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.



Child Youth and Family Health-Rehabilitation Services (CYFH-RS) Clinics provide assessments and intervention for children and youth from birth to age 19 at the Queen Alexandra Centre for Children’s Health.

Our Clinics:

To make a referral, contact CYFH-RS Intake.


Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic

This clinic is for children born with cleft lip, palate or significant velopharyngeal insufficiency who live within the Island Health region.

Clefts may be diagnosed prenatally, at birth and throughout infancy and toddlerhood, as speech and feeding challenges arise.  Referrals should be made to the Cleft/Lip and Palate Clinic as soon as a potential cleft is identified.  Contact will be made as soon as possible to support feeding, surgicalplanning and education around cleft lip and palate.

Cleft Lip/Palate Clinic Referral Form

The Island Health Cleft/Lip and Palate Clinic is accredited under the:

American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association

The team includes:

  • Clinic Coordinator,
  • Speech Language Pathologist,
  • Paediatrician,
  • Otorhinolaryngologist (Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon),
  • Pediatric Dentist,
  • Plastic Surgeons,
  • Nurse,
  • Orthodontist,
  • Social Worker, and
  • Audiologist

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Neuromuscular Clinic

For infants, children & youth with a neuromotor limitation that requires treatment or monitoring.

The Team includes:

  • Physical Therapist,
  • Occupational Therapist,
  • an Orthopedic Surgeon and/or,
  • Psychiatrist.

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Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Clinic

Children using these services have a suspected or recognized swallowing and/or feeding disorder and require a more in depth assessment by an inter-disciplinary team. See the PFSS Brochure and PFSS Vision and Mission.

Team may consist of:

  • Pediatrician/medical advisor
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Registered Dietitian
  • Registered Nurse
  • Registered Speech-Language Pathologist

Common reasons for referral:

• Coughing, choking or gagging while eating or drinking or soon after a meal
• Multiple swallows with a mouthful of food
• Chronic or persistent vomiting/reflux
• Increased congestion in chest after eating or drinking
• History of frequent chest problems
• Difficulty gaining weight related to feeding and swallowing
• Poor coordination of the muscles involved in eating or breathing
• Significant and unresolved mealtime challenges

Service may consist of:

• Family/caregiver interview
• Mealtime and oral motor evaluation
• Nutritional consultation
• Videofluoroscopy swallow study
• Consultation with a pediatrician
• Family conference
• Family education
• Referral to other services as needed

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Spinal Clinic

For children and adolescents presenting with deformities such as scoliosis, scheurmanns, or spondylolythesis. There may or may not be associated back pain. Children with a curvature are reviewed, regardless of the degree, to make sure curves at risk of progression are monitored.

The team includes:

  • Orthopaedic Surgeon,
  • Physical Therapist, and
  • Orthotist.

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Visual Impairment Clinic

For children and youth diagnosed with a visual impairment &/or cortical visual impairment that impose a significant limitation to function. For many children, there are associated medical and/or functional conditions as well.

The team includes:

  • Clinic Coordinator/Social Worker,
  • Occupational Therapist,
  • Ophthalmologist,
  • Pediatric Neurologist,
  • Physical Therapist,
  • Psychologist,
  • Speech Language Pathologist, and
  • Vision Consultant.

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