Chilliwack Division of Family Practice

Shared Care Initiative

Since 2006, the Shared Care Committee has helped more than 2,500 family physicians and 240 specialist physicians to work together on over 240 projects across BC.

The mandate of this collaborative committee is to provide funding and project support to family and specialist physicians to improve the flow of patient care from primary to specialist services.

Find more information about the Shared Cared Initiative here.


Child and Youth Mental Health Substance Use Collaborative (CYMHSU)

This year the Division was an active participant in the CYMHSU (Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use) Collaborative sponsored by Shared Care (Doctors of BC) to improve the child and youth mental health service continuum by engaging youth and families. The Division coordinated two Local Action Teams in Chilliwack and the Fraser Cascade (Agassiz-Harrison, Hope and the Fraser Canyon communities). Both LATs had the same three objectives: education and awareness; integration of services, and cultural inclusion. We had dedicated teams of youth and parents sharing their lived experiences to help us find the gaps.  Our gems are an upcoming Family Peer Support parent education and support group connected to school counselors and the youth health clinic, a Calm Area in the CGH ER waiting room, and stronger collaboration with our First Nation service partners. 

Some of the other things we’ve accomplished this year are numerous training sessions, documentary screenings, keynote speaker events, and more. The lateral projects, partnerships and improvements are many. We couldn’t have done it without our partners – the Chilliwack and Fraser Cascade School Districts and MCFD who opened their space and their staff to collaborate with us. Our work continues in the new fiscal year as we wrap up some pilot projects and finalize some pathways to guide families and service providers to the right service at the right time. Stay tuned!


Medical Imaging

The Radiology Project is aiming to improve communication between GP’s and the medical imaging department by enhancing the referral process, improving requisitions and reducing congestion and waitlists by focusing on appropriateness of referrals.

The three main focus areas that were identified were:

1) Improving Requisitions
2) Appropriateness of referrals
3) Improving Communication

Since January 2016, there have been​ four MOA Tours and Talks in the medical imaging department, GP Dine and Learn sessions to discuss appropriateness and red flags in imaging, referral process card developed and a new requisition form was launched in January 2017.

A new requisition form was launched in January 2017 as well as a new Ultrasound Requisition in Dec 2017. The forms were developed by Dr David Page with support from Dr Muhammad Bayat, Radiologist and have significantly improved the referral process. Before the project began, there were approximately 50 requisitions returned for various reasons – missing history, incomplete information, or inappropriate referrals. After the launch of the new forms there is typically only 1 form (if any) returned.

Thank you to all those who participated in this project and made this successful!