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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. Replacement of Oceanside PAM
  2. PMH, Shared Care, Maternity Care, First Nations Engagement
  3. Oceanside PCN Update
  4. Changes to Infrastructure funding for all Divisions
  5. Primary Care Update -COVID 19 (March 17, 2021)
  6. Patient Attachment Mechanisms - End of Service
  7. Rural Physician Grant Opportunities
  8. Revisions to New GPSC grant supports
  9. PCCAF Island Alternate Vacancy
  10. BC Rural Health Conference 2021 - Virtually Hosted by RCCbc
  11. Network of Rural Divisions - MBSR Spring opportunity, upcoming meeting dates
  12. Virtual CBT Skills Group Medical Visits Available!
  13. REAP's Rural Leadership Development Program
  14. BC Renal Agency CME for Primary Care
  15. Upcoming TI Events April
  16. Register for April's accredited webinar on Respiratory Disease
  17. TEC Vancouver 2021 - Technologies in Emergency Care
  18. Addiction Medicine Education Opportunities Mar 22 - Apr2, 2021
  19. UVic - Self-Management BC Programs
  20. Oceanside Hospice Society
  21. Divisions in the News

Replacement of Oceanside PAM

The existing PAM is being replaced by the Ministry of Health patient waitlist tool, the Health Connect Registry.  This service will connect into their 8-1-1 resources, meaning patients can call 811, check on their status, and get advice on alternate paths to care as they wait, as well as meet all privacy requirements.  All patients that give consent from the existing waitlist will be migrated to the new tool, without losing their place on the list.  New patients will be able to sign up via the website or by calling 811. 

This change was effective on Thursday, March 18th.  Signage and business cards will be delivered to all point of care practices and facilities starting Monday, March 22nd. Any questions from care providers on this new service may be directed to Sharon Todd at

PMH, Shared Care, Maternity Care, First Nations Engagement

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.

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. Details to come. Topic: perinatal psychiatry and mental health.

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. 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.

Could you and your patients benefit from having a Registered Nurse supporting your practice?
As we continue to implement the roles outlined in the Oceanside service plan we are moving to hire and place nurses that will work with providers as part of their care teams to increase capacity and deliver high quality team-based care. As a reminder of how this role can help your practice, and how it will be launched – please see the slide presented by Dr Mark Morris at a previous PCN engagement session (click here for slides)

This PCN role is being implemented in the coming months and we need to understand how you see this position having an impact in improving your ability to serve your patients.

Please take a few minutes to complete the following simple survey so that we can further define how best this should be implemented, supported, and assess the scope of its potential benefit to Oceanside patients. 
 Click here to complete the survey

Sharing the work of the Priority Response Team
On February 23rd, the PCN staff presented the work of the PRT to the Palliative Care Network and took the opportunity to connect members of that network with the services of the PRT. For a reminder on the goals of the PRT and please see this presentation by Dr Drew Digney (click here for slides)

As a reminder: Physicians and NPs can access the PRT by submitting the Island Health Community Health Services and Geriatric Specialty Services referral form. Other community members (family, paramedics, care homes etc.) can access the PRT by phoning Island Health’s Central Intake at: 250-739-5749

PCN Working Groups
The work of implementing the Oceanside Primary Care Network is reliant on the input and support of local care providers who provide their expertise and insights into the key actions and elements of the new services coming to the region. As a PCN team we would like to recognize and acknowledge the invaluable support from the following groups and their members:

First Nations Task Group – Providing guidance on the staffing elements and services within the Indigenous Health focussed elements in the PCN. The members are: Donna Edwards (Medical Director), Snaw-Naw-As Health Centre. Roberta Reid (Health Clerk), Qualicum First Nations. Rebecca Eggers (Nurse Practitioner), Mary Knox (Manager), Ruth Abramson (Oceanside PCN Project Manager), Island Health. Brian Claver (Board Member), Evelyn Clark (Executive Director), Tina Biello (Project Manager), Central Island Division of Family Practice.

PCN Recruitment Working Group – Provides advice and support on strategies and tactics to recruit the staffing required to deliver the PCN service plan. The members are: Liz Gilmour (Nurse Practitioner), Dr Ashraf El-Karsh (Physician), Cindy Hayden (Flowerstone Health Society board member) and Sharon Todd (Program Manager), Central Island Division of Family Practice.

