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Oceanside News and Events

All the medical news and events for the Oceanside area in one place!  


  1. First Nations Cultural Safety and Humility Engagement
  2. Patient Medical Home Report
  3. Upcoming CME Opportunities in Oceanside
  4. BCCFP & SGP Present...Family Doctors: Standing Up and Standing Out!
  5. Fostering Resilience for Health Professionals
  6. CME Partnership Opportunity for NEW Alcohol Use Disorder Guidelines
  7. North Island Hospital Surgical Services Expansion Information and Update
  8. Upcoming Self-Management Workshops - Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands
  9. New UBC CPD Course and Webinar
  10. 16th Annual Pediatric Emergency Medicine Update
  11. Forward House
  12. Oceanside Hospice Society
  13. Divisions in the News

First Nations Cultural Safety and Humility Engagement

The Oceanside Division of Family Practice is pleased to invite you to the upcoming First Nations Cultural Safety and Humility Engagement.

Event Details

First Nations Cultural Safety and Humility Engagement
Date:               Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Time:               6-8 pm
Location:         Library at Qualicum Commons
                        744 Primrose Street, Qualicum Beach
Dinner will be served.

For dietary requirements and to confirm your attendance, please contact Jill at

To help us plan for the meal and the evening, please RSVP by February 20th.
Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there!

Patient Medical Home Report

Patient Medical Home has been very active in the last year. After consultation with the greater membership, a working group came together to guide the work moving forward. These are the three aspects we are working on:

  1. The Clinic Incubators
  2. Networks for Oceanside
  3. Physician/Practitioner Supports that focus on the PMH attributes

Work has begun with Qualicum Beach Associates proceeding as our clinic incubator. Dr. Biglow has identified four projects to carry forward as the incubator. We are beginning the work this month on 2 out of the 4 projects. Dr. Bruce Hobson will be coming from Health Data Coalition to help us kick start the major work with data. Once the 4 projects have been developed in Dr. Biglow’s clinic, they will then be offered to clinics in Oceanside moving forward.
Our 2 main Networks, (MOA and Palliative Network) will be proceeding with our next meetings come March. We will be looking at ways at moving forward and connecting regularly to support physicians and clinics in our area.
Cultural Safety and Humility Training will proceed with FNHA GP Dr. Kelsey Louie who will come to offer the session for us. Local Nations in our Division will be joining him in the conversation of cultural humility and what that means in primary care practice. This will be happening Feb.27 at The Commons in Qualicum.

Upcoming CME Opportunities in Oceanside

The LEAP Palliative care training was so well-attended by area care-givers that we are looking at holding another day-long Saturday CME opportunity on Saturday, May 4th. 

Practising Wisely:  Reducing Unnecessary Testing and Treatment is a day-long workshop that is certified for 18 Mainpro+ group learning credits.   It is a national program, developed through provincial collaborations, and aims to assist physicians with the implementation of the CWC recommendations around health care stewardship.  This program will take place on Saturday, May 4th, provided there is enough interest.  If you might be interested in attending, please do indicate your interest here, and we will be in touch with the invites closer to the date and firm up attendees at that time.

BCCFP & SGP Present...Family Doctors: Standing Up and Standing Out!

The BC College of Family Physicians and the Society of General Practitioners of BC invite you to attend a special conference that focuses on the many roles of today’s family physicians.

Join us in Victoria, April 5 & 6, where you will gain valuable insight into leading change in family medicine, managing your practice, and looking after your own professional needs. On the first day, we will hear from BC family physician organization leaders as well as those whose work has changed the lives of their patients and colleagues. The sessions focus on skills that all family physicians can use, including social media use, quality improvement in your office, billing, and burnout prevention.  The next day offers hot clinical topics that include: helping patients transition from opioid pain relief; treating concussion using the newest guidelines; diagnosing PTSD; providing advice on medical cannabis; sleep disorders; and introducing the topic of medical assistance in dying (MAiD).  For your convenience, we've also scheduled a Practising Wisely Workshop for the day after the conference, April 7.

Early bird registration and a special Marriott Hotel room rate will expire March 5 so register early!

For more details visit:

Ian Tang
Project Manager
BC College of Family Physicians
330 – 1665 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC  V6J 1X1
Phone:  604-736-1877

Fostering Resilience for Health Professionals

Fostering Resilience for Health Professionals is a 5 day mindfulness-based retreat being held on May 31st - June 5, 2019 at Hollyhock on Cortes Island, BC. More information here.

This opportunity is available to all registered health care clinicians, professionals and students, and their partners. The training provides detailed mindfulness meditation instructions, grounded in MBCT and Mindfulness integrated CBT principles, and addresses learning objectives such as developing mindfulness and equanimity at work and at home, and responding skillfully to warning signs of burnout.

