General Psychiatrist

Current Closing Date
Open Until Filled
Full Time
Cowichan District Hospital
Department of Psychiatry, Mental Health Substance Use
Shift/Hours of Work
Mixed fee-for-service and sessional billing
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: $3672;  Fee-for-service premium: 4.2%;  CME:  Years 3 & 4:  $3000/annum;  After 4 years:  $6000/annum.
Community Information

Duncan, located within the beautiful Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, enjoys Canada's most favourable climate, allowing for year-round sailing, fishing, hiking and golfing.  Lush countryside surrounds scenic coastal villages and charming inland communities. A vast temperate forest extends from the Cowichan to the west ocast of the Island.

Housing is affordable and public education is complemented by renowned local private schools.  Victoria, only 45 minutes away, offers excellent cultural, educational and recreational opportunities.  Mount Washington Ski Resort boasts the largest annual snowfall and is 2 hours north.

Vancouver Island is one of Canada’s most liveable regions – providing the very best of urban and rural living.   Renowned for its breathtaking natural beauty and enviable quality of life, Vancouver Island offers an opportunity to combine a rewarding career with a satisfying lifestyle.

Job Summary

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.


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


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

Christal Lawson, Medical Staff Recruitment Coordinator
Island Health
Email:  physicians@viha.ca
Fax:  250-716-7747

We would like to thank all candidates in advance for their interest and only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to confirm the receipt of individual applications or resumes.