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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. AGM Announcement & Call for Directors
  2. First Nation Engagement and Shared Care Update
  3. Member's Summer Social - August 5th
  4. Rural Subsidiary Agreement
  5. DoBC President’s Letter: Primary Care Consultation Update
  6. Time to Activate Your Personal Plan to Beat the Heat
  7. Clarifying Ledger services over the immediate and short-term
  8. St. Paul's Emergency Medicine Update is back to in-person!
  9. Canada has a primary-care crisis. Taking these three steps can solve it (The Globe and Mail (BC Edition)), July 16, 2022
  10. Memo: Update on Family Medicine Resident and New-to-Practice Family Physician Longitudinal Practice Incentives
  11. 34th Annual Diabetes Directors Seminar Invitation
  12. Rx for Health
  13. Therapeutics Initiative
  14. Self-Management BC
  15. Oceanside Hospice Society
  16. Divisions Dispatch
  17. Divisions in the News

AGM Announcement & Call for Directors

In accordance with the Constitution and Bylaws of the Central Island Division of Family Practice, notice is hereby given of the Society’s Annual General Meeting to be held at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, September 21, 2022.

With the upcoming AGM, the Division is seeking nominations for the Board of Directors. Candidates with a record of leadership and experience in governance are ideal. 

There are two positions available on the Board of Directors in 2022.

All interested candidates should complete the Application for Directorship and submit to Jill at no later than 4 PM, August 12, 2022.

A link to the application is available by clicking here.

Should a vote be required, our members will exercise their voting privilege by voting anonymously using an online tool. Details will be forwarded to members following the nomination period.

First Nation Engagement and Shared Care Update

First Nation Engagement Sessions:

Port Alberni

First Nation engagement evening was held in collaboration Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations and Central Island Division in May at the Alberni Athletic Hall.

Thanks to all who attended. It was a great evening. Sorry to those GPs and NPs who couldn’t make it. Tina Biello will be following up as Elders are interested in keeping the conversation going.

Links from the zoom sessions with Elders in 2021 can be found here:

Lunch and Learn was held on July 19 at 9th Street Clinic with Elders and GPs. These sessions are to bring Elders into clinics to offer a continuing conversation about healthcare for Indigenous communities. Future sessions are being planned as was determined at this meeting.

Shared Care

Oceanside Shared Care Psychiatry project funding wrapped up end of June. Providers who have been involved in this project will continue on with Dr. Saffy outside of the Shared Care.

A Shared Care project will be implemented in Port Alberni next. Outreach has begun to see what need and therefore what project to pursue in the area with GPs and Specialists.

Member's Summer Social - August 5th

Central Island Division of Family Practice members and their guests are invited to our 1st annual summer social BBQ, featuring catering by Smokin' George's BBQ, and & Lion's Club cash bar!

BBQ will take place on Friday, August 5th starting at 6:00pm. Paid hotel rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis for those that need accommodation nearby. We would love to see you all and show you our new location at the historic Qualicum Beach Train Station, located at 198 Sunningdale Road W., Qualicum Beach.

A variety of dishes will be on the menu, including vegetarian options.

Please RSVP as early as possible to Jill Skuse at

Rural Subsidiary Agreement

Please click here to view the letter sent on June 22 to the Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues (JSC) on behalf of Central Island Division members from the communities of Port Alberni and Parksville/Qualicum Beach.

Please click here for the response from Dr Alan Ruddiman, Doctors of BC Co Chair, Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues (JSC).

DoBC President’s Letter: Primary Care Consultation Update

July 21, 2022
Primary Care Consultation Update

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to provide an update on our discussions with government to develop solutions to the primary care crisis in our province. While the work right now is focusing on the issues in primary care, please know that we are very aware of the issues that specialists are experiencing. Work has begun to help solve these problems too, including through our negotiations to renew the Physician Master Agreement, but first we must get the problems in primary care under control. It is at this critical time that we are advocating for your needs in our collaborative relationship with the Ministry of Health. The solutions we seek with the Ministry are designed to make a significant difference in the lives of physicians.

Payment Model

The development of new or improved compensation models to address the long term sustainability of primary care in the community was a strong theme that we heard throughout the recent engagement sessions, and is now center stage in our discussions. Government has approved, in principle, the development of a payment model that better compensates physicians, addresses rising business costs, and recognizes the complexity of providing longitudinal care. A final decision on funding will follow once a proposed payment model is developed and presented to government.

We hope to reach an agreement and have the payment model available for Family Physicians to access this fall. The goal is to make this available to all community longitudinal family physicians who wish to switch.

