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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. You're invited to CIDFP AGM 2021
  2. PMH, Shared Care, Maternity, First Nations Engagement
  3. Introducing Dr. Andrea Smilski, RN, MBA, DBA
  4. Dr. Maccari Record Requests
  5. Open Letter to the Community by Clair Biglow
  6. Welcome Dr. Hadfield
  7. VC Enablement success story published
  8. St. Paul's Emergency Medicine Update Virtual Conference Sep 25, 2021
  9. Are you interested in attending online CPD for end-of life care in your community?
  10. CME on the Run! 2021-2022 | Virtual Conference
  11. Campaign: Physician on a Mission, Covid-19 Edition
  12. Pathways Pearls - Tips for getting the most out of Pathways
  13. 33rd Annual Diabetes Directors Seminar Invitation
  14. Therapeutics Initiative
  15. Upcoming UVic Self-Management Programs- REGISTRATION OPEN!
  16. Oceanside Hospice Society
  17. Oceanside Caregivers
  18. Divisions Dispatch
  19. Divisions in the News

You're invited to CIDFP AGM 2021

Day/Date:  Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Time:  6 - 8 pm
Location:  Zoom

Please click here to RSVP- meeting details will be emailed to you once you've registered.

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 summer with meetings of stakeholders to discuss upcoming PCN service plan writing. Tina Biello will be getting in touch to organize this with all GPs and NPs who provide maternity care in Port Alberni, specialists, as well as midwives and First Nation partners.

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 is being planned for September. Date TBD

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

Introducing Dr. Andrea Smilski, RN, MBA, DBA

I am pleased to be working with the Oceanside Division of Family Practice as the Primary Care Network Change Management Lead.

For the last 30 years I have worked as a health care professional, educator, manager, and consultant. I have a doctoral degree in Business Administration and partially completed my PhD in Nursing. I have worked as a practicing nurse, health care manager, nursing professor and Associate Dean/ Dean in non-profit, public, and private health and higher education organizations. My areas of specialty are primary health care, community/global health, mental health and addictions, organizational and employee health and wellbeing, change management,
Interprofessional practice, and innovative care models. 

Currently I have my own consulting company called Empowered Organizations ( in Nanaimo, BC. My career has spanned 3 Canadian provinces as well as abroad.  In addition to my interprofessional work, I have a great interest in intercultural practice, safety, and humbleness.

Interprofessional (interdisciplinary) education, practice, and collaboration is an important part of my scholarship, and I am excited to be working with the Oceanside PCN and Division of Family Practice to transform how we, as health care professionals, deliver excellence in health care to our patients.   It is such a wonderful opportunity for all of us.

I look forward to working with you.

Dr. Maccari Record Requests

Dr. Maccari Record Requests

Past patients of Dr. Maccari are asked to mail record requests to the office address:

202-180 McCarter St
PO Box 1540 Parksville, BC V9P 9C2

Thank you!

Open Letter to the Community by Clair Biglow

The ability to access healthcare in Oceanside (Parksville/Qualicum Beach) is becoming incredibly difficult, if not impossible. Despite this fact our town administrators and regional districts continue to approve building/development permits in our community. I certainly appreciate the fact that these building sites supply jobs and support local businesses. However, I would have hoped that a mandate of our elected leaders would be to ensure adequate health care services be available for those in our community and those new to our community before they facilitate and encourage developers to build more accommodation.
Health care is becoming extremely difficult to access. Patients know that access is terrible.
Elderly are moving here and cannot find a primary care provider. We, the primary care providers, find citizens in incredibly precarious circumstances. Adults present unable to follow up on cancer diagnoses. Dementia patients are moving to senior’s housing without ensuring care.
Delays for care are unacceptably long.
I make a radical suggestion. For the approval of a building/development permit, the applicant and/or elected official must be able to supply or ensure access to adequate health care services for the potential new residents. It is hard to believe that this is not in the by-laws already. If it is in the by-laws then this provision is certainly being overlooked.
Despite the best efforts of the local primary care providers, we cannot keep up with the demand and the Health Authority cannot pull new care providers out of their back pockets. A solution needs to be found for this dilemma.

