Welcome to Island Health

On August 1 st, we launched our new public website:


and a new website for medical staff:


Our website was developed in partnership with patients and residents of Vancouver Island and the surrounding regions. It's accessible, mobile friendly and flexible to help us evolve with our communities as we work towards excellent health and care for everyone, everywhere, every time.

Come visit the new sites and update your bookmarks. This www.viha.ca site will continue to be available for one month so that our staff and partners have time to update their links to the new site. You can still browse the old site but it will no longer be updated.


Nurse Practitioners - South Island, Central Island, North Island

Nurse Practitioners (NPs) deliver a range of health care services to First Nations individuals, families and communities.

Nurse Practitioners are nurses with advanced knowledge and clinical skills which enable them to:

    • Diagnose and treat diseases, disorders and chronic conditions
    • Order diagnostic interventions, laboratory tests and medications
    • Manage medical conditions
    • Refer patients to specialists
    • Act as health advocates for Aboriginal members

Working with the interdisciplinary teams and physicians in each community, Nurse Practitioners also assist with health promotion, illness prevention and treatment, health education, awareness, counselling and education to reduce some of the more chronic health concerns facing community members such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, addictions and mental health issues.

Nurse practitioners working in Aboriginal health centres are mindful of cultural practices, approaches and traditional medicines that support holistic care and services.


South Island - Victoria
Victoria Native Friendship Centre

Françoise Juneau, Nurse Practitioner
Email:  francoise.juneau@viha.ca

Danielle Linton, Nurse Practitioner
Email:  danielle.linton@viha.ca

We contract with the Victoria Cool Aid Society and work in partnership with the Victoria Native Friendship Centre (VNFC) to support and provide space for an Aboriginal Doctor and Nurse Practitioners.  This is a free confidential service for Aboriginal people who do not have a doctor.

The Nurse Practitioner can provide specific advice on health concerns including:

    • Women's health
    • Youth health
    • Mental health and wellness
    • Other health issues


Regular Clinic Hours 
Mondays: 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Tuesdays: 10:00 am to 4:30
Fridays: 9:00 am to 12:00 noon

231 Regina Avenue 
Victoria, BC  V8Z-1J6

To book an appointment, call 250-384-3211 or go to: www.vnfc.ca


South Island - Saanich
W’SÁNÉC First Nations

    • Pauquachin Band Office – North Saanich
    • Tsartlip Health Office – Brentwood Bay
    • Tsawout Health Department – Saanichton
    • Tseycum Band Office – North Saanich

Kelly Sharp, Nurse Practitioner
Email:  kelly.sharp@viha.ca

For Appointments Contact:  Pauline Thorne, MOA
Phone:  250-652-1149, Ext. 207


Tsawout First Nation
7728 Tetayut Rd
Saanichton, BC
Fax: 778-351-0311

Tseycum First Nation
1210 Totem Lane
North Saanich, BC
Fax: 778-351-0311

Harry Uppal, Nurse Practitioner
Email: hardip.uppal@viha.ca

For Appointments Contact:  Alena Peters, MOA
Phone:  250-652-4473 


Pauquhachin First Nation Band Office
9010 W Saanich Rd
North Saanich, BC
Fax: 250-652-8395

Tsartlip Health Centre
#3 Boatramp Rd
Brentwood Bay, BC
Fax: 250-652-8395


Central Island

    • Cowichan Tribes - Tw'ewultun Health Centre - Slhexun Sun'ts'a' Clinic
    • Halalt Health Unit
    • Malahat Health Unit
    • Penelekut Health Centre

Cowichan Tribes 
Valerie Jefferd, Nurse Practitioner 
Ts'ewulhtun Health Centre 
Slhexun Sun'ts'a' Clinic 

5768 Allenby Rd
Duncan, BC  V9L-5J1
Phone: 250-715-3322
Cell: 250-510-4759
Fax: 250-715-3321 
Email: vallerie.jefferd@viha.ca

Location - Hours

Monday - 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Malahat Health Unit
Fax: 250-743-8900

Tuesday - 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Penelekut Health Centre
Fax: 250-246-4663

Wednesday - 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Halalt Health Unit
Fax:  250-246-8990

Thu - Fri - 8:30 am -4:30 pm
Cowichan Tribes - Ts’ewultun Health Centre - Slhexun Sun'ts'a' Clinic
Fax:  250-715-3321


North Island - Mt. Waddington

  • Kwakiutl Health Centre
  • Gwa’sala-Nakwaxda’xw Health Centre
  • Port Hardy Medical Clinic
  • Quatsino Health Centre

Lisa Greer, Nurse Practitioner - Family

Phone: 250-230-1100
Fax: 250-902-6009
Email: lisa.greer@viha.ca

The nurse practitioner can provide a wide range of health services and support (including diagnosis and treatment) of:

    • Chronic diseases like COPD, diabetes, and high blood pressure
    • Elder's health
    • Women’s health
    • Prenatal care
    • Child and youth health
    • Mental health and wellness

Location and Hours - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Port Hardy Primary Health Care Centre
Fax: 250-902-6009

Quatsino Health Centre
Phone: 250-949-7161

Gwa’sala-Nakwaxda’xw Health Centre 
Phone: 250-949-8131

Kwakiutl Health Centre 
Phone: 250-949-6625