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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. Programs Update
  2. PMH, Shared Care, First Nations Engagement May 2021
  3. PCN Update
  4. Health Data Coalition: Register for June's accredited webinar on Respiratory Disease
  5. May 29 Canadian Family Doctor Sessions
  6. Multidisciplinary Programs for Veterans and RCMP
  7. Barriers to Better Care - Chronic Pain UBCO Research Study
  8. Therapeutics Initiative
  9. Upcoming UVic Self-Management Programs- REGISTRATION OPEN!
  10. Oceanside Hospice Society
  11. Divisions in the News

Programs Update

MOA Training Opportunity
On Saturday, June 5th, the Central Island Division of Family Practice is sending up to 20 MOAs from Central Island clinics to learn about situational awareness and verbal de-escalation online with the Michener Institute through our MOA Network.  Training of this type has been requested from our MOAs, as they increasingly find themselves having to deal with some difficult and escalating situations in thier clinic environments.  If your MOA has not registered, we can still fit a few more!  Have MOAs RSVP to Sharon Todd at to attend. 

Port Alberni Primary Care Network Member Meeting
We will be meeting on June 1st at 5:30PM via Zoom to discuss next steps in this summer's service planning process for the Port Alberni PCN.  At this meeting, we will be discussing the role of the care provider lead/s for the PCN, identifying the primary areas of concern for care providers, and identifying care provider leads that are interested in carrying out this work.   If you wish to attend, please RSVP to the meeting invite or directly to Sharon Todd at

PMH, Shared Care, First Nations Engagement May 2021

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.

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.
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 ones are:
June 2, June 17 and June 30.
Please contact Tina Biello for more info and to register.

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.

Our new Primary Care Clinical Pharmacist (PCCP) is here and has started seeing patients
We are very excited to share that Corey Jefferies, our new PCN clinical pharmacist has started in his new role. As part of the PCN service plan model, Corey is working with several clinics in the Oceanside area on set days when those clinics can book patients to see him. Corey has strong admisitrative support from UBC Pharmacists Clinic while serving the needs of patient with complex conditions here in Oceanside. He is currently working with 4 clinics supporting 9 providers. He also has time blocks set aside to see patients referred through this Oceanside PCN Clinical Pharmacist Referral Form. Referrals submitted through this secure route will be received by Corey’s MOA and booked on a first come/first serve basis.

For providers outside of the Oceanside region – the UBC Pharmacists Clinic accepts referrals from all over BC to their team of clinical pharmacists. Click here for that referral form

We will be introducing Corey and talking about the work he does at an engagement session on June 7th from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.

The session will explain the PCN clinical pharmacist and how we are managing this in Oceanside and discuss the types of patients who can benefit most from time with Corey focussed on medication management and related strategies. Please look out for further details and an invitation to this session – coming soon to you via e-mail from the Division of Family Practice.

In the meantime if you have any questions or wish to know more about the clinical pharmacist role, please contact us at:

PCN Link Clinician – Registered Nurse. We are now accepting Expressions of Interest
This key role within the PCN service model is being hired for and implemented in the coming weeks. We want to here from all clinics who are interested in this service/model that has been show to improve access to care and to streamline the work of clinics/providers. We are hosting an engagement session on June 7th from 5:30pm to 7:00pm. This session will talk about the roles and the process to move ahead and select and place these RNs into clinics in Oceanside. More information will be shared soon. 

Every clinic who wishes to be considered for this PCN role/team member support must submit this short RN Expression of Interest form so that we can plan and allocate the initial two RNs in the most fair and equitable way. A futher two RNs will be also be hired into the PCN next year.
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:

Health Data Coalition: Register for June's accredited webinar on Respiratory Disease

June Interactive Webinar: Respiratory Disease
The use of data to assist in proactive care of populations at risk

These programs are designed to help increase understanding of the practical clinical use of the HDC Discover application. Each of our webinars focus on a different disease area or clinical problem, and can also serve as a ‘primer’ for participation in PSP practice improvement activities.

For our June session we are offering two additional dates on respiratory diseases. Miss your last chance to attend? Register below!

SPEAKERS: Dr. Bruce Hobson & Dr. Bill Clifford
LOCATION: Virtual meeting via Zoom
CREDIT: 1 MAINPRO+ Group Learning Credit

  • To understand how to utilize HDC Discover in a clinical case-based quality improvement project within your practice.
  • To be able to interpret your own practice patterns, for instance in COPD and Asthma, and relate to your peers and provincial trends.
  • To be able to undertake QI projects either with PSP (supported by a PSP coach, mentor), or independently using a tool such as HDC Discover.

