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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. PMH Update
  2. Priority Response Team – OHC An initiative of the Oceanside Primary Care Network
  3. BC Provincial Academic Detailing Service - Central Vancouver Island
  4. Invitation to BC ECHO for Post-COVID-19 Recovery – Session 6 (December 14, 2021, 12-1pm)
  5. Registration is now live for the Choosing Wisely Symposium 2021
  6. November 24 Think Twice Webinar
  7. Therapeutics Initiative
  8. Self-Management BC's Health Coach Program
  9. Oceanside Hospice Society
  10. Divisions Dispatch
  11. Divisions in the News

PMH Update

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.

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. We have now completed the video editing and we will begin sharing these here two at a time, as there are eight. The link is the short version. In the description below video, you will see link to longer video, if you have time and are interested in watching.

Session One - click here

Session Two - click here

Thanks so much for all who came. Final gathering and feast to celebrate above that was planned for September is postponed until further notice due to 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.

Priority Response Team – OHC An initiative of the Oceanside Primary Care Network

Hello, my name is Dr. Elisabeth Crisci and I recently joined the PRT.

I would like an opportunity to meet with your clinicians over lunch to present the ‘new and enhanced’ Priority Response Team which is set to start accepting referrals at the end of November 2021.

I will go over the basic program characteristics and scope, patient eligibility criteria and the referrals process. I will be presenting some concrete examples of how the PRT can work collaboratively with you to avoid hospitalizations.

Please let me know when would be a good time for me to come over and meet your clinicians to present the PRT in the next few weeks. My email is:

I very much look forward to hearing from you!

Elisabeth Crisc

BC Provincial Academic Detailing Service - Central Vancouver Island

Island Health and the BC Provincial Academic  Detailing (PAD) Service provide accredited continuing education to family physicians throughout BC.

Current Topics

  • Type 2 Diabetes Update: SGLT2i and GLP1a
  • Medications for Insomnia

For more information and to view the brochure, please click here

Invitation to BC ECHO for Post-COVID-19 Recovery – Session 6 (December 14, 2021, 12-1pm)

BC ECHO for Post-COVID-19 Recovery – Session 6 (December 14, 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 sixth session, Post-COVID-19 – A Mental Health Perspective, will be held on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at 12-1pm. A presentation will be provided by Dr. Grant Millar (Psychiatrist, Providence Health Care).

The learning objectives for this session include:

  • The learner will review the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic on mental health in general
  • The learner will explore the mental health sequelae of COVID-19 infection
  • The learner will describe pathophysiological and other mechanisms related to COVID-19 and psychiatric illness
  • The learner will define treatment approaches for common psychiatric presentations in the Post-COVID-19 patient population

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.

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

Registration is now live for the Choosing Wisely Symposium 2021

Looking to put your Quality Improvement skills into practice, or want to learn more about practical QI and Choosing Wisely?

Join us in an action-packed 3½ hour zoom symposium to learn, share and develop Choosing Wisely at Island Health. Find out more about the Choosing Wisely initiative at Island Health and sign up for 2 breakout sessions to bring your clinical knowledge to this QI work and help us move Choosing Wisely from theory into practice across the Island.

We incorporated your feedback from our 2020 virtual event, Choosing Wisely at Island Health: Putting Recommendations into Practice, and are excited to have you join us this year. The 2021 symposium provides opportunity to meet and collaborate with colleagues through zoom breakout sessions, ranging from high-level engagement and brainstorming on potential strategies, to discussions on short-term action plans where project areas are identified and work is already underway.

This symposium is for all medical staff looking to learn and use QI skills to improve care, and multidisciplinary team members actively working on QI projects with medical staff.

Sessional payment is available for fully licensed SPs and GPs through Health System Redesign funding.



*Google Chrome is recommended as Eventbrite is not compatible with Internet Explorer* If you experience any issues registering please email

Do you know someone new to Quality Improvement? Please promote our PQI Introductory session!

Following the symposium, PQI are offering an intro to Quality Improvement - a 2-hour session from 1:00PM to 3:00PM to learn the language of Quality and Patient Safety, the basics of the Model for Improvement, and start your QI Toolbox. Registration is available to all medical staff and can be completed with symposium registration.

November 24 Think Twice Webinar

We are specifically looking for prescribers (i.e., Family Physicians and Nurse Practitioners) and trainees (i.e., Residents). Following the webinar, prescribers can join us for a focus group session where they will share their perspectives on opioid prescribing practices and will receive a $100 honorarium for their time. We are hoping to have 20 more focus group participants!

The webinar is on Wednesday, November 24th at 12pm - Register by clicking here.

Shawna Narayan (She, Her, Hers)
Research Analyst
Faculty of Medicine | Department of Family Practice
University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus | Musqueam Traditional Territory

Therapeutics Initiative

Please visit our website 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's Health Coach Program

As a valued part of our health and wellness community, we would like to offer some information about our one-on-one telephone-based Health Coach Program, which provides support to people living with chronic conditions.

For many people, coping with chronic health conditions can be extremely trying. Fatigue, pain, breathing difficulties, sleeping problems, loss of energy, activity limitation, depression and anxiety about the future are common. Individuals may benefit from having the additional support, in the form of a Health Coach, to face the daily challenges of living with chronic conditions and set themselves a health goal to achieve.

Health Coaches connect with participants by telephone once a week for 30 minutes for a period of three months.  Through this contact, Health Coaches can support participants who would like to:

  • Choose goals and actions they want to take to better manage their health
  • Identify and problem-solve barriers to being healthier
  • Become more self-confident
  • Be motivated to initiate and maintain health-behaviour changes.

Health Coaches provide a dimension of support that complements and enhances professional health care; they do not provide medical or clinical advice or treatment.

Please click here for a copy of the program poster. Please feel free to share this information with clients, colleagues, friends and family members.

Interested parties can contact us at Toll Free: 1-866-902-3767, or email or visit: for more information.

Thank you for supporting our programs.

Self-Management Programs
Direct: 604-940-1273
Toll Free: 1-866-902-3767
Fax: 604-940-2099

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

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