Quality of Care NL is a collaborative effort between the leading health care entities in Newfoundland and Labrador. Our goal is to improve the quality of care in NL by facilitating change to ensure the right treatment gets to the right patient at the right time.

Our partnership with Choosing Wisely Canada enables the promotion of established national guidelines and recommendations that cross all disciplines to support the reduction of low-value health care, including, unnecessary tests and treatments, particularly where harms outweigh benefits. This work is carried out by Quality of Care NL on behalf of Choosing Wisely NL.

Our Team

Our strength is in our well-rounded team. Quality of Care NL works to build partnerships between health researchers, health care providers, and people who use the health care system. We involve clinicians in everything we do, from identifying project opportunities, to interpreting results, communicating outcomes, defining potential solutions, and more! We also work closely with Patient Partners, volunteers who assist project teams in various phases of projects, from study design to knowledge translation. When it comes to improving care for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, we are better together!

Dr. Patrick Parfrey, Clinical Lead
Dr. Parfrey is a clinical epidemiologist and nephrologist, and a John Lewis Paton Distinguished University Professor at Memorial University. As the Clinical Lead for Quality of Care NL, Dr. Parfrey provides clinical guidance for our projects and initiatives and is supported by a professional, multidisciplinary team with a diverse skill set, including researchers, project managers, analysts, and communications professionals.

Lynn Taylor, Program Manager

Melissa Ennis, Communications Advisor/Media Contact

Dr. Robert Wilson, Project Coordinator; Choosing Wisely Lead

Owen Parfrey, Project Coordinator

Dr. Karen Dickson, Health Policy Analyst

Cheryl Etchegary, Health Policy Analyst

Kathleen Mather, Knowledge Translation Lead

Julia Burt, Patient Engagement Lead

Asghar Mohammadi, Analyst

Dr. Susan Stuckless, Research Associate

Tammy Benteau, Research Assistant