Rural Healthcare Podcasts

Conversations with five leading BC healthcare specialists, each with something to say of importance for rural British Columbians, are presented in the following podcasts.


Dr. Shelley Ross, Co-Chair of BC’s GP Services Committee, discusses healthcare developments that will have an important impact on rural communities in this BC Rural Centre podcast. Her description of the rollout of Primary Care Networks, which will transform the way healthcare is delivered & accessed in rural BC, is particularly helpful.


Dr. Ray Markham is a Valmount, BC-based doctor, and the Executive Director of the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc). The RCCbc is focused on improving rural health education in British Columbia, and generally working to advocate for rural health in the province.


Health education can play an important role in helping interest students in pursuing a career in some form of rural medicine Dr. Christie Newton is uniquely positioned to speak to this issue.

Dr. Newton is an Association Professor and Director, Continuing Professional Development and Community Engagement, in UBC’s Faculty of Medicine’s Dept. of Family Practice. Dr. Newton is also a board director with the National College of Family Physicians. She discusses the role post-secondary institutions can play in helping interest students in pursuing a medical practice in rural places.


Dr. Granger Avery is one of Canada’s most distinguished rural health advocates. A past president of both the Canadian and BC medical associations, Dr. Granger is a clinical professor at the University of British Columbia, and serves as an associate director with the Rural Coordination Centre of BC. He resides in the small Vancouver Island community of Port McNeill.

In this wide-ranging conversation, Dr. Avery provides an overview of rural healthcare in BC, and discusses current initiatives.


Leslie Carty, Executive Manager of the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc), discusses the organization, its mandate to improve rural health care in British Columbia, and some of its initiatives in this conversation.



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