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Oceanside News and Events

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


  1. Oceanside Division/Port Alberni Partnership Development – Progress Report
  2. Best Wishes and Division Spring Social
  3. Patient Medical Home Update
  4. Primary Care Network Update
  5. Funding Opportunities for Rural Physicians
  6. See the CFPC’s new PMH Provincial Report Card
  7. BC Obesity Summit Conference
  8. UBC CPD webinar for family physicians on ICBC changes
  9. Fostering Resilience for Health Professionals
  10. Upcoming Self Management Workshops
  11. 3rd Annual National Conference in Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD 2019)
  12. The 4th Annual UBC Heart Failure Symposium
  13. Standard Out-Patient Laboratory Requisition Update
  14. Island Health Quality Showcase 2019
  15. Practice Survival Skills: What I Wish I Knew in My First Years of Practice
  16. Report from the Medical Health Officer
  17. UBC CPD - Upcoming Online Events
  18. SAVE THE DATE: October 4-5, 2019 in Vancouver, BC, Canada
  19. 2019 Cycle of Life Tour
  20. Forward House
  21. Oceanside Hospice Society
  22. Divisions in the News

Oceanside Division/Port Alberni Partnership Development – Progress Report

On Thursday March 7 three members of the Oceanside Division and three members of Port Alberni met to further discuss a potential partnership of an amalgamated division from Nanoose to Port Alberni. If you remember, the membership of ODFP met in late November to discuss whether our division would support such a plan and it was strongly supported at that meeting.

At the March 7 meeting from Docs of BC and GPSC were Lucas Parker, Mylo Riley and Brian Evoy – who facilitated.

After significant discussion and many questions, it was agreed between all representatives that they are excited about moving forward in partnership. Port Alberni has a member meeting on March 28 and it is the reps intention to sign a letter of agreement to move forward into amalgamating the two entities. The Board of ODFP will meet on March 25 to discuss this and potentially sign the letter as well.

If this all occurs it means that by the end of the month Port Alberni and Oceanside division will be starting the formal process of “becoming one”. At the March 7 meeting, it was agreed that it isn’t necessary to dissolve ODFP and start again, but that the two groups look at changing the geographic scope outlined in the ODFP constitution and agree to a name change.

Those decisions and votes would be decided by the membership at a duly constituted Special Meeting or at the ODFP Annual General Meeting slated for September.

Until then, both sides of the budding partnership will continue to meet to organize governance changes, talk about the way forward and build stronger relationships.

If you have any questions or feedback about this exciting project, do not hesitate to contact Evelyn at 250-703-6159

Best Wishes and Division Spring Social

Best Wishes and Gratitude

The Oceanside Division of Family Practice wants to extend our best wishes to Dr. Pieter Swart, and hope for a speedy recovery from his recent surgery.   We are grateful for all of our wonderful Oceanside physicians that have offered their help in supporting his clinic during his recovery.  There is great strength and compassion in our close-knit group of family physicians, and it really shows in times of need.    If you have any spare time and would be interested in filling in any clinic days for Dr. Swart's clinic between now and the end of May, please let Sharon Todd know.  

Division Spring Social

We would like to invite you and your partner or guest to spend an evening with your colleagues for dinner and entertainment at the Eaglecrest Golf Course on Wednesday, April 10th, from 6-9pm.   There will also be a cash bar. 

As we go into Spring, this will be a is a great chance to relax, have a fantastic meal, be entertained, and get to know some of your Port Alberni colleagues, too. We look forward to warmly welcoming you and your partner to this fun - and delicious - event!   If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Sharon Todd  and she will add you to the list!  Invites went out by email, so check your inbox.

