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.


QuitNow Registration for Healthcare Professionals

December 21, 2015

Tobacco Prevention and Control, Mental Health & Substance Use, and Public Health, in collaboration with the BC Lung Association are facilitating the hosting of six, one day, interactive QuitNow workshops across Island Health.

These workshops will enable participants to:

  • Recognize the role health professionals have in treating tobacco dependence
  • Integrate clinical tobacco interventions into their practice
  • Offer tobacco cessation pharmacotherapy support
  • Gain strong understanding of the BC Smoking Cessation Program
  • Refer clients to QuitNow and other cessation supports

Target Audience:

  • Health care professionals interested in learning more on how to assist patients/clients with quitting smoking including Psychiatrists/Physicians, clinicians working in community, ACT staff, Aboriginal Liaison Nurses, Seniors Mental Health, Case Managers, Public Health Nurses, Perinatal Nurses and Pharmacists

Workshop details (each session is from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm).  There is no charge to attend the workshop:

  • Wednesday January 27

Cowichan Exhibition Park

7380 Trans Canada Hwy, Duncan

  • Friday January 29

Nanaimo Regional General Hospital Room 2050

1200 Dufferin Crescent, Nanaimo

  • Thursday February 4

Royal Jubilee Hospital Begbie Hall Woodward Room


  • Wednesday February 10

Westerly Best Western

1590 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay

  • Wednesday February 17

Barclay Best Western Hotel

4277 Stamp Avenue, Port Alberni

  • Tuesday March 8

Public Health Meeting Room

7070 Market St, Port Hardy

Register by providing the following information by email to mhas.prt@viha.ca

  • Date of session
  • Name, position, health care designation (e.g. RN, physician, etc), program

If you require support for funding for travel please contact Skylar Pepin at QuitNow for further information:  spepin@contextresearch.ca

Note: There is no cost for registration; lunch will be provided. In addition, participants receive a print manual and support tools to help promote tobacco cessation in their areas. Workshops are limited to 20 seats and registration will be managed to ensure equity among the target groups.


Last updated December 21, 2015