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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. Thank You!
  2. CIDFP Update
  3. Get Involved
  4. Board Training & Development Opportunity
  5. Residential Care Initiative Name Change
  6. Division Programs Update
  7. Patient Medical Home Update
  8. CSC Representation Needed
  9. Long Term Care Assessment in Community - sent on behalf of the Geography 2 Leadership
  10. Consent to Care Facility Admission: New Requirements as of November 4, 2019
  11. Virtual Care Project
  12. Update On Community Medical Office Assistant (MOA) Access to PowerChart
  13. UBC Respiratory Medicine Update Feb 8 2020
  14. Community Longitudinal Family Physician (CLFP) Payment
  15. Fostering Resilience Retreat for Health Professionals - June 2020
  16. Upcoming Self-Management Workshops and Leader Training Sessions - Vancouver Island
  17. Pain/Stress Management group beginning in January
  18. CME on the Run! 2019-2020 | VGH & Various Videoconference Sites
  19. Oceanside Hospice Society
  20. Divisions in the News

Thank You!

Central Island Division Board and staff extend a huge thank you to everyone who joined us at Cuckoo for our Division Holiday Celebration. So many members were able to join us from Port Alberni, Qualcum Beach and Parksville.

Congratulations to Dr. Satish Desai who won the doorprize - a $100 Cuckoo gift card!!

We had a wonderful evening enjoying great food, mingling and sharing laughter and good times. It was so good to see so many people attend and enjoy this lovely evening together!

Thank you again and Happy Holidays!

CIDFP Update

Primary Care Networks
The PCN review for this Division was scheduled to take place on December 4. However, the meeting (all Wave 2 meetings) were canceled until mid-January.
From Ted Patterson (Ministry of Health): “Thank you for your patience as we have been working through our reviews and processes with respect to your PCN service plan submission. ….. We will be in touch with you in mid-January to reschedule.  We want to ensure that the meetings are set up in a way that will not risk further rescheduling at the last minute.
We want to assure you that our commitment to shared governance and integrated planning through the CSC has not changed and that we understand meaningful engagement and partnership at the community level is foundational to the success of this work. “
The Division looks forward to working with the Ministry in January to start finalizing the Service Plan for the Oceanside region.
The Central Island Division is also planning on starting a Wave 3 PCN for Port Alberni in early in the spring of 2020.

Division continues to sit in on the PSG working group and congratulates them on receiving funding for developing a Feasibility Study for Community Health Centre. The potential for a future Partnership between PSG and the Division is clear. We support them in their efforts to bring team-based care to the Oceanside region.

Port Alberni Partnership
Working with Dr. Smit, staff have been going to Port Alberni, meeting with residential care staff and starting to better understand about Port Alberni RCI. Initial meetings have been extremely positive and staff are well-positioned to take over administration of the Port Alberni RCI project in the first quarter of 2020.
Division representatives met with the Port Alberni mayor and Pat Deakin on November 28. City of Port Alberni is very keen to help where they can. Going forward Division will partner with the City of Port Alberni to develop a business plan for potential PCN/Patient Medical Home projects.

Holiday Hours
Please note: The Division office will be closed from December 23 to January 2. Staff will take holiday hours for that closure but will monitor emails. If you require staff attention please contact me at 250-703-6159 to ensure nothing gets dropped at that time.

I would like to sincerely thank the staff for their dedication this year. We have had many successes and it is wholly due to their enthusiasm and commitment.
Until we see you again in 2020 – have a happy holiday season – from your Division staff!
Evelyn Clark
Executive Director

Get Involved

Central Island Division of Family Practice is currently searching for potential Board members for the Division.
While the Board “year” ends in August, we are looking for interested parties to come and explore what it means to sit on this dedicated leadership Board.

  • Board positions are filled for two years and Board members are asked to attend 10 meetings per year on a monthly basis (currently the third Wednesday of each month from 6 pm to 8 pm).
  • Members can attend meetings either in person or virtually on their computer or phone.
  • Board members are reimbursed 3 sessional hours for their time for each meeting.

If you wish to sit in on a Board meeting, you are very welcome.

We would really like to encourage our Port Alberni members to consider joining us. Come and see what being on this Board entails.

If you are interested or want to sit in on a Board meeting, or want to book a time to meet with Division staff, contact Evelyn Clark, Executive Director at: or call (250) 703-6159.

Board Training & Development Opportunity

Board Fundamentals: Roles and Responsibilities
Free to Division members…..Have you ever wondered what it is like to sit on the Division Board?
Well here is your opportunity to learn!
Date: Saturday, January 18, 2020
Time: 8:30 am to noon
Place: Qualicum Beach Inn, Qualicum Beach
Cost: free – sessionals will be offered
Breakfast and Lunch will be served

What will you learn?