PCN Implementation Working Group – Reviewing and guiding the elements required to plan and integrate new PCN staff into the local provider community. The members are:  Dr Ashraf El-Karsh (Physician), Brittany Van Viegen (Nurse Practitioner) and Kerri Atkinson (Medical Office Assistant).

Evaluation Working Group – Providing direction and support on the overall PCN evaluation plan and its implementation. The members are: Angela Randall and Stephen Reichert (Reichert & Associates). Ruth Abramson (Oceanside PCN Project Manager), Sarah Lupton (Evaluator and Project Analyst), Sherry Gill (Manager, Evaluation & Integration Strategy) with Island Health.

Changes to Infrastructure funding for all Divisions

The following changes to yearly infrastructure funding to Divisions has recently been announced by Doctors of BC and come into effect at the end of this fiscal year. Some of these changes will impact how Central Island Division functions and are marked in BOLD.

Infrastructure Funds Transfer Agreement Updates

1.  Use of Interest/Return
The Division shall use the Annual Funding and any interest/ return generated by Annual Funding, to pay infrastructure costs necessary for the ongoing operation of the Division.

The Division shall not use Annual Funding, or any interest/return generated by the Annual Funding, to pay for (ineligible expenses listed below).  NEW

2.  New JCC Rate
Division shall use the Annual Funding to compensate physicians who participate in quality and system improvement activities directed by the GPSC at the JCC Sessional rates established from time to time by the Joint Collaborative Committee.

Divisions are permitted to retroactively pay their FP members the differential for the new JCC rate using unspent funds, including Long Term Care Initiative (LTCI) funding.

That said, Divisions should not reallocate their unspent LTCI funding for any other purpose. NEW

3.  The Division shall not use Annual Funding, or any interest/return generated by the Annual Funding, to pay for:

a) programs/project support provided by another source of funding;

b) technology solutions provided through the Divisions IT infrastructure;

c) except as expressly provided herein, infrastructure costs attributable to a funding year other than the Funding Year;

d) advertising, with the exception of physician recruitment ads; NEW

e) compensation of clinical services unless otherwise stated in the respective FTA and funding guidelines;

f) purchase of new clinical equipment or tools used by physicians and/or clinicians that involve direct or indirect patient care, or patient information/data; NEW

g) donations to any entity including charities, non profit organizations and political parties;

h) purchase of alcohol;

i) purchase of gifts and prizes for meeting attendees who are receiving sessional payment. For events where meeting attendees do not receive sessional payment, purchase of gifts and prizes are capped to $25 per person to a maximum amount of $500 per year total; NEW

j) capital projects or renovations where the funding responsibility rests elsewhere;

k) medical clinical research projects;

l) physician sessional time to attend events where the primary intent is to socialize, or to cover costs related to fitness or social activities (e.g., gym memberships, ski tickets, golfing fees, yoga sessions, movie nights); Attendees who do not have a direct role in DoFP (i.e., family members) cannot have their individual expenses covered by GPSC and/or be remunerated for their participation time; NEW

m) accommodation costs for locum or medical students/resident placements; NEW

n) APPs and physicians with formal health authority leadership roles (e.g., department head, medical director, chief of staff). Physicians should consult with their health authority regarding their participation in specific Division activities to determine whether the activities are Services under their existing health authority contract. Alternatively, paid physicians and physicians in formal health authority leadership roles can only submit claims for Divisions activities if they are not already being paid for that work under their alternative payment arrangement, health authority contract, or by another party; NEW

o) sessional payments to residents and are only permitted to do so under extraordinary circumstances;

p) other potential costs or purposes as the GPSC may determine from time to time.

Primary Care Update -COVID 19 (March 17, 2021)

Please click here for the March 17th Primary Care COVID 19 Update
General updates will continue to be posted daily on the medical staff site with emailed updates continuing on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Patient Attachment Mechanisms - End of Service

Both Oceanside and Port Alberni have Patient Attachment Mechanisms to allow the Division to track and then attach unattached patients to new or existing care providers in their areas.  As part of the Primary Care Networks, these waitlists will be replaced by the upcoming Health Connect Registry, which is a provincial service provided by the Healthlink BC team.  This will wrap Healthlink or 811 services around those unattached patients, as well as provide telephone support to patients to assist them in finding care - a service we have never been able to offer!  