Dr. Clair Biglow

Welcome Dr. Hadfield

I've started my practice at 173 Fern Rd West in Dr Wagenaar's Office. I am open to accepting consults for women's health, such as PAPs, contraception, menopause and post-menopausal concerns, endometrial and vulvar biopsies, and medical abortions etc. I am also accepting referrals to provide maternity care from 8 weeks gestation to 6 weeks post-partum, as a part of Nanaimos' Maternity Call Group 1.
Referrals can begin right away, and can be sent to Dr Wagenaar's Office Fax 250 412 6460.
Kelly Hadfield

VC Enablement success story published

Please click here to see the article on Dr. El Karsh. 

St. Paul's Emergency Medicine Update Virtual Conference Sep 25, 2021

We are once again running a virtual one-day St. Paul’s Emergency Medicine Update Conference to on Sat Sep 25, and we’re hoping you are able to join us!

The link to the website is here:      
The link to register is here:

You might be interested in:
COVID-19 Webinars:
COVID-19 Resource Hub:

Are you interested in attending online CPD for end-of life care in your community?

The BC College of Family Physicians is hosting Pallium Canada’s Learning Essential Approaches to Palliative Care (LEAP) core online course for rural and remote family physicians in BC.

LEAP was created for healthcare professionals working in the community and provides the essential skills and competencies of the palliative care approach.  It is evidence-based, peer reviewed and evaluated and updated regularly. 

This online course includes 16 self-directed and interactive online modules completed at your own pace (approximately 8 hours of work); 2 three-hour online webinars led by a LEAP facilitator where you will work through cases and discuss the online modules; and an electronic copy of the Pallium palliative pocketbook.
Upon completion of LEAP Core Online, learners should be able to:

  • promote and undertake advance care planning discussions
  • assess and manage pain; delirium; gastrointestinal symptoms, hydration, and nutrition; and dyspnea
  • recognize/diagnose depression, anxiety, and grief and initiate treatment plans
  • develop plans to address spiritual, religious, or psychosocial needs
  • initiate essential discussions related to palliative and end-of-life care in daily work
  • prepare patients and families for last days and hours
  • understand and apply the criteria to be met before initiating palliative sedation

This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 24 Mainpro+ credits.

Through a generous bequest of one of our members, we have funding to subsidize the registration fees for those interested in this online course.

For more information on LEAP Core Online please contact:
Kilee Freedman at

T 604.736.1877

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:
Sep 17, 2021 — Infectious Disease & Oncology
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


Campaign: Physician on a Mission, Covid-19 Edition

The Fraser Northwest Division is excited to share our physician-led campaign to increase Covid-19 vaccine confidence in our communities. Physician On A Mission is a series of videos in English, Cantonese, Korean, Farsi, and Arabic that address different areas of vaccine hesitancy.

We hope you will support our efforts to increase vaccine confidence.

Feel free to forward any of this information or share on social media, etc. We very much appreciate the collaborative effort to increase vaccine confidence! 

Emily Haugen 
Project Coordinator | Communications & Strategies
Fraser Northwest Division of Family Practice

Pathways Pearls - Tips for getting the most out of Pathways

Please click here or use the link below.

33rd Annual Diabetes Directors Seminar Invitation

The 33rd Annual Diabetes Directors Seminar
Vancouver- Friday, October 22nd, 2021

The Endocrine Research Society is pleased to present the
33rd Diabetes Directors Seminar – an annual, CFPC and
RCPSC-accredited gathering of leading diabetes experts and caregivers across British Columbia.
Join us virtually from home or work over Zoom Videoconferencing for a full day presentation series covering the
latest and most pertinent aspects of diabetes therapeutics and clinical care.
Target Audience: Specialists and family physicians with an interest in diabetes care, as well as nurses, dieticians,
pharmacists and other diabetes educators responsible for diabetes management within their own groups and
Register now as space is limited. Online registration can be found at the following link:

Please contact Calvin Chang at the Endocrine Research Society for more information or registration questions.
Phone: (604) 689-1055

Therapeutics Initiative

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

Please email to let us know if you are coming

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

The latest news from the provincial team and complementary organizations.

Divisions in the News

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