To be an effective patient advocate and to lead and run a non-profit organisation, it is helpful to acquire specific knowledge and skills – like understanding the core principles of patient advocacy, as well as some knowledge about good governance, financial management, project management, presentation skills, negotiation skills, and content management.
Within the Advocacy Tools & Skills pillar of the WECAN Academy 2019, the following topics were being covered:
- Patient advocacy principles
- Developing good content and patient materials online and offline
- Financial management of patient organisations
- Project Management: project plans, tracking progress
- Presentation skills
- Good NGO governance