Doctors of BC and the Ministry have agreed upon a set of principles that will guide further discussions. This is really important because it means we understand each other and are unified on the key elements that we are striving to achieve. For example, we have jointly agreed that the model will:

  • Increase compensation for family physicians who provide longitudinal care so that, after overhead payments, it is equitable with compensation for family physicians in other areas of practice (such as hospitalists and UPCCs).
  • Compensate for both patient encounters and clinical administrative time.
  • Provide a mechanism to integrate nurses and allied health providers to enable team-based care.
  • Be simple to administer and easy to access for all family physicians who commit to providing community longitudinal primary care.

New stabilization funding

One of the key things we heard in the recent engagement sessions is the importance of ‘stabilization’ – that we must take action now to address the potential closure of more clinics because doctors simply cannot continue to fund their operations. We continue to advocate for a solution to stabilize clinics.

PMA Negotiations

Members have been asking us about the status of negotiations for a new Physician Master Agreement. I want to assure you that these negotiations are continuing and we hope to have a draft settlement for members in the fall.

PMA negotiations are funded by government from a bargaining mandate that is linked with the expiry of all provincial contracts and collective agreements, which was March 31 of this year. These negotiations address the rising cost of living for employees and physicians across the Public Sector, as well as other problems that typically arise between rounds of bargaining. In this context, we are pursuing the interests of all of our members through PMA negotiations.

We fully understand that Family Physicians are experiencing unique challenges that have led to major issues of physician recruitment and retention, effectively reducing our ability to care for patients and leaving too many of us with no alternative but to walk away from our practices. This cannot continue.

Consultations with government on a payment model for family physicians are taking place separately and at the same time as bargaining the PMA. Doctors of BC and government recognize the importance of addressing these issues independently given the experiences of family physicians whose practices are suffering and leading to the crisis in family medicine.

Our intention is to address both the PMA negotiations and the discussions on FP payment models simultaneously. At the time we seek support for a new PMA by all of our physician members, we hope to be in a position where a new payment model is also available to family physicians who are seeking relief from the crisis they face.

New to Practice contract

We are aware of the Ministry of Health’s recent adaptation of the New to Practice contract on offer to recently graduated doctors in an effort to attract them to family practice. The proposed contract includes an overhead contribution in addition to base compensation, is applicable to both Canadian and international medical graduates, and offers student loan forgiveness as well as a bank loan – and could be considered a good starting benchmark demonstrating the value of family medicine. This contract was discussed at the Resident and New to Practice Engagement session on July 20, and after receiving feedback, we have reported back your thoughts to the Ministry.

My commitment to you

We know that you are frustrated at the pace of progress on the primary care front. Doctors of BC is advocating vigorously for you and your patients every single day, and have established some dates for when you can expect the next set of actions: end of August for information on the amount and process for allocation of stabilization funds, early fall for news about a new compensation model.

I am also hearing from members that you want more communications from me. I commit to communicating with you every one to two weeks with updates on the work that is underway. Please send me your questions, and I will attempt to answer key themes in future letters. If you have suggestions on how I can better communicate with you, please let me know.

Your association is changing. We are committed to greater openness and transparency. How we used to communicate doesn’t work anymore – today’s doctors want to be kept abreast at all times on the issues that are important to you, you want to know the good and the bad, and you want to know that your association is representing you. We hear you, we are acting on your feedback, and we are taking action. Together we can and will make positive change through what I like to call “the power of us.”

Thank you for your patience, support, and help in creating a change that is desperately needed.


Dr Ramneek Dosanjh
President, Doctors of BC

Time to Activate Your Personal Plan to Beat the Heat

Staying Cool In the Heat

Continued high temperatures put many vulnerable populations at risk of heat-related illnesses, including the elderly, infants and young children, pregnant women, people with chronic illness and people experiencing homelessness.

Residents are encouraged to check on neighbours and loved ones who may be unable to leave their homes or whose judgement may be impaired.

Temporary Cooling Centre Information

Town of Qualicum Beach - Temporary Cooling Centre
: Civic Centre Lions Room, 747 Jones Street, Qualicum Beach
Date: Tuesday, July 26 to Friday, July 29
Hours: 10 am to 6 pm


Oceanside Place Arena
: 830 West Island Highway
Hours:  8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.
             Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

If the Environment Canada heat warning is extended to Sunday, Aug. 1, the facility will again be open to the public from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For those who need relief from the heat, there are several locations in the RDN with cooling spaces that are regularly open to the public including libraries, shopping centres and recreational facilities. More information is available here

Social media posts on ways to stay cool

Additional resources

Our pets are vulnerable too - more information on keeping pets safe

Clarifying Ledger services over the immediate and short-term

As is happing across health care in Canada, over the past two years, our tertiary child and youth mental health programs have been challenged in multiple ways, including by the pandemic, staffing challenges and an increasing number children and youth with high levels of acuity and intensity and less housing stability.