Two sessions available:
June 23rd 12:00 - 1:00 pm: OR
June 24th 12:00 - 1:00 pm

Register online via the buttons below.

Register for June 23rd
Register for June 24

May 29 Canadian Family Doctor Sessions

Please join us for this virtual one-day Breast Imaging conference.

Registration is NOW open for the one-day annual conference “Hot Topics in Breast Imaging” on May 29, 2021, hosted by the Canadian Society of Breast Imaging.

Registration: click here or follow the link below.

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Dr. Paula Gordon: Breast Density: Are we doing enough?
Learner outcomes: At the end of this presentations, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the risks associated with dense breasts
  • Recognise the benefits of supplemental screening for women with dense breasts
  • Recognise how different provinces are dealing with breast density

13:35 - 14:05
Dr. Paula Gordon: What family doctors need to know about dense breasts.
Learner outcomes: At the end of this presentations, participants will be able to:

  • Recognise the definition of dense breasts
  • Identify the risks associated with dense breasts, why women should be informed if they have dense breasts
  • Recognise the benefits of supplemental screening for women with dense breasts, and what other options they have

14:05 - 14:35
Dr. Derek Muradali: What should you do when your patient gets called back?
Learner outcomes: At the end of this presentations, participants will be able to:

  • describe mammography metrics including abnormal recall rates, cancer detection rates and positive predictive values
  • discuss various terminologies used to describe abnormal mammography recalls
  • discuss the influence of science in determining terminologies when referring to abnormal screening or diagnostic mammograms

14:35 - 15:05
Dr. Jean Seely: Who is a high-risk patient?
Learner outcomes: At the end of this presentations, participants will be able to:

  • Identify important risk factors for breast cancer, including breast tissue density, age, race and ethnic origin, and family history.
  • Calculate a patient’s lifetime risk for breast cancer
  • Identify evidence in support of increased screening regimens for women at high risk for breast cancer

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Executive Director
Dense Breasts Canada
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Multidisciplinary Programs for Veterans and RCMP

Integrated Rehab and Performance Ltd is proud to offer our Reintegration program which is a Veteran Only Physiotherapy Led Exercise Program. This is a program geared towards veterans who need support with their physical well-being, but do not need an extensive multidisciplinary pain program. It is ideal for those who experience functional limitations due to orthopedic pain, but have the minimum levels of movement competency so that they are starting to think about developing an active lifestyle.
It serves to accomplish three goals:

  1. Improve overall physical function via manual therapy, exercise and education
  2. equip participants with the tools they need to maintain the results they already have for the long term; and
  3. develop confidence for autonomous practice of learned skills.

Please click here for information.

Please click here for the referral form.

Barriers to Better Care - Chronic Pain UBCO Research Study

Research Study
We are recruiting physicians to participate in a research study assessing current barriers in the care of chronic pain in BC. Research suggests e-health technology can play an essential role in the assessment and management of chronic pain. However, the design and integration of such technology should be done to ensure usefulness and usability for providers.

The purpose of this study is to assess your perceived barriers in the care of chronic pain, with a specific focus on the use of e-health technology in your practice. Findings will be used to gain insight into the present needs and priorities of healthcare providers in the management of chronic pain, optimizing the development of e-health technology that may contribute to enhanced pain care.

What am I being asked to do?
You will be asked to complete an online questionnaire that includes questions about your background, practice, and experiences in chronic pain management.

How long will it take?
The virtual questionnaire is ~10-15 minutes long.

Will I be paid for participating?
You will receive an honorarium of $40 or you may choose to donate the $40 to one of four charities that support people with pain.

Participate or Learn More

Therapeutics Initiative

Our mission is to provide physicians, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, allied health professionals, and the public with up-to-date, independent, evidence-based, practical information on healthcare interventions. Read more

June 23 Webinar:
TI Best Evidence Webinar: Rational Treatment of Skin and Soft Tissue Infections (SSTIs)

We are pleased to inform you that issue #129 of the Therapeutics Letter [January - February 2021] has now been posted on our website:
Mirtazapine: Update on efficacy, safety, dose response

Upcoming UVic Self-Management Programs- REGISTRATION OPEN!

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.

Click here to visit our website.

Chronic Conditions Self-Management Program
Chronic Pain Self-Management Program
Cancer: Thriving and Surviving Sel-Management Program
Diabetes Self-Management Program
Upcoming Workshops

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.

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