The Provincial Infectious Disease Advisory Committees were first established in 2004 to respond to the recommendations by the Expert Panel on SARS and Infectious Disease Control to provide a standing source of expert advice on infectious diseases in Ontario. Since their creation, PIDAC committees have contributed to a wealth of knowledge that is embodied in a library of best practice documents, reports and recommendations on matters related to communicable diseases, immunization, infection prevention and control and surveillance.
Increasingly recognized for their expertise, best practice documents have been used by provinces across Canada and by health care organizations across the country to support the adoption of best practices in infection prevention and control. Requests for the use and adaptation of these works have seen international origins.
As part of Public Health Ontario, PIDAC committees continue to focus their efforts on developing evidence-informed products that meet the needs of public health agencies, government decision-making bodies, and those working to protect and promote the health of Ontarians.
In June 2014, Public Health Ontario (PHO) hosted a celebratory event to mark 10 years of establishment of the Provincial Infectious Disease Advisory Committees (PIDAC). PHO also extend gratitude and well wishes to 6 departing members and 3 departing chairs of the PIDAC. For more information click here.
PHO has established a Coordinating Committee and three advisory committees 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, immunization, public health, occupational health and safety and veterinary medicine. The three advisory committees provide advice to PHO on matters related to:
Membership of PIDAC brings together a high level of expertise from relevant fields across Ontario's health sector, including respected experts in infectious disease, infection prevention and control, immunization, epidemiology, public health, occupational health and safety, laboratory, and veterinary medicine. To meet our members, click on the committee of interest above, or view our membership page.
For information about becoming a PIDAC member, please go to call for members or contact Public Health Ontario at firstname.lastname@example.org