This podcast focuses on patient partnership for child health research, practice, and systems. Listen in as Dr. Katie Birnie shares her perspective on patient partnership and Partnering for Pain, an award-winning research program which she leads and which integrates patient and family partnership and multi-stakeholder engagement to improve the prevention, assessment, and management of pain experienced by children and their families. At the time of the rollout of a COVID vaccine for children, this initiative has many resources available to ensure #ItDoesntHaveToHurt (https://partneringforpain.com/2020/12/12/resources-and-strategies-for-managing-fear-of-needles-and-vaccination-pain/). We discuss terminology (engagement, partnership, family- and child-centred care), the value of patient partnership to child health research, clinical care, and system planning. Dr. Birnie also shares practical advice to help embed patient partnership into the routines of children's healthcare.