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Eastern Fraser Pain Collaboration


EFPC Chair: Dr. Petrus Retief, Anesthesia, CGH

Executive Sponsor: Petra Pardy, Executive Director, Chilliwack, Hope and Agassiz Health Services, CGH and FCH

Project Manager: Gerry O’Hanley


The East Fraser Pain Collaborative (EFPC) of like-minded providers primarily from the Chilliwack area joined forces with the Chilliwack Division of Family Practice at a community Stakeholder Event held in June 2019 to address barriers in pain management. This event galvanized them to take a more structured approach in their efforts to prevent and optimize the management of chronic pain. A project manager was hired in September 2019 to assist their mission.

Critical Activities to Date:

  • The EFPC – Strategic Planning Team (SPT) meets bi-weekly and has expanded its membership to include a patient representative, an allied health representative who is also a BC Echo Chronic Pain Instructor and a Faculty Instructor at UBC, and physician representatives from the 3 Divisions of Family Practice including Mission, Chilliwack and Abbotsford.

  • A DRAFT Charter or an executive framework was developed that clearly enunciates our project goals, objectives, key project stakeholders, project organization, milestones, project interdependencies, and identification of risks and constraints.

  • A detailed Work Plan was developed by the EFPC- SPT that constitutes 4 Pillars of Tasks or Action Items to achieve the EFPC’s objectives. The 4 Pillars are the following:

    • Patient and Family Education and Public Awareness of Pain

    • Provider Education

    • Service Provision                                                                                                             

    • Outcome Evaluation

  • Each of the 4 Pillars is matrixed against what is feasible locally or by support from our key partners, including Fraser Health, the MOH, PainBC, DoctorsofBC, and the First Nations Health Authority.


  • A Reference Group Meeting held March 4, 2020, brought together primary care physicians, community allied health, FH clinical staff and Primary Care and Chronic Disease Management Leaders.

The purpose of the Meeting was 2-fold as follows:

  • To review and gather feedback on the EFPC Charter – goals and objectives

  • To determine interest and involvement in participation in the EFPC's work to achieve their goals and objectives.

We are delighted to report that we had (including SPT members) at the event with representation from . There were also another who couldn’t attend but expressed an interest in attending future venues, participating in our work moving forward, or assisting in education venues. Please see the Attached: List of Key Stakeholders Expressing an Interest in the EFPC and Its On-going Work.

Findings from the Reference Group Meeting of Key Stakeholders validated the EFPC – SPT Work Plan, and new suggestions are under consideration for inclusion in the existing Work Plan.

  • From there, we are now in the process of developing 4 Working Groups based on our 4 pillars mentioned above. Terms of References are currently in development for each and identified co-leads will be determining membership including virtual community stakeholders who had expressed an interest.

  • An on-going communication strategy has been deployed with consists of a quarterly EFPC ‘Update’ Newsletter to Key Stakeholders (Dec. 2019 and March 2020 in process) that also includes education session opportunities for key stakeholders.

  • Currently, we are in early discussions with the Abbotsford MSA to collaborate possibly on a joint CME session on pain.

Even with the challenges of CoVid

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