South Island Division of Family Practice

Patient Resources

The following are links to health resources and services for your patients. If you think we are missing a service that would be beneficial for doctors and their patients, please contact us and we will add it to the list. 


Resources (listed alphabetically)


Accessing Patient Information from your office

Learn more about accessing patient information from your office. Many teaching videos found here.



For the latest self help developments and recommendations in mental health, designed in an easy to read, watch, and listen format please visit the AnxietyBC website.


BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver Island

What to expect: a patient's guide to the BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver Island DVD and accompanying booklet are now available to patients and partners.

BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver Island Centre website >
What to expect: a patient's guide (Spring 2016) > (.PDF)
Link to video >

Patient Guide > orientation to centres and clinics as well as a guide to your first visit

BC Emergency Medicine Network

The BC Emergency Medicine Network, a new provincial initiative connecting physicians who care for patients in emergency settings in BC, will launch September 12, 2017. The website, is a free online tool where practitioners can access, share and comment on clinical resources. For more information please see the handout (.PDF).


Breastfeeding Group Medical Visit

For Mothers with Low Milk Supply (.PDF) - New Day and Location.


Bugs and Drugs 2017 - Complimentary book for physicians in BC

The BC Ministry of Health has offered to provide BC physicians with a complimentary copy of the 2017 Bugs and Drugs book. The book has been written by Dr. Edith Blondel-Hill and Susan Fryters and has been reviewed by experts in Canada.


Clinical Skills in Residential Care Patients

Want to improve your clinical skills in Residential Care patients? Use these clinical training videos from the Victoria RCI program. Videos cover Pain, Diabetes, Parkinson's, Pneumonia, UTIs, Skin Infections, Malignancies, Statins, Polypharmacy, etc.


Connecting for Wellness

AVI Vancouver Island is offering two Connecting for Wellness groups - one for Friends and Family and one for Peer Support.  Both of these groups are drop-in, and will offer a variety of resources from week to week including support, sharing circles, guest speakers, art and journaling, and other fun activities.  Snacks and bus tickets will be provided.  For details, see the posters attached to each group above.


Doctors of BC - Doctors Technology Office (DTO) Services & Support

DTO acts as a trusted advisor, a neutral body and an advocate for information management/ information technology (IM/IT) issues impacting physicians and stakeholders. DTO plays an influential role advocating for positive change in health system transformation which will continue to be more critical as the pace of technological change increases. For more information on what DTO Support includes, see attached (.PDF).


Family Caregivers of BC

Family Caregivers of British Columbia is a registered non-profit dedicated 100% to supporting family caregivers.  Most of us have cared for aging, ailing or disabled loved ones and have experienced firsthand the stress, joy, confusion and feelings of purpose that come with caregiving.

Caregiver referral form


Flu Facts for patients!

Created by one of the Family Medicine residents, answers to commonly asked questions can be found on this website.


Free genetic counseling from BC Women's Hospital for women and men with a family history of mental illness

This is a provincial service provided in Vancouver, via telehealth phone appointments or, with sufficient demand, an outreach clinic. The clinic is the first of its kind in the world, launched by Canada Research chair and genetic counselor Jehannine Austin. Referrals are welcomed from all health care providers. Contact Angela Inglis or phone 1 604 875-2000 ext 4733.


Headway - Epilepsy & Parkinson's Support

Headway is a non-profit society providing support for patients with epilepsy and Parkinson's. Visit their website at


Medical Imaging Waits

Do your patients need medical imaging faster? Review wait times at all the imaging facilities and all modalities across the island at and choose a shorter line.


MEND - Mind, Exercise, Nutrition...Do It!

MEND is a fun, free healthy lifestyle program sponsored by Healthy Families BC and Childhood Obesity Foundation. MEND is for children 7-13 years old and their families to support a healthier and active lifestyle through interactive group sessions. For more information about MEND, read here.


Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) will now be available in the Western Communities. An 8-week MBCT group session is scheduled for May and June, 2018, co-facilitated by Marisa Collins, MD MHSc CCFP FCFP, and Matthew Biehn, MSW RSW. This MBCT program is offered by Mindfulness West in partnership with the Westshore AVI Health Centre, 111-2787 Jacklin Road in Langford.

Detailed information on referral to this MSP covered mental health program is attached. You can also visit or email


New stage 3 sober house for women open in the Westshore

This is a 3 bedroom home where women live drug and alcohol free within a safe, supportive environment. The goal is to assist women while in their early recovery stage to learn how to live a sustainable, abstinent lifestyle. Click here for more information (.PDF).


ON TRAC Website and Youth Tool Kit

The ON TRAC initiative was developed to help youth, young adults, families, and health care providers work together to ensure a smooth, safe, continuous, developmentally-appropriate transition from pediatric to adult care. One of our first steps towards accessible knowledge for youth was the creation of the Youth Toolkit, specifically designed to help young people assess and acquire the skills they need for a successful transition.

Based on clinical tools, parent feedback, and youth advisory engagement, we're excited to announce that the Youth Toolkit is now available online. For submission, feedback or involvement in project areas, please e-mail


Perinatal Services BC

Perinatal Services BC (PSBC) is sharing two new practice support checklists on prenatal and postpartum care that were developed by the Vancouver Division of Family Practice and adapted into a PSBC provincial resource with their permission and collaboration.

The checklists have been developed to support all family physicians, whether providing episodic care or full service family medicine, to provide optimal early antenatal and postpartum care. The checklists include recommendations based on best evidence and expert consensus opinion. The antenatal care recommendations are derived from the BC Maternity Care Pathway (PSBC 2010) where levels of evidence can be found. The checklists can be accessed directly through the following links:


Primary Care Informatics Committee Update

Want to learn more about the Health Information System you work with? Looking for some tricks and tips? Check out the Primary Care Informatics Committee Update Video!



QuitNow is a free smoking cessation program for all BC residents. Helping a smoker quit is the single most powerful preventative intervention in clinical practice. Refer your patients to QuitNow and double their chances of a successful quit attempt. For more information and/or support visit or contact or t: 1-877-455-2233. View letter (.PDF) and Patient Information for Referral form.


Rapid Access to Consultative Expertise program (RACE)

For information regarding RACE visit our webpage here.


Report a Condition Affecting Fitness and Ability to Drive

There is a new fillable PDF form to report a condition affecting fitness and ability to drive which was designed in consultation with GP’s and you can now request a reply fax.


Self-Management BC - Vancouver Island Region - Workshops

These workshops are offered throughout BC at no cost to participants. They are evidence-based, led by trained facilitators and available to adults of all ages experiencing chronic health conditions. For more information or schedules of free workshops, please direct your patients to or call toll free, 1 866 902-3767.


Seniors Info


Teledermatology Consult

Family physicians are able to send a digital photo of the affected area on a patient, with relevant medical information, to Consult Derm, a secure website for viewing and assessment by a dermatologist. Find out more information about the Teledermatology Initiative.


Yakimovich Wellness Centre

The Centre focuses on the wellness and social support needs of seniors and caregivers.  It is devoted to providing the most up-to-date information regarding your health and wellness.