The Oceanside Division of Family Practice
The Oceanside Division of Family Practice, formed in 2010, is a local non-profit society of community-based primary care physicians. The Division gives local physicians an opportunity to work collaboratively with Island Health, the GPSC, and the Ministry of Health to identify health care needs in the local community and develop solutions to meet those needs.
Our members work together to:
- Increase family practitioner influence on health care delivery in our region.
- Enhance professional satisfaction to general practitioners.
- Improve patient care in our area.
Looking for a Doctor/Nurse Practitioner in the Oceanside area?
Sign up online to have your name added to the list, and get info on healthcare options in our area. Attachment for the Oceanside community is very limited at this time. You will be contacted when there is capacity to attach you to a healthcare provider.
The "Oceanside" Area
The Oceanside region of Vancouver Island makes up a large part of central Vancouver Island, consisting of 12 friendly beach communities. Parksville and Qualicum Beach are our most well-known communities, and those in which all of our family practice clinics are currently located. Just 20 minutes to Nanaimo in the South, or 40 minutes to Courtenay/Comox in the North, Oceanside is still considered a rural community, therefore, our region offers recruitment incentives to physicians (both locum and permanent) who live and work in the area. This unique combination of safe, beautiful beach communities and fantastic and ample recreation activities is drawing more and more young families all the time. Looking for an affordable waterfront community? They do still exist! And with on average 2,047 hours of brilliant sunshine every year, you can actually get outside to enjoy one of the best climates in Canada!
Why practice here?
Well-known as one of Canada's most attractive places to retire, the older population in our beautiful community means that practicing here, in addition to rural fee top-ups and incentives, also results in significantly higher MSP billings per visit (37% of our population being in the 65+ age demographic). Looking for more work/life balance? Our on-call rota is only about 1 in 20 days, and without a hospital in the immediate community (Nanaimo Regional General Hospital is 30 minutes south), you can practice during the day, and still have ample time for your own family and pursuits. For these reasons and so many more, Oceanside is an extremely attractive area to practice medicine!
Parksville-Qualicum Beach is thoroughly equipped with modern emergency service infrastructures, including our fabulous Urgent Care facility - opened in 2013. The Oceanside Health Centre offers urgent care, medical imaging, outpatient lab services, telehealth services, primary care services, specialty services, and integrated community care teams.