Powell River

Powell River Division of Family Practice


2015-16 was truly the year of Member Engagement and Partner Collaboration for the Powell River Division of Family Practice. With over 15 projects and initiatives on the go, membership engagement was critical to ensure meaningful impact on the primary health care system – and collaboration with our partners made that impact even more substantial. 

Member Engagement has been instrumental in the success of our organization and the Divisions of Family Practice movement. The provincial A GP for Me initiative and the local palliative care project provided us with opportunities to meaningfully engage our members and give them a voice in influencing primary care improvements. Our A GP for Me work began in earnest: the number of unattached patients dropped from 25% to 12% of our population; we supported clinics and incoming GPs in recruiting five new doctors to the community; and we developed a website for patients to access health resources in our community. The palliative care project improved the discharge process from acute care to home, increased community awareness and provided meaningful training for healthcare professionals. The insights, commitment, and expertise of our members have positively shaped our outcomes and made a meaningful difference in all of our projects and initiatives.  

Partner Collaboration has been another key theme in 2015-16. Our partnership with the City of Powell River to leverage the Resident Attraction campaign for physician recruitment is an example how we are “better together.” Equally, our close partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health and the Hospice Society to improve palliative care demonstrates the power of collaboration. Working with other organizations is challenging and rewarding. We will continue to invest in building relationships in order to reap the benefits.

Our members have a unique opportunity to work collaboratively with our health authority and community partners. The result is a system of primary care in Powell River that addresses the triple aim of improved patient and provider experience of care, improved population health, and more efficient use of financial resources. 




  • 36 general practitioners
  • 12 specialists
  • 2 nurse practitioners

Palliative care steering committee meeting.

Participants in local CME session.

Physician panel at Pearl Fest.