Newsflash May 23, 2024

This edition includes news on Island Health’s CPOE rollout, the BC Family Physician of the year from Victoria, your Practice Support Program coaches, Perinatal Care updates, and more. Read it here

Victoria Native Friendship Centre primary care centre officially open

The Ministry of Health recently announced the official opening of the Victoria Native Friendship Centre (VNFC) primary care centre, a partnership between the VNFC, the Victoria Primary Care Network, and the Ministry of Health. The clinic marks a significant milestone on the journey to bring equity to Indigenous healthcare. FPs can direct unattached Indigenous patients […]

Dr Laura Phillips is BC Family Physician of the Year

Dr Laura Phillips has been recognized as BC Family Physician of the Year by the BC College of Family Physicians and Dr Olivia Anglin received an R2 award. Congratulations, Drs Phillips and Anglin! Read more

New Cheers for Peers

A shout-out to Drs Sarah Lea, Fiona Manning, Chris Morrow, Chloe Lemire-Elmore, and Tia Pham who received Cheers! Check out the Cheers here, and post your own to keep the kudos going.

ICYMI: Impending code orange conditions at RJH and VGH

Island Health has shared the timelines for CPOE (Computerized Provider Order Entry) activation: The transition at RJH will start on June 8 and the activation at VGH is scheduled for September 14, each temporarily leading to significant reductions in ED capacity. Read more

Meet the Practice Support Program coaches for Victoria physicians

FPSC’s Practice Support Program (PSP) offers customized services to help your practice become more efficient, create more time for proactive patient care and for adopting the patient medical home attributes. Meet the four coaches who support Victoria-based physicians. They’re only an email away!   Niru Puri: [email protected] Niru brings over 30 years of experience in […]

Divisions Dispatch May 15

The FPSC’s latest newsletter includes the May 10 LFP payment model newsletter, application information for the Clinician Fellowship in Health Care Quality Program, as well as several webinars (including on protecting patients through wildfire season), events, and engagement opportunities that will not be duplicated in the Newsflash. Read it here

Greater Victoria perinatal care updates

Shared Care Project: The Shared Care Project Steering Committee has expanded to a larger group to include various perspectives on perinatal care. Members now include: Sarah Lea, Family Physician-Obstetrician; Shana Johnston, Family Physician-Obstetrician; Stephanie Mancini, Family Physician-Obstetrician; Astrid Fritzche, Registered Midwife; Elizabeth Hayward, Peer; Flora Teng, Obstetrician; Jane Baker, Registered Midwife; Lauren Kitney, Pediatrician; Rebecca […]

The Perinatal and Newborn Health Hub is seeking your feedback

At the six-months mark after launch, Perinatal Services BC (PSBC) is seeking your confidential feedback on their Perinatal and Newborn Health Hub. Their PSBC Hub Survey 2024 ( will take under 10 minutes to complete and closes on May 31st.

ICYMI: Perinatal care resources for family physicians

During our maternity care provider shortage, keeping first-trimester care knowledge up to date is essential for all who are responsible for providing it (longitudinal and WIC FPs). Check out these resources: First-Trimester Care algorithm for longitudinal and WIC FPs: Use the early pregnancy algorithm for guidance from dating to tests, screening, and billing. Also available on Pathways. Funded […]