The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care invites applications for new members

The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care invites applications for new members

The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (‘task force’) is a panel of experts with expertise in preventive health care and the application of evidence in clinical decision making. It has an international reputation for excellence in the development of independent evidence-based guidelines for primary care. Since its re-establishment in 2009, the task force has published 23 guidelines and updates on topics such as screening for breast cancer, asymptomatic bacteriuria in pregnancy, thyroid dysfunction, esophageal cancer, and chlamydia and gonorrhea. The full list of published and upcoming guidelines can be found

Members volunteer their time and expertise for a four-year term, developing guidelines and facilitating their implementation. They are supported by the Guidelines and Global Health division of the Public Health Agency of Canada, and two independent evidence review and synthesis centres.

The task force particularly invites applications from individuals who are members of groups traditionally under-represented on advisory and decision-making bodies.

If you are interested, please submit an application package with the following information:

  1. A letter explaining how your training, practice and experience fit with the Task Force’s mandate (see below)
  2. Your curriculum vitae
  3. Three reference letters that support your application.

In order to ensure the integrity of the task force’s work, applicants must have no substantial conflicts of interest and be willing to complete conflict of interest disclosures prior to meetings. Members are appointed for a 4-year term, renewable once by mutual agreement.

Please send your complete application package to Chantal Plante, Business Manager, Public Health Agency of Canada by e-mail at before August 31, 2023.  A selection committee will review all submissions. Candidates recommended for appointment will be approved by the Chief Public Health Officer, Public Health Agency of Canada and the Executive Director of Professional Development and Practice Support of the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Essential attributes:

  • Expertise in disease prevention and health promotion of children and/or adults;
  • Experience with systematic reviews, their methodology and their application to clinical decision-making and/or policy;
  • Experience in guideline production and dissemination;
  • Ability to be rigorous but open-minded when reviewing and interpreting scientific evidence and associated recommendations;
  • Knowledge and experience in critical appraisal of peer-reviewed publications;
  • Ability to work collaboratively with peers;
  • Able to allocate the necessary time to participate actively in the Task Force;
  • Working in Canadian health care or university setting;
  • Strongest consideration will be given to individuals who are widely recognized for scholarly leadership within their fields of expertise;
  • A background in family practice will be considered an asset;
  • No significant secondary interests (including financial or intellectual conflicting interests) that would impair the integrity of the Task Force.