January 2017
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Your Division Update

Happy New Year 2017!

Welcome Dr. Naomi Farrell!
As of December 5, 2016, Dr. Naomi Farrell has joined the team at Squamish Medical Clinic. Dr. Farrell has a special interest in Obstetrics/Maternity care, emergency medicine and is accepting new patients.

Are you taking on new patients?
Now is a great time to let us know if any changes have taken place in your practice. If you have any updates (contact info, upcoming vacations, patient intake ability, etc.) please contact Kari Chambers at or 604-813-6058.

Child Youth Mental Health Substance Use Collaborative
Stakeholders Meeting Summary
Thursday, December 13th 2016:
Over 50 stakeholders attended our CYMHSU Stakeholder's meeting, including: health care providers; educators; community service workers; mental health and substance use counselors; concerned community members; youth and parents.  Feedback from those who attended positive.  We recruited twenty-one new community members to our local action team.
The primary goal of the stakeholders meeting was to share a Patient Journey Map  based on the reported experiences of families and youth navigating mental health and substance use supports.  The Patient Journey Map launched a facilitated discussion about local experience and areas where it could be strengthened or improved.  The meeting ended with the stakeholders prioritizing local action team tasks for upcoming year through a consensus process. 
The final priorities included
  • A youth and a family "survival guide" developed by youth and families with lived experience navigating the CYMHSU system; will incorporate existing resource information, personal strategies and tips
  • MHSU information and training for youth, parents and providers to build community capacity in this area
  • Creating a more holistic family centered approach for families and youth with complex needs.
The Local Action Team is seeking Family Physicians who are interested in Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use issues. There are several ways of contributing:
  • Join our Local Action Team, which meets for two hours bi-monthly with community stakeholders, and share your expertise and ideas.
  • Join one of our working groups: First Nations Cultural Competence and Safety, or Patient Journey Mapping
  • Attend a Local Action Team event to learn more!
Our next meeting will be held Thursday, January 26th 2017 from 11:30am-1:00pm at the MCFD offices, 1100 Hunter Place, Squamish.
Questions and referrals can be forwarded to CYMHSU Project Lead Margaret Forbes by email: or phone 604.902.3647.  Patients can also contact Margaret directly to schedule an interview if they wish to participate.

Family-To-Family Education Series
For Families Dealing with Mental Health Issues
Sea to Sky Community Services
Tuesdays 19:00-21:30
Feb.7th-Apr.25th 2017
38144 2nd Avenue, Squamish

From February 7th - April 25th 2017, the North Shore Schizophrenia Society and Sea to Sky Community Services Society will host a 12-session course for families dealing with mental illness. The course will run every Tuesday evening from 19:00-21:30 at Sea to Sky Community Services in Squamish. The course is taught by trained family members and will cover topics such as symptoms of mental illness, medication and communication, problem solving, working with the system, and caregiver support. For more information, please click here.

Parents as Preventers: Understanding and Responding to Teen Substance Use
Coast Mountain Academy
Wednesday February 1, 2017
7:00 – 9:00pm
Quest University – Multi-Purpose Room

Robb McGirr is an Addictions Counselor specializing in school-based prevention and early intervention.
While Robb recognizes that the support provided to students at school is important, he does believe that the most effective prevention strategies start at home, with parents and families. During his presentation he will highlight:
  • Drugs of choice: What are they? What are their risks?
  • Understanding and responding to ‘first-use’ risks as your child transitions from middle school to high school.
  • Parental influence: How to support safe and healthy choices for your child.
  • How to recognize and respond to a ‘drug-curious’ child.
  • How to recognize and respond to a child who may be ‘drug-active’.
  • Social Media: Where are your children getting their information?
For more information please click here.