Patient Medical Home Update

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 Incubator
  2. Networks for Oceanside
  3. Physician/Practitioner Supports that focus on the PMH attributes

Work is ongoing with Qualicum Beach Associates as our clinic incubator. Dr. Biglow has identified four projects to carry forward as the incubator. We have brought on a data manager to begin the data work in the clinic. We are also in the process of applying for early PCN funds to bring on a Nurse in Practice before the bigger PCN funding comes through.
Our 2 main Networks, (MOA and Palliative Network) will be meeting in March with great attendance for both networks. We have partnered with the PSP/RSP Coordinators, Suzanne Beyrodt-Blyt and Erin Lutz moving forward with support in our PMH plan.
Cultural Safety and Humility Training was a great success in February. We look forward to more engagement and relationship building with our First Nation partners.

Primary Care Network Update

Laura Cross is pleased to be the new Project Manager for the Primary Care Network (PCN) as of February 18, 2019.  The first PCN project goal is to submit by June 3, 2019 a Service Plan proposal to the Ministry of Health.  This proposal will outline Oceanside’s current community needs and gaps in health care services along with recommendations for service redesign.  The focus is on improving attachment, access to care, and creating an integrated team-based system of care.  

The first PCN Working Group meeting began on March 11th and this team is accountable to the PCN Steering Committee.  Laura is organizing several face-to-face meetings with healthcare providers and leaders who are closely linked or impacted with this work to get their perspective and input.  Examples of engagement activities on the horizon are meetings with: GPs and NPs at their clinics, Qualicum and Snaw-Naw-As First Nations communities, OHC physicians, specialists, and various Island Health clinical community team members over the next 2 months. 

For more information, contact Laura Cross at: or cell: 604-723-0797

Funding Opportunities for Rural Physicians

RCCbc is now accepting applications for our next round of rural physician research grants, rural physician leadership bursaries, and for the rural global health partnership initiative. The next deadline is April 30, 2019.  Below are summaries of the opportunities.

Application forms and more information here

Rural Physician Research Grants
The Rural Physician Research Support Project aims to empower rural physician researchers – or new aspiring researchers – to pursue innovative rural research and knowledge translation projects contributing to advancing rural health in BC. Through this project, rural physician researchers will be able to apply for research grants of up to $10,000 per year to support research activities. To be eligible, applicants must be a BC physician with experience practicing rural medicine and with demonstrable extensive connections to rural communities. The research must be pertaining to health in rural BC.

To apply for this opportunity, please download the application form and submit it to The deadline for the next round of submissions is April 30, 2019.

The Rural Physician Research Support Project is run by the Rural Coordination Centre of BC and supported by the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues. For more information about this opportunity contact Adrienne Peltonen at Visit our website for more information about the Rural Coordination Centre of BC.

Rural Physician Leadership Bursaries
The purpose of the Rural Leadership Development Project is to increase opportunities for rural physicians to pursue leadership training and develop the skills and abilities to help bring system improvements that will benefit BC’s rural populations. In addition to access to a formalized leadership program, participants will be offered a mentoring opportunity with a rural leader through UBC Rural CPD’S Rural Physician Mentoring Program. As well, during the course of the training participants will be encouraged to participate as a guest (when invited) in two meetings of groups providing leadership in rural BC (e.g. Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues, Rural Coordination Centre of BC Core, Doctor of BC’s Rural Issues Committee etc.).

The Rural Leadership Development Project allows rural physicians to access bursaries of up to $15,000 per year to support their participation in leadership training. To be eligible, applicants must have been working in an RSA Community for at least nine months of the past year and have health authority and community support for the training. The next application deadline is April 30, 2019.

For more information, please visit the RCCbc website or contact Hillary Kovach at the Rural Education Action Plan at 604-827-1504 or

Rural Global Health Partnership Initiative
The Rural Global Health Partnership Initiative (RGHPI) is a new program providing funding to support partnerships between rural BC physicians or medical trainees committed to rural service, and lower resource communities in BC, Canada, and in developing countries. The goals of this initiative are to enhance capacity for generalism in rural BC; to foster reciprocal learning in diverse health systems and community contexts; and to demonstrate how global health (local and international) community partnerships can heighten awareness, create innovative solutions to address healthcare challenges, and lead to improved health outcomes, especially for underserved, marginalized, and indigenous populations.

