About us

Members of PAN believe that
harnessing the collective power of patients and families
will transform healthcare

The Patient Advisors Network (PAN) is a community of people who have received health services or cared for those who have, and who are committed to improving healthcare as advisors for the good of all across Canada. Together, we can create a greater, collective impact.

We do NOT advise patients.

Patient Advisors Network is a Canadian federally incorporated not-for-profit group. We are privately funded and look to attract funding from people and organizations that support our mandate to develop as a group of independent advisors in a community of practice.


We collaborate with healthcare providers, researchers, administrators, and policy makers to realize the following objectives:

  1. To mobilize our experience in patient and family partnership

​to ensure that applying the wisdom gained from the lived experience of patients and families becomes the norm for all aspects of healthcare.

  1. To support and build capacity

among people working towards better healthcare experiences and outcomes, both for users and workers in healthcare.

  1. To model accountable, open governance for a peer community

that safeguards the authenticity of the patient and family voice and its sustainability as a community.

Learn more about PAN

Click to download and read our Manifesto


  1. We define patients as individuals with personal physical or mental health experience with any aspect of the healthcare system in Canada. This includes individuals who might be called clients or residents, depending upon the healthcare context they are in.
  2. We define family as family members or friends identified by the patient as their family. Family includes parents of children with mental or physical health issues. Family also includes children of parents with mental or physical health issues that limit their capacity to manage on their own.