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Oceanside News and Events

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


  1. Save the Date
  2. Division Name Change
  3. Primary Care Patient Wait-lists
  4. Locums, Locums, Locums
  5. Pathways Referral Tracker
  6. Serious Illness Conversation - September 25th
  7. New General Surgeon in Port Alberni
  8. Home Support Update
  9. EMR Tip Sheets - Intra Health, Med Access, MOIS, OSCAR
  10. Oceanside Primary Care Network Community Engagement Report
  11. BC ECHO Project on Substance Use
  12. Upcoming Events: BC-CfE Education
  13. FAST EVIDENCE: Finding Answers – Systematic, Timely and Evidence Based
  14. Upcoming Self-Management Workshops and Leader Training Sessions - Vancouver Island
  15. Upcoming CME webinar - July 25. Therapeutics Initiative, University of British Columbia
  16. Oceanside Hospice Society
  17. Divisions in the News

Save the Date

ODFP Annual General Meeting

DATE: Thursday, September 12, 2019
TIME:  6:00-9:00pm
LOCATION: Qualicum Beach Inn

Division Name Change

Thank you to all of our members who took part in last month's "Name the Division" contest.  We received over 50 votes in total and can announce that by a very narrow margin, you selected as the new name of the Oceanside and Port Alberni Division of Family Practice:

Central Island Division of Family Practice!

Congratulations to Dr. Arno Kitshoff, whose name we drew as the lucky winner of the Tigh na Mara gift certificate package!

Primary Care Patient Wait-lists

Need patients?  Just a reminder that both Oceanside and Port Alberni have wait-lists for patients needing a primary care provider, and we are always happy to work with existing healthcare practitioners to help you fill up your patient panel if you have some capacity to do so.  It's easy - you just let us know how many patients you need, and we will do the rest!  Questions?  Please get in touch with Sharon Todd

Locums, Locums, Locums

Please send any practice locum requests to Sharon Todd - the earlier, the better!  We post and regularly send out all outstanding locum requests to our locum distribution list, so please do get in touch with the dates required and we will do our best to cover you!

Pathways Referral Tracker

Quite a few Oceanside care providers and their staff joined us in June to learn about the Pathways Referral Tracking services that will be added in 2020.   You may have even had a clinic visit since June from our Pathways Administrator, Janice Schmidt.   If there is enough interest, we would be happy to add more of these Pathways training sessions - either to learn about the services to come, or just learn more about how Pathways can assist you in your day-to-day practice.  Please contact Janice Schmidt if you would like to find out more!

Serious Illness Conversation - September 25th


September 25 CME, Serious Illness Conversation. As a follow up to the LEAP CME that was held in January, we are offering a one evening event.

This CME will address how to identify, assess and manage this population in your office. Upon completion you will be able to:

• Enhance your communication skills with seriously ill patients with an evidence-based structured communication intervention developed by Dr. Atul Gawande’s Ariadne Labs and the Harvard Centre for Palliative Care.

• Participate in discussions about goals of care are associated with better quality of life, reduced use of non-beneficial medical care near death, enhanced goal-consistent care, positive family outcomes and reduced costs.

Location: TBA
Time: 6:00 pm

New General Surgeon in Port Alberni

There is a new General Surgeon in Port by the name of Dr. Matthew Hudson. You can contact his office for patient referrals as follows:

Dr. Matthew Hudson, General Surgery
5091 Tsuma-as Drive, Unit 160
Port Alberni, BC V9Y 8X9
Phone: 778-419-1621, Fax 888-388-6006

Home Support Update

The following has been sent on behalf Shelley Gallant, Director Community Health Services, Nanaimo/Oceanside

Date  June 26, 2019
Currently, there are concerns about Home Support’s capacity to provide service to clients in Nanaimo and Oceanside.
We are working diligently to ensure Home Support is a consistent, reliable, flexible service in the Community; however, this will take time so we appreciate your continued patience as we work to improve this service.
Cathleen Hansen is the Manager for Home Support services for Nanaimo and Oceanside.  Cathleen is focused on Home Support and improving the service.
Current work underway includes:

  • Reducing the number of cancellations
  • Developing a recruitment/retention plan to address the critical shortage of health care assistants (Community Health workers) that provide the home support services to clients
  • Focusing on home support scheduling office process improvements to ensure client visits and community health workers are scheduled efficiently.  This will improve the continuity of care to clients.

Key Messages:

  • Visits will be scheduled within time ranges (a.m. 0700 -1100; lunch 1100-1400; supper 1530 – 1900; bedtime 1900 – 2230)
  • Home Support services are “care-based”, as opposed to “time-based”
  • Showers and respites must be scheduled in the afternoons
  • CHWs do not administer medications on a PRN basis

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Cathleen at or call at (250)739-5798

EMR Tip Sheets - Intra Health, Med Access, MOIS, OSCAR

Over the past several months the GPSC Provincial Recruitment & Retention Steering Committee (PRRSC) has developed EMR Tip Sheets, which outline basic EMR functionality:

These Tip Sheets are a tool for medical students, residents, locums and/or new-to-practice family physicians who might be unfamiliar with a particular EMR. Each Tip Sheet walks a new user through the basics of documentation during a patient visit, including ordering medication and labs and requesting consults, among other tasks.

