Become an Advisor

Want to help shape health care for residents in our region?

Become a patient, family, caregiver advisor with the Barrie and Area Ontario Health Team (OHT).

Apply online today

Barrie and Area OHT - Become an Advisor

We’re seeking
individuals who:

  • Have recent experience using care services in our region
  • Demonstrate fairness
  • Are committed to the success and sustainability of the Barrie and Area OHT
  • Will put those served by the Barrie and Area OHT at the forefront of their work

Advisors on our
council will:

  • Provide advice and direction on services in our area
  • Ensure adequate and relevant representation of our residents
  • Bring a unique perspective to committee work
  • Share lived experiences
  • Draw attention to the complexity of our health care systems

Share your voice.

Help improve health care services for residents across our region.

Submit your online application today!

Frequently Asked Questions

Our goal is to bring together people with lived experience, whether that’s as a patient, client,
caregiver, family member or an advocate organization. By sharing your experiences and
perspectives, you can help us make important changes to improve health care services for other
patients, clients, families and caregivers. With member input, PFAC will help to provide advice,
recommendation and guidance to the Barrie and Area OHT Collaboration Council, working groups and sub-
committees, helping to drive the co-design of an integrated patient-centred health care system for our

Anyone with lived experience accessing local health care services who is willing to share their personal stories to help make a difference in health care.

Patient Family Caregiver Advisors particpate as council and working group members across the many sectors care. Advisors volunteer their time to work with health care partner organizations to encourage and provide input on policies, programs and practices while remaining a champion for equitable and inclusive care.

Ontario Health Teams are a new way to organize and deliver services in local communities to provide patients with better connected care. Under Ontario Health Teams, the health care providers who care for you (including hospitals, doctors and home and community care providers) work together as one coordinated team — no matter where they provide care.

Approved by the Ministry of Health in 2021, the Barrie and Area Ontario Health Team represents a partnership of 19 community agencies, caring for an attributed population of nearly 200,000 people in Barrie, Innisfil, Springwater, Oro-Medonte and Essa. Working together, the partners will strengthen trust and build capacity to enhance care in Barrie and surrounding area, focusing on three key goals: Enhancing care for frail seniors; Palliative care; and COVID-19 recovery and response.

Shared Purpose:
Working together for a healthier community. 

Guiding Principles:

  • Co-design with Patients, Families and Caregivers
  • Be courageous, collaborative and transparent
  • Advance diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Optimize, align and leverage resources

Areas of Focus:

  • Improve Community Access and Equity
  • Advance and Spread Integrated Care
  • Strengthen Collective Leadership and Collaborative Government