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Oceanside News and Events
Find the latest news from the Oceanside Division and complementary organizations in this issue of News and Events.


  1. PMH Update
  2. Upcoming Onconlogy CME Webcasts
  3. Novel Coronavirus ”2019-nCoV” – Update #2
  4. Rural Education Action Plan - New Rural Physician CME Program launched
  5. VIHA Dietician Announcement
  6. Palliative approach in primary care survey
  7. Rural Obstetrical and Maternity Sustainability Program Webinar
  8. Transitioning Patients with a Mental Health Disorder
  9. RCCbc Rural Site Visits - Community Feedback Report (Jun '17-Dec '19)
  10. Doctors Technology Office 2019 Year-In-Review
  11. Therapeutics Initiative Webinar Tuesday, March 10, 2020 REGISTRATION OPEN
  12. ACLS and PALS in the Comox Valley
  13. UBC Study - Immersive Multimedia for Chronic Cancer Pain Management
  14. CME on the Run! 2019-2020 | VGH & Various Videoconference Sites
  15. Upcoming Self-Management Workshops and Leader Training Sessions - Vancouver Island
  16. Oceanside Hospice Society
  17. Divisions in the News

PMH Update

In November of 2019, Dr. Biglow at Qualicum Associates and his Nurse in Practice began outreach to a few clinics to gauge interest in having this work offered to them. The NiP has begun to offer his services to 3 other practices.  An engagement session is being held on February 26 to talk about the learnings and see if there is interest in other practices taking up this work. The NiP is very excited about this opportunity to work in primary care by offering services to other GPs in the area.
Also, on Feb. 26 we will be discussing the Primary Care Network and what it means to you in your practice. Funding is just in the throes of being approved and we will be sharing the work that is going on there.
A presentation of the work of the Palliative Care Network was done by Dr. Mark Morris and Della Roberts, clinical nurse lead for the Palliative program. They presented the good work that is going on in Oceanside to the Island Health Board and the greater public. The event took place on Jan.30 at the Parksville Community Centre.
The next meeting for the Palliative Network will be held on March 17th. Topics and location to be determined.

Upcoming Onconlogy CME Webcasts

Please click here to Register.

A convenient, no-charge opportunity to gain current oncology knowledge and contacts – Join BC Cancer’s Family Practice Oncology Network for monthly Oncology CME Webcasts presented with the University of British Columbia’s Division of Continuing Professional Development. There is no cost to take part in these practice-ready sessions which run from 8-9:00 a.m., Pacific Time, and are certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for one Mainpro+ credit each. Please join us!


  • February 20: Fertility Preservation in Cancer Patients presented by Dr. Beth Taylor, Fertility Doctor and Endocrinologist, Olive Fertility Centre
  • March 19: Immunization in Childhood Cancer presented by Dr. Rod Rassekh, Pediatric Oncologist, BC Children’s Hospital
  • April 16: Prostate Cancer presented by Dr. Michael Peacock, Radiation Oncologist, BC Cancer – Vancouver

Most Webcasts are recorded and available by clicking here – and you can earn additional Mainpro+ credits through the College’s Linking Learning exercises:

Novel Coronavirus ”2019-nCoV” – Update #2

Novel Coronavirus ”2019-nCoV” – Update #2
Island Health Medical Health Officers and multiple health partners continue to monitor the
evolving coronavirus situation (named 2019-nCoV) which originated in Wuhan, China. At this time,
the risk to Canadians continues to be low. The situation is evolving rapidly and the screening and
testing criteria are expected to change over time

Please click here for more information.

Rural Education Action Plan - New Rural Physician CME Program launched

New Rural Physician CME Program
Rural Education Action Plan’s (REAP) New Rural Physician CME Program makes funding available for new rural physicians to attend rurally-relevant events.  Physicians must be in their first two years of practice in BC and have a formal commitment to practice in an RSA Community.  This program provides funding for events such as the upcoming RCCbc Rural Health Conferences and courses including ACLS, CARE, HOUSE and many more.   To learn more about this new program and to see a full list of approved events, please click here.

Questions regarding this new initiative can be directed by email to the REAP Program.

