Adult Psychiatrist

Current Closing Date

Open until filled

Full Time

Cowichan District Hospital

Department of Psychiatry, Mental Health and Substance Use
Shift/Hours of Work
Full time
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; Moving Expense Reimbursement $15000; Annual Retention Premium $3672; Fee-for-service premium 4.2%; CME $3000/annum in years 3 & 4; $6000/annum after 4 years
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.

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 3 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 Department of Psychiatry at Mental Health and Substance Use – Cowichan Valley has an opportunity for a permanent psychiatrist to join a collegial team of 6 Psychiatrists.  We seek a psychiatrist to support community consultation and involvement with our multidisciplinary Short Team Services.  Applicants with ECT training will be considered an asset. 

The Cowichan Valley has a wide variety of Mental Health and Substance Use services across the continuum.  Community services consist of Short Term Services – ASTAT and Crisis Response; Longer Term Services – Community Support Team and EPI; Substance Use Services – Adult Outpatient clinic as well as community mental health and substance use staff providing housing services, psychosocial and rehab services and a wide variety of other individual, group and outreach contacts.  The area is also home to a 27 bed regional Adult Tertiary Unit at Cowichan Lodge and has just received approval to begin planning for a local ACT team.  Our inpatient services are provided at CDH with a 15-bed inpatient psychiatry unit.

Involvement in the Island Medical Program undergraduate and postgraduate teaching program is a requirement of this position. In Duncan, there is a strong focus on undergraduate medical education and family practice residents. 



Education, Training and Experience

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCPC) Eligible - Mandatory
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCPC) - Desired
  • Eligible for licensure with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia
  • Experience in collaborative, multidisciplinary, community psychogeriatric care  required.


Qualified candidates please forward your CV, cover letter and names of three references to:

Sheila Leversidge, 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.