The Vic-SI LTCI team has been working hard to improve accessibility of key information on our website. In collaboration with Capture the Moment Media, we have developed a multimedia informational module covering the basics of using the after-hours call group, along with some introductory videos explaining who we are and what we do. The module is made up of a series of short educational videos, complementary webpages, a list of resources, and brief quizzes designed to help you navigate the after-hours call group successfully. Our hope is that by making this information easily accessible to all that use the after-hours call group, that we will encourage clear, concise communication between care home staff and physicians, preemptively address issues before they arise, and to help streamline the training of new staff. The full library of materials will be published in the coming weeks, but in the meantime, you can view a sample video on the SBAR here!


Beginning this year, VDFP will recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation as a STAT holiday. On September 30, 2022, everyone is encouraged to wear orange to honour the thousands of Survivors of residential schools and to reflect on the tragic and painful history of colonialism in Canada. Read more about the history and significance of the day here and view the publication on the Songhees Nation’s South Island Powwow happening locally in recognition of survivors in the Ha-Shilth-Sa newspaper here.


Over the past two years, Surgical Services has worked with the Divisions of Family Practice in the South Island to develop alternative solutions that reduce the burden on primary care, while still ensuring that patients undergoing surgery are appropriately screened. As of June 2021, South Island surgical patients (RJH, VGH and SPH) referred for an Anesthetic or Internal Medicine consult were no longer required to have a pre-operative health history and physical completed prior to their procedure. Despite these efforts, the current pressures on primary care mean that the reliance on GPs to complete a preoperative health history is no longer tenable. As of May 1, 2022, GPs in the Greater Victoria area will no longer provide preoperative screening history and physical examination. You can read the full memorandum and view a sample of a surgical consult note on our website here.


Are you interested in being a long-term care locum? Would you like to be connected with a long-term care locum for your holiday or sabbatical? The LTCI is working on a locum matching program, please get in touch if you or someone you know is interested.


The Powell River Division of Family Practice, in partnership with the Tla’amin Nation, has been renamed ‘qathet’ (pronounced KA-thet). The new name, meaning ‘working together,’ was chosen to reflect the division’s commitment to reconciliation and acknowledgment of Indigenous-specific racism in the health care system. To read more about the change, you can view the qathet Division of Family Practice’s announcement here. To learn more about the Tla’amin language, its history, and significance, please visit their community page here.


The next UBC Care of the Elderly Intensive Review Course is returning in-person at UBC Robson Square in Vancouver, BC! This will be a three-day course running from February 2-4, 2023, offering a unique small group learning opportunity for practitioners who wish to gain practical skills to take back to their communities. The days will include presentations from UBC faculty experts, case-based discussions, interactive polls, and a variety of hands-on workshops (in-person only). Virtual learning opportunities are available as well for those unable to travel. Read more and sign up to be notified of dates here.


The Priory Long-Term Care Home (Hiscock and Heritage Woods) in Colwood is currently seeking 1-2 physicians for coverage of a panel of 20-30 residents. If you are a family physician who enjoys working in team-based environments, this may be right for you! Please reach out to an LTCI coordinator to hear details on this opportunity and the supports we provide. To read the full job posting, visit our website here.

Gorge Road Hospital is seeking physicians to join a new exciting service and be part of a multidisciplinary team in providing MRP care to patients admitted to one of two units: a Low Intensity Inpatient Rehabilitation Care Unit for patients returning home after prolonged hospitalization, and an Alternate Level of Care Unit (ALC) for patients awaiting placement in LTC. For more information, view the job posting here.

Do you know any family physicians looking to wind down their practices within the community but aren’t quite ready to retire? Or do you know any recently graduated family physicians looking to gain experience? Please spread the word about the rewarding experience that long-term care can provide and have them reach out to the LTCI at for more information!


Have you missed any of our virtual learning series events? Our latest event, “Goals of Care: Speaking with Resident’s Families in Long-Term Care” with Dr. Amit Arya, a Palliative Care Physician at North York General, happened September 22nd at 17:00 Pacific Time. You can find the recording of this and other past events on our website along with their accompanying slides.


The AHA Centre for Health Innovation has resources and webinars available on how to make healthcare more ‘age friendly’ here.

The Island Health Medical Staff Bulletin from September 14, 2022 can be found here.

The BCCDC releases a weekly Long-Term Care, Assisted Living & Independent Living Report outlining current cases of Covid-19 in care homes. The most recent report can be found linked here.

The Divisions Dispatch from The Divisions of Family Practice from July 28, 2022 can be found here.

The most recent communication from The BC Patient Safety & Quality Council is available here.

Find information about the BC Centre for Palliative Care, and the supports and resources they provide, here.

The South Island Division of Family Practice’s E-Bulletin from July 28, 2022 is available here.

The Pain Foundations for Primary Care Providers Course is a free, online, and self-paced (12-15 hrs) pain science and chronic pain management course for doctors and other health professionals offered by Pain BC. Find more details and course registration info here.

A 2 hour, three-module, eLearning course on Culturally Safe Advance Care Planning is available here.

Find the link for each region’s After-Hours Call Group poster and the most recent after-hours SBAR on our website here.

The team at I-CAARE has been developing culturally safe practice tools in partnership with Northeast Behavioural Supports Ontario. Find them here.


Sept 27, 2022: @12 pm Island Health Seniors Care Learning Series: The History and Impact of Indian Residential Schools and Intergenerational Trauma. In recognition of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day (September 30) Island Health is honoured to welcome presenter Jeremy Jones, Resolution Health Support Worker/LGBTQS+ Liaison, Indian Residential School Survivor Society. Find more information and register here.

3 Sessions Remain: Physician Psychological Safety 2022 Webinar Series. Register here.

  • September 27 @ 5:30-6:30pm Reaching out to Colleagues in Distress
  • October 25 @ 5:30-6:30pm Giving and Receiving Effective Feedback
  • November 22 @ 5:30-6:30pm Achieving Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

To view recordings of previous sessions, visit the Island Health page.

Oct 18-19, 2022: The Northwest Patient Safety Conference 2022 is being hosted by the BC Patient Quality and Safety Council in collaboration with the Washington Patient Safety Coalition and the Oregon Patient Safety Commission. This will be a virtual even with the theme of “Advancing Patient Safety in Today’s World.” For more information, see their page here, or to register, follow this link.

Oct 28, 2022: 08:15-15:35 PST-UBC Division of Palliative Care CME Day 2022. For more details and to register, see their webpage.


Oct 23, 2022: 10:30am-1:30pm: The North Park Multicultural Festival is a FREE quarterly family-friendly event where diverse communities gather and share culture through performances, arts, food, kids activities, and much more!

May 17-Nov 5, 2022: 'Queer at Sea: Tales from the 2SLGBTQ+ Community' is an exhibit being put on by the Maritime Museum of BC and highlights the contributions and impact of the queer and trans community on BC's maritime history. For more information, see their website here.

Dec 02-04, 2022: The Royal Theatre is hosting Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet and the Victoria Symphony this holiday season for a performace of The Nutcracker. Tickets are on sale now.

Jan-Feb, 2023: Dates have yet to be released, but the very popuar Dine Around Victoria returned from hiatus in 2022, and is expected to reoccur in January to February of 2023. Be a tourist in your own town, experience some new local spots, and support our Victoria businesses in their off-season. See more information on the 2022 line up here and stay tuned for dates for 2023!