Anni Rychtera

Anni Rychtera (Vernon)
Patient Council
Advisory Council - BC SUPPORT Unit

I am a nurse practitioner, natural health practitioner and college educator (Health Sciences). I was involved early on in my career in clinical research at the University of Ulm, Germany, the first unit world-wide for haplo-identical bone marrow transplants for children. My lived experience with chronic nerve pain (after a sports injury and delayed surgery), and as a cancer survivor and thriver, taught me the importance of being an informed patient and an equal partner in health care decision making.  I was instrumental in creating the position of a Patient Advocate at Vernon Jubilee Hospital. I am a long-time volunteer facilitator and health coach for the University of Victoria's self-management programs and a First Link peer support for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I have been actively involved with Patient Voices Network since 2014. I am also a member of the Patient Advisory Committee for the Association of Registered Nurses of BC and the Standing Committee on Health Services and Population Health with the Ministry of Health.  My engagement with the BC SUPPORT Unit started as a co-facilitator for training in patient-oriented research.  I am also involved in work groups for training and capacity development, helping to plan the annual conference and developing a workshop on patients as peer reviewers. I would like to become more involved in research and now I am a patient partner on the CodeMI research team.