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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. CIDFP Annual General Meeting and Election Results
  2. A Big Thank You!
  3. Oceanside PCN Update
  4. First Nation Engagement and Shared Care
  5. New practice announcement
  6. Doctors of BC Annual HA Engagement Survey - Island Physician Responses Needed
  7. Community Social Services Health & Safety Association September 2022 Update
  8. Rx for Health
  9. Therapeutics Initiative
  10. Self-Management BC
  11. Oceanside Hospice Society
  12. Divisions Dispatch
  13. Divisions in the News

CIDFP Annual General Meeting and Election Results

The Annual General Meeting of the Central Island Division took place on September 21 with 20 people in attendance.

Dr. Sandra Allison gave a presentation from the purview of Public Health on the demographics of the health region and some of the effects on health springing from the pandemic. 
Please click here to view the presentation.

Dr. Gina Bell chaired the meeting and presented the Central Island Annual Report.
Please click here to view the report.


The start of the nomination period saw two Board of Director positions available.  Nominations for Board positions opened on July 5, 2022. Nomination submissions deadline was August 13, 2021.

Four members were nominated during that period, so an Election Committee was struck to act as overseers and counters of the election and its results.
The Election Committee consisted of Dr. Jim Dimmick, and Adele Kristalovich. The election period ran from September 5 to September 16 and was entirely virtual.
An impressive 66% of the membership voted in this year’s election process.
The two seats for Directors for a two-year term will be filled by Drs. Mark Morris and Kristine Woodley
Thank you to all nominees who put their name forward to serve on this Board. It is greatly appreciated.

The Board of Directors for the 2022/23 year are:

  •   Dr. Gina Bell
  •   Dr. Wendy Johnsen
  •   Dr. Mark Morris
  •   Dr. Kristine Woodley
  •   Del Kristalovich
  •   Brian Klaver
  •   David James
  •   Dr. Jim Dimmick

A Big Thank You!

CIDFP has been very active in the last year planning and implementing Patient Medical Home, Shared Care, First Nation and community outreach and development of important networks. As well, the organization has been involved in implementing the Oceanside Primary Care Network and developing a Service Plan for a PCN in Port Alberni. Each project has looked at leveraging existing resources and creating functional teams who care for our complex demographic.
2021-22 project highlights include: 

  • Maternity Care in Port Alberni
  • HPV Pilot Project
  • RCCBC First Nations Engagement for Port Alberni
  • Oceanside PCN
  • Service planning – PCN Port Alberni
  • Shared Care – Psychiatry
  • Patient Medical Home Innovation - MOA network development and support of virtual care
  • Oversight of Minor Tenant Improvement funding
  • Development of OnPage system for FP notification
  • Long-term Care Quality Improvement Project and reimbursement of funds to LTC FPs
  • Recruitment of 4 FPs to the area

None of this would be possible without the attention, dedication, and talents of a great staff. I want to personally thank each and every staff member for bringing their best selves to this work every day. Those staff members are: Sharon Todd, Jill Skuse, Tina Biello, Kristie Lamirande and Silvinia Lanusse.

Well done!
Evelyn Clark
Executive Director - CIDFP

Oceanside PCN Update

Townhall - CIDFP / Island Health / Oceanside PCN

Date: Monday, September 26, 2022
Time: 1730 – 2030
Location: Parksville Community Centre. 223 Mills Street, Parksville, BC (behind Parksville Starbucks)
Pizza dinner will be served

This townhall is hosted by the Central Island Division of Family Practice, Island Health, and the Oceanside Primary Care Network (PCN). This will be an opportunity for questions and answers, and small presentations of services offered to you as local primary care providers.

We want to hear from you

This will be an opportunity for local Division providers to connect directly with organization leaders.

During the forum, updates will be provided on issues you have told us are important, and we will have an open Q&A period.

To ensure the Town Hall focuses on matters most relevant to you and your practice – please submit topics of consideration; and your RSVP to:

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

First Nation Engagement and Shared Care

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.

BBQ Details:
Date: September 28
Time: 5:30 pm
Location: 2941 8th Ave., 8th Avenue School. Port Alberni.

All primary care providers are invited, especially those from Port Alberni.

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 this 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.

New practice announcement


We are pleased to announce that along with Dr. Sue Stock and Dr. Ashlee Yang in North Vancouver we are now working together as West Coast Pediatric Endocrinology, to provide pediatric endocrinology services to the island. We are Drs. Emma McCutcheon and Zoya Thawer and are accepting referrals for pediatric endocrinology-related concerns including but not limited to type 1 and type 2 diabetes care, lipid abnormalities, growth and puberty concerns, pituitary hormone abnormalities, bone health, obesity and gender care. Our practice is based in Victoria, however at present, we run outreach clinics in Nanaimo (diabetes and endocrinology) and Campbell River (diabetes at this time but soon to include endocrinology) once a month. We also run a transition/young adult diabetes clinic at the Royal Jubilee Hospital.

We are also more than happy to provide phone advice and guidance to physicians to help support your patients. We will now have an urgent referral phone number that you can use to reach us for any urgent consults or phone advice. This number is 778-743-7418. You can use this number to call or text.

All of our referrals are centralized and can be faxed to 604-980-8393 and our office e-mail is

Thank you so much in advance and we look forward to providing comprehensive, shared care with you!

Dr. Emma McCutcheon
Pediatric Endocrinologist
Vancouver Island Health Authority

Dr. Zoya Thawer
Pediatric Endocrinologist
Vancouver Island Health Authority

Doctors of BC Annual HA Engagement Survey - Island Physician Responses Needed

This email is notice that the annual survey through Doctors of BC (Health Authority Engagement Survey) is now live. Promotional video linked here.


Survey Distribution/Timelines:

Open until October 12th, 2022 (typical 30 day period).
Email invitations have gone out and reminders will be sent on a weekly basis to those who have not completed/opened their unique survey link.
Family physicians, specialists, Division and MSA members all receive the survey if they are a Doctors of BC member.
The email with link will go to the email address Doctors of BC has on file for the member.
The email invitation will come from, with a display name of ‘Doctors of BC Surveys’. The subject line reads: “Doctors of BC Health Authority Engagement Survey 2022”.
All responses will go directly to TWI Surveys Inc. All responses are anonymous and confidential, neither Doctors of BC nor health authorities will see individual responses.
If physicians do not receive their survey, they may contact
As RAA, I am also happy to answer/field any questions.

Important Notes:

PLEASE encourage your local membership to complete the survey and if possible, provide reminders at any upcoming meetings you may have. Health Authorities across the province continue to be interested in the results and it is the opportunity to hear the physician voice.
At least five survey respondents from a site are required to be included in the annual report. I’ve included links for previous site-level data below:
2021 Island data is found here starting on page 81 and 214 : Supplemental Report
2020 Island data is found here starting on pages 113 and 318: Supplemental report

Community Social Services Health & Safety Association September 2022 Update

Community Social Services Health & Safety Regional Presentations
A reminder we are holding a number of in-person Community Social Services Health & Safety Presentations throughout the province. Presentations will include information on WorkSafeBC injury statistics, the CSS Violence Risk Assessment Tool, general best practices, resources, and questions and opportunities that will allow participants to engage. WorkSafeBC Prevention Officers and Consultants will also attend the sessions.

Please join us in your region by registering on this REGISTRATION LINK .

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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