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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. President's Letter: Report on Primary Care Engagement
  2. First Nation Engagement and Shared Care
  3. Open Letter to Ministry of Health for Vancouver Island physicians
  4. Upper GI and Barium Swallow Requests
  5. Seeking patients and clinicians for arthritis study
  6. Rx for Health
  7. Therapeutics Initiative
  8. Self-Management BC
  9. Oceanside Hospice Society
  10. Divisions Dispatch
  11. Divisions in the News

President's Letter: Report on Primary Care Engagement

October 21, 2022
Report on Primary Care Engagement

Dear colleagues,

This summer, Doctors of BC invited family physicians and specialists to join us in a province-wide consultation on the future of primary care. Today, I am pleased to share with you the full report that summarizes your feedback. The Future of Primary Care: Doctors of BC Member Engagement 2022 provides insight into your views on the challenges we are currently facing, and your insights into solutions.

I want to thank all physicians who participated in this engagement—family doctors and specialists—for your eloquent and passionate contributions and for being courageous in sharing your stories and lived experiences. I am inspired by your commitment to your patients, and your strength as we navigate these challenging times. 

One strong and resounding theme we heard is that you need to feel valued for the central role you play in your patients’ health journey, and that isn’t always happening at the current time. We have created a one-page summary of the most frequently mentioned solutions to our challenges, which include:

  • Pay family doctors fairly and equitably for their work and time, and offset the rising business costs involved in providing longitudinal care.
  • Offer optional, flexible, and simple payment options through improvements to fee for service with time modifiers and/or updated contracts.
  • Reduce administrative tasks and forms.
  • Increase access to locums.
  • Increase supports for team-based care.
  • Improve family physician and specialist collaboration.
  • Modernize and centralize electronic medical records (EMRs).

Your input into this engagement has been critical in shaping the direction and outcome of our discussions with government toward a new payment model option for family physicians, which will incorporate many of your proposed solutions. We expect an announcement to take place very soon. Moving forward, your feedback through the engagements will continue to shape strategic policy, decisions, and actions to address ongoing challenges in our health care system.

Specialists update

This week, a Specialists Forum took place led by Dr Sam Bugis, Doctors of BC Vice-President, Physician Affairs and Specialist Practice. It included representatives from more than 20 specialties, Consultant Specialists of BC (cSBC), Specialist Services Committee (SSC), and Doctors of BC Board delegates. A presentation and discussion focussed on two topics: the gridlock in BC’s Emergency Departments, and specialists’ input into the Business Pathways program at Doctors of BC. Themes and innovative ideas emerged from the discussion on both topics.

With respect to advocacy for specialists and their patients, Doctors of BC and cSBC are in discussions with the Deputy Minister of Health to develop solutions to the many challenges experienced by specialists. Our second meeting is scheduled for next week.

I remain committed to ensuring open and transparent communications about the advocacy work we are doing in support of our profession, and will continue to keep you posted on developments.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment to your patients and their families.


Dr Ramneek Dosanjh
President, Doctors of BC

First Nation Engagement and Shared Care

First Nation Engagement Sessions

Port Alberni
Lunch and Learn and a BBQ were held in the past few months with Elders and GPs. These sessions are to bring Elders and Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council services, together with Primary Care providers to offer a continuing conversation about healthcare for Indigenous communities.

The next meeting will be a festive holiday dinner in Port Alberni.

The details are:
November 30, 5:30 pm
4227 6th Ave. Port Alberni
All primary care providers are invited.
Please contact Tina Biello for more information.

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

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 contact Tina Biello at

Open Letter to Ministry of Health for Vancouver Island physicians

Please click here to read the letter.

Upper GI and Barium Swallow Requests

NRGH Medical Imaging is experiencing fluoroscopy equipment shortages and therefore, currently have reduced capacity.

In the interim, we are unable to accommodate upper GI and barium swallow requests.

Please click here for more information.

Seeking patients and clinicians for arthritis study

Dr. Anna Gagliardi at University Health Network (UHN) is recruiting healthcare professionals for a one-time 20 to 30-minute phone interview for a research study about how to improve person-centred osteoarthritis (OA) care. During the interview, we will ask you for your perspectives, experiences, and recommendations regarding strategies to improve care for immigrant women affected by osteoarthritis.

You are eligible for this study if you:

  • Are a family physician, nurse practitioner, or community pharmacist who works with patients with osteoarthritis; OR
  • Are a policymaker who oversees osteoarthritis policies

For more information or to express interest in participating, please contact the study coordinator, Madeline Theodorlis, by email: by Friday, December 2, 2022. Please note that information sent by email may be accessible by external parties and therefore not entirely secure. Many thanks for your consideration.

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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