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Divisions of Family Practice
Divisions Dispatch
October 25, 2019


PCN Toolkit updates

The PCN Toolkit is the place to go for new materials and resources such as the PCN Implementation Guide, communications and messaging, fact sheets, and policies. As work moves forward and more information is gathered, the toolkit will be continuously updated with new materials; we advise that you check the site regularly.

For any questions or to provide feedback, please email

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Contact list for division communications staff and contractors

The communications team at the provincial divisions office is creating a contact list of division staff members and contractors who are providing communications support relating to the development of PCNs. This list will enable communication between all of these staff members when new PCN messaging and resources become available, and to support them to achieving division’s communications goals.

Divisions are asked to send the name and contact details of anyone who is working with each division on communications related to PCNs to Tara Lyon.

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Free pedestrian safety poster and reflective armbands for physician offices

Doctors of BC has launched a pedestrian safety campaign to help make the province’s roadways a safer place for those on foot, and to let British Columbians know that the province’s physicians care about their safety.

To support this campaign, Doctors of BC has developed a pedestrian safety poster for physicians’ offices featuring tips on pedestrian safety, as well as branded, reflective armbands for patients to wear. These are both designed with pedestrians in mind – to help them stay safe and be seen while navigating the roads.

For any physician wanting to receive a poster and armbands, please access the online order form. Shipping fees will be covered by Doctors of BC.

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GPSC member Richard Jock is now CEO of First Nations Health Authority

Richard Jock, formerly the Chief Operations Officer of First Nations Health Authority, is now the acting Chief Executive Officer.

The Board of the First Nations Health Authority would like to thank Joe Gallagher, departing CEO, for his years of service and many contributions to the FNHA and its communities.

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GPSC Summit evaluation report

Thank you to those who completed the evaluation of the GPSC Summit webinars. The evaluation link is now closed and the event summary report along with the links to the webinars and resources will be made available in early November.

The planning for an in-person event is currently underway. More information will be available shortly.

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Research participants needed for emergency contraception study

Physicians who have experience prescribing the emergency contraception Ella are needed to participate in a study being led by BC Women’s Hospital, the Women’s Health Research Initiative, and the Society of Family Planning.

This project aims to:

  1. Describe the current use of Ella compared to Plan B and its equivalents since 2015, using sales and number of prescriptions
  2. Explore the experiences of Ella use as perceived by prescribers, pharmacists, and patients through interviews

Physicians interested in participating are asked to fill out the intake survey here, after which they will be contacted to book an hour-long interview. Physicians successfully selected for an interview, will receive a $50 Amazon gift card.

For more information, please contact Dr. Michelle Chan at

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Registration open for symposium on elder care in rural and remote areas

The British Columbia Academic Health Science Network (BC AHSN) has announced a symposium called Caring for Older Adults in Rural & Remote Canada. This two-day event will be held on November 7 and 8, 2019 at the Prince George Civic Centre.

Individuals involved in health care or health research who are interested in learning more about the well-being of older adults, and older adults interested in the future of their own care, or a caregiver who’s unsure of what to expect, are invited to attend in person or remotely. Topics covered include: frailty, dementia, healthy aging, seniors care, and outcomes in BC.

Attendees will include health care decision-makers, physicians, clinicians, caregivers, patient partners, and researchers who work together to make informed decisions about care. Partner organizations include Canadian Frailty Network, Northern Health, First Nations Health Authority, University of Northern BC, Rural Coordination Centre of BC, and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

This event is free but space is limited.

Click here for more information and to register.

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Invitation to participate in study about routine growth monitoring in infancy

Family physicians are invited to participate in a study to better understand the risks and benefits of growth monitoring in infancy which could have implications for practitioners, policy makers, and for patients. This survey will focus on the current use of growth monitoring methods in British Infant Growth Monitoring.

Click here for more information and to take the survey. For any questions please contact Ilona Hale at or Stephanie Obara at

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Divisions in the news

October 3, 2019 East Kootenay Creston Valley Advance Expanded social worker program enhances primary care in Creston
October 3, 2019 Burnaby Burnaby Now No doctor, no referral, no problem at new Burnaby health centre
October 4, 2019 Provincial CTV News Better access to primary health care coming for Maple Ridge region
October 24, 2019 Fraser Northwest Tri-City News MDs seek patient advisors for input into Tri-City health care

The provincial communications team produces a twice-monthly newsletter designed to keep divisions up-to-date with the Divisions initiative. It is sent to local division executive directors, administration, physician leads, and board members. In order to minimize emails being sent these groups, we try to include as much in these newsletters as possible. We encourage you to share it with your division members at large. If you have a story you would like to submit for consideration, please contact Caroline McGechaen at

Media coverage is monitored by the Divisions of Family Practice provincial communications team and compiled on the Divisions in the News page.

This issue can also be found on the Divisions of Family Practice website.

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