The Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee is transferred to Public Health Ontario
On April 1, 2011 the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) transferred responsibility for the functions of the Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee (PIDAC) to the Public Health Ontario (PHO), recognizing the alignment of PIDAC activities with PHO’s legislated mandate.
PHO is pleased to accept this transfer and welcomes its expert members from across the province as we move forward and build on PIDAC’s accomplishments. PHO has established a Coordinating Committee and four advisory committees (infection prevention and control, communicable diseases, surveillance and immunization) to provide expert advice, develop evidence-based knowledge products (best practice documents) and provide broad-based field advice. These advisory committees draw on the dedication of health care practitioners with expertise in infectious disease, infection prevention and control, epidemiology, public health, occupational health and safety and veterinary medicine.
PIDAC products will continue to be available and new expert guidance will be developed in partnership with PHO’s scientific and technical capacity. PIDAC was originally established in 2004 in response to the recommendation by the Expert Panel on SARS and Infectious Disease Control (Walker Panel) to provide a standing source of expert advice on infectious diseases in Ontario. Since that time, PIDAC has contributed a significant body of knowledge and advice to support the Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) and the broader health system on matters related to prevention, surveillance and control measures necessary to protect the people of Ontario from infectious disease.
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Frequently Asked Questions
These FAQs will be updated as additional information becomes available.
Why is the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care transferring the functions of PIDAC to PHO?
The government is transferring responsibility for the functions of PIDAC to PHO given the alignment of PIDAC activities with PHO’s mandate to provide scientific and technical advice to those working to protect and promote the health of Ontarians. The transfer will streamline the provision of advice to the Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH), the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and health system stakeholders. PIDAC was originally established in 2004 – before the creation of PHO. Now that significant infection prevention and control and surveillance capacity exists within PHO, it is timely to bring the PIDAC structures into the agency.
Will PIDAC products remain available?
Yes. PIDAC products will continue to be accessible through PHO website and through www.pidac.ca. This will include best practice manuals, fact sheets, presentations and recommendations and advice. PIDAC’s best practices documents remain a reliable and important resource for the health care community in Ontario, and indeed across Canada, for the prevention, surveillance, and control of infectious diseases.
Will PIDAC continue to be a source of expert advice on infectious diseases in Ontario?
Yes. PIDAC will continue to be a source of expert advice on infectious diseases and infection prevention and control in Ontario. Their activities will be supported within PHO’s organizational structures and processes.
How will PIDAC's reporting structure change?
PIDAC members will be appointed by and serve in an advisory capacity to the President and Chief Executive Officer, PHO. Previously, PIDAC provided advice directly to the CMOH and PIDAC members were appointed by the CMOH.
Will PIDAC continue to provide advice to the CMOH?
Yes. PIDAC will be among the scientific and technical resources within PHO that will are available to provide advice to the CMOH.
What are the benefits of transferring PIDAC functions to PHO?
The transfer of PIDAC functions to PHO provides a significant opportunity to build on the work of PIDAC and align its efforts in developing scientific and technical capacity, including knowledge exchange. Transferring PIDAC to PHO will reduce potential duplication of effort by creating one body to provide scientific and technical support on infectious diseases and related issues.
Will the membership of PIDAC change?
The membership of the newly-established advisory committees will be drawn from the membership of PIDAC Subcommittees that were operating under the oversight of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care pre-April 2011. PHO will also draw on the expertise of staff and other experts to support PIDAC functions within the organization.
PIDAC will continue to draw on networks of health care practitioners with expertise in infectious disease, infection prevention and control, epidemiology, public health, occupational health and safety, laboratory and veterinary medicine across the province.
How can I get involved in PIDAC?
The PIDAC Coordinating Committee and advisory committees were established in April 2011 and it is anticipated that PHO will identify opportunities for health care practitioners with expertise in infectious disease, infection prevention and control, epidemiology, public health, occupational health and safety, laboratory and veterinary medicine across the province to become involved in PIDAC activities throughout the year. Visit www.oahpp.ca regularly to learn more about these opportunities and about new and updated knowledge products (best practice documents).
How will PIDAC functions be organized within PHO?
PHO has established a Coordinating Committee that will provide guidance and coordination to PIDAC activities within PHO. In addition, four advisory committees have been established to advise on matters related to immunization, communicable diseases, surveillance and infection prevention and control.
What is the contact information for PIDAC?
All questions and inquiries related to the Provincial Infectious Diseases Advisory Committees are welcomed. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org