If you have feedback on any of these tip sheets please send it to so we can include it in the next revision.

Urgent Practice Coverage Working Group
GPSC Provincial Recruitment & Retention Steering Committee

Dr Bruce Hobson
Dr Sandra Lee
Dr David Merry

Oceanside Primary Care Network Community Engagement Report

As part of building a three year Service Plan to address primary care needs, the Oceanside Division of Family Practice, Island Health, Qualicum and Snaw-Naw-As First Nations, community groups and patient voices embarked on a 4 month project to find out the top medical needs as well as the current resources available in Oceanside.
The community engagement calendar included primary care physicians and nurse practitioners, palliative care providers, first nations, community members, allied health professionals, non-profit community health groups and patient voices. From March to June 2019, the Primary Care Network team interviewed over 250 clinicians and community members.
Five top needs identified. They were:
• Access to care providers and the ability for patients to access those providers in a timely manner
• Need for increased patient attachment especially for mental health, complex care and rural patients
• Need to attract new physicians and nurse practitioners to this area
• Improved communications across providers and across the system
• Improved sharing of patient information by an integration of user-friendly electronic medical records

Top themes for Oceanside patients emerged. They were:
• Improved mental health and addictions care for all ages
• Better chronic disease and complex care services
• Improved services for seniors with frailty
• More focus on children and youth, especially First Nations as well as rural/remote patients
• Plans to improve the plight of homeless people and those dealing with poverty

Over the last four months, the Primary Care Network (PCN) team has created a three-year Service Plan and submitted it to the Ministry of Health.  The next few months will be spent in finding collaborative innovative solutions to the challenges of primary care in Oceanside. When that plan is finalized, a complete report will be forwarded to the Oceanside Division of Family Practice members.

Mark Morris                                                             Evelyn Clark
Co-Chair                                                                 Executive Director
Oceanside Division of Family Practice                   Oceanside Division of Family Practice

BC ECHO Project on Substance Use

Primary care providers, allied health care providers and other front-line workers are encouraged to join the opioid use disorder (OUD) Project ECHO and associated Community of Practice within British Columbia and Yukon Territory.
BC ECHO on Substance Use (Opioid Use Disorder) is initiated by the BC Centre for Substance Use, in collaboration with regional and other stakeholders, and funded by Health Canada. It aims to help primary care providers and their teams build capacity in the treatment and management of opioid use disorder.
Through interactive, online (supported by ZOOM teleconference), case-based presentations, health care providers will enhance competencies and learn through real-world examples, how to incorporate evidence-based practices into their care setting, to improve outcomes for clients and families.
For additional information on this FREE program, session topics, and to REGISTER for a session please click here.
To visit our website, please click here.

Beccy Robson
Project Manager
Nanaimo Division of Family Practice
T:  250-591-1200 | C:   250-797-6755 | F:   250-591-1205

Upcoming Events: BC-CfE Education

Upcoming Events

JUNE, 2019
HIV Care Rounds | Double Trouble: Tuberculosis and HIV - What a local HIV care provider needs to know
Click here to view HIV Care Rounds Poster
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (A light lunch will be served)
Presenter: Dr. William Connors
Location: Conference Room 6, Providence Building Level 1, St. Paul's Hospital (click here to register)

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

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

Date: Fri November 22, 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 refreshments) facilitated by a CPSBC librarian, 0.5 hour coaching call, and pre/post-workshop activities.

Accreditation: 16.5 Mainpro+ 3 cr/hr

To Register please click here.

FAST EVIDENCE is a half‐day, interactive course that teaches physicians how to conduct effective internet searches in order to find credible and evidence‐based medical information from a variety of databases and other credible online sources. Designed for a small group of up to 12 learners, the course is facilitated by two CPSBC Librarians who provide learners with hands‐on learning support in a computer lab setting. To support ongoing learning and application, this program incorporates post-program activities, including check-in and coaching sessions following the live workshop.

Key Speakers

  • Karen MacDonell, PhD, Director, Library Services, College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC
  • Niki Baumann, MLIS, Librarian, College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC


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

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 click here

To visit our website please click here.

Upcoming CME webinar - July 25. Therapeutics Initiative, University of British Columbia

Therapeutics Initiative, University of British Columbia will be hosting a CME webinar related to breastfeeding on July 25th. This webinar is geared toward primary care physicians, midwives, pharmacists, and other interested clinicians.

Domperidone for lactation: using evidence to inform women about efficacy and safety, and
A primary care approach to supporting women with low milk supply


  • Dr. Lorri Puil, MD, PhD
  • Dr. Kara Jansen, MD, CCFP, IBCLC

DATE: Thursday, July 25, 2019
TIME: 9:30 - 10:30am Pacific
CME credits: MainPro+/MOC Section 1 credits: 1.0
To Register please click here

Please register by Tuesday, July 23. Following registration, additional webinar connection details will be emailed to you closer to the date of the webinar.

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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