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Member, Oceanside Primary Care Network Steering Committee

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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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Share your health care experience as a partner in the evolution of primary care services in Oceanside. We’re seeking a patient partner who excels at teamwork and is as passionate as we are about primary care to join the Primary Care Network Steering committee!

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

Lead Organization or Department

Oceanside Division of Family Practice


  • To provide integrated care for patients with chronic complex conditions, frailty, mental health and substance use issues, improving access and attachments for the residents of the Oceanside community. 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 general practitioners and patients.
  • The patient partner will be part of the steering committee and help shape and oversee the work as it moves forward.

Level of Engagement

This opportunity is at the level of collaborate on the spectrum of engagement. The promise to you is that the health care partner will work together with you to formulate solutions and incorporate your advice and recommendations into the decisions to the maximum extent possible.


  • Comfortable speaking in front of a group of approximately 15 people
  • Able to speak about patient perspectives and share your story
  • Has a basic understanding of the health care system
  • Has passion and caring for the Oceanside community!
  • A skilled listener who is respectful of a broad range of views
  • Previous experience as part of committee or quality improvement project is an asset, but is 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.


  • Second Tuesday evening of the month, 6pm-8pm
  • Held in 2 alternative locations: Parksville and Qualicum Beach
  • Commitment: Approximately six months to one year


Reimbursement for preparing for and attending monthly meetings will be discussed with the successful applicant.


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 Primary Care Networks (PCNs) organized geographically across the province. PCNs 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) Since 2011, Oceanside Division of Family Practice and Island Health have met as a Collaborative Services Committee. They are now committed to partner on the creation of a PCN within the Oceanside community. An Expression of Interest for developing a PCN in Oceanside was submitted to the BC Ministry of Health in September 2018. Going forward, a Service Plan for PCN implementation will be submitted by June, 2019 to the BC Ministry of Health. In addition, a 1-3-year strategic plan will be developed to support the implementation of milestones of the PCN deliverables. This is a collaborative between Island Health, Oceanside Division of Family Practice, community partners and First Nations. The Big Picture - Transforming BC's Health Care System

Health Care Partner Contact Information

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

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Christine Wallsworth

Patient and family partners should not be a check box on research proposals! They need to be involved right from the start. I know patient and family partners are doing their part by providing their knowledge to researchers from their lived experience.  It’s a win-win for us to work together through PVN to make sure our input drives improvements.