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Shalloway FPN

A Family Practice Network, or FPN, provides a mechanism through which a physician group can address common practice and patient needs, have a collective voice on issues facing family practice, and address local population health needs, in coordination with the Regional Health Authority (RHA). The FPN structure is a physician‐led, non‐profit organization.

The Shalloway FPN was formed early in 2018 and represents participating family physicians in Central Newfoundland. The name represents our vision for the FPN. A shalloway is a type of vessel, used originally by the French and then by the English; it is the “larger boat that helps the smaller ones ferry their catch to shore”. The reference is symbolic to the FPN, in that it provides individual family physicians, with one united voice in the pursuit of improved patient care.

Shalloway FPN Manager – Monica Bull

Monica started her new role with the Shalloway FPN on January 9, 2019. A Registered Social Worker, she has provided leadership and expertise to numerous provincial initiatives, national initiatives and committees, while working in various capacities in health care for over 25 years in NL and Ontario. Monica brings a unique perspective to the FPN, having been based at the Eastport Community Health Centre, where she observed first-hand some of the unique challenges and opportunities that exist within rural primary care delivery. Physicians in the Shalloway FPN area (central Newfoundland) can reach Monica at (709) 571-1193 or monica@shallowayfpn.com.

How do I become a member?

Shalloway Family Practice Network FAQs

  • A Family Practice Network, or FPN, provides a mechanism through which a physician group can address common practice and patient needs, have a collective voice on issues facing family practice, and address local population health needs, in coordination with the Regional Health Authority (RHA). The FPN structure is a physician-led, non-profit organization.

  • The Shalloway FPN was formed early in 2018 and represents participating family physicians in Central Newfoundland. The name represents our vision for the FPN. A shalloway is a type of vessel, used originally by the French and then by the English; it is the “larger boat that helps the smaller ones ferry their catch to shore”. The reference is symbolic to the FPN, in that it provides individual family physicians, with one united voice in the pursuit of improved patient care.

  • The Shalloway FPN will provide the family physicians with a structure and supports to address physician and practice issues in our local area. Through Central area physician consultations, the FPN has identified several priorities to start with, including:

    • Local proactive FPN recruitment & retention activities;
    • Delivery of local wellness programs for physicians and their practices;
    • Providing continuing professional programs for care of the elderly;
    • Working with Central Health to improve care of older adults, ensuring physicians are more effectively integrated into their care and improving the long‐term care patient referral and management processes;
    • Developing, adapting, and ensuring family physicians can avail of practice and patient supports through local youth mental health programming;
    • Implementing family physician‐centric communication and collaboration mechanisms to address common priorities with the RHA; and,
    • Leveraging family physician experience with practice management and sharing of clinical expertise between physicians.
    • Membership in FPNs is categorized into voting and non‐voting.
    • Voting members will be practicing family physicians/general practitioners (GPs) who deliver the majority of their services in the geographic area (this includes locums) and who are licensed and in good standing with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador (CPSNL).
    • Non‐voting members can be Medical Residents holding a full or educational license with the CPSNL, or a retired GP.
  • Yes, salaried family physicians can participate within the FPN, and we encourage participation to facilitate increased collaboration with your physician colleagues and other providers on common needs.
  • An FPN Manager will be hired who is dedicated to FPN Board operations, management, and implementation of all FPN priorities.
  • The Shalloway FPN will work with Central Health to address common health care goals and gaps in our local communities, contributing to improved population health outcomes. It will also provide practice and clinical support to family physicians, which will lead to improved access for patients.
    1. Dr. Jared Butler, Grand Falls‐Windsor, Chair
    2. Dr. Wayne Collins, Lewisporte, Vice-Chair
    3. Dr. Raie Lene Kirby, Botwood, Treasurer
    4. Dr. Carmel Casey, Gander
    5. Dr. Robert Butler, Grand Falls‐Windsor
    6. Dr. Helen Bruce, Bishop’s Falls
    7. Dr. Jody Woolfrey, Botwood
    8. Dr. Rebecca Mawhinney
    9. Dr. Desmond Whalen
  • Funding is provided through an annual operational budget allocation for administrative expenses such as the hiring of a Manager to run the FPN, and for administrative and governance services provided by the physicians who take on a leadership role. Funding is based on membership numbers.
  • Please contact, Monica Bull, Shalloway FPN Manager, via email at monica@shallowayfpn.com or by calling/texting (709) 571-1193. Alternatively, please contact any of the Shalloway FPN Board Members.