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Welcome to the Nanaimo Division

The Nanaimo Division of Family Practice, incorporated on November 22, 2011, represents family physicians, locums, hospitalists, emergency physicians, and family medicine residents in Nanaimo and on Gabriola Island.

There is no obligation or cost to join. Division funding from the General Practice Services Committee (GPSC) is established on a per-member basis. This funding provides support to physicians for their time on working groups and provides infrastructure funds for member-identified priorities and Division events, e.g., continuing medical education events.

2017 Quality Award win for Nanaimo Division, nominations for Fraser Northwest and Kootenay Boundary

The John Barsby Wellness Centre, a collaborative project involving the Nanaimo Division of Family Practice, received the Excellence in Quality: Staying Healthy award  at the 2017 Quality Awards. Providing students with easy access to health care practitioners including GPs, RNs, a social worker, and mental health counsellors, the Centre is a natural fit for an award celebrating projects that prevent injury, illness, or disability.

The John Barsby Wellness Centre opened in September 2015 through collaboration between the Nanaimo Division and partners including John Barsby School students and parents, the Child and Youth Mental Health and Substance Use (CYMHSU) Collaborative (funded by Doctors of BC and the BC government), School District 68, and Island Health. By October 2016, the Centre had supported 1,051 youth through appointments dealing with issues including adolescent pregnancy; physical, emotional, and sexual abuse; suicidal thoughts; sports injuries; and undiagnosed learning disabilities. As Vancouver Island’s first high school-based multidisciplinary health and wellness facility, the Centre provides an invaluable service to a community with high rates of child poverty and low access to health care services.

In addition to the Nanaimo Division’s award win, members of several other divisions were nominated for their dedication to health care quality improvement.

 Story courtesy of the Provincial Division office.


There are 14 Family Physicians in Nanaimo who provide comprehensive maternity care. If you have a Family Doctor, they can refer you to the group, or if you don’t have a Family Doctor, you can self refer and the doctor will take you and your baby on as patients permanently.

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Recruitment Corner

The Nanaimo and Cowichan Divisions of Family Practice would like to thank everyone who attended the successful Retirement & Succession Planning Event based on Financials. We look forward to supporting Physicians as they transition out of practice refocusing on a new purpose and/or goal. As always we are looking for feedback as to how we can support you better.

A huge thank you to both our Sponsors who provided engaging and informative presentations:

Gold Sponsor: Scotiabank   

Silver Sponsor: MNP LLP  

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