General Psychiatrist 200-0698

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The Cowichan Valley Department of Psychiatry of Vancouver Island Health Authority (Island Health) is seeking a General Psychiatrist interested in joining the Mental Health and Substance Use (MHSU) programs.
Cowichan supports a continuum of services. The Psychiatry team consults to GPs at Cowichan District Hospital’s (CDH) 15 bed Psychiatry In-Patient Unit with more or less intensity depending on the need of the patient.  

Through Duncan’s Mental Health Substance Use programs the successful candidate will consult to: 

  • Short Term Services (community Crisis Response and Brief interventions) through which the Psychiatry team provides part of the programs’ response to GP referrals.
  • Case Management Services for moderate community support and a more intense ACT team (Assertive Community Treatment); plus, an Early Psychosis Intervention program.
  • Substance Use programs which provide counselling and access to residential treatment. As well the program is integrating with community responses to the Fentanyl crisis.
  • All programs and services are integrated with a graduated housing program that provides a range of support for people to live in the community who otherwise could not.
  • Separate psychiatric services for seniors are provided by Island Health, members of the Psychiatry team are able to participate in these services.
  • Two tertiary psychiatry facilities exist in the Cowichan Valley as island-wide resources and are supported by the Duncan Psychiatrist team: Seniors tertiary care with 25 beds, and Adult tertiary care with 27 beds.

The MHSU program provides psychiatrist on-call responses supported by BC’s “Medical On Call Availability Program” (MOCAP) with a crisis response team for the Cowichan District Hospital Emergency Department and everywhere throughout the hospital, connected to our consultation-liaison function. 

Teaching within the University of British Columbia’s Island Medical Program “Integrated Clinical Clerkship” third year experience, with practicum experiences for other medical students, Residents, and Psychiatry Residents is a requirement of this position.


Free shared office space, secretary, telephone, fax and email. Additional incentives available under Rural Subsidiary Agreement (subject to eligibility) include:  Recruitment Incentive: $10,000;  Annual Retention Premium: $4,222.80;  Fee-for-service premium: 4.2%;  CME:  Years 3 & 4:  $3000/annum;  After 4 years:  $6000/annum.

Start Date

As soon as possible

Job Types
Permanent Specialty

Cowichan District Hospital


To apply, please send your cover letter, CV and the names of three references to:

Christal Lawson, Medical Staff Recruitment Coordinator
Island Health

Shift/Hours of Work
Mixed fee-for-service and sessional billing; MOCAP
Education, Training and Experience
  • Eligible for licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (CPSBC)
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Surgeons of Canada (FRCPC) Eligible - Mandatory
  • Experience in collaborative, multidisciplinary, community psychogeriatric care required
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