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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.

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.
Want to know more about the state of healthcare in our communities?  Here's the latest area health data (VIHA, Health District 69, Qualicum):

>> Local Area health profile
>> Primary and Community Care Profile

Looking for a Doctor/Nurse Practitioner in the Oceanside area?

Sign up with our online patient attachment registry to have your name added to the list, and get info on alternate healthcare options in our area.  Please note that attachment for the Oceanside community is very limited at this time. Register here with the PAM program to add your name to the wait list to be contacted when there is capacity.

Establishing your medical practice in Qualicum Beach and Parksville

Open your practice,and create your new life, in a place where nature will nurture your spirit.  In a place where your children can still climb trees and play ball hockey in the street. Where your downtime is enshrined and sacred.  And where buying a home is still affordable enough to allow you to breathe that fresh sea air.  Discover the value of pricelessness, here on the east coast of stunning Vancouver Island, in the Oceanside region of Parksville and Qualicum Beach, British Columbia.

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Contact Us

General Queries/Information:
Jill Skuse, Administrative Assistant
Phone:  (250) 937-9079
Fax:  888-977-3318

Sharon Todd, Operations and Recruitment Co-ordinator
Phone:  (250) 937-0611

Executive Director:
Evelyn Clark
Phone:  (250) 703-6159

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Mailing Address:
Oceanside Division of Family Practice
PO Box 195, Quallicum Beach, BC V9K 1S7

2017-2018 Board of Directors

Dr. ​Clair Biglow - Co-Chair
Dr. Gina Bell - Co-Chair
NP Rosemary Graham - Secretary/Treasurer
Dr. Kevin Letcher -Director-at-Large
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