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Chair Appointed for Patient and Family Advisory Council

New Council to Bring Patient, Family and Caregiver Voice into Health Care Planning


CHAIR - Julie Drury

Julie Drury is no stranger to advising health care providers. While managing her daughter’s complex medical needs, Julie mentored other families facing similar challenges, and helped them navigate the health care system. She is passionate about the partnerships between patients, families, and health care professionals.

Through her practical experience as a care coordinator and medical advocate, Julie’s ability to work with stakeholders towards meaningful solutions, to troubleshoot difficult situations, and to build strong relationships, has helped to improve patient and family experiences and outcomes. 

Collaborating with multiple hospitals and community care organizations also gave Julie the insight and expertise to provide advice on matters involving hospital and home care, health support services, patient safety, complex care and more.

Julie has worked as a senior policy advisor and director with Health Canada, and is a board director of MitoCanada Foundation. Julie was the former chair of the Family Forum patient advisory council for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. She has also been a family advisor with organizations such as the Provincial Council on Maternal and Child Health, Complex Care Kids Ontario, the Rare Disease Foundation, and the Canadian Family Advisory Network. 

As Chair of the Minister’s Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC), Julie’s personal and professional experience will help advise government on key health care priorities that will have a real impact on patient care and patient experiences in Ontario.


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