VCH - MHSU Advisory Committee Opportunity
Vancouver Coastal Health Mental Health and Substance Use has asked us to circulate information regarding an Advisory Committee they are creating in Sea to Sky. This Advisory Committee aims to target clients, family members and community partners. The Advisory Committee seeks to gain input that will support planning and decision making for MHSU services in the community. 
The next meeting for the Sea to Sky VCH Adult MHSU Advisory Committee will be taking place on Tuesday, March 14th, 3:00-5:00pm at the Squamish Public Library.
For more information or to join, please contact Kirsten Ellingson at 604
-966-8872 or   

Patient Medical Home / Primary Care Home

We continue to learn more about the BC Patient Medical Home model of care, which at its core has one goal - "patient centered, whole-person care".  The model has 12 defined "attributes" of care.  Those attributes each support the goal of patient-centered, whole-person care in different ways, but can be organized into three general categories: 
  1. Service attributes of care: Commitment - a personal, family physician; Contact - timely access to care; Comprehensive Care - PMH as a link to care; Continuity of Care; Coordination of care.
  2. Relational enablers of care: Team based care, FP Networks supporting practice, PMH Networks supporting communities
  3. Structural enablers of care:  IT; Education, Training & Research; Evaluation & Quality Improvement; Internal & External Supports
In preparation for any future funding tied to PMH work, we would like to work with physicians to examine Patient Medical Home structure, and discuss what it might entail at a practice level.  To that end, on Tues 7 Feb in Whistler the Division is hosting a member session and will include PMH as one item for discussion. A similar session will be held in Squamish in the near future.   
A link to GPSC information on PMH can be found here.
Residential Care Initiative
Please note that as of December 31, 2016, Dr. Judith Fothergill has retired from Clinical Practice. She will remain on the Squamish Hospice Society Board and continue to be involved in the Hospice Beds Project.
Dr. Kristen Siemens has completed additional training and will be taking over as Liaison Physician for the Palliative Care Program
Contributed by Dr. Fothergill...
On January 3rd  MLA Jordan Sturdy announced a provincial grant of $400,000 for 4  Hospice Beds for the Sea to Sky corridor and a commitment by the Ministry of Health to provide operating costs which amount to $566,000 per year.

I have been working with a VCH project team for the last 18 months to develop an affordable plan. After reviewing various different options it has been agreed to renovate an existing, unused space at Hilltop House Long Term Care Facility. There will be 4 private rooms  with fold out couches for family members to sleep over, a living room with kitchen and dining areas, a sacred space and a quiet garden in addition to a multipurpose room for Hospice Programs.  The estimated budget is $1.74 million. The Squamish Hospice Society has committed to raise the balance of $1.34 million and the deadline for having the beds operational is March 2019.

Our intention is that while these beds are primarily for end of life  care( criteria for admission will be that patient is judged to be in last 3 months of life), they also be used for patients on the Palliative Program for  short admissions for symptom management and respite care and that patients on the program can access these beds directly  from the community.

So now the Fundraising begins!
Bill McNeney who has much fundraising experience in Squamish and Whistler is leading our capital campaign. We are looking for private donors,  there will be naming opportunities for major ( 6 figure) donations, and there will be fundraising events.  Any help with finding private donors, spreading the word or  ideas for fundraising will be gratefully received!  Donors can be directed to the Hospice Society website

Practical Ophthalmology for the Non-Opthalmologist Course
This is a one-day CME course happening this March in Vancouver.

UBC Life Sciences Centre
Saturday, March 4th 2017

2350 Health Sciences Mall

Up to 6.5 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 Credits
For a complete itinerary and to register, please click here.

STI Partner Notification Survey
UBC Faculty of Medicine
We have been asked to pass along an invitation for you to participate in a survey that will explore your views on partner notification for reportable bacterial STI in order to develop a toolkit aimed at Family Physicians. This survey is conducted with funding from the PHSA (Provincial Health Services Authority)/DBC (Doctors of BC), and organized through the BC Centre for Disease Control. The survey is expected to take 30 minutes with an expected compensation of $62.86. Please fill out the information at the end of the survey (sessional time will be paid by the survey organizers, not the DOFP). This information will not be linked to the survey questions. To take the survey, please follow this link:

Member News & Events

Thursday, January 26th
CYMHSU Local Action Team Meeting
MCFD Offices
1100 Hunter Place, Squamish

Tuesday, February 7th
Whistler Member Engagement Session
The Westin

Thursday, February 9th
Squamish Member Engagement Session

Friday, February 17th
CSC Meeting
North Vancouver

Wednesday, February 22nd
STS DOFP Board Meeting

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