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Council & Working Groups

Our programs and activities are led by a Council and working groups

Together, they are working from a community care perspective to help the BC Cancer Agency achieve its mandate of reducing the incidence and impact of cancer in British Columbia.

The Council reports to the BC Cancer Agency's Vice President, Clinical Programs and Quality and oversees the planning, implementation and evaluation of activities undertaken by the Working Groups and the Network. Council members strive to ensure timely and equitable oncology care for patients in communities by supporting family physicians, facilitating their integration into the cancer treatment system and developing family practice oncology guidelines.

Providing family physicians with timely information about upcoming events and educational opportunities is another role of the Council, as is liaison with the BCCA and within the BC health system. The Council meets four times yearly.

Terms of Reference

  • Dr. Cathy Clelland, Interim Medical Director, and Family Physician, Port Coquitlam
  • Dr. Martin Dawes, Professor, Department of Family Practice, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
  • Dr. Henry Docherty, General Practitioner in Oncology, BC Cancer Agency, Kelowna
  • Dr. Val Geddes, General Practitioner in Oncology, BC Cancer Agency, Abbotsford
  • Dr. Timothy Huerta, Associate Professor in Family Practice and Biomedical Information in the College of Medicine at Ohio State University
  • Dr. Brenna Lynn, Associate Dean, Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
  • Mary McBride, Senior Scientist, BC Cancer Agency Research Centre, Vancouver
  • Dr. David May, Director, BC College of Family Physicians, Powell River
  • Dr. Raziya Mia, Network Clinical Coordinator, Education, and General Practitioner in Oncology, BC Cancer Agency, Abbotsford
  • Dr. Robert Newman, Chair, GPO Training Program Working Group and Family Physician, Sechelt
  • Dr. Robert Woollard, Professor, Department of Family Practice, University of British Columbia and Co-Chair, Global Consensus for Social Accountability of Medical Schools, World Health Organization, Vancouver
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    Providing accessible, relevant educational opportunities for family physicians throughout BC is the key focus for this group. Chief among these offerings are monthly CME Webcasts held from 8-9:00 a.m. the third Thursday of every month and CME Oncology Workshops held in communities throughout the province. This group is also responsible for planning the Network's Family Practice Oncology CME Day held every November in Vancouver.


    Members

    • Dr. Raziya Mia, Chair, Clinical Coordinator, FPON Education, and General Practitioner in Oncology, BC Cancer Agency Abbotsford Centre
    • Dr. Catherine Clelland, Acting Medical Director, Family Practice Onocology Network and Family Physician, Port Coquitlam
    • Dr. Shannon Douglas, General Practitioner in Oncology, Vanderhoof
    • Dr. Elizabeth Kenward, General Practitioner in Oncology, BC Cancer Agency Nanaimo Clinic
    • Dr. Brenna Lynn, Associate Dean, UBC Continuing Professional Development, Vancouver
    • Dr. Sally MacDonald, General Practitioner in Oncology, Whitehorse
    • Dr. Sian Shuel, General Practitioner in Oncology , BC Cancer Agency Abbotsford Centre
    • Dr. Margaret Smith, General Practitioner in Oncology, BC Cancer Agency Vancouver Island Centre
    • Dr. Angela Thermann, General Practitioner in Oncology, BC Cancer Agency Vancouver Centre
    • Jennifer WolfeProgram Manager, Family Practice Oncology Network
     

    The Communications Working Group advises Council and staff on communications plans and priorities ensuring that all initiatives effectively support the overall goals and objectives of the Network.

    Members

    •  Dr. Val Geddes, GPO, BC Cancer Agency VancouverCentre. Vancouver and President of the Association of BC General Practitioners in Oncology
    • Jennifer Wolfe, Program Manager, Family Practice Oncology Network, BC Cancer Agency
     

    Working in collaboration with the BC Cancer Agency and the UBC's Department of Family Practice Enhanced Skills Program , this group developed and now oversees the Network’s highly regarded GPO Training Program, an eight-week flexible educational opportunity that enables family physicians to develop their practice in oncology and become well-informed on subjects such as palliative care and management of cancer as a chronic disease.


    Members

    • Dr. Robert Newman, Chair, GPO Training Program Working Group, and General Practitioner in Oncology, Sechelt
    • Dr. Andrea Cheung, GPO, BC Cancer Agency Vancouver Centre
    • Dr. Cathy Clelland, Interim Medical Leader, Family Practice Oncology Network and Family Physician, Port Coquitlam
    • Dr. Val Geddes, GPO, BC Cancer Agency Vancouver Centre and President, Association of BC GPOs
    • Dr. Robin Jamieson, GPO, Whitehorse, Yukon
    • Dr. Brenna Lynn, Associate Dean, UBC Continuing Professional Development, Vancouver
    • Dr. Raziya Mia, Clinical Coordinator, FPON Education
    • Dr. Sian  Shuel, General Practitioner in Oncology, BC Cancer Agency Abbotsford Centre
    • Dr. Angela Thermann, GPO, BC Cancer Agency Vancouver Centre
    • Jennifer Wolfe, Program Manager, Family Practice Oncology Network, Vancouver
     

    These working groups collaborate with the provincial Guidelines and Protocols Advisory Committee, jointly sponsored by the Ministry of Health and the BC Medical Association, to develop practical, easy-to-follow cancer care guidelines for family physicians. These guidelines are being prepared according to the Advisory Committee format - brief, evidence-based and taking a proactive approach to the management of cancer as a chronic disease.


    (guideline under development)


    Members of the Female Genital Tract Working Group (guidelines published and updated)

    Members of the Pallative Care Working Groups (guidelines published and updated):

    The BC Cancer Agency develops more comprehensive Cancer Management Guidelines, based on the accumulated experiences of the Agency, together with best practice evidence derived from major cancer centres throughout the world. 

     

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