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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. Please welcome Kristie Lamirande
  2. Programs and Operations Update
  3. 2 New Fee Codes for New Patient Intake and Brief Clinical Conference:
  4. Flu and COVID vaccine timing
  5. Think Twice Webinar
  6. Upcoming Addiction Medicine Education Opportunities Oct 22-Nov5, 2021
  7. Therapeutics Initiative
  8. Upcoming UVic Self-Management Programs- REGISTRATION OPEN!
  9. Oceanside Hospice Society
  10. Divisions Dispatch
  11. Divisions in the News

Please welcome Kristie Lamirande

I want to take a moment to welcome Kristie Lamirande to the Division, Collaborative Services Committee and PCN Steering Committee teams as Manager for the Oceanside PCN Kristie comes with significant Project Management experience, knowledge about the health care system on Vancouver Island and strong skills in collaboration and change management. The first thing Kristie will do is meeting with stakeholders and build relationships that help bring the Oceanside PCN closer to its goals. I hope you will join me in giving Kristie a warm welcome. Kristie’s employment begins on November 1, 2021.
Evelyn Clark
Executive Director

Programs and Operations Update

Port Alberni Primary Care Network Update
The Central Island Division, our physician leads and our Island Health partners have carried out a series of consultations with stakeholders throughout the Alberni Valley from July-September.  A working group and service plan writing group have been formed, and we are working hard to incorporate all of the feedback we have gathered to write our service plan for a Port Alberni Primary Care Network.  The service plan is on track to be written, validated, presented to our Board, the CSC, and the Primary Care Strategy Executive by the end of 2021.   Please save the date for the evening of November 10th, as this is the tentative date for a validation meeting to present the service plan in its draft form to members and partners in Port Alberni.   Our sincere thanks to Physician lead Dr. Anienne Marsay and First Nations Physician Lead Dr. Ian Warbrick for all of their hard work with the Central Island Division in helping carry out the consultation process. 

Welcome Dr. Renier Joubert, Dr. Doug Neufeld, and Dr. Chris McClure
The Oceanside area is pleased to welcome 3 new family physicians to our area clinics in October.  Dr. Renier Joubert has joined the Qualicum Medical Centre in Qualicum Beach, and Dr. Doug Neufeld and Dr. Chris McClure have joined the Salish Sea Family Practice Clinic in Parksville.  We are attaching new patients weekly to these new care providers through the Health Connect Registry.  We are planning to host a social event (COVID permitting) to welcome these new physicians and re-connect with all of our existing practitioners in the coming weeks.

Sharon Todd
Program Manager

2 New Fee Codes for New Patient Intake and Brief Clinical Conference:

2 New Fee Codes for New Patient Intake and Brief Clinical Conference:


Brief Clinical Conference Fee: 14067
The GPSC is introducing a new brief clinical conference fee (14067) to support you in having clinical discussions with other doctors and/or allied care providers. The new fee complements existing conference fees such as 14077 and 13005.

The fee has a value of $18.22. It is payable to a maximum of 150 times per doctor in a calendar year.


Patient Intake Fee: 14041
The GPSC is introducing a new patient intake fee (14041) for confirming the addition of a new patient to your panel. The new patient intake fee can be billed within the first three months of adding a new patient to your patient panel.

In order to bill 14041, you must confirm the longitudinal doctor-patient relationship through a standardized conversation or compact.  The fee is payable to the family doctor who will be most responsible for the majority of the patient’s longitudinal primary care and who has submitted and met the requirements for the community longitudinal family physician portal code (14070) in the calendar year.

This fee has a value of $15.

Flu and COVID vaccine timing

Please click here for the Advisory Committee Statement (ACS) National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) and the Recommendations on the use of COVID-19 vaccines.

Published: September 28, 2021

Think Twice Webinar

The UBC Innovation Support Unit in collaboration with the BC Centre on Substance Use and the Therapeutics Initiative presents THINK TWICE!
The (lack of) evidence for opioid analgesics to treat minor acute and chronic pain

To Register and for more information, please click here.

Upcoming Addiction Medicine Education Opportunities Oct 22-Nov5, 2021

Here are upcoming Addiction Medicine educational opportunities/resources for the next 2 weeks:


Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction – Issues of Substance 2021 Conference: Driving Change Together
Early bird registration ends Oct 22, 2021
Conference takes place Nov 23-25, 2021

Learning Objectives:
The entire conference will take place virtually over three half days. It will still feature keynote presentations, concurrent sessions and poster presentations.

Registration: Here

BC ECHO on Substance Use – Special iOAT session

Oct 26 (Tues) | 0900-1030

Presenters: Dr. Marie-Eve Goyer, Dr. Michael Trew and Stacey Whitman
Learning Objectives:
This session is meant for anyone currently providing or considering providing iOAT across Canada and will provide training on operational iOAT guidance.

