The Niagara Practitioners’ Healthcare Alliance (NPHA) is a membership-run association representing the Niagara Region’s family physicians, specialist physicians, nurse practitioners and midwives. NPHA members work and provide a range of health care services in the Niagara Region, which includes the communities of Fort Erie, Grimsby, Lincoln, Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Pelham, Port Colborne, St. Catharines, Thorold, Wainfleet, Welland and West Lincoln.
NPHA serves its membership by facilitating communication and the sharing of information between stakeholders and NPHA members. We provide resources to our membership, and serve as a platform where members can communicate, exchange knowledge, collaborate, and find and refer each other’s services. We also work to understand and address issues affecting our membership, assist in recruiting medical professionals to the Niagara Region, serve as a united voice for our members, and work with other Niagara Region health care stakeholder groups to streamline and improve care and services for the people of Niagara.
How We Serve the Niagara Region
NPHA members are medical practitioners who work at the region’s hospitals, clinics, specialist medical centres, and in patients’ homes, providing a range of professional medical services. NPHA serves as a platform, providing opportunities for the Niagara Region’s medical practitioners to connect, share information, and collaborate. Through NPHA, members can network, leverage each other’s knowledge, connect patients with other professionals in the region, and help facilitate the seamless transition of care between health care professionals. NPHA enables the region’s health practitioners to work together to deliver the best possible care for people across the Niagara Region.
Terms of Reference
NPHA working group and its members agree to be bound by these Terms of Reference and to act in good faith with respect to carrying out the work described herein.
To the extent possible, NPHA working group shall attempt to achieve consensus on its reports and recommendations; however, when such consensus is not possible, a formal vote will be conducted.
A quorum to transact business at NPHA working group meetings shall be 50%+1 member of the alliance. Proxy voting is permitted by using such form as the physicians and practitioners may decide. Electronic voting is permitted if the physicians and practitioners so decide. Amendments to the Terms of Reference shall require a 2/3 majority.
NPHA working group will be comprised of any self-identified health care practitioners who choose to participate, and who have thus far identified themselves as members.
NPHA working group shall meet bimonthly or at the call of the chair. Notice of the time and place of meetings shall be given to all members and circulated to all practitioners in the area 5 days before the meeting is to take place or sooner in exceptional circumstances. Special meetings can be called by the chair to address urgent matters.
Turning Over to Formal Alliance
This working group’s mandate will be considered complete when 5% of all eligible members have formally joined the alliance. At this point, the decision making capacity will be turned over to the formal alliance under the auspices of the Association Agreement.
Membership is free, and connects you with a variety of resources and networking opportunities with other practitioners in Niagara.