In collaboration with Capture the Moment Media, the Vic-SI LTCI team has developed a multimedia informational module covering the basics of using the after-hours call group. We are proud to launch this module on our website and hope that short educational videos, complementary webpages, lists of resources, and brief quizzes will encourage clear, concise communication between care home staff and physicians, preemptively address issues before they arise, and help streamline the training of new facility staff. You can view many of the videos dispersed throughout our website, or you can watch the clinical after-hours call group training videos and accompanying resources here. Keep watch for some familiar faces!


Dr. Matthew Galas M.D. CCFP PgDip Dermatology B.S.c kindly provided the LTCI with this helpful guideline for the treatment of skin conditions in LTC at the recent Community of Practice event on May 16th 2023.


The LTCI team has been working to find coverage for 410 LTC residents whose MRP is retiring. In February we held an information, or recruitment, event where we had members of our physician workforce and practice planning committee speak to their own individual experiences working in LTC. We aimed to have representation across a variety of practice styles and stages of career. As a result of this event, we are tracking to have at least 10 new providers enter our LTC system in the next several months. These new providers, combined with well-organized MRP groups at most care homes, has resulted in coverage plans for 20 panels, or 308 residents so far.


Managing unexpected or adverse patient outcomes is a common challenge in LTC. The BC Patient Safety and Quality Council offers a course to hone your skills in anticipation for these difficult circumstances. Follow this link for more information on this course. Are these kinds of complex issues a passion of yours? You can train to become facilitator by following the same link.


The LTCI has expanded their online presence to Facebook. You can now find our information through our Facebook page where we will be posting about upcoming events, like the learning series, as well as other long-term care related topics. Check out our new page here and feel free to follow along!


LTCI physician, Dr. Katharine McKeen recently published an article on the role that family physicians play in reducing the impact of social, economic, and political factors on health equity titled, ‘Advancing Health Equity: The Quintuple Aim.’ Read it in full on the BMJ website here.


On April 6, 2023, the Provincial Health Officer lifted the restrictions on visitors to long-term care and assisted living sites. Masks and proof of vaccination are no longer required, although individual care homes may have their own policies in place. See the Island Health Memo on the topic here. View FAQs and more details from the ministry of health here. Or, read direct information from the government of BC wesbite here.


Are you looking to optimize your billing methods? Reach out to the LTCI for one-on-one billing sessions with our consultant.


First Peoples’ Cultural Council has created an interactive map of the spread and distribution Indigenous culture, language and art across BC. The First Peoples’ Map of B.C. has 18 layers that explore over 200 First Nations communities in the province. It features profiles of local artists, organizations and information about community events and heritage sites. Indigenous languages are also listed alongside common greetings and pronunciation guides. To read more and to view the map, click here.


Are you interested in being a long-term care locum? Would you like to be connected to a long-term care locum for your holiday or sabbatical? In an effort to improve the quality of life of LTC physicians, the LTCI is working on a locum matching program, please get in touch if you or someone you know is interested.


The below LTC sites are seeking an MRP, please get in touch if you are interested:

  • Aberdeen
  • Amica on the Gorge
  • Glenwarren Lodge
  • Gorge Rd LTC
  • Sunset Lodge
  • The Heights at Mt View
  • The Summit
  • The Priory

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!

MRPs for ALC beds:
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.

Panel available at the Wellesley:                                                                                                          Are you or anyone you know looking to expand your practice? A physician at The Wellesley, an assisted living facility in downtown Victoria, is looking for a replacement. Reach out to the LTCI team to learn more if you or someone you know is interested.


Have you missed any of our virtual learning series events? Recordings and notes on our most recent Learning Series Event, “Cultural Safety in Long-Term Care” with Marissa McIntyre, a First Nations woman of the Nlaka'pamux Nation on May 23rd  and other past events can be found on our website.


Do you have a funny, unusual, or touching story of your time in long-term care that you wish to share with your colleagues and community? Submit a story to an LTCI coordinator to be shared anonymously in our next newsletter.


The Living My Culture project highlights stories about the intersection of culture and advanced illness, end-of-life and grief. Read more here.

The Neil and Susan Manning Cognitive Health Initiative (CHI) and RJH Senior’s Outpatient Clinic have introduced a new evidence-based course into their programming. The course, titled 'Learning the Ropes (LTR)' is a 6 - week course focused on optimizing cognitive health for older adults living with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and their partners in care. See more here.

The Island Health Medical Staff Bulletin from May 11, 2023 can be found here.

The Divisions Dispatch from The Divisions of Family Practice from May 16, 2023 can be found here.

The South Island Division of Family Practice’s E-Bulletin from May 04, 2023 is available here.

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

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


June 02-03, 2023: Island Medicine Conference: Updates, Skills and Networking @ the Victoria Conference Centre. Visit their page here for more information and to register.

June 10, 2023: @8:45am - 5:00pm 'SSC Leadership and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Workshop' with keynote speaker Dr. Sanjiv Chopra. Westin Wall Centre in Richmond, BC. For more information, head here.

June 12, 2023: @7:15-8:30pm Join the 'Physician Health Program BIPOC Peer Support Group,' a virtual peer support group providing space for doctors who are Black, Indigenous, and people of colour (BIPOC) to connect and share lived experiences. Register for session 6 in this ongoing series here.

June 13, 2023: @7:00-10:00pm PST 'Welcome and Thank You,' an evening to celebrate the Victoria Medical Community, hosted by the Victoria Division of Family Practice at the Atrium at Laurel Point Inn. Snacks and cash bar will be available. See more and register here.

June 14, 2023: @5:00pm PST, please join us for an LTCI Vantage Point Session for dinner with Maria Turnbull to discuss Conflict and Challenging Conversations. This will be held at the Woodward Room (Administrative Building) at RJH. Register in advance via email. See more information on our events page.


June 04, 2023: @11am-12:30pm 'Ocean Week Victoria Story Time' at the Royal BC Museum. Cost included with general admission. See more here.

June 24-July 03, 2023: Jazz Fest Victoria. See more info for this popular event here.

June 29-July 09, 2023: Victoria Pride Week. See their website for all of the fun and inclusive events and activities.