IPAC British Columbia (IPAC BC)
Welcome to IPAC BC: A chapter of IPAC Canada since 1987!
Our Chapter has 195 members and covers all of British Columbia including Vancouver island. Of the IPAC BC members there is Infection Prevention and Control representation from all 6 health authorities including Providence Health Care, Industry Representation, the Good Samaritan Society, and Yale town House Society. There is representation from Acute Care, Residential Care and Mental Health and Substance Use programs. There is representation from Epidemiology, Medical Microbiologists and Health Canada - First Nations & Inuit Health. Our chapter was known as BCPIC until 2005 when we changed to CHICA BC, then to IPAC BC in 2014.
The goal of the chapter is to enhance the quality of health care by providing a forum for education and the exchange of information on communicable diseases, the control and prevention of infection in the patient/client/resident, the health care worker and the public at large.
To learn more about our chapter and its members, click here to see our 2016 3M Chapter Achievement Award submission.
- Provide formal educational opportunities for chapter members, enabling an increase of knowledge and expertise in Infection Prevention and Control.
- Provide assistance and support to chapter members through the free exchange in ideas, information and expertise.
- Promote and facilitate a positive working relationship between chapter members and all allied health care professionals, including their representative professional organizations, in order that IPAC BC members may be seen as the primary resource persons in the field of Infection Control.
- Participate in the growth and strengthening of IPAC Canada by providing liaison persons and chapter input for committee deliberations and tasks
Hello, I am Bal Sidhu President of IPAC BC.
A little bit about me: I juggle work, three beautiful children, and school with the help of my husband, Paul. I am taking a master’s program in Public Health. I am a Registered Nurse with over 17 years of experience in health care.
My career in nursing has taken me from staff nurse in the acute medicine and hemodialysis programs at Providence Health Care (PHC) to mentoring student nurses and new employees to being a Clinical Nurse Leader. In my leadership role, as a Clinical Nurse Leader, I worked with the Senior Leadership Team and IPAC on Accreditation standards and received recognition for my contributions. From the Accreditation process, my interest in Infection Control grew. I worked as an ICP in PHC for almost six wonderful years, before entering into my new role. I now work fulltime at PHSA as the IP Specialist for Sterile Processing Practices and Hand Hygiene Auditing Program.
The rest of the 2017 executive team and I are happy to create opportunities to allow all IPAC professionals across BC to connect and share IPAC passion and knowledge. IPAC BC meetings are five times a year and can be attended in person or through T-con.
We would love to hear any new ideas you have and encourage you to check our website for great information and opportunities to volunteer and be involved with our chapter. The chapter is only as strong as its members!!
Look forward to working with everyone!