Psychiatrist 200-1151

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Island Health is seeking a full-time or part-time Psychiatrist to primarily work in an outpatient setting, caring for an adult population of patients with a wide spectrum of psychiatric and substance use diagnoses.

The candidate must be comfortable in working with the persistently mentally ill, personality disordered, and co-morbid populations, and within the framework of a community and recovery focused program. The successful candidate would provide services at the MHSU outpatient clinic and support ACT/ACSS services in the community. Caseload is shared with the current psychiatrist, and there are currently no on-call responsibilities after-hours or on weekends or holidays. The suitable candidate should be flexible within a growing and changing clinical environment, and comfort with a collaborative and consultative service are imperative. 

Collaboration within a regional system of care includes coordination with the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital.  Department of Psychiatry. Membership in the Central Island Division includes the option of attending Nanaimo Department of Psychiatry meetings, and connecting with colleagues in Nanaimo and Parksville.


Free office space, secretary, telephone, fax and email.  

May be eligible for additional remuneration in accordance with the Rural Subsidiary Agreement (RSA), including (subject to change): 

  • Recruitment Incentive:  up to a maximum of $10,000 (pro-rated based on FTE)
  • Relocation: up to a maximum of $15,000 (amount based on location relocating from)
  • Flat fee: $9,186.12
  • Fee Premium: 7.98%
  • CME: $3,000/annum year 3-4 and $6,000/annum after 4 years in the community.

Additional Information

Any of our part-time positions can be combined with other available part-time positions to create a rewarding and diverse full-time Psychiatry practice.

Community Information

Port Alberni, a coastal city with a population of 18,000, is situated in the majestic Alberni Valley surrounded by breathtaking scenery.

This temperate valley climate offers an array of year-round outdoor activities.  The gateway to the Pacific Rim communities of Tofino & Ucluelet, and Long Beach, the top Canadian surfing destination, Port Alberni enjoys easy access to the best recreational opportunities on Vancouver Island.  Port Alberni is now the official “Ultimate Fishing Town” in Canada.  All this and world-class skiing on Mt. Washington is only a short drive away!

Port Alberni is a family-friendly community with affordable housing and strong public schools.  Community spirit abounds and is evident by the abundance of activities for children including programs in: music, dance, gymnastics and all team sports: soccer, baseball, hockey, lacrosse etc.  Sproat Lake, located just outside of the city is the ideal location to base your family home. 

Located within a 60 minute drive from Nanaimo and offering easy access to Vancouver and Victoria, Port Alberni provides access to big-city amenities with all the charm and character of a rural community.

Job Types
Permanent Specialty

Port Alberni MHSU

Port Alberni

For more information on this and other Psychiatry opportunities please contact:

Christal Lawson, Medical Staff Recruiter
Island Health 

Qualified applicants are invited to submit a cover letter and CV to

Shift/Hours of Work
Full-time or Part-time
Payment is on a mixed billing system with a combination of fee-for-service and sessional billing and a MSP fee premium. There is no MCAP on-call funding.
Education, Training and Experience
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCPC) - Desired 
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCPC) eligible - Mandatory 
  • Eligible for licensure in British Columbia 
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