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IPAC British Columbia (IPAC BC)

Welcome to IPAC BC: A chapter of IPAC Canada since 1987!

Our Chapter

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.  

Our Objectives

  • 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

Our President

Hello,

Ted Pincock, RN, BSc (Microbiology) has been a member of IPAC Canada for over 2 decades.  The first 15 years in general infection control practice in Nova Scotia and for the last 10 years here in BC. 

Ted has broad infection control experience, a frontline practitioner and consultant in acute care. However, over the past five years, he has focused his practice in Long Term Care, first with PHC and now with VCH, as a member of their Long Term Care IPAC team.

Ted is a strong supporter of IPAC Canada’s revised Core Competencies:

    for Practitioners:

          https://ipac-canada.org/ipac-canada-publications#ccipcp

    for Health Care Providers:

          https://ipac-canada.org/ipac-canada-publications#cchwp.

These offer competence clarity for both groups and in particular, can offer a standard of competence for health care educators, health care employers, and regulatory bodies. Further, Ted feels they can definitively aid in providing a road map to closing the obvious gaps in health care provider knowledge and practice exposed by the pandemic.

Ted encourages all members to attend our web based Chapter Meetings and to reach out to the IPAC BC Chapter Executive with questions, concerns and comments at IPACBC@ipac-canada.org

IPAC BC President 2023