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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. Central Island Division of Family Practice 2022 AGM
  2. CIDFP Projects Update
  3. Oceanside PCN Update.
  4. Ministry of Health announcement - funding for overhead
  5. PRA-BC Application Form - Spring 2023 Intake
  6. Medical Student Research Project Survey Distribution Request
  7. Rx for Health
  8. Therapeutics Initiative
  9. Self-Management BC
  10. Oceanside Hospice Society
  11. Divisions Dispatch
  12. Divisions in the News

Central Island Division of Family Practice 2022 AGM

All Central Island Division GPs and NPs are invited to attend the 2022 CIDFP AGM. The meeting will be entirely virtual, and the Zoom details are included below.

Election information: 

On September 5th, voting members will receive an email with a unique access key and password to vote in the upcoming Central Island Division of Family Practive Board of Directors vote. Voting closes on September 16th, 2022.

The Central Island Division of Family Practice's Board of Directors decides how to optimally use all funding to best benefit Central Island's membership and makes decisions on strategic priorities on behalf of all of our members.
There are 4 nominees standing for 2 open board positions for the 2022/23 year.


AGM Details

Date: Sep 21, 2022
Time: 6:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Meeting ID: 868 1283 5416
Passcode: 303901

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CIDFP Projects Update

First Nation Engagement Sessions:

Port Alberni
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.
Tina Biello will be following up as Elders are interested in keeping the conversation going.

The next meeting will be a bbq in Port Alberni hosted by Nuu-chah-nulth Elders.

SAVE THE DATE: September 28.
More details will come in email invites.

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


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.

Dr. Saffy has offered to host an evening session later on in fall on ADHD. Please stay tuned for details and a date.

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.

Oceanside PCN Update.

Health Connect Registry

The latest Ministry of Health attachment data (May 2022) reports that approximately 6,878 patients are waiting for a primary care provider.  The latest Oceanside total population is approximately 53,000 (Census 2021).  This equates to approximately 12.97% of our population has requested a primary care provider.  897 patients were attached since HCR roll-out.

Team-based care

We now have four RNs and one pharmacist working across six practices to support PCN providers with increased access for patient care and improved quality of care.  A social worker will be mobilized to join this initiative. 

Rural patient medical home

Conversations continue to develop a PCN clinic in rural Oceanside to address primary care attachment and access for those highly underserved populations.  A space has been leased and Ministry of Health has approved a project funding grant for tenant improvement renovations.  The clinic is expected to open in June 2023. 

Priority Response Team (PRT)

In May, after several months pause, the PRT was re-mobilized.

Flowerstone Family Health Clinic

Patient attachment continues.  Recruitment of a contract physician and a fee-for-service physician is ongoing.

Indigenous Health Team

Hiring is in progress for two First Nations-based Indigenous positions.

Should you have any feedback, questions, or curiosity about becoming a PCN provider, please reach out to Kristie Lamirande, PCN Manager, at 250-203-7545 or

Ministry of Health announcement - funding for overhead

The Ministry of Health and Doctors of BC are providing $118 million in stabilization funding to family doctors throughout British Columbia to help them ensure their patients have continued access to primary care services.

Here is the link to the announcement:

PRA-BC Application Form - Spring 2023 Intake

Please click here for the Spring 2023 PRA-BC return of service application form for family practice candidates who will be practice ready in the Fall of 2023.

Please click here for an information document should you need to find out more about the PRA-BC Return of Service program.

Due date for all applications is end of day September 9, 2022.

If you have any questions, please contact: 

Email: or

Phone: 250-755-7691 ext. 53902.

*please note, the applications are on Legal Size paper, if anyone wants to print and fill out the documents instead of using the fillable PDF feature.

Medical Student Research Project Survey Distribution Request

Medical student research project

Please take 1 minute to answer 4 yes/no questions about osteoarthritis imaging in your practice. This research project is being completed in collaboration with the "Choosing Wisely" initiative and aims to raise awareness about current imaging patterns.

Deadline August 29th.
Nicola Horwood - medical student, UBC
Research supervisor: Dr. Nimrod Levy.

Please click on the link below to participate.


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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