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Newfoundland and Labrador Council of Health Professionals - Disciplinary Panel


Health and Community Services


Subsection 35(4) of the Health Professions Act


No Remuneration


To hear complaints regarding licensed practitioners.


The council shall appoint at least four health professionals from each health profession who are not members of the council, one of whom shall be appointed to serve as chairperson. The Minister shall appoint at least three persons who are not health professionals registered under the Act to represent the public interest.

Competency Profile:

Diversity in the backgrounds, skills and experience of appointed Board members can enhance the effectiveness of a Board by bringing a wider range of perspectives and knowledge. Examples of such backgrounds may include:

  • Strategic Management and Organizational Change
  • Law Enforcement
  • Information Technology
  • Public Relations
  • Public Sector Administration
  • Governance
  • Human Resources
  • Labour Relations
  • Executive Experience
  • Engineering Expertise
  • Education
  • Financial Expertise/Literacy
  • Legal Expertise


The following attributes are important considerations in selecting members:

  • General understanding of self-regulation
  • Interest in health care
  • Previous board/disciplinary panel experience
  • High ethical standards and integrity
  • Appreciation of the responsibilities to the public
  • Flexible, responsive and willing to consider others’ opinions
  • Capable of a wide perspective on issues
  • Ability to listen and weigh evidence
  • Ability to work as a team member
  • Non-judgemental
  • Ability to summarize in a concise format
  • No direct or indirect conflict of interest
  • Strong reasoning skills

Time Commitments:

Panel members are only required if there is a disciplinary matter or upon the call of the Chair. A disciplinary matter will require approximately one week of dedicated time (hearing, deliberations and writing of the decision). Preparation for a disciplinary panel will require meeting with legal counsel and participating in just in time education about the role and responsibilities as a member of a panel. It is anticipated that hearings would be one day to in excess of five days with deliberations and writing of the decision to follow.


Of the members first appointed to the disciplinary panel, at least one half shall be appointed for a term of two years and the remainder for a term of three years and all subsequent appointments of members to the disciplinary panel shall be for a term of three years. Notwithstanding the expiry of his or her term, a member of the disciplinary panel continues to be a member until he or she is re-appointed or his or her replacement is appointed. Persons appointed to the disciplinary panel may be reappointed.

Vacancy Profile:

Newfoundland and Labrador Council of Health Professionals - Disciplinary Panel is seeking to fill 3 positions to represent the public interest. Expressions of interest are being sought from individuals who possess the background, experience and skill-set identified in the board profile above and who can bring unique perspectives to the table. Consideration will also be given to a variety of demographic factors to ensure the board is representative of the population they serve.

Current Members:
NameTitleAppointment TypeAppointment Date (yyyy/mm/dd)Expiry Date (yyyy/mm/dd)
Gilbert, Ms. Lorna MemberMinisterial2015-10-292018-10-28
Grant, Mr. Ed MemberMinisterial2013-03-012016-02-28
McGuire, Ms. SarahMemberMinisterial2015-10-292018-10-28

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