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Central Island News and Events
Find the latest news from the Central Island Division and complementary organizations in this issue of News and Events.


  1. Panel management course offered by FPSC and University of the Fraser Valley
  2. Urgent request for practice space in Oceanside
  3. Port Alberni PCN
  4. MOA Invitation: Trauma Informed Practice Through a Culturally Safe Lense.
  5. NP Practicum Student
  6. Breast Density Survey
  7. Oceanside Hospice Society
  8. Divisions Dispatch
  9. Divisions in the News

Panel management course offered by FPSC and University of the Fraser Valley


Panel management course offered by FPSC and University of the Fraser Valley
FPSC is accepting applications for medical office staff to take the Panel Management for Family Practice program through the University of Fraser Valley. The program consists of five modules with a final quality improvement project implemented in-practice. It offers practical, skills-based training designed to meet the competencies of a panel manager, including basics of the patient medical home and primary care network, empanelment, registry-based care, and proactive and preventative care.

Upcoming sessions:

  • January 25 to April 18, 2024 (Thursday evenings)
  • April 3 to June 19, 2024 (Wednesday evenings).

Apply for the course here (Registration deadline: Thursday, December 21 2023).

Visit the FPSC website here for more information about panel management.

Urgent request for practice space in Oceanside

We have an urgent request for practice space within one of our Oceanside clinics for a family doctor who is new to town. He has been practising in Alberta for over 20 years and recently moved to Errington with his family. He would love to set up a new practice in an existing clinic so that he can work alongside fellow physicians.
He plans to work full-time and attach a full panel of patients. Unfortunately, we are having a difficult time finding a spot for him to settle into.
If you have the capacity to allow another physician into your clinic, please let us know as soon as possible. It would be a shame to lose this fantastic local doctor to another community!

Please contact Jennifer Taylor at or Evelyn Clark at

Thank you.

Port Alberni PCN

Thanks to all clinicians and their teams who attended both the November Team-Based Care MedAccess encounter templating learning session with Dr. Mark Morris and our ongoing cultural learning sessions with Nuu-Chah-Nulth Elders over the past few months. It's great to see teams coming together to learn how to successfully integrate Port Alberni's new PCN resources into their practice!

Welcome to RN Sarah Abott, who is now supporting Dr. Kitshoff and Dr. Meyer in their practices. In the spring, we will also be welcoming our new Primary Care Clinical Pharmacist, Taylor Setterfield, who will be joining the practices that asked for his services in-clinic, and eventually, offering virtual referral services through the upcoming community health centre hub space.

Due to popular request, we also hope to update you soon on a Special Authority pharmacy informational Zoom session in January - stay tuned!

If you have any questions about the Port Alberni PCN or our resources, please contact PCN Administrator Amanada Salvage at, Change Lead Tina Biello at, or PCN Manager Sharon Todd at

We wish all of our members a restful and happy holiday!

MOA Invitation: Trauma Informed Practice Through a Culturally Safe Lense.

Trauma Informed Practice Through a Culturally Safe Lense.

Nanaimo and Central Island Division MOAs and Clinic Managers are invited to attend an informative evening on trauma informed care and cultural safety with Tammie Myles, CDO of Mother Earth Whispers, and Laurie Apperloo, MOA at Snuneymuxw Hulit Lelum. Connie Paul, Primary Care Medical Manager at Snuneymuxw Hulit Lelum, will offer a blessing and traditional welcome.

For more information, please click here.

NP Practicum Student

One of our Primary Care NPs has taken an extended medical leave and our other NP is busy mentoring two provisionals. This has left an NP practicum student in a lurch and I’m hoping to find an alternative placement for her. Between Jan-Apr she needs ~250 hours.
Drew Digney from Oceanside Heath Centre suggested I reach out to see if any Oceanside doctors would be able to give the student some hours in a Primary Care setting? Even filling some of the hours would help as we can round out the rest in Urgent Care or GSS, but best to get experience in primary care if possible.

Please contact David Bailey at250-240-1751

Dave Bailey, MA, BScN
Oceanside Health Centre – Urgent Care, Medical Daycare, Primary Care
Office: 250-947-8223  |  Mobile: 250-240-1751

Breast Density Survey

Dear family physicians practicing in BC:

We are a group of Family Medicine residents from UBC. We are working on a research project to explore the BI-RADS breast density score and its influence on the breast cancer screening practices of family physicians and nurse practitioners in BC. We would like to invite you to take part in a brief survey which we hope will help to shed light on practice differences and areas in need of further clarification in the guidelines.

If you decide to participate, the survey should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete. As a thank you, you can opt to participate in a random draw for a chance to win 1 of 12 Amazon gift cards valued at $50 each. If you opt into the draw, you will be taken to a separate survey to enter your contact information so that we can notify you, if selected.

Participation in the survey is voluntary. Completing this survey implies your consent to participate. Risk is minimal, survey data is fully de-identified and anonymous. All the information you provide to us will be kept strictly confidential and will only be used for legitimate research purposes. The results of the survey will be based on aggregated data. No names will be attached to the survey data.

Access the survey here: by January 14, 2024 to be eligible for entry into the draw. If you have any questions, please email us at Thank you for your time!

Nora Tong, Tammie Frysch and Jacqueline Bovard
PGY-2 Residents
UBC Coastal Family Medicine Program

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.

Please click here for updates including:

  • LFP Payment Model updates
  • Updated BC Cancer screening report titles
  • Divisions invited to meet with BC Cancer Cervix Screening Program to prepare for transition from cytology to HPV primary screening
  • East Kootenay family doctor develops guide to reducing environmental impact of health care
  • July 19 webinar | Antidepressants and substance use
  • July 20 webinar | Updates on risks and harms of alcohol use
  • Opioid use disorder training for doctors and their clinical teams: LOUD in PC Collaborative

Divisions in the News

Divisions in the News
See what is going on in other divisions around BC:

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