VIHA Dietician Announcement

February 17, 2020
At this time, the services for the Oceanside Dietitian have changed and no longer include weight loss management, body image groups and 1:1 support in person at the Health Center. We will continuing to be offering services to clients that are homebound requiring dietitian services. Please send referrals for homebound clients to Community Access by phone 250-739-5748 or fax 250-739-5751. The diabetes dietitian will continue to provide services for those with diabetes.

Some of our other community partners also provide additional courses that your patients might find useful:

Thank you,

Kristen Grovum
Manager, Oceanside Community Health Services

Palliative approach in primary care survey

Please click on the link below  - the survey should take about 5 minutes to complete. Thank you

Palliative approach in primary care survey

The BC Centre for Palliative Care was established in 2014 with funding from the Ministry of Health to accelerate the adoption and spread of a Palliative Approach to Care (PAC) in BC. Founded by Dr. Doris Barwich, a recognized palliative care clinician, researcher and leader, the Centre has worked with a broad range of stakeholders and partners to improve care for patients and families living with serious illness.
Over the past 5.5 years, a key focus has been to improve the uptake of a PAC in primary care. This has included primary care clinicians in the development and spread of the Provincial Symptom Management Guidelines, Learning Essential Approaches in Palliative Care (LEAP) courses and Serious Illness Conversation workshops as well as partnerships with UBC CPD, various Divisions of Family Practice and other groups in other projects.
We are interested in enhancing partnership with primary care providers in BC. To help focus our efforts we are asking for your participation in a survey to help us understand the various initiatives in this area and explore potential interest in further collaboration.

The objective is to:

1. Identify Divisions and physician groups who are:

  • Interested in exploring opportunities to integrate a palliative approach to care;
  • Already engaged in activities to promote advance care planning or palliative care;
  • Interested in partnering with others engaged in similar activities

2. Understand the:

  • Issues facing primary care providers in the provision of palliative care;
  • Current uptake of screening and assessment tools into practice;
  • Uptake of various educational offerings (e.g. PSP End of Life module; LEAP, or Serious Illness Conversation training) as well as gaps in in this area;
  • Barriers and enablers of integrating a palliative approach at local levels.

Dr. Doris Barwich, Dr. Neil Hilliard and Kathleen Yue
BC Centre for Palliative Care

Rural Obstetrical and Maternity Sustainability Program Webinar

Are you interested in creating and supporting initiatives to sustain maternity services in your community? Join us at a webinar to introduce the Rural Obstetrical and Maternity Sustainability Program (ROAM-SP) led by Lee Yeates (RM), Integration Clinical Lead for ROAM-SP, and Tatiana Ticona, Project Coordinator for ROAM-SP. In this 1-hour webinar, you will learn the following:

  • ROAM-SP background information and core team members
  • Which communities are eligible to participate in ROAM-SP
  • The 3 main elements of ROAM-SP
  • Examples of initiatives that ROAM-SP could support in your community
  • How to access funding and other resources available through ROAM-SP

The webinar will end with a Q&A session to address any concerns not discussed during the webinar.

To ensure that you can all attend, we will hold 2 webinar sessions on the following dates:

  • Monday, March 2nd from 8.00-9.00am
  • Tuesday, April 14th from 8.00-9.00 am

To reserve your spot, simply RSVP by clicking here. Don’t forget to include your name, community, and position.
We are looking forward to sharing with you more information on this exciting program!

Transitioning Patients with a Mental Health Disorder

Is your patient with a mental health disorder ready to transition into adult mental health services?

The BC Pediatric Society has developed a set of factsheets and resources to support your transition planning.
Resources include a variety of topics, such as:

Our website also contains helpful information in regard to various aspects of child and youth mental health - for physicians and for families.
Like what you see, or have a comment? Please contact us at
Thanks to the Specialist Services Committee for supporting this work. And thanks to the many physicians, HA staff, service providers, and Advisory Committee members for their work on these resources.

