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 IPAC BC members,
My name is Amira Imamovic-Buljubasic and I am your IPAC BC President 2020.
I have worked as a registered nurse in a variety of care settings in three different countries including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany and Canada. Over the course of my career I became interested in infection prevention and control and in 2011 accepted a position as an Infection Control Practitioner at Fraser Health. Starting in 2015, I brought my expertise to Vancouver Coastal Health and currently I cover acute care and mental health acute programs.
I have a diploma in nursing from Bosnia and Herzegovina and I received specialty training in Critical Care Nursing in Canada. I completed my infection control training at UBC and I am currently certified through CIC.
I have been actively involved in IPAC BC since I began working in infection prevention and control. I have served as a committee member for IPAC BC Education Day for several years. Since 2019, I have been involved in the IPAC BC executive as the President Elect. I attended the IPAC National Conference in 2019 and was the co-author of an abstract.
My involvement in IPAC BC and IPAC Canada has afforded me many opportunities to network with national and international infection control professionals. This has helped to solidify my infection control knowledge and inspired me in numerous ways. Being involved in IPAC is a very rewarding experience and I encourage all members to get involved both locally and nationally.
My goal as the IPAC BC President in 2020 is to help IPAC members improve quality of health care. I hope to achieve this through providing a forum for education in which IPAC members can connect and exchange information, experiences and innovations.
The 2020 IPAC BC Executives and I look forward to meeting you all.
IPAC BC President