Drs. Mark Lau, R.Psych. and Andrea Grabovac, MD, FRCPC, both certified Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) teachers and MBCT Mentors of the UCSD Mindfulness-Based Professional Training Institute, will be teaching this 5 day retreat that focuses on training skills to cope with burnout and to increase resiliency.

Register here.

Please contact me if you would like additional information or have any questions.

I look forward to hearing from you.
Kind Regards,

Marina Kononenko
Education Coordinator
Vancouver CBT Centre
302-1765 W 8th Ave
Vancouver, BC
V6J 5C6
Phone: 604-738-7337
Fax: 604-738-7339

CME Partnership Opportunity for NEW Alcohol Use Disorder Guidelines

As you know, the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) is a provincially networked organization with a mandate to develop, help implement, and evaluate evidence-based approaches to substance use and addiction. Uniquely, the governance of our Centre involves close working relationships and partnerships with the province’s regional health authorities and the Divisions of Family Practice.

As you will know, British Columbia is in urgent need to improve clinical care for high risk and alcohol use disorder (AUD). To move this agenda forward, at the request of the BC Ministry of Health and the new Ministry for Mental Health and Addiction, the BCCSU has developed a new Provincial Guidelines for the Clinical Management of Alcohol Use Disorder. At this stage, we are seeking your support in the dissemination of this vital resource through educational seminars from leading experts in our province.

Recent research has highlighted the important role that primary care providers can have in early detection, intervention and treatment of high-risk drinking and AUD. Although high-risk drinking and AUD can be readily identified using simple screening tools, alcohol use screening is not widely implemented in clinical practice. This is a critical missed opportunity to intervene early, at a point where many individuals, including adolescents (11-18 years) and young adults (19-25 years), may respond positively to brief counselling interventions alone, and therefore reducing alcohol alcohol-related harms.

You may recall that we previously partnered with several Divisions of Family Practice to provide continuing medical education (CME) accredited seminar series as part of the dissemination strategy for the Provincial Guideline for the Clinical Management of Opioid Use Disorder.
Through this collaboration, we organized 67 presentations in over 45 locations across the province, attended by nearly 2400 health professionals. Similarly, for the forthcoming AUD Guidelines, we would be pleased to offer CME accredited lectures which are tailored for primary care audiences, to summarize research evidence, review guideline recommendations, and provide practical tips, followed by an “ask the expert” discussion period. We are seeking your support in partnering once again to provide these vital education sessions, in effort to build a better system of care for people with substance use disorders.

If you are interested in partnering in this initiative, please contact Amanda Giesler for more information.


Evan Wood, MD, PhD, ABIM, FRCPC, dip. ABAM, FASAM
Professor of Medicine, & Canada Research Chair UBC Executive Director, British Columbia Centre on Substance Use

North Island Hospital Surgical Services Expansion Information and Update

Please click here for an overview.

In support of Island Health’s strategy to improve access to surgery and reduce wait times, the North Island Hospital (NIH) has recently expanded existing surgical services to increase surgical access for total hip and knee joint replacements and dental surgeries, while continuing to work on improving overall surgical wait times.  This is an exciting opportunity for our communities.  Throughout the fall, we focused our efforts on three (3) major areas of work:

Additional Surgical Days

The three additional operating room days, per week, have been introduced at the North Island Hospital Comox Valley.
A phased roll out of two (2) new operating room days, per week, at the North Island Hospital Campbell River is planned once Anaesthesia recruitment is completed. Until then, North Island Hospital Campbell River will be adding extra ad hoc hip and knee joint replacement surgical days; with thanks to our Anaesthesia Department’s willingness to adjust their workload while actively recruiting.

Central Intake & Referral

In early 2019, The NIH Hip and Knee Centre (HKC) will open to provide a central intake and referral process for all total hip and knee replacements.  This is a single point of contact for patients and families navigating their surgical journey, including the option of first available appropriate surgeon (FAAS).  Additional information regarding this new service and referral process will be made available in the coming weeks.

Waitlist Management Improvement

North Island Hospital will continue to actively participate in a structured, consistent approach to surgery waitlist management and improving communications with patients and families regarding surgical access.  More information about this work will be available in the coming weeks.

More information about the North Island Hospital surgical expansion activities will be communicated throughout the following months.

Please direct any questions, suggestions or feedback to:

Upcoming Self-Management Workshops - Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands

Click here to find out what’s coming up on Vancouver Island and on the Gulf Islands.

If you are interested in finding workshops outside of your health region please refer to our website for more information. 