What this means is that effective immediately, the Port Alberni PAM will no longer accept any new patients. Those patients that had already registered are archived and may be accessed by the Division of Family Practice if there are any care providers in the area that need or would like more patients.  Please get in touch with Sharon Todd at 250-937-0611 for more information.

The Oceanside list will be migrated as part of the existing PCN to the HealthConnect Registry right away, and Division staff will be in touch regarding new signage, rack cards, business cards and other resources for you to give to patients.  If patients should access the old link to the PAM, they will be redirected to the new Health Connect Registry so there will be no gap in service.  All patients on the current Oceanside waitlist will also be migrated with their consent to the new registry in the order that they signed up, and this process will be starting within the next few weeks.  Questions? Please get in touch with Sharon Todd at 250-937-0611.

Rural Physician Grant Opportunities

The Rural Coordination Centre of BC is accepting applications for our next round of Rural Physician Research Grants and for the Rural Global Health Partnership Initiative. The next deadline is April 30, 2021.  Note that rural physicians partnering with First Nations communities on projects (either research or non-research projects) are also able to apply for the global health partnership initiative. Below are summaries of the opportunities, and more information and the application forms are available on our website

Rural Physician Research Grants
The RCCbc Rural Physician Research Grant program
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 forms from the website and submit it to The deadline for the next round of submissions is April 30, 2021.

Rural Global Health Partnership Initiative
The Rural Global Health Partnership Initiative (RGHPI) is a program which provides funding to support partnerships between rural BC physicians or medical trainees committed to rural service, and underserved 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, 2021.

Adrienne Peltonen
Project Manager
Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc)

Revisions to New GPSC grant supports

March 15, 2021

New GPSC grant supports doctors to form group family practices
The GPSC has introduced a new grant to help cover expenses incurred when family doctors join or form a new or expanded group practice. The Group Family Practice Development Grant, which provides up to $30,000 per physician, addresses feedback from family doctors that significant expenditures of closing and/or merging offices are holding them back from making the shift to forming or consolidating group practices.
Group family practice improves patient access to care, allows for more flexible scheduling, enables physicians to share the responsibilities and costs of managing their practices, facilitates physician coverage when needed, and supports physician wellness. In addition, group practices make it easier for doctors to implement team-based care, helping to broaden the clinical supports available to their patients.

How much can I claim?

Each individual family physician in the group practice can claim up to $30,000 with a maximum combined total of $200,000 per consolidated group family practice. For example, if an existing group practice of three doctors adds an additional doctor to the practice, then each of the four doctors may claim up to $30,000 in eligible expenses. The combined claim of a group family practice cannot exceed $200,000. The grant covers eligible expenses incurred between September 1, 2020 and March 1, 2022. Applications for the grant must be submitted by March 31, 2022.

What does the grant cover?

The Group Family Practice Development Grant offers financial support to help cover expenses such as:

  • Ending a lease
  • Merging or transferring medical records and software licensing fees
  • Moving or relocating to a new clinic space. Family doctors moving or relocating need to transfer their patient panels to the new group practice or to another family physician
  • Expanding or renovating clinic space.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible, family doctors, including new-to-practice family doctors, need to meet all of the following criteria:

How do I apply?

Applications for the grant are made after the new or expanded group family practice has been formed. The group family practice will submit an online application form on behalf of the eligible family physicians. On the application form, the family practice will list expenses incurred by each doctor – individual physicians should not submit separate applications.

Where can I learn more?

Doctors who are considering joining or forming a consolidated group family practice and claiming this grant are encouraged to contact the GPSC billing team to clarify eligibility. Please email for inquiries.
For more details:

PCCAF Island Alternate Vacancy

Central Island Members:

This request came from GPSC late last week. If you have an interest in this position, or know of a family practitioner who does, please let Evelyn Clark know by April 1, 2021. As the Division Board needs to nominate a representative, the final say of who represents the Division at the PCCAF will be the purview of the Board.

