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Psychiatrist, Perinatal Addictions - BC Women's Hospital + Health Centre

Psychiatrist, Perinatal Addictions

Perinatal Addiction

BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre

0.2 FTE

Vancouver, BC Canada


BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre’s FIR Program is a provincial specialized perinatal service that provides primary care to antenatal and postpartum women who use substances and to infants exposed to substances with an interdisciplinary approach. FIR opened in 2003 and is a first-of-its-kind program in Canada. Through the provision of treatment and supports focused on principle-based practice and integrated programming, the interdisciplinary team at FIR focuses on stabilization and harm reduction in a recovery-oriented approach to care.


The FIR Model of Care is focused on keeping mother and baby together by rooming-in. This acute care service has 12 beds for individuals wanting to stabilize their substance use and address any pregnancy-related concerns and/or withdraw from drug use during pregnancy. The FIR program also values supporting and educating our multi-disciplinary teams and physicians about trauma and violence practice and harm reduction and promoting awareness and practice of Indigenous Cultural Safety.


The FIR program is a recognized leader in Perinatal Addiction programming that upholds Indigenous Cultural Safety and Trauma and Violence Informed Practices. Guiding principles of Harm Reduction, Recovery-oriented Practice, and equity-oriented care are core to the work we do on FIR. We support interdisciplinary teamwork to collaboratively support women’s goals and provide Rooming-In as a standard for women with substance use disorders.  


As a consulting psychiatrist with expertise in women’s health, substance use and concurrent psychiatric disorders, you will work collaboratively within a multidisciplinary team including perinatal addiction medicine, nursing, social worker and counsellors. You will provide psychiatric care to perinatal patients impacted by substance use, trauma and mental health challenges. Special focus, experience or training in women’s health, gender diverse patients and a deep knowledge of trauma informed and culturally safe care is required. Completion of an accredited addiction medicine training program or equivalent and experience working with women and families with substance use disorders is highly desirable.


As the successful candidate for this position, you will have demonstrated a commitment to academic and clinical excellence as well as patient and family centered care. FIR has an active teaching program for medical students, residents and Addiction Medicine fellows, and participation in research projects will also be encouraged. You will have accreditation from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. You will have demonstrated ability to work your clinical work and professional relationships.


Clinical duties will primarily support the inpatient population but may also include consultation to our affiliated FIR Outpatient program. The position is a 0.2 FTE.


Applications, accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae should be sent to:


Dr. Charissa Patricelli
Medical Director, Perinatal Addictions
BC Women’s Hospital


BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre (BCW) is the only facility in British Columbia devoted primarily to the health of women, newborns and families. It provides specialized women’s health services that address the health needs of women of all ages and backgrounds. BC Women’s provides Ambulatory and Inpatient Services for women with substance use disorder. Advances and provincial expansion of service for this population is a strategic priority. As an academic health centre BCW’s mandate includes providing strong leadership in research and the education and professional development of health care professionals in areas related to the health of the populations we serve.


BCW is a program of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), which provides specialized health care services across BC. PHSA is committed to excellence. Our values include: Respect people • Be compassionate • Dare to innovate • Cultivate partnerships • Serve with purpose.


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PHSA and BCW are committed to employment equity, encouraging all qualified individuals to apply. We recognize that our ability to provide the best care for our diverse patient populations relies on a rich diversity of skills, knowledge, background and experience, and value a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment.