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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. PMH, Shared Care, Maternity Care, First Nations Engagement
  2. Oceanside PCN Update
  3. PSP Services Questionnaire
  4. A Note From OHC
  5. Rehabilitation Services for Central Island (Island Health)
  6. Invitation to the Virtual BC Rural Health Conference 2021
  7. 18th Annual Pediatric Emergency Medicine Update (Fri May 14, 2021)
  8. Training opportunity with Trans Care BC
  9. Clearview Detox referral updates
  10. Canadian Medical Association Health Summit - Please come!
  11. TI Methods Speaker Series
  12. UVic - Self-Management BC Programs
  13. Oceanside Hospice Society
  14. Divisions in the News

PMH, Shared Care, Maternity Care, First Nations Engagement

Shared Care, Psychiatry:
Follow up with psychiatry shared care: Tina Biello has connected with interested GPs and clinics with a schedule for sessions with Dr. Saffy. These sessions started last week of January and are going well. Dr. Saffy’s schedule is full now. However, if anyone is interested in Oceanside who hasn’t been scheduled, please get in touch.

Maternity Care:
Maternity network in Port Alberni is moving ahead with an in-service for all maternity providers, including GPs, specialists and community providers. This is scheduled for April 22, 6-8 pm. Topic: perinatal psychiatry and mental health.

Nurse in Practice:
Murray Coughtrey has been working with Dr. Biglow, Dr.El Karsh and Dr. Duncan 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.

First Nations:
First Nation engagement sessions are being offered in collaboration with RCCBC, Nuuchahnulth First Nations and Central Island Division. Each session will have 3 elders from Nuuchahnulth territories and 3-5 doctors (GPs and specialists) and NPs.
Sessions are kept small to ensure dialogue and relationship building can be facilitated. Sessionals will be paid and it is highly recommended for all providers in Port Alberni to attend in the spirit of reconciliation and the work we are about to embark on with the Primary Care Network in Port Alberni.
8 sessions starting March 31 and running biweekly until June 30. Next one is April 28. Please contact Tina Biello for more information.

Nuu-chah-nulth tribal council (NTC) nursing department have developed a referral form process for those GPs in Port Alberni who might have NTC patients that need follow up from their nursing staff. For more information, contact Tina Biello.

Oceanside PCN Update

The PCN Steering Committee and the Division staff continue the work of operationalizing the PCN Service Plan and are excited to share this month’s updates.

Primary Care Clinical Pharmacist (PCCP) starts this month!
We are very excited to share that Corey Jefferies, our new PCN clinical pharmacist starts in his new role on Monday April 26th. We have been busy meeting with several clinics to get ready to have them work with Corey as part of their care teams. Corey comes to us from Alberta where he worked in a PCN there and we are looking forward to having him join the PCN and support Oceanside provders.
After a period of orientation with UBC and Island Health he will start seeing patients. Besides working as part of specific clinic care teams, there will be a general referral form that Oceasnide providers can use if they wish to have paitents see Corey. More information on this process and a detailed introduction to Corey will be sent out in the next few weeks.
In the meantime if you have any questions or wish to know more about the clinical pharmacist role, please contact us at:

Next up for the PCN – Hiring two Registered Nurses to support Oceanside practices
This PCN role is being implemented in the coming months and we are now meeting with interested clinics to discuss how this could help improve access to care and streamline the work of clinics/providers.
As a reminder of how this role could help your practice, and how it will be launched – please see the slided presented by Dr Mark Morris at a previous PCN engagement session (click here for slides). 
More information will be shared soon.  In the meantime if you have any questions or wish to know more about the registered nurse role in the PCN, please contact us at:

PSP Services Questionnaire

The Practice Support Program (PSP) supports full-service family practices. Our customized and adaptable services include the following:

• Coaching and Mentoring
• Data tools and supports
• CME Accredited Learning Opportunities
• Sessional Compensation/CME Credit for Quality Improvement Initiatives

We are currently developing new educational content, while augmenting existing materials, in order to better support providers and their practices.
Please click here for the questionnaire. 

Questions? Contact Suzanne Beyrodt-Blyt at

A Note From OHC

Just a quick reminder that those of us working at OHC - UC love to get a pre-arrival call about any patients you or your office might be sending in for a consultation.  This allows us to fully understand the concerns or questions you have as it is not always clear from the messages the patients or family might pass along.  Our goal is to be of assistance in the episodic care needs of your patients and we have found this direct communication the best to ensure we don’t miss anything important.  We electronically record this so it doesn't go missing and so it doesn’t matter which UC physician ends up seeing the patient - the information is there.  It does take a little more time for us both, but in the end we have found this provides the best care possible.  Thanks

Best Regards,
Dr. Drew Digney

Rehabilitation Services for Central Island (Island Health)

March 25, 2021

Dear Primary Care Providers:

Re: Rehabilitation Services for Central Island (Island Health)

There is an ever-growing number of rehabilitation clinician vacancies in the Central Island communities, which include Nanaimo, Oceanside, and Port Alberni. We are seeing both an occupational therapist and physiotherapist shortage in both regular positions and temporary vacancies in acute care and community health services. There is a national shortage that is impacting recruitment, plus new graduates appear to be staying closer to home when finishing their programs and not branching out as we have seen in the past.

Island Health leaders are working on a recruitment strategy that includes: a marketing campaign, an expression of interest that covers all the vacancies in an effort to find the right fit and be creative in meeting the needs of clinicians interested in coming to our area. This includes videos promoting Island life, creating a combination of full-time/part-time positions, extended workdays, shortened work weeks, combinations of working in acute and community, and a regional mentorship program. We are attempting to find innovative ways to attract therapists to Vancouver Island, namely Central Island.

A review is being done as a region on how to mitigate waitlists so that we can continue to meet the needs of our clients during this time. Priority setting, case load reviews, triaging, alternate providers, and seating clinics are just some of the options.

We thank you for your patience during this time. We will inform you of any future service changes as they arise.


Joanna Salken
Director, Nanaimo CHS/Oceanside Health Centre Island Health

Invitation to the Virtual BC Rural Health Conference 2021

May 29 & 30, 2021

Join the Rural Coordination Centre of BC for this dynamic and unique Rural Medicine conference designed, especially, for rural health practitioners.

This event is more than just CME; it's about connecting rurally-based colleagues and fostering community and collaboration.

Register by March 29 to save your spot (and some money)!

See program
Register now

18th Annual Pediatric Emergency Medicine Update (Fri May 14, 2021)

18th Annual Pediatric Emergency Medicine Update
May 14 (Fri) | 0800–1500 PST 
Target audience: pediatricians, emergency physicians, family physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, allied health professionals, residents & students
Up to 7.50 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits


Overview: The Division of Emergency Medicine at BC Children’s Hospital and UBC Continuing Professional Development presents the 18th Annual Pediatric Emergency Medicine Update for Pediatricians and Emergency Physicians.  This virtual conference highlights the latest trends in the practice of pediatric emergency medicine in urban and rural settings.  Check out the agenda below! 
0800      Opening Remarks, Introduction & Housekeeping         
0815      Cliffhanger: 2020 Pediatric Resuscitation Guidelines |Dr. Melissa Chan
0900      Ex Machina: Pitfalls in Mechanical Ventilation of  Children in the ER | Dr. Fiona Muttalib
0945      15-Min Quick Break
1000      Parasite: Latest in Management of Gastroenteritis| Dr. Stephen Freedman
1045      La Dolce Vita: Analgesia and Sedation in the Agitated Child | Dr. Samina Ali
1130      Twister: Appendicitis and Testicular Torsion Pathways | Dr. Vikram Sabhaney
1200      The Thing: MIS-C | Dr. Srinivas Murthy
1230      The Breakfast Club: Recognition and Stabilization of Children with Eating Disorder in the ER | Dr. Tara Tandan
1300      Lunch Break
1330      Back to the Future: Practice-Altering Articles | Dr. Ran Goldman
1415      Unbreakable: Latest on Pediatric Trauma | Dr. Genevieve Ernst
1500      15-Min Quick Break
1515      Beauty and the Beast: Commonly Misdiagnosed Rashes | Dr. Joseph Lam
1600      Mission Impossible - Part IV: Vascular Access in Children | Mr. Andrew Ally
1645      Take-Home Points & Closing Remarks       
1700      Conference Ends
*Subject to Change

Training opportunity with Trans Care BC

Registration is now open for Trans Care BC’s next ‘Advanced gender-affirming primary care’ training. The training will be ran over three sessions. Each session will focus on a different area of gender affirming care; care planning for gender-affirming interventions (readiness assessments), gender-affirming hormone therapy and gender-affirming surgery.

Further information can be found on our website. These trainings are aimed at physicians and nurses looking to provide gender affirming primary care. Before attending the course we advise folks to complete our free online modules Intro to gender diversity - expanded and Gender-Affirming Primary Care. Information on how to register is also available on our website. There is no fee associated with this course.

We have set dates but if these do not suit please keep an eye on our website as we will be adding more dates in the future.

If you have any questions please contact

Clearview Detox referral updates

Clearview Detox welcomes people with mental and physical health challenges regardless of race, religion, culture, or sexual orientation. We strive to provide exceptional care and treat all individuals with dignity, compassion and respect.

The 12 bed medically supported facility serves the following regions; Cowichan Valley, Nanaimo, Parksville, Courtenay/Comox, Port Alberni, Campbell River and Tofino/Ucluelet.
For more information - click HERE.

Physician Referral Form - click HERE
Clearview Detox Referral, Waitlist, and Bed Booking Procedure - click HERE

Canadian Medical Association Health Summit - Please come!

Registration open for 2021 CMA Health Summit Series
After a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Canadian Medical Association’s Health Summit is returning with a series of three virtual, interactive sessions exploring what’s needed to rebuild health, the health care system and the medical profession.

Three virtual events:
May 18, June 17 & Aug. 22, 2021

Our Website: click HERE
Register for session one  HERE

Each individual, 2.5-hour online session will feature a keynote, panel discussion and Q&A with health advocates, people with lived experience and physicians, as well as breakout sessions for all participants to discuss and debate what is needed to achieve: 

  • A health system that is sustainable, more accessible and patient partnered
  • A society where every individual has equal opportunities to be healthy
  • A new medical culture focused on physical and mental well-being, and one that embraces equity and diversity

May 18th, 2021 - The first session of the Health Summit Series will focus on: Canada’s Universal Health Care System – Myth or Reality? Keynote speakers Dr. Danielle Martin and Dr. Nadine Caron will explore the gaps COVID-19 has exposed in Canada’s health care system, followed by a panel discussion with The Globe and Mail health columnist André Picard and patient advocate Sudi Barre on universal health care and how to ensure a more equitable system moving forward.

Participation from people with lived experience (e.g., patients and informal caregivers) is important to us and we have reserved spots at the event for you.
Registration is free but spaces are limited. Learn more and register today.

Discussions from the Health Summit will inform future CMA work. Come be part of the conversation. The time is now to start building a better future of health.
This conference is Patients IncludedTM certified.

TI Methods Speaker Series

The PRISMA 2020 Statement

WHEN: Wednesday, April 28th, 2021 from 2:00 to 3:00 PM
WHERE: Offered online using Zoom. You must register in order to receive the Zoom connection details.
TITLE: The PRISMA 2020 statement: an updated guideline for reporting systematic reviews
SPEAKER: Dr. Matthew Page, Senior Research Fellow in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
Registration Link: click here


ActionADE: Assessing the Impact of Information Continuity on Health Outcomes

DATE: Wednesday, May 12, 2021
TIME: 12:00 – 13:00 Pacific Daylight Time PDT
CME CREDITS: MainPro+/MOC Section 1 credits: 1.0. You must register, attend the webinar and complete the evaluation in order to receive your certificate
Registration Link: click here

UVic - Self-Management BC Programs

Supported through the Ministry of Health’s Patients as Partners Initiative, Self-Management BC provides programs to support people with chronic conditions learn tools, tips and strategies to live a healthy life.

Please click here to view our programs.

We are delighted to let you know that programs for people living with diabetes, chronic pain and chronic conditions are available in these formats:

  • Small Group Conference – max 4 persons over teleconference or computer audio -  workshops run 30-45 minutes once per week for 6 weeks
  • Independent – a one time-mailing of a kit – with guide book for the independent, self-starter
  • Online - Chronic Conditions Online program - 6 weeks, long on at own convenience with new topics posted each week.
  • One-to-One – the Health Coach Program – one-to-one peer support by way of a telephone call for 30 minutes, once per week for 3 months

Please click here for more information.

For more details about any of the above, please call us 604-940-1273 or TF: 1-866-902-3767 or visit our website

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

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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