As you are aware, with the implementation of Primary Care Networks across the province, the Ministry of Health has formed the Primary and Community Care Advisory Forum (PCCAF). This forum supports the work underway to develop an integrated system of primary and community care across British Columbia.
This group was formed in September of 2018 and will continue at the discretion of the Ministry of Health. 

Please click here for more information about PCCAF and this opportunity.

If you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact Evelyn Clark

BC Rural Health Conference 2021 - Virtually Hosted by RCCbc

Join us online for this dynamic and unique Rural Medicine conference!

Please click here to Register.
May 29-30, 2021

Conference Highlights:

  • Over 25 virtual lectures and workshops to choose from—all geared towards rurally-based practitioners
  • Wellness opportunities, like yoga and stretching sessions, a mindfulness workshop, and more!
  • Many opportunities to socialize and network with colleagues

Please click here to view the brochure.
Please click here to Register.

Network of Rural Divisions - MBSR Spring opportunity, upcoming meeting dates

A new opportunity for rural physicians being supported by RCCbc. Dr. Rahul Gupta is leading an 8 week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program for health care providers, running May 11-June 29, 2021. Registration is free, with the expectation that participants will be able to join most if not all sessions. Time will not be remunerated, and we are submitting for accreditation. Spaces are limited; please click here to Register

Virtual CBT Skills Group Medical Visits Available!


The Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Skills Group program is an MSP-funded, physician-led program for adult patients (17.5-75 years old) who want to learn practical tools to improve their mental health. The CBT Skills Group program is a self-management course targeted at anxiety, depression and stress that integrates basic neuroscience concepts with introductory mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy teaching. It is delivered as an eight-week series of 90-minute group medical visits, with 15 patients per group. Patients learn practical tools to recognize, understand and manage patterns of feeling, thinking and behaving. They learn to be conscious of their choices as they respond to life stressors, and explore options for living a fuller, richer life, more aligned with what they value most.

Physicians across the province can now refer to the CBT Skills Group program directly and patients enrol and participate online, with little to no waitlist.

Referral forms have been embedded in MOIS, Oscar, and Med Access (type CBT in the search window) and is expected to be embedded in Intrahealth (March) and Wolf (April).

Click here for instructions to refer your patients and updates for embedded referral forms.

For more information about the program, please visit our website at

REAP's Rural Leadership Development Program

REAP is currently accepting applications for the Rural Leadership Development Program.  The purpose of this program 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 British Columbia’s rural populations.

Rural physicians who are pursuing formalized leadership training may apply for up to $15,000 to cover expenses.  In addition to this, participants are offered a mentoring opportunity with a rural leader through UBC CPD’s Rural Physician Mentoring Program.  Physicians may apply if they have been practicing in an RSA Community for at least nine months of the past year and if they have letters of support from their health authority and community.  Applications are accepted twice/year - the next deadline is April 30, 2021.  For more information or to download an application form, click HERE.
Please feel free to forward this email or my contact information along to anyone interested in this program or any other REAP strategies.   For more information about REAP, please visit the website at:  

BC Renal Agency CME for Primary Care

CKD E-Learning – Online Education for CME
BC Renal hosts a series of accredited, one-hour CKD education webinars for primary care clinicians. The goal of which is providing Primary Care Providers with tools and resources to help them provide care to their patients at risk of or diagnosed with CKD. Furthermore, it is aimed at providing Primary Care Providers with tools and resources that will enable them to identify signs of CKD earlier and potentially enable them to prevent CKD where possible or delay progression of disease. Finally, to deliver important and relevant CKD education to Primary Care Providers that will enrich their practice.

Here are the details about the upcoming sessions:

SGLT-2 inhibitors and CKD
Date:  May 19, 2021
Time:  12:00-1:00pm
Presenter: Dr. Adeera Levin
Click HERE to Register or use the following link: :

Chronic kidney disease and hypertensive kidney
Date:  September 12, 2021
Time:  12:00-1:00pm
Presenter:  Dr. Mike Bevilacqua
Click HERE to Register or use the following link:

Relevant links:

Upcoming TI Events April

The Therapeutics Initiative would like to make you aware of some upcoming webinar events, including:

MARCH 3 - Please join us for the next TI Methods Speaker Series on "The development of a risk of bias tool for network meta-analysis".
For details and to register, please click here.