Please note: CME credits are not offered for attendance in this session
Registration: Here

Canadian Partnership Against Cancer – Alcohol Policy in Canada Webinar Series

Oct 27 (Wed) | 0900-1000
Session 2: Alcohol Use, Cost and Harm
Presenter: Dr. Samantha King, CCSA
Panel: Dr. Samantha King & Dr. Adam Sherk, UVIC
Register: Here

Session 3: Public Health Communication Approaches to Alcohol
Date:  Nov 3rd

Session 4: Alcohol Policy Actions
Date:  Nov 10th

BCCSU – What’s New in Addiction Nursing (Vol.29)

Nurse OAT Prescribing
Date:  Oct 27 (Wed) | 1200 – 1300
Presenter: Bruce Lange, RN
Learning Objectives:

  1. Review of how Nursing Scope has increased to support OAT prescribing due to the toxic drug supply in BC
  2. Review of some studies that look at increased scope of Nursing

Register: Here

CSAM-SMCA Fall Journal Club

Date:  Oct 28 (Thurs) | 1700
Facilitators: Dr. Monty Ghosh & Dr. Ken Lee

Register: Here

BCCSU – Addiction Practice Pod – New Season Coming soon!

Date:  Oct 29 (Fri)
First episode: Substance Use Care in Rural and Remote Contexts

Link: Here

Canadian Partnership Against Cancer – Alcohol Policy in Canada Webinar Series

Date:  Nov 3 (Wed)
Time:  0900-1000
Session 3: Public health Communication Approaches to Alcohol
Presenter: Dr. Catherine Paradis, CCSA & Dr. Erin Hobin, Public Health Ontario
Panel: Dr. Catherine Paradis & Dr. Erin Hobin
Register: Here

Session 4: Alcohol Policy Actions – Nov 10th


AMERSA Virtual 2021 Conference: Transforming Care Through Evidence and Policy

Date:  Nov 3-5 (Wed-Fri)
Time:  1030-1700

Learning Objectives:
AMERSA 2021 features an exciting multidisciplinary line-up of engaging speakers and 100+ presentations, including oral abstract sessions, a live poster session and interactive skills-based workshops.

Full conference registration includes access to a matched mentor/mentee session, SIG meetings and member-coordinated extra-curricular activities such as morning Peloton sessions, yoga and a book club.

All conference activities will be available for on-demand viewing to registered attendees for one year.

CE/CME/IPCE: Nov 3 = 5, Nov 4 = 6.25, Nov 5 = 4.75, Full Conference =16

Registration: Here

American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) -

On-Demand Webinars
Webinar Info: HERE


  • Nov 19-21 ISAM Annual Conference. More info to come soon.
  • Nov 23-25 – CCSA’s Issues of Substance Conference HERE

Past Webinars

  • Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health. Access past webinars HERE
  • Edgewood also holds webinars for 1.0 CEU’s. You can find access to past ones HERE
  • BC ECHO on Substance Use – Didactic presentations recordings BCCSU’s YouTube channel

If you are looking for any recordings of anything we have advertised here in the past or Amanda Chapman has hosted, please feel free to contact me by email at:

Therapeutics Initiative

Oct 27 Methods Speaker Series - Impact of reporting guidelines and prevalence of inconsistency in systematic reviews with network meta-analysis

Please click here for details.

Date: Wednesday, October 27th, 2021
Time: 12:00 noon to 1:00 PM PDT
Venue: Offered online using the Zoom platform. You must register and will receive the link in the confirmation email.

Please click here to Register.

Speakers: Areti-Angeliki Veroniki (Scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital, Unity Health Toronto, Canada) and Sofia Tsokani (PhD Student and Research Associate at the University of Ioannina, Greece).
Cost: Free
Registration Link: Click here for the registration form.

Background: Numerous, competing interventions are available for any given condition. Network meta-analysis (NMA) has attracted growing interest in evidence-based medicine, since it provides the comparative effectiveness and potential for harm across a network of interventions. In 2015, the PRISMA (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses for network meta-analysis) reporting guideline was extended for NMA, and comprised 32 items (27 core items for systematic reviews plus 5 items for NMAs). A key reporting item in PRISMA-NMA is consistency between direct and indirect evidence in a network of interventions. The assumption of consistency is fundamental to the validity of the NMA results.

Nov 17 Best Evidence Webinar: Evidence-Based Approach to Managing Outpatient Community Acquired Pneumonia featuring Dr. Davie Wong

Please click here for details.

Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Time: 12:00 – 13:00 Pacific Time PST 
Accreditation: MainPro+/MOC Section 1 credits: 1.0. You must register, attend the webinar and complete the evaluation in order to receive your certificate.
Cost: Free.
Registration: Click here for the registration form.
Learning Objectives:
By the end of this session, participants should be able to:

  • Identify evidence-based findings on history, physical exam, and laboratory investigations that support the diagnosis of pneumonia.
  • Understand the microbiology of community acquired pneumonia.
  • Distinguish between bacterial pneumonia and viral infections.
  • Select the appropriate type, route and duration of antibiotic.
  • Predict which patients would benefit most from admission and which can be managed as outpatients using validated scoring tools.
  • Incorporate preventative strategies to reduce the risk of community acquired pneumonia.
  • Recognize when to refer to a specialist.


The Therapeutics Initiative

Please click here to view additional articles.

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.

Divisions Dispatch

The latest news from the provincial team and complementary organizations.

Divisions in the News

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