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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. Update: DoBC President and Board Chair's Meeting with the Premier and Minister of Health
  2. First Nation Engagement Sessions:
  3. Pandemic Perspectives on Long-Term Care: Insights from Canadians in Light of COVID-19
  5. South Island Conference for Front Line Clinicians
  6. Rx for Health
  7. Dynamic Focus Physiotherapy - Oncology Rehabilitation Services in Nanoose Bay
  8. Therapeutics Initiative
  9. Self-Management BC
  10. Oceanside Hospice Society
  11. Divisions Dispatch
  12. Divisions in the News

Update: DoBC President and Board Chair's Meeting with the Premier and Minister of Health

Divisions of Family Practice Executive Directors and Physician Leads,

Further to our dialogue on Monday evening and the DoBC President and Board Chair’s meeting with the Premier and Minister of Health yesterday, we wanted to share the following communication/statements:

  1. Statement from Doctors of BC President Dr Ramneek Dosanjh and Board Chair Dr Adam Thompson. Click here to read.
  2. Premier's statement on family doctors in B.C. Click here to read.
  3. Letter from the DoBC Board Chair and President sent to all members this morning (see below).


Our Meeting with the Premier and Minister of Health

Dear colleagues,

At our recent Board meeting, we committed to openness and transparency in our advocacy efforts to support patients and our profession through this challenging and pivotal time in healthcare. Following up on this commitment, we are writing to update you on our discussion this week with the Premier and the Minister of Health. Our goal in this meeting was to ensure government understands the challenges we face as physicians trying to provide the best care for our patients, and to seek commitment to start working on solutions. 

We had a frank, honest, and robust discussion, in which both the Premier and Minister agreed that physicians are the foundation of primary care. They listened as we spoke about the critical challenges before us and agreed that immediate action is needed. We also acknowledged the investment government has made in primary care, particularly in developing and enhancing team-based care, which we strongly support as an important strategy to support Community Longitudinal Family Physicians.

We are pleased that the Premier directed Deputy Minister Stephen Brown to immediately start working with Doctors of BC to develop new payment models for longitudinal family medicine. To ensure progress is made, the Ministry and Doctors of BC will develop a firm timeline with tangible outcomes. We will update our members as those timelines are confirmed. We commit to hearing from our members through our upcoming engagement that will be launched soon, so that all physicians have a voice. The Premier also acknowledged that significant funding will be needed, beyond monies that may be transferred from the federal government.

The Minister added that he will consider alternate governance models for Primary Care Networks and Urgent and Primary Care Centres, in communities where they are needed. He agreed that the forum for innovation in this area is our joint collaborative table, the General Practice Services Committee (GPSC), and with input from the Divisions of Family Practice.

While the focus of our advocacy at this time is on the primary care crisis, we acknowledge the challenges experienced by our specialist members. At our Board meeting in June, we will be spending a large portion of the day speaking with specialist physician leaders and will develop an advocacy strategy that will also be open and transparent. We will be following that up with a letter to all our members.

It’s time to get to work on solutions on behalf of our patients. We look forward to tackling these issues, representing all of our members - family doctors and specialists - who are working hard and struggling to provide medical care in their communities. We continue with our commitment to transparency and regular communication along this journey. And we acknowledge that actions, ultimately, speak louder than words.


Dr Ramneek Dosanjh, President, Doctors of BC
Dr Adam Thompson, Chair of the Board, Doctors of BC

First Nation Engagement Sessions:

Port Alberni

First Nation engagement evening was held in collaboration Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations and Central Island Division on May 5 at the Alberni Athletic Hall.

Thanks to all who attended. It was a great evening. Sorry to those GPs and NPs who couldn’t make it. Tina Biello will be following up as Elders are interested in keeping the conversation going.


Cultural safety evening is being planned with Oceanside First Nation Elders and primary care providers for June 2 at Qualicum First Nation campground.

Email invite to Oceanside providers has gone out and will go out again. Please RSVP to

Pandemic Perspectives on Long-Term Care: Insights from Canadians in Light of COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact in Canada’s long-term care (LTC) settings. In June 2020, the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), in partnership with the National Institute on Ageing (NIA), reported that 81% of Canada’s deaths from COVID-19 during the first wave occurred in LTC and other congregate settings — nearly twice the international average of 38% in member nations of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).1 NIA researchers further determined that there were 74 times more deaths among older Canadians living in LTC and retirement homes than among community-dwelling older Canadians — 3 times higher than the OECD average.

Please click here to continue the article.


The Central Island Division of Family Practice will be holding a Summer BBQ to welcome members new and old back to in-person collaboration.
We are proud to show off our new Central Island offices, located at the historic Qualicum Beach Train Station, which is surrounded by lovely grounds - perfect for hosting a BBQ with Smokin' George's coming to cater the event.
Accommodation will be provided for members that require it, and you are welcome to bring your spouse or partner.
We look forward to seeing you all in person! 

Watch out for the invite arriving to your email inbox soon.

South Island Conference for Front Line Clinicians

Join us in Victoria for this year's Island Medicine Conference.

Date: Jun 10-11, 2022
Venue: The Victoria Convention Centre.

Click here to Register

Click here for more details

Friday's agenda will be a mix of plenary, breakouts, and panel discussions — with a focus on topics seen by health care professionals every day in practice, with breakout sessions in the afternoon where you can choose your focus.
On Saturday we move to two sets of small-group, hands-on simulation workshops.

We hope you can join us!

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.

Dynamic Focus Physiotherapy - Oncology Rehabilitation Services in Nanoose Bay

I am the owner of Dynamic Focus Physiotherapy in Nanoose Bay. I offer specialized oncology rehabilitation services to patients who have undergone, and are currently undergoing, cancer treatment.

As a cancer rehabilitation physiotherapist, I provide oncology-specific treatment for all types of cancer in any phase of treatment. Types of cancer covered include head and neck cancer, breast
cancer, gynecological cancer, colorectal cancers, and multiple myeloma

Please click here for more information.  

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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