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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. Shared Care, Maternity Network, First Nation Engagement Update
  2. X rays transitioning back to walk in.
  3. Invitation to BC ECHO for Post-COVID-19 Recovery – Session 8 (March 8, 12-1pm)
  4. Comox Valley OBGYN Pooled Referral and Practice Change Update
  5. Alcohol Use Disorder - refresher webinar Mar 3, 6:30pm
  6. Evidence-based MEME Conference - May 27 and 28
  7. Therapeutics Initiative
  8. Self-Management BC
  9. Oceanside Hospice Society
  10. Divisions Dispatch
  11. Divisions in the News

Shared Care, Maternity Network, First Nation Engagement Update

Shared Care, Psychiatry:
Follow up with psychiatry shared care: Tina Biello has connected with 6 interested GPs  with a schedule for sessions with Dr. Saffy. These sessions started the beginning of 2021 and will now go until end of March 2022. Dinner meeting being planned for March 9th  for providers involved.

Maternity Network:
Dinner meeting being planned for March 3rd  for providers in the Alberni Valley who have been part of the maternity network. If any providers are interested in coming who haven’t been contacted, please get in touch with Tina Biello:

Network will be looking at a communication system for all providers (GPs, NPs, Public Health, NTC nursing, midwives) involved in maternity care.

First Nations:
First Nation engagement sessions were held in collaboration with RCCBC, Nuuchahnulth First Nations and Central Island Division. Each session had 3 elders from Nuuchahnulth territories and 3-5 primary care providers.
Thanks to all who attended. We have now completed the video editing and we will begin sharing these here two at a time, as there are eight. The link is the short version. In the description below video, you will see link to longer video, if you have time and are interested in watching. Below are Sessions 5 and 6.

Thanks so much for all who came. Final gathering and feast to celebrate above will be scheduled now for May or June, given that restrictions have been lifted.

Session 5:

Session 6:

Similar cultural safety sessions are being planned for Oceanside First Nations and primary care providers.
Potential dates for this will be early April.

X rays transitioning back to walk in.

Island Health Medical Imaging is transitioning back to offering outpatient x-ray services on a walk-in basis. 
Please CLICK HERE for details.

The main highlights are:

  • Island Health Medical Imaging is transitioning back to offering outpatient x-ray services on a walk-in basis
  • We will continue to accept faxed, CPOE and paper copies of referrals
  • We are unable to accept emailed referrals at this time
  • Updated fax numbers and outpatient walk-in hours are included at the end of the letter

Invitation to BC ECHO for Post-COVID-19 Recovery – Session 8 (March 8, 12-1pm)

BC ECHO for Post-COVID-19 Recovery – Session 8 (March 8, 12-1pm)

Based on the global ECHO model, the BC ECHO for Post-COVID-19 Recovery is a free virtual learning community of specialists and community health care providers who use instructive and case-based learning to improve care for patients recovering from symptoms post COVID-19.

Each monthly ECHO session is an hour, and starts with a 30-minute presentation from specialists on participant-identified topics, followed by a case presentation submitted by any participant. Each session will wrap up with resources and recommendations. Sessions will be recorded and made available to all registered attendees.

The eighth session, “Self-Management Strategies, Resources and Tools for Common Post-COVID-19 Symptoms”, will be held on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at 12-1pm. A presentation will be provided by Dr. Jesse Greiner (General Internist, Providence Health Care), Dr. Jill Calder (Physiatrist, Interior Health), and Elise Bocknek (Occupational Therapist, Vancouver Coastal Health).

The learning objectives for this session include:

  • The learner will understand the importance of self-management skills for Post COVID-19 sequelae and tips on how to activate patients to participate in their own care.
  • The learner will become familiar with specific tools, strategies, and resources to activate and support self management with their Post COVID-19 patients.
  • The learner will know how to explain the energy envelope tool, symptom tracker, and implement the use of these tools to track and monitor their patients progress.
  • The learner will understand how to explain the principles of the 4 P’s and the 3 D’s of energy conservation and guide patients on how to implement them into their daily life.

If you are interested in attending this session, please register using the link HERE.

For more details about the BC ECHO for Post-COVID-19 Recovery and future sessions, please visit our website.

Raveena Garcha MPH
Project Leader, Virtual Health & Shared Care
Providence Health Care

Comox Valley OBGYN Pooled Referral and Practice Change Update

Please CLICK HERE to view an update from Comox Valley OBGYNs.
Jacqueline Kinney Consulting - Project Management & Evaluation
(250) 650 4452

Alcohol Use Disorder - refresher webinar Mar 3, 6:30pm

Please CLICK HERE for information and REGISTRATION for an educational event on the topic of “Alcohol Use Disorder”.  
The session will take place on March 3rd from 6:30-8:00pm.

We will provide an update on the prevalence of
alcohol related harms and discuss the provincial
guidelines for the clinical management of alcohol
use disorder. Specifically:

  • Develop an approach to brief interventions for patients with Alcohol Use Disorder and know how to select appropriate screening tools. 
  • Describe options and techniques used for alcohol withdrawal including the use of the Prediction ofAlcohol Withdrawal Severity Scale(PAWSS) 
  • Explore the fundamentals of Relapse Prevention by reviewing the pharmacotherapies for AUD and psychosocial treatment interventions

Evidence-based MEME Conference - May 27 and 28

The Best Science Medicine Course returns as the MEME Conference (Making Evidence Matter for Everyone),  May 27 & 28, 2022 online and in Vancouver - we make evidence fun!

From the docs who brought you Tools for Practice; Best Science Medicine Course; Meds Conference, and BS Medicine Podcast, the MEME Conference is evidence-based with no sponsorship (we are a registered non-profit funded entirely by registration fees) and bringing you the best topics and most-entertaining presenters!

Our quick pearls will be broad and practical making them great for family physicians, nurse practitioners, and pharmacists.  Download the brochure at  Enter the MEME contest to win back you registration fee – register early for more chances to win!

Presentations include:

  • Top 5 Strong Recommendations with Really High NNTs
  • What to Aim for When Your Heart and Kidneys Are Under Pressure?
  • How to Get Resource Rich When Talking to Patients About Evidence
  • An Acute Discussion of a Chronic Pain Guideline
  • One Pill, Two Pill, Red Pill, Blue Pill: Next Steps in Difficult Depression
  • Adolescent Depression: Smells Like Teen Spirit???
  • To Bleed or Not to Bleed: Rational Perioperative Anticoagulation Management
  • Cohort Studies: What They Show and Don’t Show and Can't Show
  • What Is the Evidence for Pain Management in People Who Use OAT?
  • How to Keep My Patient Out of the Emergency Department When Prescribing
  • Insulins: A Stabbing Look at Which Ones and When
  • When Should Drug "Approval" = Your Approval?
  • New Cardiology Trials That Should Change Practice
  • Biologics: What Are They Good For?
  • … and much more!

Questions?  Please contact Ian Tang, Event Manager,

Therapeutics Initiative

Please visit our website 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

As a valued part of our health and wellness community, we invite  you to click here for a link to our monthly “Hot Sheet” that summarizes the upcoming remote workshops offered by Self-Management BC.

Please feel free to print and post this sheet in an appropriate area of your office, or email/fax it to other health care providers/community partners who may be interested in referring their patients, clients, or colleagues to our programs.  If you would like us to send a selection of our brochures to display in your office, let us know by replying to this email.

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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