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.


Make Your Plan

Writing an Advance Care Plan means your voice will guide health care decisions if you are not able to make them for yourself. The instructions and tools you need are provided in My Voice: Expressing My Wishes for Future Health Care Treatment (PDF 4.3M).

An Advance Care Plan is a written summary of your conversation with your family and your doctor. This document will guide them if they must make decisions about your care without you.

Decide Who Will Speak for You

Once you have decided who your trusted representative will be, you can write a Representation Agreement that names them as your substitute decision maker and documents your wishes to guide that person.

Learn more about representation agreements from Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre and Registry.

Your Plan is a Legal Document

Your plan will be a legal document that is recognized by law and must be honoured by your doctor and your substitute decision maker.

You Can Change Your Plan

You can make changes to your plan any time while you are still capable of making decisions.

Learn More

See Advance Care Planning Resources for more information.