Please click here for more information.

St. Paul's Emergency Medicine Update is back to in-person!

After a two-year hiatus, we are so excited to welcome you back to our in-person St. Paul’s Emergency Medicine Update. We are celebrating 20 years of bringing you up-to-the-minute, topical pearls that you can use in your practice as soon as you get back to the office. Registration is now open for this year’s four-day conference. Topics including pediatric respiratory distress, ED billing, hands-on ultrasound workshops, suturing workshops, the dark arts of emergency medicine, and more! We’ve brought back some old favourites as well as some new topics we know you want to know more about. Bring the family and hit the bike park or the village during the daily activity break. We can’t wait to see you in Whistler this year!

20th St. Paul’s Emergency Medicine Update

Sep 22-25 (Thu-Sat) | Whistler Conference Centre |Conference
Audience: family physicians, emergency physicians, hospitalists, internists, pediatricians, rural physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, paramedics, residents and students.

Up to 18.0 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 Credits



  • Find out about managing medical issues seen at ANY type of practice, not just in the emergency room
  • Get some new practice management skills like billing, financial management, CMPA, and ethics
  • Reconnect with colleagues at our welcome reception on Sep 22 and our conference reception on Sep 24 – families welcome!
  • Get a refresher or learn a new technique with our hands-on skills workshops on Saturday provided by our expert instructors
  • Update your casting and airway skills at our pre-conference CASTED: Emergency Workshop and one of our two CAEP: AIME Roadshows
  • Interactive group discussions, case-based workshops and lots of opportunities to socialize and network with colleagues

Canada has a primary-care crisis. Taking these three steps can solve it (The Globe and Mail (BC Edition)), July 16, 2022

Canada has a primary-care crisis. Taking these three steps can solve it

Matthew Chow is the for­mer pres­i­dent of Doc­tors of BC.
The Globe and Mail (BC Edition)
Jul 16, 2022

Memo: Update on Family Medicine Resident and New-to-Practice Family Physician Longitudinal Practice Incentives

Please click here for an update on family medicine resident and new-to-practice family physician longitudinal practice incentives.

Doctors of BC
Primary Care Transformation

34th Annual Diabetes Directors Seminar Invitation

The 34th Annual Diabetes Directors Seminar (October 21st 2022) will be held at the Vancouver Holiday Inn (Broadway). We will have incredible speakers who will cover a variety of topics in the field of diabetes and provide interactive case-based reviews of common issues encountered in the care of diabetes patients.

Please click here for more information.

Rx for Health

A great way to get patients started with physical activity and social connection. Ideal for the whole family, the Rx for health offers $40 off the registration of an RDN Recreation Activity or Active Pass..

Please click here for the RX for Health Package.

Please click here for a poster for your office.

Therapeutics Initiative

Please visit our website (click here

Therapeutics Letter (click here)

This is a bimonthly publication targeting identified problematic therapeutic issues in a brief, simple and practical manner. The process leading up to publication involves a rigorous, systematic literature review by different working groups of the Therapeutics Initiative, the creation of a draft which is circulated for comment among a sizeable group of over 100 local, national and international specialists with expertise in the particular therapeutic area and the commission of original artwork/illustration. The message is developed collaboratively by different working groups of the Therapeutics Initiative. The current Editor in Chief is Dr. Tom Perry, Chair of the Education Working Group of the Therapeutics Initiative.

Self-Management BC

Please note that workshops are scheduled on an ongoing basis throughout the year. For more information, please click here

In addition to our 6-week Self-Management Workshops, we offer the following:

  • Self-Management Health Coach Program: this is a 1 to 1 telephone support program for individuals needing the extra support to achieve health goals. Each individual is paired with a coach and receives a weekly, 30-minute phone call for 3 to 6 months. Coaches are volunteers who may be living with chronic health conditions, and are passionate to help others to achieve wellness. For more information, please click here.  

If you have any questions regarding our programs, please email us at:

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 Dispatch

The latest news from the provincial team and complementary organizations.

Divisions in the News

See what is going on in other divisions around BC:


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