APRIL14 - Therapeutics Initiative Best Evidence Webinar: Optimising Outcomes in Persons with Carotid Stenosis: Where are we up to in April 2021?
For details and to register, please click here.

Please click on any of the links above to get more details and to register.

Register for April's accredited webinar on Respiratory Disease

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

Health Data Coalition

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. April's session will focus on respiratory diseases.

Don't miss it, and be sure to spread the word to colleagues so they can learn about the benefits of HDC Discover and begin contributing.

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.

Please click on one of the sessions below to Register.


TEC Vancouver 2021 - Technologies in Emergency Care

Registration has just opened for TEC Vancouver 2021 (Technologies in Emergency Care): Innovations in Emergency Medicine: From COVID to Sustainability taking place May 15, 2021.
Register for the early bird rate, which ends Wednesday, March 31.

Please see below for more information.
Technologies in Emergency Care Vancouver 2021 (TEC)

Innovations in Emergency Medicine: From COVID to Sustainability
Date:  May 15 (Sat) | 0815–1230 PDT 
Target audience: emergency physicians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, academics, allied health professionals, residents & students.
Up to 3.25 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits
Course Webpage  | Agenda  Registration Form


  • Our carefully selected presenters will cover COVID-19 innovations, virtual connectedness in the rural and first nations context, and many more topics.
  • Registration includes access to the live virtual event, all available materials, and access to the post-event recording.
  • Virtually network with colleagues and speakers via text or video within the event platform.
  • Access to virtual exhibit hall to interact with supporting organizations.

Addiction Medicine Education Opportunities Mar 22 - Apr2, 2021

New Alcohol Use Disorder Resource for Clinicians and Patients:

Canadian Alcohol Use Disorder Society (CAUDS)


  • Patient and Family Resources
  • Clinician Resources
  • Documentaries
  • Video Presentations
  • Publications


BC ECHO – Transitions between pharmacotherapies for opioid use disorder: Methadone to buprenorphine/naloxone

Mar 25 (Thurs) | 1200-1300 PST
Presenter: Dr. Ramm Hering

Register: Here

Up to 1.0 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Offer patients who wish to simplify treatment or are having side effects from methadone the opportunity to transition to buprenorphine/naloxone
  2. Safely transition a patient between different pharmacotherapies for opioid use disorder (i.e., from methadone to buprenorphine/naloxone)
  3. Compare and contrast different strategies for transitioning a patient from methadone to buprenorphine/naloxone
  4. Explain a care plan for this transition to a patient
  5. Determine which point-of-care and laboratory tests are clinically useful and appropriate during transitions between pharmacotherapies (i.e., from methadone to buprenorphine/naloxone), and when to use them


What’s New in Addiction Nursing? Integrating Hepatitis C into the Care of People who use Drugs: An Essential Tool for Every Clinician

Mar 30 (Tues) | 1200-1300 PST
Presenter: Patricia Wilson

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explore the prevalence of hepatitis C infection among people who use substances
  2. Review evidence supporting the integration of hepatitis C treatment into the care for people who use substances
  3. Outline resources for frontline staff and clients who would like to start testing and treating hepatitis in their addiction setting

Register: Here


Self-Assessment Program (SAP) of Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain

Available FREE online until March 31, 2021 | 3hrs

Learning Objectives:

  1. Optimization of Non-Opioid Treatments
  2. Titration of Opioids & Selection of Appropriate Dose
  3. Prevention of Opioid Use Disorder and Overdose
  4. Switching/Rotating Opioids, Decreasing/Tapering Dose of Opioids Safely
  5. General Knowledge about Chronic Pain and Opioid Crisis


Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada:
3 Credits/Hour (9 Credits Total)
College of Family Physicians of Canada
1 Credit/Hour (3 Credits Total)

Register: Here


CCSA’s Issues of Substance Conference 2021 – Call for Academic Abstract

Deadline – April 12 (Mon) | 1159 EST (0859 PST)
Conference Date: Nov 23 – 25, 2021

Learning Objectives:

Our conference acknowledges the principle that all voices should have a platform to share knowledge and experience. With this in mind, we welcome submissions for research, program or policy abstracts (Academic Abstracts) and submissions based on personal experience related to substance use (Personal Experience).

Find out more 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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