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.



Your toddler’s brain is still developing and will continue to grow rapidly until she reaches school age.

You can influence the healthy development of her brain through nurturing actions, lots of play and exploration, and reading to her as often as you can.

Remember: Never shake your child – this can cause serious, irreversible brain damage.

For more on how you can influence your child’s brain development, see Nurturing.

Principles of Brain Development

  • The outside world shapes the brain’s wiring.
  • The outside world is experienced through the senses - seeing, hearing, smelling, touching, and tasting - enabling the brain to create or modify connections.
  • The brain operates on a “use it or lose it” principle.
  • Relationships with other people early in life are the major source of development of the emotional and social parts of the brain.

(Source: Canadian Institute of Child Health)