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.



As your child grows, her need for your guidance expands and becomes more complex. Like babies, preschoolers need plenty of physical affection, comfort, and security. They also need your help to start developing social and emotional maturity.

Learning about child development will give you reasonable expectations for your child and help you find ways to nurture healthy development.

Every child-parent relationship is different. Consider how your child’s temperament and your own parenting style interact.

Preschoolers respond best when parents praise positive behaviour and give consistent, reasonable consequences for negative behaviour. Research continues to show that even light physical discipline harms a child’s mental and emotional health.

Nurturing your child includes supporting learning, as well as the development of social skills and emotional changes.