To register online for any Self-Management Program click here

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

  • Online Group Program: The Online Chronic Conditions Self-Management Program is for people with all levels of computer skills. Participants log in at their convenience for a total of about two hours a week to access interactive sessions. Participants remain anonymous and all activity takes place on a dedicated, secure website. Each workshop takes up to 25 participants and is led by two trained online facilitators and monitored by a program mentor. For more information, please click here
  • 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 click here

Project Support
Self-Management Programs
Direct: 604-940-1273 | Toll Free: 1-866-902-3767 | Fax: 604-940-2099

New UBC CPD Course and Webinar

FAST EVIDENCE: Finding Answers – Systematic, Timely and Evidence Based

Date: Fri April 05, 2019
Who Should Attend: Physicians with access to library services through the College of Physicians and Surgeons BC

  • Workshop Summary & Format: Interactive 4.0-hour in-person workshop (including light refreshements) facilitated by a CPSBC librarian, 0.5 hour coaching call, and pre/post-workshop activities .

Accreditation: 16.5 Mainpro+ 3 cr/hr

Click here to Register.

Managing Adult Obesity in the Office: Current Evidence and Best Practices

Date: Tue January 29, 1900-2000 | Online with WebEx
Who Should Attend: Family physicians, specialists and all other healthcare profesonals
Format: Live online presentation
Speaker: Dr Michael Lyon

Accreditation: 1.0 Mainpro+ credits

Click here to Register.

Hadas Haft
Senior Program Assistant, UBC CPD
Division of Continuing Professional Development
Faculty of Medicine | The University of British Columbia
City Square, East Tower
200-555 W 12th Ave, Vancouver BC V5Z 3X7
T 604.875.4111 x24601 | F 604.675.3778

16th Annual Pediatric Emergency Medicine Update

The Division of Emergency Medicine at BC Children’s Hospital and UBC CPD will be presenting the upcoming 16th Annual Pediatric Emergency Medicine Update event on May 3 & 4, 2019 in Vancouver, BC. 
The popular hands-on APLS course is also being offered as part of this event  on May 2nd and seats are filling up very quickly.  (*More information below).

16th Annual Pediatric Emergency Medicine Update
Date: May 3-4 (Fri-Sat)
Location: UBC Robson Square, Vancouver BC
Target audience: pediatricians, emergency physicians, family physicians, allied health professionals & residents

Up to 12.5 MOC Section 1 credits/ Mainpro+
For Program Content click here.  
To Register click here

This year’s theme: Care of the Complex Child in the Emergency Department

  • Newsies: 2018-2019 Practice Altering Articles | Dr. Ran Goldman
  • It's Complicated: Abdominal Pain in the Adolescent Girl | Dr. Karen Black
  • Bend It Like Beckham: Common Sports Medicine Emergencies | Dr. Paul Enarson
  • Nick of Time: Common Mistakes in Pediatric Resuscitations | Dr. Melissa Chan
  • Sinister: Pediatric Oncologic Emergencies | Dr. David Dix
  • The Hurt Locker: Headaches in Children | Dr. Badri Narayan
  • Eyes Wide Shut: Common Eye Emergencies  | Dr. Benetta Chin
  • Lost: Children with Complex Medical Needs in the ER - A Case Based Approach | Dr. Esther Lee

Pre-conference course:
APLS: Advanced Pediatric Life Support Course
For information and Registration click here
Date: May 2 (Thu)
Requirement: physicians who are routinely involved in care of critically ill or injured children. Successful previous completion of PALS or APLS course is recommended.

Up to 16.0 MOC Section 3 credits or 16.0 Mainpro+ credits
Max: 24 participants

Judy Chen
Conference Associate
Division of Continuing Professional Development
UBC Faculty of Medicine
City Square, #200 ET - 555 W 12th Avenue
Vancouver, BC, V5Z 3X7
T: 604.875.4111 x24617| F: 604.675-3778
*Please note my working hours are 730 – 330. |
***Working hours:  Monday to Friday 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Forward House


Nurturing mental wellness through creative programs, relevant information and dynamic community partnerships.

Visit us online:  

To view & print our latest brochure click here.


  • Fun activities
  • Educational programs
  • Creative writing, art, music


  • Healthy meals
  • 1:1 goal planning
  • Peer support


  • Mental health information
  • Caregiver support

136 Hirst Ave., East Parksville, BC
(250) 954-0785

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. To visit our website please click here

Talking About Advance Care Planning
Advance Care Planning is a process that prepares clients and their family to make decisions about their future health and personal care.  It begins by normalizing conversations about dying and death, grieving and planning for care.
At Oceanside Hospice Society we pledge to engage people in conversations about the importance of advance care planning as a future gift to their loved ones. Please join our pledge, and make your patients aware of our service.

  • An ACP information session will be held at The Gardens at Qualicum Beach (650 Berwick Road, North) on February 28th at 10:30 am.  Please call Oceanside Hospice Society at 250.752.6227 to reserve a seat.  This session is free; donations gratefully accepted.

Julie Chambers
Oceanside Hospice Society
210 Crescent Road West
Qualicum Beach, BC  V9K 1J9

Office: 250.752.6227
Fax: 250.752.6257

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