RCCbc Rural Site Visits - Community Feedback Report (Jun '17-Dec '19)

Over the past two years, we have visited you and many other rural communities across BC to listen to your perspectives on health care delivery (what innovations exist, what works well, what the biggest challenges are). As a commitment to you and your communities, we provide a regular community report of the collective feedback and updates on our project. This is the third Community Feedback Report which includes communities visited up to December 2019. The focuses for this report are:

  • Rural vs. Urban Perspectives
  • Inequity and Advocacy
  • Sharing Innovations

Please view the report here.

We thank you for your time and participation. If you have any questions, please feel free to email by clicking here.

Doctors Technology Office 2019 Year-In-Review

Thank you to those who have reached out to the Doctors Technology Office this past year. We always enjoy hearing from our partner programs and providing resources to the physicians and communities that you support. 2020 promises to be a year of continued growth and we are always exploring how to more effectively collaborate with our partner programs and stakeholders.
We wanted to take a moment to reflect and share examples of the services that DTO currently offers, which includes engagement opportunities for partner programs, physicians, medical office staff and IT support professionals.

  • Stay Up-To-Date With Technology News - In order to keep you informed about new developments in the ever-changing landscape of health technology, DTO is launching an ongoing webinar series called DTO Partner Connects.
  • Health Technology Advice & Technical Support: Doctors Technology Office provides one-on-one consultation and support to physicians, clinical staff and partner programs around a variety of health technology issues.If you need assistance with a health technology issue, do not hesitate to reach out to our team by emailing or calling 1-800-665-2262.
  • Physician and MOA Engagement Sessions - Doctors Technology Office believes that keeping physicians and medical office staff/clinic mangers engaged in the projects and decisions that affect their practice is the key to ongoing success. In 2019, DTO facilitated several engagement sessions with physicians and medical office assistants (MOA) on a variety of health technology topics.
    How To Sign Up - Physician or MOAs can simply email to learn about upcoming engagement sessions and sign up. A technology background is not required and funding is available for physicians and MOAs who wish to attend.
  • Local IT Community - Last year, we launched an online community for Local IT professionals and physicians who manage their own clinic security and technology. This community has grown exponentially from its beginning and we are always recruiting more members. Please email with the name of your Local IT or physician lead to sign up!
  • ​DTO also provides a range online resources, tools and courses, including Security in Low Doses: Safeguarding Patient Information in Private Practice, a free online cyber security training course for clinical staff.
    We also provide in-person workshops for groups and a library of online resources to provide support clinics with their health technology needs. 

2020 promises to be a busy year and we are continuing to expand upon the range of services we provide. Here are just some of the priorities we will be working on over the next year. Please let us know if you would like to learn more by emailing or by visiting our website.

Feedback Needed!  To help us better understand your needs, please fill out this short survey and tell us what health technology topics, resources or support would be most valuable to you and the communities you serve.

Therapeutics Initiative Webinar Tuesday, March 10, 2020 REGISTRATION OPEN

WEBINAR TOPIC: Everyone Poops: Here's What To Do If Your Patient Can't

Full details available at our website.

PRESENTER: Dr. Jessica Otte, MD, CCFP, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Family Practice, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

DATE: Tuesday, March 10,  2020
TIME: 12:15 – 1:00 pm Pacific Standard Time (UTC/GMT-8hrs) [click here to convert to your local time]

COST: FREE. Must register in order to attend. Everyone who registers will receive confirmation of registration by email and the link to join the webinar.

REGISTRATION: online registration is now open, just click here and complete the registration form.

CME credits: MainPro+/MOC Section 1 credits: 1.0. You must register, attend the webinar and complete the evaluation in order to receive your certificate.

About the topic: A discussion of an often overlooked topic: constipation. This session will focus on practical, evidence-informed pharmacologic prevention and management of functional and opiate-inducted constipation in adults and elders.

Target audience: clinicians such as family physicians, internists, nurse practitioners, clinical and community pharmacists, health profession students, and nurse educators.

Objectives: by the end of this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Recognize medications that commonly cause constipation and confidently de-prescribe these
  2. Consider preventative bowel care in all patients receiving opiates
  3. Appreciate the modalities of bowel care and feel confident employing medications to treat constipation according to best available evidence

ACLS and PALS in the Comox Valley

We are offering a selection of emergency practice courses in the Comox Valley this year. The courses include:

  • Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS),
  • Pediatric Advanced Life Support;  and
  • the prerequisite program, Basic Life Support (BLS).     