Through this initiative, rural BC physicians and medical trainees (residents and medical students) with a demonstrated interest in rural medicine and global health can apply for funding to support global health partnership projects. Applicants may apply for grant categories up to $5000 and $10,000. To apply for this opportunity, please download the application forms and submit them to The application deadline is April 30, 2019.

The Rural Global Health Partnership Initiative is run by the Rural Coordination Centre of BC and supported by the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues. For more information contact Adrienne Peltonen at

Adrienne Peltonen
Research & Evaluation Coordinator
Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc)
t: 604-738-8222     |     toll-free: 1-877-908-8222     |     f: 604-738-8218

See the CFPC’s new PMH Provincial Report Card

The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), in partnership with its provincial Chapters, is pleased to release The Patient’s Medical Home—Provincial Report Card 2019.

The Patient’s Medical Home (PMH) is the CFPC’s vision for the future of family practice in Canada. This report summarizes and grades the development of each of the 10 current PMH pillars in each of Canada’s 10 provinces. The grades reflect the performance of the provincial government and health system on a simple scale: green for strong leadership, yellow for some activity or stated intent to act, and red for no action taken or immediate action needed.

Since the PMH vision was launched in 2011 progress has been made across the country—the provinces that have well-structured, long-term health care system reforms in place are performing the best. All provinces have shown progress in adopting the team-based, patient-centred, continuous, comprehensive, and accessible vision for primary care espoused by the PMH, but all also have the opportunity to do more.

Implementing the PMH is crucial to the ongoing development of Canada’s provincial health care delivery systems to meet the evolving needs of patients, families, and communities. This report is an opportunity to celebrate success while also galvanizing the reforms that are under way across many parts of the country.

This report also allows for taking stock of where each province stands ahead of the CFPC’s upcoming launch of the updated PMH vision in February 2019. The new vision accommodates changes in the health care environment since the release of the original, to keep the vision relevant. This report card and the new vision together provide a baseline and a road map for continued success of the PMH across Canada in the future.


Francine Lemire, MD CM, CCFP, FCFP, CAE
Executive Director and CEO
College of Family Physicians of Canada

BC Obesity Summit Conference

Apr 6 (Sat) | Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue | Vancouver BC

Target audience: Family physicians, surgeons, registered dietitians, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, midwives, residents, others with an interest in caring for the obese patient
Up to 6.25 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1


  • Keynote: Bariatric Surgery - Learning from the Past to Shape the Future Dr. Alfons Pomp
  • Ask the Expert! Complex case discussions with leaders in the field
  • Social Event: Reception to network with colleagues and conference delegates after the sessions

Information & Registration
Course Content

UBC CPD webinar for family physicians on ICBC changes

Saying Goodbye to the CL19: Supporting Care and Recovery of People Involved in MVAs

Apr 3 or Apr 9 (Wed or Tue) | 1900-2000 PDT | Online Webinar with Q&A
Target audience: BC family physicians & specialists who support patients involved in MVAs
Up to 1.0 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1
Cost: Free
Register here.

Fostering Resilience for Health Professionals

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.

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.

Click here for more information.

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.

Upcoming Self Management Workshops

Click here to find out what’s coming up on Vancouver Island.

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.

Chronic Conditions Self-Management Program:
Day: Mondays
Date: 2019/04/01 - 2019/05/13
Time: 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Language: English
Region: Vancouver Island
Location: Vancouver Island Regional Library, North Nanaimo
6250 Hammond Bay Road
Nanaimo, V9R 5N3

Special Instructions:
No Session on April 22nd, 2018 due to the Easter Monday holiday

About the workshop.
An Information Handout
A Flyer for Health Professionals

There is no cost to attend this 6-session program or for the excellent “Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Conditions” reference book participants receive.

