL SUPPORT's Patient and Public Advisory Council. Some people are seated at a table, while others stand behind.

Members of the Patient and Public Advisory Council (not all members pictured)

Members of the Patient and Public Advisory Council (not all members pictured)

Meet the Patient and Public Advisory Council

The PPAC consists of up to 25 patients representing a cross section of the population of the province. Please note: not all PPAC members are listed below.

  • Joan Cranston – Norris Point
  • Rosemary Lester – Pouch Cove
  • Dorothy Mary Senior – St. John’s/Paradise; vested interest in Burin Peninsula
  • Everard (Bud) Davidge – English Harbour West
  • K. Brian Johnston – St. John’s 
  • Toni Leamon – St. John’s/Port aux Basques  
  • Mandy Penney – St. John’s/Corner Brook
  • Tony Leamon – Port aux Basques
  • Julie Huntington – Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s
  • Mike Warren – Mount Pearl
  • Sarah Ahmed Duraid – Gander
  • Dawn Curran – Torbay
  • Lauren Harris – Corner Brook
  • Cris Carter – St. John’s
  • Brianna Lundrigan – Burin
  • Emily Parsons – St. John’s
  • Barry Darby – St. John’s
  • Yasmin Hamzah – St. John’s
  • Garreth Kippenhuck – William’s Harbour/St. John’s
  • Rob Wells – Ottawa, ON (originally from NL)
  • Donna Mahoney – St. John’s/White Bay
Four people sit in comfy chairs around a table with a lit fireplace in the background.

PPAC members Mike Warren (left front) and Susan Goold (back right) join NL SUPPORT team members for a fireside chat about patient-oriented research

Several people pose for a formal photo at a funding announcement.

PPAC members attend a funding announcement for SurgeCon, an innovative platform designed to lower emergency room wait times in NL

A group of five people sit side-by-side at the front of a room during a panel discussion.

PPAC Member, Dorothy Senior (seated second from left), participates in a panel of health care providers and patients at the Antibiotics FutureForum in November 2019

Join the PPAC!

Are you interested in bringing your personal perspective as a patient, caregiver or family member to our Patient and Public Advisory Council? We are currently recruiting new members from all areas of the province, with diverse cultural backgrounds, and varying age groups, and would love to talk to you about how we may work together in ensuring the patient voice is heard in health research in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Patient Partner Appreciation – NL SUPPORT and Quality of Care NL Guidelines

Patient and Public Advisory Council Terms of Reference

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