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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. Port Alberni PCN, Maternity and Shared Care Update
  2. Announcing new and improved updates to the But I Don't Do Maternity Care educational series
  3. Health Data Coalition: Striving for Health Equity
  4. Compassionate Leadership Training
  5. Rx for Health
  6. Therapeutics Initiative
  7. Self-Management BC
  8. Oceanside Hospice Society
  9. Divisions Dispatch
  10. Divisions in the News

Port Alberni PCN, Maternity and Shared Care Update

Maternity Care, Oceanside

Dr. Kelly Hadfield is taking any referrals for perinatal care for Oceanside. More details to come but if you have any pregnant women in your panel in Oceanside, please consider referring to Dr. Hadfield, as she is local.

Please join us for dinner and conversation about Updates in the World of Perinatal Care

Date: April 4, 2023
Time: 5:30-7:30 pm
Location: The Beach Club Resort – Sand Dollar Room
Speaker: Dr. Kelly Hadfield, MD CCFP MSc BSc
Family Physician, Qualicum Beach Medical
DentalFounder/Director, Ghana Medical Help

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There are important new and updated perinatal guidelines that affect low-risk pregnant women. Join us for a discussion about such topics such as aspirin, covid in pregnancy, elevated BMI in pregnancy, and hypertension in pregnancy. We'll talk about the current evidence and recommendations, helpful resources, and mitigating the challenges of managing prenatal care in a rural community.

Shared Care Port Alberni

Shared Care project has begun in Port Alberni bringing together Specialists and GPs. This project will focus on offering support to remote First Nations surrounding Port Alberni and the West Coast.

For more information and if you are interested in participating, please get a hold of Tina Biello at

Referrals for Murray Coughtrey, RN

Oceanside RN Murray Coughtrey has opened a space on Jensen St. for any referrals to come in for shockwave therapy for musculoskeletal conditions.
Please contact Murray at:

Port Alberni PCN

Please join us for dinner and conversation about the Primary Care Network in Port Alberni

Date: April 12, 2023
Time: 6:00-8:00 pm
Location: The Best Western Barclay - 4277 Stamp Ave.
Dr. Anienne Marsay, Family Physician, Port Alberni PCN Lead
Sharon Todd, PCN Manager

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There are five strategies in the Port Alberni PCN that have recently been approved by the Ministry of Health. We are about to embark on implementation and want to update the community of providers about the strategies, what to expect and how this can support you in your practice. We'll talk about the current situation and helpful resources coming to the community.

Announcing new and improved updates to the But I Don't Do Maternity Care educational series

We are writing from the UBC Division of Continuing Professional Development (UBC CPD) with exciting updates about our But I Don’t Do Maternity Care! educational series that was developed in partnership with the Vancouver Division of Family Practice.

But I Don’t Do Maternity Care! was originally developed as a workshop series for family physicians who don’t do deliveries, but who see pregnant patients for prenatal health. There were six different workshop topics ranging from preconception to postpartum.

The program was updated in 2022 based on learner needs and best practices in adult learning. Our previous model of 3-hour in-person workshops (with a didactic lecture and cases) has been adapted into a free online module (up to 3-hours, however CPD credits are available for shorter individual lessons) plus shorter 90-minute live workshops (available either in-person or online) based on case study discussions.

We are excited to share the relaunch of this education with you as your Division previously delivered several community based But I Don’t Do Maternity Care! workshops on Perinatal mental health (April 2018); Postpartum care (March 2018); Prenatal care (Feb 2018).

The online module is available now on our elearning website (additional information on how to access the module is provided below). 

But I Don’t Do Maternity Care! Essentials For Family Physicians

New format
eLearning | Any Time   

Overview: Designed for family physicians and primary care providers who provide care for pregnant patients up to 20 weeks but don't perform deliveries. You will receive tools and information to better support patients through the pregnancy journey, including preconception, early prenatal and postpartum.

Up to 3.0 Mainpro+ credits  


The live workshops are currently in development. We will pilot the sessions with Vancouver Division of Family Practice in summer 2023, and thereafter they will be available for you to adapt and host in your community, as we did with the previous program. We anticipate a training session for various Divisions will be available towards the end of this calendar year, where you can send a representative from your Division to learn about the updates and do a ‘train the trainer’ session to support delivery in your community.