Interested participants can register by calling our office: 1-866-902-3767 (TOLL-FREE) or by visiting our website.

3rd Annual National Conference in Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD 2019)

For more information and to Register please click here.

Date: Fri-Sat May 31-Jun 1, 2019
Location: Marriott Pinnacle Vancouver Downtown Hotel, Vancouver BC
Target audiences:
Family Physicians (who is the assessor/provider of MAiD), specialists, lawyers, policy makers, nurses, nurse practitioners, residents and medical students
Credits: Up to 12.25 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits
Highlights: Building upon the tremendous success of the 2nd annual national conference in Ottawa, the Canadian Association of MAiD Assessors and Providers (CAMAP) will be hosting MAiD 2019 in Vancouver, BC.

  • 4 optional pre-conference courses will be offered on Thursday May 30th - Intro to MAiD, Care Coordination Workshop, Simulated "Hands-on" Maid Procedural Experience and Research Forum
  • Post Conference workshop on Sun Jun 2: LEAP (Learning Essential Approach to Palliative Care - Adapted for MAID assessors/providers)

·         Welcome reception on Fri May 31

The 4th Annual UBC Heart Failure Symposium

DATE:  Jun 7-8 (Fri evening & Sat)
LOCATION:  Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre | Vancouver BC
TARGET AUDIENCE: family physicians, internists, hospitalists, cardiologists, allied health professionals, residents & students
Up to 8.5 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1

For more Information & to Register please click here.
For Course content please click here.  

 - Recognize different perspectives on current hot topics through 3 debates:

  • Should Digoxin be used for AF Patients with HF
  • Should Every HF Patient be referred to HF Clinic?
  • Should Cardiologist Manage Diabetes in HF Patients?

 - Connect with your colleagues and enjoy dinner on the Friday evening
 - Choose from 6 workshops to tailor your own learning needs

~Workshop space is limited so register early to secure your choices!

Accommodation for the Heart Failure Symposium
The Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
1088 Burrard Street, Vancouver BC V6Z 2R9

Take advantage of the conference rate starting at $339.00 CDN/night. Quote “UBC 2019 HF Symposium” to obtain the conference rate. Reservations must be made by May 7, 2019 as rooms will not be held beyond this date, except on a space available basis.
Book online here.

Standard Out-Patient Laboratory Requisition Update

The British Columbia Ministry of Health has approved an updated Standard Outpatient Laboratory Requisition (SOPLR) in accordance with the Laboratory Services Act record of Decision # LSA2018-015.  This updated requisition replaces the previously approved Standard Outpatient Laboratory Requisition (HLTH 1901 2015/07/15).

To view, print or download form please click here.

Island Health Quality Showcase 2019

The Showcase will provide a platform to celebrate all of those who embark on quality improvement journeys, collaborate with multiple partners in and around the Health Authority and to inspire all who strive for excellent health and care for everyone, everywhere, every time.

For more information & to register, plese click here.

Practice Survival Skills: What I Wish I Knew in My First Years of Practice

DATE:  Jun 15, 2019 (Sat)
NEW LOCATION: The AMS Nest, UBC Main Campus. Vancouver BC
TARGET AUDIENCE:  Family physicians, specialty physicians, locums, IMGs, physicians new to BC, family practice & specialty residents, physicians working in episodic care settings
Up to 7.25 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits

For more Information & to Register please click here

*The resident rate has been partially subsidized by the UBC Post Graduate Education Office. The first 75 residents to register will receive the resident rates. Once this limit has been reached, residents must pay the full physician rate. Proof of resident status (hospital ID, letter from your supervisor) must be provided on-site.

Now in its 12th year, PSS attracts primary care physicians from across North America. This conference provides attendees with unique clinical, legal, technological, and financial content. The afternoon sessions are all interactive workshops. Join us in the afternoon for an extended break with a Job Fair and Reception to network with colleagues and make career connections!

