The past year has been a time of change and progress for the South Island Division of Family Practice (SIDFP) with the completion of the Child Youth Mental Health & Substance Use collaborative, the Saanich Peninsula Transitions in Care project and the expansion/focus on the Patient Medical Home/Primary Care Network. We also saw a change in the governance structure of the Division as we aligned our bylaws with the new Societies Act. This meant diversifying the make-up of our Board and, for the first time, having non-members fill Director positions. The Division has already benefited from the expertise of Dale Henley, the lawyer on the Board, and Alison McCluskey, the accountant. We are grateful for their participation and wisdom.
We assure members that the SIDFP will continue to provide a voice at both the provincial and local health tables. The Board and staff will continue to reach out to you the members, through the bi-weekly e-bulletins, quarterly newsletters, and ongoing project and practice level engagements. We need you, our members, to stay involved or become involved, as we need your voices to guide how we represent you. Please consider joining a working group, coming to a Division event, or joining us at a Board meeting to see what is going on behind the scenes.
Over the next year, SIDFP will continue to work with you, our members, other Divisions, Island Health and the Ministry of Health to improve coordination across the system and streamline patient access to community resources.
This past winter, your Board and key physician leaders began regular meetings with the Health Authority and Ministry of Health focused on the Patient Medical Home/Primary Care Network/Urgent Primary Care Centre planning. This initiative is an important one and will rely on membership’s involvement as it moves forward. To this end, we encourage all Division members to become or remain involved in the important work of your Division. Our mission is to provide the best care possible to our patients and communities, but also to improve the lives of our member family practitioners.
Dr. Robin Saunders, Dr. Vanessa Young & Dr. Jaron Easterbrook
Board Chair, Alternate Chair & Vice Chair