  • Understanding of Board decision making models and how they work
  • Understanding of how to work as a collective
  • Where Board governance "power" begins and ends
  • Difference between being a member and a board
  • How to collaborate and engage in respectful dialogue
  • Understanding the value of strategic planning and the board's role in strategic planning?

If you are interested or want to join us, contact Jill Skuse, Administrative Assistant at:

Residential Care Initiative Name Change

The GPSC has renamed the Residential Care Initiative to the Long-term Care Initiative (LTCI) effective November 2019. This is in recognition of the Truth and Reconciliation process in Canada and with BC’s Indigenous peoples, and the importance of supporting the provision of patient-centred culturally safe care.

Division Programs Update


Dr. Putter has closed his practice in Qualicum Beach as of November 30th. His patients are being referred to clinics in Courtenay still accepting patients at this time.  There are 2 listed clinic vacancies for the clinic listed on our website, Island Health, and HealthMatch at this time. These are currently the only vacancies advertised in the Oceanside area. 


We received Expressions of Interest for Quality Improvement projects at the December quarterly meeting of the residential care initiative, and all will be presented to the board at the December meeting.  The projects are intended to start in January 2020 if approved, with the ultimate outcome of addressing any of the following:

• Improving communications/relationships with facilities
• Enhancing physician engagement with the initiative
• Improving protocols for residential care


We have begun the process of bringing the Port Alberni RCI accounting and data collection systems in line with the existing Oceanside system, and as such, we have met with the directors of care or clinical nurse leads at Port Alberni facilities.The facilities there are excited that the RCI may bring about some positive changes in care!  Service agreements and information packages have been distributed to all RCI physicians in Port Alberni so that the first run of payments and data collection can happen by April 1, with data collection beginning in the last quarter of 2019/2020.

Sharon Todd
Program Manager
Central Island Division of Family Practice
Mobile:  (250) 937-0611

Patient Medical Home Update

In November Dr. Biglow (Qualicum Associates) and his Nurse in Practice (NiP) began outreach to other clinics. From this outreach, the NiP has started to offer his services to three other clinics in the Oceanside area.  An engagement session will be held early in the new year 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 and participate in the early work of the PCN by offering services to other GPs in the area.

At the Palliative Network meeting, held November 13th, a presentation was given by two MAID physicians - Dr. Diane Wallis and Dr. Marie-Clare Hopwood -  and Oceanside Hospice nurse, Susie Coen. It was an informative and successful evening with much information shared about this process. Please click here for a questionnaire about Palliative Care in Oceanside and how it impacts you.

If you have questions, please get in touch with Tina Biello .

CSC Representation Needed

Due to some recent process and structural changes at the Collaborative Services Committee, Central Island Division is looking for two Division members to sit on that committee for the period of one year.

The Division of Family Practice, Island Health, the Doctors of BC, the Ministry of Health and the General Practice Services Committee recognize a shared responsibility for the health of the community. These Partners agreed that they would work together through a Collaborative Services Committee (CSC) to address issues in the health care system.

The Central Island CSC embodies the collaborative working relationship among the Partners. Here the Partners present clinical issues of concern for patient care outcomes, co-determine priorities and co-design solutions. CSC is an innovative way of co-generating solutions to the complex, serious and interconnected issues facing the health care system. It is expected all Partners will work to continually improve patient care and systems efficiencies within their sphere of influence.

Meetings take place on the second Tuesday of every month from 5:30 to 7 pm at a rotating set of venues. Division representatives are reimbursed sessional fess for attending these meetings.

The Division encourages all members to apply for one of two positions. We especially encourage our new Port Albeni members to fill a postion.

If you have an interest and the time to be involved in something truly collaboartive and positive for our patient community, please contact Evelyn Clark (Executive Director) at by Monday, January13, 2020.

Best regards,

Evelyn Clark
Executive Director
Central Island Division of Family Practice

Long Term Care Assessment in Community - sent on behalf of the Geography 2 Leadership

Please click here for the memorandum and information sheet  regarding Long Term Care Assessments in Community.

Consent to Care Facility Admission: New Requirements as of November 4, 2019

On November 4, 2019, Part 3 of the Health Care (Consent) and Care Facility (Admission) Act will become law.  This may affect healthcare providers, as if an adult patient in a long term care facility  appears to be incapable of giving consent to remain in the facility, they must be assessed by one of the following:

• medical practitioner
• registered nurse
• nurse practitioner
• registered psychiatric nurse
• social worker
• occupational therapist
• psychologist

If you, as a healthcare professional are asked to provide an assessment, you may use this form:
Incapability Assessment Form

For more information, please click here.

