Public agencies, boards and committees

Alberta Health is responsible for the appointment of members to 46 public bodies, which conduct important work on behalf of the Government of Alberta and all Albertans. Some of these entities are public agencies that deliver healthcare services, some are regulatory bodies that provide oversight and ensure best practices to their relevant health profession, some are advisory committees that provide the Minister of Health with important advice and direction, some are granting agencies that fund essential health-related research and projects, and some are adjudicative bodies that host hearings related to public health concerns and insured services.

Alberta health boards and committees that are “public agencies” as defined in the Alberta Public Agencies Governance Act (APAGA)

Alberta Expert Review Panel for Blood Borne Viral Infections in Health Care Workers

Government Organization Act, section 7 – The Panel hears and reviews circumstances of health care workers (HCW) who have a blood borne viral infectious disease and who may perform exposure prone procedures. The Panel may be consulted regarding an infected HCW to make recommendations concerning continued or modified professional practice. The Panel may provide the Minister with policy advice and recommendations regarding blood borne viral infections in HCWs.

Alberta Health Advocates

Alberta Health Act, section 3 – The Office of the Alberta Health Advocates brings together Alberta’s Mental Health Patient Advocate and the Health Advocate and Seniors’ Advocate. It’s a place where Albertans can come to for advice and help in dealing with their issues. People will be helped to find their way to the services and patient concerns offices they need.

Alberta Health Services

Regional Health Authorities Act, section 3 – The regional health authority has a statutory mandate to promote and protect the health of the population in Alberta and work toward the prevention of disease and injury. The Board is responsible for the assessment of health needs and the delivery of health services throughout the province; for ensuring reasonable access to quality health services; and for promoting the provision of health services in a manner that is responsive to the needs of individuals and communities and supports the integration of services and facilities in the health region.

Mental Health Review Panel Roster (Adjudicative – required by legislation)

Mental Health Act, section 34 – The Mental Health Review Panel Roster is an adjudicative body that hears and makes decisions on applications pertaining to: patients detained in designated facilities under admission and renewal certificates; return of a patient to a correctional facility after treatment, individuals who are subject to community treatment orders; a patient’s competence to make treatment decisions; and the administration of treatment to patients who object to it under the Mental Health Act.

The roster provides services to cover 3 regions: Edmonton and North, Central Alberta, and Calgary and South. Each region has its own designated chair and vice-chair.  However, chairs, vice-chairs and other members can cover hearings in other regions if required.

Expert Committee on Drug Evaluation and Therapeutics

Government Organization Act, section 7 – The Committee makes recommendations to the Minister respecting drug products, including with respect to their therapeutic value and cost effectiveness and with respect to the Alberta Drug Benefit List.

Health Disciplines Board

Health Disciplines Act, section 3 – The Board hears appeals related to disciplinary and registration decisions regarding health disciplines. The Board also provides advice to the Minister on issues related to the administration of the Health Disciplines Act, including registration and the regulations governing the health disciplines.

Health Professions Advisory Board

Health Professions Act, section 22 – The Board provides advice to the Minister related to the Health Professions Act, the performance of restricted activities, and the regulation of new health professions.

Health Quality Council of Alberta

Health Quality Council of Alberta Act, section 2 – The Council is an organization engaged in gathering knowledge and translating it into practical actions that can promote and improve the health service quality and patient safety on a province-wide basis, in cooperation with health authorities.

Hospital Privileges Appeal Board

Hospitals Act, section 18 – The Board hears appeals from members or former members of the medical staff who consider themselves aggrieved by a decision of a Board of an approved hospital.

Out-of-Country Health Services Committee

Out-of-Country Health Service Regulation, section 3 – The Committee reviews and makes decisions on applications for approval for funding of insured services or insured hospital services received outside Canada, where the resident or the resident’s dependant has endeavoured to receive services in Canada and the required services are not offered in Canada.

Out-of-Country Health Services Appeal Panel

Out-of-Country Health Service Regulation, section 11 – The Panel considers appeals from Albertans regarding decisions made by the Out-of-Country Health Services Committee.

Public Health Appeal Board

Public Health Act, section 3 – The Board hears appeals from persons served with orders under the Public Health Act and in respect of decisions of a regional health authority to issue, or to cancel, suspend or refuse to issue a license permit or other approval provided for in the regulations.

Health bodies not subject to APAGA

Health disciplines regulatory bodies under the Health Disciplines Act

There are 2 health disciplines under the Health Disciplines Act. Each health discipline is governed by a committee or association and members are appointed by Cabinet or the Minister.

Health regulatory bodies as outlined below are responsible for providing direction to and regulating the practice of their members. This includes the establishment and enforcement of a code of ethics, standards of practice and the requirements for registration and continuing competence.

  1. College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta – Council
  2. College and Association of Acupuncturists of Alberta – Conduct and Competency Committee
  3. College of Midwives of Alberta – Council
  4. College of Midwives of Alberta – Conduct and Competency Committee

Health professions regulatory college councils under the Health Professions Act

There are currently 27 self-governing health professions under the Health Professions Act. Each health profession is governed by a college council. Public members on councils are appointed by Cabinet on the recommendation of the Minister.

Health regulatory bodies are responsible for providing direction to and regulating the practice of their members. This includes the establishment and enforcement of a code of ethics, standards of practice and the requirements for registration and continuing competence.

  1. Alberta College and Association of Chiropractors
  2. Alberta College of Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technologists
  3. Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists
  4. Alberta College of Medical Laboratory Technologists
  5. Alberta College of Occupational Therapists
  6. Alberta College of Paramedics
  7. Alberta College of Pharmacists
  8. Alberta College of Social Workers
  9. Alberta College of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
  10. College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta
  11. College and Association of Respiratory Therapists of Alberta
  12. College of Alberta Dental Assistants
  13. College of Alberta Denturists
  14. College of Alberta Psychologists
  15. College of Dental Technologists of Alberta
  16. College of Dieticians of Alberta
  17. College of Hearing Aid Practitioners of Alberta
  18. College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta
  19. College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta
  20. College of Opticians of Alberta
  21. College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta
  22. College of Podiatric Physicians of Alberta
  23. College of Registered Dental Hygienists of Alberta
  24. College of Registered Psychiatric Nurses of Alberta
  25. Physiotherapy Alberta, College and Association
  26. The Alberta College of Optometrists
  27. The Alberta Dental Association and College

Health Information and Data Governance Committee (Advisory – required by legislation)

Government Organization Act, section 7 – This is a senior level advisory committee. Its responsibilities include providing advice to the Minister on health information policy and data governance issues at the provincial level for the increasingly complex electronic health information systems. This is related to the exchange of health information for the provision of health care and use of information beyond the provision of care for health system management, quality improvement evaluation and research.

This committee was formed in June 2016 and replaced the Electronic Health Record Data Stewardship Committee, which was established to provide recommendations on the Alberta Electronic Health Record (Alberta Netcare).

Other Alberta Health boards and committees

M.S.I. Foundation Board of Trustees

M.S.I. Foundation Act, section 1 – The Foundation fosters and supports research into the provision of medical and allied health and the promotion of health matters in the interests of the people of Alberta.  It is a policy of the Foundation to devote its funds to charitable endeavours in the medical and health fields in the Province. The Foundation is a granting agency and does not engage directly in research.

Tribunal Roster

Cabinet appoints public members to a list of individuals who may be chosen by the regulatory college councils for the purpose of sitting on complaint review committees and hearing tribunals for professions governed by the Health Professions Act. This list is known as the Tribunal Roster.

Updated: January 2017