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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. AGM Announcement & Call for Directors
  2. It is with great pleasure that we announce two additions to the Central Island Division team!
  3. You're Invited to Get Involved
  4. PMH Update
  5. VIHA COVID-19 Update #7
  6. Alcohol Use Disorder ECHO - upcoming learning sessions
  7. Self-Management BC Programs available by phone and by mail
  8. Oceanside Hospice Society
  9. Divisions in the News

AGM Announcement & Call for Directors

In accordance with the Constitution and Bylaws of the Central Island Division

of Family Practice, notice is hereby given of the Society’s Annual
General Meeting to be held at 6:00pm on Wednesday, September 16th at  Chances RimRock Gaming Centre. Click here for map to venue.

With the upcoming AGM, the Division is seeking nominations for the Board of Directors. Candidates with a record of leadership and experience in governance are ideal. There are two positions available on the Board of Directors in 2020.
All interested candidates should complete the Application for Directorship
 - available by clicking here -
and submit to no later than 4  PM, August 9, 2020.

Should a vote be required, our members will exercise their voting privilege by voting anonymously using an online tool. Details will be forwarded to members following the nomination period.

Evelyn Clark
Executive Director
Central Island Division of Family Practice

It is with great pleasure that we announce two additions to the Central Island Division team!

On July 6, Shonda Holt (formerly PCN Project Manager) started the position of Primary Care Network Manager and Marion Wallace took the position as PCN Administrative Assistant.

The staff and Board at Central Island Division are excited to work with these two talented individuals and look forward to bringing Primary Care Networks to life in Oceanside.

You can reach Shonda at: or (250) 465-8891.
You can reach Marion at: or (250) 951-2654

You're Invited to Get Involved

Central Island Division of Family Practice is currently searching for potential Board members for the Division.
As the “Board year” comes to an end 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 in joining our board; sitting in on a Board meeting; or meeting with Division staff, please contact:
Evelyn Clark, Executive Director
mobile: (250) 703-6159.

PMH Update

The Palliative Care Network meeting will take place on September 1. With Covid restrictions lifted to Phase 3, we will meet in person at the Beach Club resort. See email invite for details. We will pick up where we left off with a presentation on ‘My Virtual Visit’ and an overview of the referral process for Palliative Care, with Della Roberts and Dr. Sue Hunter.
The MOA Network will finally also be able to meet again on August 12, in Port Alberni. We are offering MOAs support topics in EMR usage and Pathways.
Nurse in Practice:
Murray Coughtrey has been working with Dr. Biglow and Dr.El Karsh in this role and is available to any other clinics who might be interested in this model. If anyone would like further information, please get in touch with Tina Biello, Project Manager.

Here are some key points for the NiP work:

  • Patients have expressed satisfaction being seen by both a RN and their GP. They have said there is more time to be ‘heard’. Follow up by RN ensures care plan for patient is documented and recorded.
  • RN Murray Coughtrey has also been able to see patients who need same day visits, who would have gone to the ER or Urgent care, decreasing the patient cost to the system.
  • During this time of Covid restrictions, Murray has also done multiple home visits in his role as Nurse in Practice.
  • Eleven were done in total in the last several weeks and of those, only 2 patients were sent to higher levels of care.
  • For the visits with patients in long term care, this meant they were not required to self-isolate in their rooms for 14 days. The care they received was more thorough in a physical assessment as opposed to virtual contact. Patients were also seen from other clinics and the RN was able to connect with those GPs to care conference regarding their patients. These GPs were able to be kept informed of their patient’s situation and the result was follow up to those patients from their GPs.
  • Dr. Clair Biglow and Dr. Ashraf have discussed opening up their practices and taking on unattached patients with this service in place.
  • This model is ensuring team-based care targets are being met and brings patient medical home to the community.

VIHA COVID-19 Update #7

From the Office of the Chief Medical Health Officer

Since the last MHO newsletter, information on COVID-19 has grown immensely. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your contributions in responding to COVID-19 in our region,
to provide a situational assessment, and to summarize some key COVID-19 resources.
Please click here for the update.

Alcohol Use Disorder ECHO - upcoming learning sessions

There is a new on-line ECHO program beginning for Primary Care providers that is focused on Alcohol Use Disorder and funded by the BC Centre on Substance Use.  There are new approaches and medications to treat AUD and this series is devoted to improving the lives of patients with this disorder.

Participants only need to register once and they will be notified of all upcoming learning sessions.  Click here for the registration link

Here are the upcoming session topics with the dates and times if you’d like to add these to your calendar of events:

  1. Introduction to high-risk drinking and alcohol use disorder in British Columbia
    Tuesday Aug 18, 2020, 12-1pm
  2. Screening for high-risk drinking and alcohol use disorder
    Tuesday Sept 15, 2020, 12-1pm
  3. Pharmacotherapy approaches for alcohol use disorder
    Thursday Oct 1, 2020, 12-1pm
  4. Brief intervention for high-risk drinking and alcohol use disorder in primary care
    Tuesday Nov 3, 2020, 12-1pm
  5. Alcohol withdrawal management 
    Thursday Nov 26, 2020, 12-1pm
  6. Psychosocial and community-based interventions for alcohol use disorder
    Tuesday, Dec 8, 2020, 12-1pm

Please contact:
Amanda Chapman, B.A., B.Ed.
Coordinator | Addiction Medicine Education
MHSU | Island Health
email: Amanda.Chapman@VIHA.CA

Self-Management BC Programs available by phone and by mail

We are pleased to inform you that the Tool Kit for Active Living and the Tool Kit + Telephone programs are now available!
Tool Kit for Active Living with Chronic Conditions Program
This evidence-based program includes all tools in the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, packaged into a one-time mailing. It offers an alternative method for those who cannot or do not wish to attend a CDSMP workshop in person or online. The self-tailored Tool Kit contains:

  • Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions, 5th Edition book
  • Relaxation for Mind and Body CD
  • An exercise CD with accompanying booklet
  • A self-test to help decide how to use the materials
  • Tips sheets on the most important self-management tools

The Tool Kit will suggest and give you some ideas to try.

Tool Kit for Active Living with Chronic Conditions + Telephone Calls Program
Participants in this 6-week program receive the materials from the Tool Kit for Active Living with Chronic Conditions Program, and participate in a 30-minute, small group conference call with a Program Leader and other participants. The Leader introduces the materials, explains the self-test, does an exercise with the group, and gets each person to make a weekly action plan.

In addition to these 2 new programs, we are also continuing intake for our one-on-one telephone Health Coach Program.

Links to posters below are for your reference – please share them with others.

Health Coach Poster - click here  
Tool Kit & Phone Poster - click here  
Tool Kit Poster - click here

If you know of anyone who is interested in any of the programs listed above, please ask them to email or call toll-free: 1-866-902-3767 (604-940-1273 in the Lower Mainland) with the following information:

  • Their first and last name
  • Their telephone number
  • Their city and postal code
  • The name of the program(s) they are interested in


Thank you for your continued support of Self-Management BC’s programs!
Self-Management Programs
Direct: 604-940-1273 | Toll Free: 1-866-902-3767 | Fax: 604-940-2099

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:

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Central Island Division of Family Practice. PO Box 195, Quallicum Beach, BC V9K 1S7