South Island Division of Family Practice


The SIDFP e-Bulletin gives members and partners a heads-up about upcoming events and new resources. We use it to introduce new people to the Division and talk about some of our accomplishments. The e-Bulletin is distributed every first Thursday of the month. The deadline for submission is the previous Thursday. To submit an item or should you wish to be added to the mailing list please email us at

South Island Division E-Bulletin

April 4, 2024

Missed the March newsletter? Catch up here!


Check back in May for updated information from our Board of Directors! 


Come back in May for PCN-related news! 


Do you want to join drop-in improvement sessions with our team? Are you curious about joining an MOA network across the South Island? Do you want to hear about upcoming events and workshops available to MOAs?

Find out more here! 

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Upcoming Events & Learning Opportunities

LTCI Learning Series - Alcohol Use Disorder in Long-term Care

Thursday, April 11  l  5:00-6:30PM  l  Virtual via Zoom

This presentation is open to physicians, nurses, and allied health professionals practicing in Long-term care. 

Join colleagues for an evening of education at the LTCI Virtual Learning Series, presented by Dr. Chris Stuart, Dr. Alicia Pawluk, & Dr. Chris Blashko.

* 1.5 Group Learning Mainpro+ credits available. 

Click here to RSVP! 


Community Healthcare Forum 

Thursday, April 11  l  1:00 - 4:00PM  l  Luther Court Community Health Centre

Join other social and health service providers to learn more about the primary care landscape in our region and brainstorming communication strategies for strengthening referrals and collaboration. 

RSVP here! 


Heal the Healers - Indigenous Traditional Healers' Wisdom about Self-Care

Tuesday, April 23  l  5:30 - 8:00PM  l  Tsawout Longhouse 

Join us to enjoy a traditional Indigenous dinner and gain a shared understanding of how local, Indigenous Traditional Healers: 

  • Care for themselves on a path of service and face the suffering of others
  • Take care of self and clients when treatment doesn't work as expected
  • Utilize their network to support self-care
  • Recgonize the signs and symptoms of burnout in themselves
  • Enhance their resilience and recover from adversity 

RSVP here! 


Internal Medicine Review Course for Primary Care Providers

Monday, May 6 - Thursday, May 9  l  8:00AM - 3:00PM  l  St. Paul's Hospital, Vancouver, BC

This 4-day conference is open to family physicians and nurse practitioners within the South Island. 

  • Participants will receive 3.5hours of 1-on-1 time with an industry professional during the workshop
  • Small group (max. 6-8 participants)
  • Medical subspecialities discussed in group session include
    • Nephrology 
    • Gastroenterology
    • Pulmonary Medicine
    • General Internal Medicine 
  • Extra sessions will be offered in various subspecialities that participants can personalize their educational experiences to match their needs. Selections are provided when you register. 
  • 20+ Mainpro+ credits available

To learn more about this opportunity and register, please see here. 

This event is being hosted by Providence Health Care. For direct questions, please email

Saturday Summer Socials! 

Do you have a favourite summer pastime? The Wellness Committee is exploring small group socials, every other Saturday from May to August. We're seeking members to host drop-in activities - paddleboarding, cycling, cold water swims, whatever you enjoy! 

Members will be responsible for hosting one small group activity of their choice. The Wellness Committee will take care of the logistics - all you have to do is show up! Sessional remuneration available. 

To express interest or learn more, email Kristin at


Match Day

Dr. Vanessa Young shared that March 19th, known as Match Day for medical students applying for residency positions across Canada, found that BC has filled 193 of 204 family practice residency spots, the largest cohort of Family Practice residents that BC has ever seen. They are spread across 19 communities in the province, at 23 seperate sites, including metro/urban, regional, and rural sites. Today is a day to celebrate in BC. Especially for our new sites in Cowichan, Vernon, and the Rural Immersion program, who are all new this year! This is good news for British Columbians who don't have a family doctor. 


Expansion of Canadian Cancer Society's Travel & Accommodation Services

The Canadian Cancer Society have expanded their Cancer Travel and Accommodation Services program with added funding from the Government of British Columbia. They are dedicated to reducing the financial burden associated with travelling for cancer treatment across the province. Call them at 1-888-939-3333 to find out what support patients may qualify for. 


CBT Skills Group has a New Name and Referral Form

CBT Skills Groups Society invites you to explore their updated website and universal referral form. Their website will still be active and linked to the new website. They are working hard to get the referral form embedded into EMR systems - it is currently available on Pathways. 

Contact their team at


Available Services for your Patients

Patients can access free counselling services through CARES at Island Health. The services offered may include: 

  • MHSU intake screens and assesses referrals to determine the most suitable mental health and/or substance-use services
  • Single session therapy is a same day, goal-oriented counselling session to offer therapeutic support
  • Indigenous outreach services offers support to those who self-identify as Indigenous and are seeking help for mental health and/or substance-use concerns

Learn more and access referral forms here.

The provincial Gambling Support BC program would like to inform family physicians of their free gambling support counselling program, which currently has no waitlist and is accepting new patients. Patients experiencing distress from gambling are encouraged to participate. Physicians with questions may email


Tips for Getting the Most out of Pathways

Pathways has recently improved their search and filtering capabilities.

Check out this video (TTW: 4 mins) or click here to read more. 









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