February 2017 Issue
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February 22, 2017 Issue: Opioid Overdose Crisis:
- Suboxone Education Night - March 8, 2017 from 5:30 - 9:00 pm at Vancouver General Hospital (Attached flyer)
- VCH sponsorship to attend CPSBC Methadone 101 Course on April 1, 2017 in Vancouver

Contact: Roya Dolling, VCH

Foundry - North Shore Newsletter

Find the latest update on Foundry - North Shore, one of the five BC-Integrated Youth Service Initiative Centres, through the second edition of Foundry community newsletter.

For more information, contact: Tanis Evans at or Terry Bulych at
For more information about the BC-Integrated Youth Services Initiative, visit:

North Shore Child and Youth Mental Health Referral Process

1. The publicly funded mental health clinics on the North Shore [CYMH Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) and Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD)] have a central intake system through MCFD. Client referrals are then internally triaged to either MCFD or VCH services. This intake system is for a clinician, who may or may not determine that psychiatric services are needed. 

2. Psychiatrists who work in the publicly funded mental health clinic system are consultants to the CYMH team. They are NOT in private practice at these teams. Thus, the family doctor cannot refer patients to the mental health clinic, solely for the purpose of a psychiatric referral. Because of MSP logistics, once the mental health clinician determines that a psychiatric assessment is needed, then the family doctor is asked for a direct referral to the child psychiatrist.

3. If a patient/physician only wants a psychiatric assessment, then that patient can be referred to a psychiatrist in their own private practice.  

  • For the list of psychiatrists and their average non-urgent patient wait time are available on Pathways. Please let us know if you need to activate your Pathways account at


MindHealthBC is a new evidence-based online resource that will make it easier for your patients with depression, anxiety, and other mental health and substance use concerns to find the help they need. It is a one-stop shop that gathers the wealth of evidence-based resources available and puts them together into one easy-to-use website. 

This includes: 

  • A free online mental health and substance use screening tool that can help direct users to the resources that are right for them
  • Local support groups and health services within Vancouver, Richmond, and Coastal communities 
  • Online information pages and workbooks, provided through BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information, and other trusted BC sources
  • Self-help or supported self-help programs, such as the BC Canadian Mental Health Association’s Bounce Back® Online (available without a doctor’s referral)
  • Valuable resources for friends and family members seeking information for their loved ones.

Visit or watch our YouTube video to find out more! 
You can order FREE app cards and other promotional materials for your practice here.

MindHealthBC was developed by Vancouver Coastal Health and Providence Health Care in partnership with the Shared Care Committee – a joint Committee of the Doctors of BC and the Ministry of Health.

Strengthen Your Ability to Care for Trans Patients

Transgender/trans people are an underserved population that experiences disproportionate adverse health outcomes due to stigma and unequal access to health care. Many family physicians feel they lack the knowledge needed to provide evidence-based gender affirming primary care for trans people. Starting in the next few weeks, Vancouver Coastal Health and the Provincial Health Services Authority will offer training for physicians and their office staff to help expand primary care access for transgender people throughout BC.
Please click here to read about the training and support you can access.

For further information, please contact:
Marria Townsend, MD, CCFP
Medical Director, Trans Care BC, Provincial Health Services Authority
Vancouver Coastal Health Trans Speciality Care Physician

Supporting Family Caregivers

As noted in a recent Doctors of BC policy paper, “family caregivers are individuals who provide care and assistance, without pay, to family or friends with debilitating physical, mental or cognitive conditions... Research shows that an estimated 70-75% of home care many adults receive in Canada is provided by a family caregiver.” Doctors of BC recommends that physicians:

  1. Identify caregivers
  2. Involve caregivers in patient care
  3. Monitor the health of caregivers
  4. Provide information and support to caregivers

Please consider telling your patients’ caregivers about the support they can receive through North Shore Community Resources to prevent burnout, strengthen self-care, and link more effectively with available resources. Information, including the Resource Guide for Family Caregivers: North Shore Edition, is available here.

For further information please contact:
Karyn Davies, Coordinator, Caregiver Support Program,

2017 Updates to BC Residential Care Facilities Quick Facts Directory

The Office of the Seniors Advocate of British Columbia has updated The British Columbia Residential Care Facilities: Quick Facts Directory for 2017. Residential care facilities themselves, health authorities, licensing bodies, and the Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI) provided information about 292 publicly subsidized facilities in BC. For more information, see the Seniors Advocate website and the January 25, 2017 news release.

Continuing Professional Development

Dementia-Related Responsive Behaviours

Date: Friday, March 17, 2017, 10:00 am – 3:30 pm (Registration at 9:30 am)
Location: 201–750 W Pender Street, Vancouver, BC
Compensation: Participants will receive one hour sessional compensation (current PMA rate) to also participate in a discussion about priorities and opportunities for quality improvement work in residential care.
Please refer to the attachment for further details.

Sexual Health 2017: Conversations that Matter

Date: Friday, March 31 - Saturday, April 1, 2017
Location: Radisson Hotel Vancouver Airport, Richmond BC
Target audience:  Family physicians, nurse practitioners, midwives, registered nurses, specialists, residents & other allied health professionals
Accreditation: Up to 13.5 Mainpro+/MOC Section 1 credits

To view the Brochure click here.


Monthly Oncology CME Webcasts

The Family Practice Oncology Network hosts accredited monthly oncology CME Webcasts with the University of British Columbia’s Division of Continuing Professional Development.
Dates: all from 8:00 am - 9:00 am

  • March 16: Update on Lung Cancer Therapies presented by Dr. Jenny Ko of the BC Cancer Agency Abbotsford Centre
  • April 20: Immunotherapy Side-effects presented by Dr. Vanessa Bernstein of the BC Cancer Agency Vancouver Island Centre
  • May 18: Colorectal Cancer Update presented by Dr. Barb Melosky of the BC Cancer Agency Vancouver Centre

Accreditation: 1 Mainpro+ credit each
Most Webcasts are recorded and available at Earn additional Mainpro+ credits through the College’s Linking Learning exercises:

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