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Welcome to the South Island Division

The South Island Division of Family Practice comprises members from the Saanich Peninsula communities of Central Saanich, Sidney and North Saanich, and the West Shore communities of Colwood, Langford, Metchosin, and Sooke.

The goal of the SIDFP is to provide the best health care possible for residents of the South Island region, as well as ongoing professional support for family physicians.

Together, South Island Division members are working to improve patient access to local primary care, increase local physicians' influence on health care delivery and policy, and create a community for family physicians. A collaborative and innovative approach to health care will strengthen family practice and patient care in South Island communities. Divisions of Family Practice is an initiative of the General Practice Services Committee (GPSC), a collaboration between Doctors of BC and the Ministry of Health. The purpose of the Division is to provide a unique, collaborative, and innovative approach to patient care through a tripartite relationship between the Division, the Ministry, and Island Health.


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Walk With Your Doc 2017

"The sun came out for our 4th annual Walk with Your Doc Community Walk on Saturday May 6, as Drs. Vanessa Young and Kelley Minish hosted about a dozen patients from their practices for a 2.5k walk around the Juan de Fuca recreation center chip trail.  We were warmed up by Trevor Millar, a patient of ours and physiotherapist, who joined us with two of his physio colleagues from Motus Physiotherapy in Langford. Led by an octogenarian patient of Dr. Minish's, we enjoyed the sights, sounds and scents of spring, while improving our physical and mental health.  Well done all!" Submitted by Dr. Vanessa Young.


Your physicians colleagues discuss their experiences as South Island Division members and the benefits Division membership. As an organization that supports you, the family physician, the Division encourages a sense of community among physicians, provides a collective voice for physicians, supports continuing education by hosting educational courses, and facilitates knowledge and skills sharing around office efficiences.

The South Island boasts a spectacular natural beauty combined with all the suburban amenities you need. With outdoor activities accessible year round, the South Island is a fantastic place to live. The area also offers unique professional opportunities, including rural and suburban practices, attending privileges at Saanich Peninsula Hospital, access to large tertiary hospitals, and a diverse patient population

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If you are a physician practicing in the South Island, join the South Island Division of Family Practice now.

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4489 Viewmont Avenue
​Suite 203
Victoria, BC V8Z 5K8
(Royal Oak area)
Phone: 250.658.3303
Fax: 250.658.3304
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