Virtual Care Project

We are a team of Vancouver-based endocrinologists currently working on a study to determine if a virtual-care system can be effectively deployed to patients with suboptimal diabetes control and without local access to an endocrinologist. If this study is successful, it will provide a proof of concept for a cost-effective Provincial model of diabetes care and provide communities in need with an additional resource to reduce the burden of diabetes management (e.g. reducing wait times to local endocrinologists). We have seen much success in our participants and our study would benefit tremendously by working with a larger demographic of the BC population. If you are a GP, NP, or clinic interested in this study or have any questions, please send a message to:

Eric @ or 604-689-1055.

Update On Community Medical Office Assistant (MOA) Access to PowerChart

On behalf of:
Dr. Mary-Lyn Fyfe, Chief Medical Information Officer; and
Jane Ho, Manager, Office of the CMIO and Interim Manager, Provider Education and Experience (ProEX).

Please click here for the update regarding the MOA Access to Powerchart.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact

UBC Respiratory Medicine Update Feb 8 2020

UBC Respiratory Medicine Update
To Register: click here

Date: Feb 8 (Sat)
Location: The Pinnacle Harbourfront Vancouver Hotel, Vancouver BC
Target audience: family physicians, respirologists, respiratory therapists, general internists, respiratory educators, hospitalists, COPD educators, nurses, residents & medical students
Up to 6.75 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1
Course content (Chrome): click here
Register: click here.
Conference run at the SAME time in the SAME venue as 16th Annual Hot Topics in Cardiology – register for the conference you’re primarily interested in, and then feel free to move between sessions!

Community Longitudinal Family Physician (CLFP) Payment

GPSC introduces new payment supporting longitudinal care

Community-based family physicians who work under fee-for-service and who care for a panel of patients will soon receive a new annual payment to recognize their important role in providing longitudinal care that evidence shows results in better health outcomes for patients.

In introducing the Community Longitudinal Family Physician (CLFP) Payment, the GPSC is taking an important step that acknowledges the foundational importance of longitudinal care. It also recognizes the additional, non-clinical responsibilities required to provide ongoing, coordinated care for which fee-for-service physicians are not compensated.  

The first payment will be made in January 2020. Family physicians who are eligible for the payment, as shown through billing data, will receive a CLFP Payment ranging from $3,000 to $12,000. The majority will receive between $4,000 and $8,000. The GPSC has allocated $19.5 million annually for these payments.

Please click here for more information.

Fostering Resilience Retreat for Health Professionals - June 2020

Replenish and revitalize yourself in this immersive, semi-silent mindfulness retreat for physicians and other health care professionals, along with their partners. Learn evidence-based skills to foster resilience and reduce the risk of burnout. Mark and Andrea draw on mindfulness meditation practices and elements of cognitive therapy from Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness integrated Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (MiCBT) to offer a different way of identifying and encountering habitual patterns of thinking, feeling and behaviour that can lead to overwork and stress.

Burnout is a normal response to working in a system where the demands on our internal reserves outstrip our ability to replenish those reserves. One of the first steps in creating meaningful, effective systemic change is to shift our habitual reactions to daily stressors and burnout triggers. Our approach to developing personal resilience is based on cultivating discernment, equanimity and compassion, so that you are wiser in your work, more connected to your colleagues, patients, friends and family, and ultimately able to find greater satisfaction in what you do.

The retreat structure includes teacher-guided mindfulness practices, including sitting, mindful movement and body scan meditations. Teacher-guided group discussions, with a focus on meditation technique, support the cultivation of sustained moment-to-moment attention, equanimity and compassion. Extended periods of silence further support a deepening of mindfulness. Development of specific burnout prevention strategies is included in later stages
of the program. In addition, there will be time to take advantage of activities for relaxation and restoration in Hollyhock’s natural beauty.

Please click here for more Information and to Register.

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.

Pain/Stress Management group beginning in January

Six-Session Pain Relief/Relaxation/Mindfulness and Fun- Self-Care Education Group is being offered beginning January 27th 2020.

Dates are:

  • Jan 27
  • Feb 10
  • Feb 24
  • March 2
  • March 9
  • March 16

Location: Room 1 Qualicum Commons
744 Primrose Street, Qualicum Beach

Time: 1-3 PM

An information poster and referral form can be found below.
Patients/clients need to contact us directly to register for this group.

An information poster is available here.
A referral form is available 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)

Jan 31, 2020 – Psychiatry
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.

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

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