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.


Richard Stanwick

Richard Stanwick

Chief Medical Health Officer

Dr. Richard Stanwick was appointed the position of Chief Medical Health Officer for Island Health in December 2001. 

In this role Dr. Stanwick is responsible for communicable disease prevention and control in the community, and provides evidence-based opinions to physicians, Councils, Boards and the community on a wide variety of health issues including communicable diseases, environmental health issues and complex health related social issues. He is also responsible for monitoring and assessing the health status of the community, making recommendations for strategies to address health issues and implementing immediate actions when necessary to protect the health of the public.

Dr. Stanwick was the Medical Health Officer for the Capital Regional District (CRD) from 1995 to 1997, a position that expanded to include Director of Research when the function amalgamated to the Capital Health Region (CHR) in 1997.  He practiced pediatrics at St. Boniface Hospital and Winnipeg Children's Hospital from 1979 to 1995 in Manitoba. He was also the Assistant Provincial Epidemiologist in Manitoba in 1985 and the Medical Health Officer for the City of Winnipeg from 1990 to 1995.

Dr. Stanwick obtained his degree in medicine at the University of Manitoba. He did his Fellowship in Community Pediatrics at McGill University, where he also received his Masters degree in Epidemiology and Health. He obtained a Fellowship in Community Medicine from the University of Manitoba. He was a Full Professor at the University of Manitoba in both Pediatrics and Community Health Sciences, and has held an Adjunct Professor appointment with the Faculty of Health Information Science at the University of Victoria since 2000.

To contact Dr. Stanwick please call his assistant, Dorothy Gallacher, at (250) 519-3406 or e-mail: Dorothy.Gallacher@viha.ca