Health Data Coalition: Striving for Health Equity

Health Equity and Female Leaders

In recent years we’ve seen an increase in the number of female physicians and specialists in healthcare. The funding, research and quality of women’s healthcare and the healthcare of non-gender conforming, and racialized patients is improving. This International Women’s Day, we took the opportunity to honour diversity and equity in healthcare. We recognize the contributions women continue to make to the healthcare profession in B.C. and around the world. Our industry, provincially and federally, is making progress closing the gaps and improving the role equity plays in decisions made at every level. We are grateful for the many female leaders in our local healthcare industry, and we are proud to have several on both our board and our staff.

Better patient care means better care and better outcomes for all genders. International Women’s Day was March 8th and the theme for 2023 was Embrace Equity. Health equity means all patients have fair and equal opportunities to access health services, regardless of gender. As awareness of inequality improves, we encourage you to embrace equity every day.

MD's Corner - Please, give me back some time!

In the latest MD’s Corner, Medical Director Dr. Oona Hayes examines the role data plays in allowing physicians to take control and recover some of their valuable time. Reimagining where we may reallocate time within a Patient Medical Home (PMH) model can benefit patients, physicians and their team and our healthcare system.

“Practice and community-level health data can inform PMH and Primary Care Network team composition...We can use data to change the way certain services are delivered.”

Read the full MD’s Corner HERE.  Read past MD’s Corner pieces HERE.

Understanding your practice composition and encounters

With the new Longitudinal Family Physician payment program, now is a good time to understand your patient population. Log into HDC Discover and navigate to the Population Pyramid to view three main data points:

Total number of active patients that have had at least one visit in the past 3 years
Total number of patient encounters in the past 3 years
Average number of encounters per patient in the past 3 years
These three data points can help physicians better understand their active patient population, past supply of patient encounters and which age demographic have required more attention. How will these data points inform your plan for the coming year? Log into HDC Discover to see your practice data.

Practice improvement through meaningful measurement – Creating a vision for the future

Dr. Brenna Lynn, HDC Board Director and Associate Dean at UBC Continuing Professional Development (CPD), who is passionate about data-driven practice improvement for physicians and health teams. As her term on the HDC Board comes to a close, she explores the new CPD paradigm in her latest LinkedIn article.

“Data-led CPD equips new learning approaches, reflection on practice data trends, and empowers physicians to decide which areas require more focus in order to improve patient outcomes. To ensure the intervention is not short term, physicians can monitor their progress to confirm sustained outcomes, using their own practice data.”

Read the full piece HERE

Tips and Tricks – Build your favourites

The ‘My Favourites’ feature in HDC Discover  application allows you to select key measures of interest, so you can focus your attention on specific measures and access them quickly. When you log into the application, you're presented with the QI Panel, ‘My Favourites’ domain. In a few simple steps you can set up your measures of interest under ‘My Favourites’. Learn how to build your favourites in HDC Discover: HERE

If there are tips and tricks you’d like to support your HDC Discover usage, please get in touch! Email us at 

2023 BCCFP Awards Nominations close March 31

The BC College of Family Physicians’ annual awards program recognizes exceptional family physicians, residents and medical students. Award categories include My Family Doctor Award, BC Family Physician of the Year, First Five Years of Practice Award and more. The awards recognize family physicians, residents and medical students who provide exemplary patient care and contribute to excellence in family medicine. To nominate a family physician for one of the 2023 awards, click HERE.

Health Data Coalition website click HERE

Compassionate Leadership Training

Please see the information below. If you have an interest in forming a cohort for this excellent training opportunity, please let me know as soon as possible.

In collaboration with RCCbc, workshops are being organized with self-selected cohorts for Compassionate Leadership, a partnership with Shawn and Heather Atleo that blends Indigenous and Western pedagogy in a leadership program designed to increase compassion and improve cultural safety and humility in both clinical and leadership practice.

There is funding from JCCs to deliver up to 25 cohorts by November 2023. As the focus is mostly on rural, groups from rural areas will be prioritized.

The work is relationship-based and training agendas are co-created so there is intent to engage directly right from the start to understand the cohort’s needs and how this training can serve work, partnerships, and the networks in the area.

There are lots of different shapes a cohort can take; it really depends on the need and the current state in the community/communities.

Please know that there is NO COST to participate in the program. JCC funding covers all sessional costs as well as travel for in-person components, and there is no registration fee. People who have done the training are talking about its transformative power, and there is a lot of interest in this training.

For further information please reach out to a Division staff member or contact me directly at or 250-703-6159.

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

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