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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. Central Island Division Board Announced at Annual General Meeting
  2. PMH, Shared Care, Maternity, First Nations Engagement
  3. CME on the Run! 2021-2022 | Virtual Conference
  4. UBC Division of Palliative Care CME Day Oct 22
  5. Plan ahead for UBC CPD’s accredited programming this fall
  6. BC ECHO for Post-COVID-19 Recovery – Session 4 (October 12, 2021, 12-1pm)
  7. BC Cancer Screening Programs and COVID-19
  8. Pathways Pearls
  9. Island Health’s Seniors Quality Council
  10. Therapeutics Initiative
  11. Upcoming UVic Self-Management Programs- REGISTRATION OPEN!
  12. Oceanside Hospice Society
  13. Oceanside Caregivers
  14. Divisions Dispatch
  15. Divisions in the News

Central Island Division Board Announced at Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Central Island Division took place on September 15. At that time the new Board of Directors was announced.

At the start of the nomination period there were two Board of Director positions available.  Call for nominations for Board positions opened on July 5, 2021. Nomination submissions deadline was August 13, 2021.
Two members were nominated during that period which then indicated there was no need for an election this year, as the Board positions could be declared by acclamation. Wendy Johnsen and Gina Bell are therefore acclaimed to the Board for a two-year period.
The Board of Directors for 2012 to 2022 are….
Dr. Gina Bell
Dr. Wendy Johnsen
Dr. Mark Morris
Dr. Ian Warbrick
Del Kristalovich
Brian Klaver
David James
Dr. Jim Dimmick (retired)

PMH, Shared Care, Maternity, First Nations Engagement

Shared Care, Psychiatry:

Follow up with psychiatry shared care: Tina Biello has connected with 6 interested GPs  with a schedule for sessions with Dr. Saffy. These sessions started last week of January and will go until December 2021.
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.

Maternity Network:

The work of the maternity network will resume this September with a meeting of stakeholders to discuss upcoming PCN service plan writing.

First Nations:

First Nation engagement sessions were held in collaboration with RCCBC, Nuuchahnulth First Nations and Central Island Division. Each session had 3 elders from Nuuchahnulth territories and 3-5 primary care providers.
Thanks to all who attended. Edited videos of sessions will be available soon for those who couldn’t make it.

Final gathering and feast to celebrate above that was planned for September is postponed until further notice due to rising Covid numbers. We will let you know when we have a date.

Similar cultural safety sessions are being planned for Oceanside First Nations and primary care providers for the fall via zoom.

CME on the Run! 2021-2022 | Virtual Conference

CME on the Run! 2021–2022
Sep 2021–Jun 2022 (Fridays) | 1300–1700 Pacific Time
Target audience: family physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, residents & students.
Up to 21.0 Mainpro+ credits (3.5 credits per session)
Course Webpage | Registration Form
Dates & Topics:
Oct 15, 2021  — Psychiatry
Nov 26, 2021 — MSK, Sport Meds & Rheumatology
Jan 21, 2022 —  Dermatology & Allergy
Apr 8, 2022   —  Prenatal, Pediatrics & Adolescent
Jun 3, 2022  —   Internal Medicine


UBC Division of Palliative Care CME Day Oct 22

UBC Division of Palliative Care CME Day
Oct 22 (Fri) | 0815-1530 PDT

Target Audience: family physicians, palliative care physicians, emergency physicians, hospitalists, nurse practitioners practicing palliative care, nurses, pharmacists, residents & students

Overview: Registration is now available for this year's UBC Division of Palliative Care CME Day on Oct 22. The theme for this year is 'Back to Basics' - find some key pearls in topics such as Delirium in Palliative Care, new options for pain, nausea, renal failure, oncology goals of care, and orphan symptoms. We hope you can join us!

Up to 5.75 Mainpro+ / MOC Section 1 credits

Learn more and register
join the conversation:  #CPDPalliative

Plan ahead for UBC CPD’s accredited programming this fall

Coming up this fall!

BC ECHO for Post-COVID-19 Recovery – Session 4 (October 12, 2021, 12-1pm)

Based on the global ECHO model, the BC ECHO for Post-COVID-19 Recovery is a free virtual learning community of specialists and community health care providers who use instructive and case-based learning to improve care for patients recovering from symptoms post COVID-19.