This year (2020) we are offering courses in the Courtenay in the months of February and June. We offer courses in Nanaimo as well in the months of April, August, October, and December.

If you require ACLS or PALS certification or recertification? We’d love to help you stay up to date. Note that the prerequisite BLS course is conveniently integrated in both ACLS or PALS courses. The learning experience is tailored to each physician's experience, setting and expertise.

Visit our SkillStat 2U! page to learn more.

Links to upcoming February 2020 courses:
ACLS Provider - Feb 21-22, 2020
ACLS Renewal - Feb 22, 2020
PALS Provider – Feb 22-23, 2020
PALS Renewal – Feb 23, 2020
ACLS-PALS Combo Course – Feb 21-23, 2020

If these do not fit your schedule perhaps one of our other courses will. To find a course please visit the Course Calendar to view by date, or here is a link to Courses on Vancouver Island .

Emergency practice protocols are constantly being updated. Here are some links to current ACLS Resources and PALS Resources. Perhaps a brush up on ECG interpretation skills is useful? Explore rhythms and challenge their abilities with our freely available online Six Second ECG® Simulator.
604 990 0063
SkillStat Learning

UBC Study - Immersive Multimedia for Chronic Cancer Pain Management

You are being asked if you would like to volunteer to take part in a research study. Before you decide it is important that you understand why the research is being undertaken and what it involves. Please take time to read the information before you decide whether or not you wish to take part. If you have any queries regarding the study you may contact Ms.Crystal Sun ( who will be happy to answer your questions.

Please find the complete invitation here.
For more information, please click here.

CME on the Run! 2019-2020 | VGH & Various Videoconference Sites

The CME on the Run sessions are held at the Paetzold Lecture Theatre, Vancouver General Hospital and there are opportunities to participate via videoconference from various hospital sites. Each program runs on Friday afternoons from 1 – 5 pm and includes great speakers and learning materials.

CME on the Run! 2019 – 2020
Oct 2019 – Jun 2020 (Fridays 1300-1700) | Vancouver General Hospital + 13 videoconference sites
Target audience: family physicians, nurse practitioners, residents & students
Up to 21.0 Mainpro+ credits (3.5 credits per session)

Apr 3, 2020 – Infectious Disease & Travel
May 1, 2020 – Prenatal, Pediatric & Adolescent
Jun 5, 2020 - Internal Medicine
*Session topics are subject to change*

To Register please click here.
To view brochure please click here.

Upcoming Self-Management Workshops and Leader Training Sessions - Vancouver Island

PDFs for specific regions can be accessed by clicking on the following:

Vancouver Island – Mid/North
Vancouver Island – South

In addition to our 6-week Self-Management Community Workshops, we offer the following:

1 to 1 Telephone Program:
The Self-Management Health Coach Program is a telephone support program for individuals needing the extra support to achieve health goals. Each individual is paired with a coach and receives a weekly, 30-minute phone call for 3 to 6 months. Coaches are volunteers who may be living with chronic health conditions, and are passionate to help others to achieve wellness. For more information, please visit our website by clicking here.

Oceanside Hospice Society

The Oceanside Hospice Society serves individuals and families experiencing end-of-life, care-giving and bereavement in the area stretching from Deep Bay to Nanoose, and west to Errington and Whiskey Creek

OHS currently delivers the following services to the community:

  • Medical Equipment Loan Program
  • One to One Client Support Services
  • One to One Grief Support
  • Grief Support Groups
  • Grief Walking Groups
  • Self Care Fridays
  • Caregiver Respite and Companioning
  • Palliative Vigil Team
  • Lending Library
  • Community Networking , Education and Training
  • Advance Care Planning Guidance

We strive to provide links in the continuum of care by supporting care giving at home, in hospital or the palliative care unit at Trillium and at community care facilities.
Please contact us at 250.752.6227 or visit for further information.

Divisions in the News

See what is going on in other divisions around BC:

If you would like more information on a particular story, please contact the division at
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