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Focus Group Participant, Oceanside Primary Care Network

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Open to Vancouver Island Region, Patient partners in the Oceanside Health area (Nanoose Bay to Qualicum Bay)

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Are you passionate about improving primary care services, patient experiences and outcomes in your community? If yes, then we would welcome your input and feedback via a casual focus group dinner session.

Open to: Patient partners in the Oceanside Health area (Nanoose Bay to Qualicum Bay)

Lead Organization or Department

Oceanside Division of Family Practice


Oceanside Division of Family Practice, Island Health, and First Nations are working together towards designing a Primary Care Network (PCN) for the community of Oceanside. A PCN is a clinical network of primary care services in a geographic area who work together to expand team-based supports for physicians and patients. The focus is to provide integrated care for patients with chronic complex conditions, frailty, and mental health and substance use issues. We aim to improve access and attachments for the residents of the Oceanside community. The patient partner will be consulted in a focus group-type interactive session to share their perspective, ideas and input on improvement opportunities for residents of Oceanside.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of consult on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will listen to and acknowledge your ideas and concerns, and provide feedback on how your input affected the decision.


  • Passionate for improving health care and the wellness of your community
  • Comfortable sharing in a group setting
  • Some knowledge of health care system and services an asset (but not required)
  • Please note:
    • This opportunity is not open to patient partners who are currently employed by Island Health.
    • Applicants must have previously attended a PVN orientation session and completed the Volunteer Agreement. If you have not attended an orientation session but you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Ryan Sidorchuk directly to see if accommodations may be possible.


  • Vacancies: 6-8
  • Date: Monday, April 29
  • Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm (dinner 5:30 - 6:00pm)
  • Location: TBD - venue in Parksville or Qualicum Beach


Oceanside Divisions of Family Practice will provide $10 gas cards to reimburse your travel costs. Light dinner will be provided.


The BC Ministry of Health is moving forward with a strategic agenda to build an integrated system of care. A central feature of the new system is the creation of PCNs organized geographically across the province. They will be established across British Columbia to provide comprehensive, person-centred, culturally safe, quality primary care services to the population of a Community Health Service Area and, as required, coordinate patients’ access to specialized community services programs, the Surgical Services Program and the broader health system. (source: Primary Care Networks Planning Guide for Preventative Care, January 22, 2019) The Ministry of Health is committed to a strategy to improve the system of primary care. We're reaching out to clinicians, physicians, and community members to get their input and hear their perspectives so that we can shape our future together. This is a collaborative between Island Health, Oceanside Division of Family Practice, community partners and First Nations. We will have a follow up validation event in May that patient partners are encouraged to attend. This will be an evening event. Description of Primary Care Networks and Primary Medical Homes here.

Health Care Partner Contact Information

Ryan Sidorchuk
Engagement Leader, Patient and Public Engagement | Central & North Vancouver Island

From Our Community

Shana Ooms

Executive Director of Primary Care Strategy, Policy and Quality — BC Ministry of Health

Shana Ooms

Where those of us in the room may have debated policy or wording, patient voices made sure patients were top of mind. And as a result, significant improvements were made to simplify something that was otherwise complex. Patient voices at the table bring us back to reality in terms of what we are trying to achieve.