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.
- Interested in working with the DHB as an volunteer
- Experience as a patient or family member (in the last 3-4
- 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
What is the Purpose of Volunteer Patient
- 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
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
- Suggested length of term for membership is at least 12 months
to maintain some consistency in the group
For more information contact:
Programme Manager, Quality and Patient Safety
Phone 07 579 8968
March 29, 2017