Highlighted Topics:

  • Family Practice and On-Call/Hospital Billing
  • Rural Incentives
  • Medico-Legal Risks and Obligations of New Grads and Locums
  • Preparing for an MSP Audit
  • Are You Ever Not a Doctor? Pitfalls of Digital Communication
  • Medico-Legal Report Writing with a Doctor and a Lawyer
  • Fill-Bill-Code: The Top 10 Billing Forms You Will Encounter
  • Incorporation
  • FP Locums
  • How to Choose the Perfect Practice & How to Find a Job for Specialists
  • Financial Planning for a New Grad
  • Obtaining Licensing, Credentialing, MSP#s, Referrals

What past participants have said about the conference:

  • Helpful presentations for a resident graduating in 2 weeks
  • Excellent material and topics for those just starting out in their careers
  • Lots of relevant info for transition into practice
  • Excellent set of topics!
  • Thanks for organizing. Great CME.
  • Great new information and re-evaluation of existing information
  • Very good overall

Report from the Medical Health Officer

Report for the Quality Council, as well as any documents referenced in the report.

MHO Report to Quality Council here.

Supporting Documents:

UBC CPD - Upcoming Online Events

BC Virtual Health Grand Rounds
Who Should Attend:
Family physicians, specialists and all other healthcare providers
Summary & Format:
This quarterly provincial electronic round brings together health care providers, Information Management /Information Technology (IM/IT) colleagues, health administrators, health policy makers,  and academics to jointly explore transformative, technology-enabled healthcare delivery case examples to support patient-centred care. These online rounds aspire to stimulate thoughtful discussion around the clinical cases presented so as to optimize mutual learning, better understand enablers and barriers to adoption, enhance relationships and ultimately normalize the daily use of safe and effective technology in healthcare throughout BC.
Accreditation: 1.0 Mainpro+
Date: Friday, April 26, 2019
Time: 08:00-09:00 PDT
Course Information & Registration click here
Contact:  Senior Program Assistant Hadas Haft,

Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: How Concerned Should We Be and What to Do Beyond Recommending Weight Loss?
Who Should Attend:
All physicians and healthcare professionals
Webinar Summary & Format:
This free 1.0-hour webinar is part of an exciting new webinar series where hot & current topics will be presented online to view from the comfort of your own home or office. Our fourth presenter in the series is Dr. Vladimir Marquez on Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease: How concerned should we be and what to do beyond recommending weight loss?

  • Risk of cirrhosis posed by fatty liver disease 
  • Effect of weight loss, physical activity, vitamin E, and other treatment modalities
  • Fibroscan
  • Referals to hepatologist

Accreditation: 1.0 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits
Date: Tue May 28, 2019
Time: 19:00-20:00 PDT
Speaker: Dr. Vladimir Marquez
Course Information & Registration click here.
Contact: Senior Program Assistant Hadas Haft,

SAVE THE DATE: October 4-5, 2019 in Vancouver, BC, Canada

This conference will mark the 25th year anniversary of the Therapeutics Initiative,
founded in 1994.

Friday, October 4:     Practical Pearls in Interpreting Evidence

Saturday, October 5: Bringing Best Evidence to Clinicians: up-to-date, practical information on                                              prescription drug therapy

Jamie Falk, PharmD
Joanna Moncrieff, MD

Friday: $75
Physician: $299
Pharmacist: $249
Allied Health: $159
Resident/Student/Public: $59

For more information please click here.

2019 Cycle of Life Tour

The 2019 Cycle of Life Tour will take 125 riders on an unforgettable cycle touring experience through the beautiful Saanich Inlet, Cowichan Valley and Salt Spring Island. Cyclists will pedal nearly 200km of smooth country road to raise critical funds for patients and families in need of compassionate end-of-life care.

Supporting our Oceanside Hospice Wheelers Team  here would be a great help in our fund raising.

Last year our team raised $18,500.00 for Hospice in Oceanside.

Jim Dimmick MD (retired) & the Oceanside Hospice Wheelers 

For more information please click here.

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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