Each monthly ECHO session is an hour, and starts with a 30-minute presentation from specialists on participant-identified topics, followed by a case presentation submitted by any participant. Each session will wrap up with resources and recommendations. Sessions will be recorded and made available to all registered attendees.

The fourth session, “Post-COVID-19 Neurological Symptoms and Rehabilitation”, will be held on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 at 12-1pm. A presentation will be provided by Dr. Jennifer Yao (Medical Site Lead, GF Strong Rehab Centre) and Dr. Evan Kwong (Medical Site Lead, Holy Family Hospital Rehabilitation Centre).

The learning objectives for this session include:

  • The learner will understand the neurocognitive sequelae of COVID-19
  • The learner will be able to apply functional cognitive rehabilitation and treatment strategies to their clinical practice
  • The learner will better understand the multidisciplinary approach to care that utilizes neuro-rehabilitation trained allied health professionals and when to refer patients to these services
  • The learner will know where to access neurological rehabilitation tools and resources to facilitate more effective clinical visits and optimize patient outcomes

If you are interested in attending this session, please register using the link HERE.

For more details about the BC ECHO for Post-COVID-19 Recovery and future sessions, please visit our website.

Raveena Garcha MPH
Project Leader, Virtual Health & Shared Care
Providence Health Care

BC Cancer Screening Programs and COVID-19

The BC Cancer Cervix Screening Program recently implemented a change to the timing of its screening recall notices to both patients and providers. Please click here to view the changes.

Javis Lui
Leader, Screening Promotions

Pathways Pearls

Visit us by clicking here.

Island Health’s Seniors Quality Council

Dear Physicians,
The co-chairs of Island Health’s Seniors Quality Council, Dr. Marilyn Malone and Doreh Mohsenzadeh, are seeking greater physician representation in addition to that offered by Island Health’s Primary Care Quality Council.  If you are a family physician passionate about improving health care in older adults across multiple settings such as community, acute care, and long term care, whether urban or rural, please consider becoming a member. 
Please click here for the Island Health Seniors Health Strategy 2021 – 2026, which outlines specific areas of focus over the next 5 years.

Marilyn L. Malone, MHSc, MD, FRCPC
Consultant Geriatrician
Medical Director, Seniors Health, Island Health
Administrative Assistant email:

Therapeutics Initiative

We are pleased to inform you that issue #132 of the Therapeutics Letter (July-August 2021) has now been posted on our website: Rethinking Medication Adherence.

The Therapeutics Initiative is also proud to present this upcoming educational event:

Therapeutics Initiative: Bringing Best Evidence to Clinicians
Oct 16 (Sat) | 0830–1230 Pacific Time
Target Audience
: family physicians, specialists, pharmacists, nurses, nurse practitioners, allied health professionals, residents & students.
Overview: Don't miss this fall's Bringing Best Evidence to Clinicians half-day virtual conference for healthcare providers looking to improve their practice. Julia Belluz, host of “Show Me the Evidence”, a journalist and senior health correspondent for Vox, joins us to examine the science behind major headlines in health and medicine. Julia has covered topics including the anti-vaccine movement, shed light on major American health problems, and debunked popular pseudoscience media figures. Participants will also receive practical, evidence-based prescribing advice from the Therapeutics Initiative faculty including Dr. Tom Perry, Dr. Aaron M Tejani, Dr. Josh Levin and Dr. Jamie Falk.
Up to 3.75 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits.

Course Webpage | Registration Form

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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.

Oceanside Caregivers


We are so pleased to invite you to join together in person again at the Christleton Park on:
Date:  Fri, August 27.  
Time: 1:00pm. 
Location:  Christleton Park (corner of Chester and Qualicum Road).   Just take Village Way to Qualicum Road (you will see the big Qualicum Woods sign), and turn in, go one block, and turn right at Chester, and there you are!!
Bring a chair and a beverage, and we will be together again under the shade trees!
We are so looking forward to being with you.
Carol and Fred Dowe
Oceanside Caregivers

Divisions Dispatch

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