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.


May 17, 2016: Research Bootcamp Workshops

Get your research muscles in shape with our workshops on literature searches, methodology, and writing for research.


9:00 - 10:30: Putting the "Search" in Research

How to formulate an answerable question; how to identify search terms; how to identify appropriate resources and optimize search results.

Joyce Constantine, Island Health Librarian

11:00 -12:30: Research Methods Mixer

Everything You Wanted to Know about Quantitative, Qualitative, and Mixed-Methods Design (But Were Afraid to Ask)! Ask our fearless panel of experts instead:

Victor Espinosa; Manager, Informatics & Statistics, Research & Capacity Building, Island Health

Ron Lindstrom, PhD, FCCHL, CHE; Adjunct Professor, School of Leadership Studies, Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences | Royal Roads University; Adjunct Professor, School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine | University of British Columbia; Editor-in-Chief, Healthcare Management Forum | Canadian College of Health Leaders

Lynne Young, RN, PhD; Professor, School of Nursing, University of Victoria

Kristine Votova, PhD; Project Director, Genome-SpecTRA Project, Research & Capacity Building, Island Health

1:00 - 2:00: Getting Your Research on Paper Part 1: Writing an Application

We’ll walk you through writing a proposal or a grant application so you’ll get it right the first time.

Diane Sawchuck, PhD; Research Liaison Officer, Research & Capacity Building, Island Health

2:00 - 3:00: Getting Your Research on Paper Part 2: Writing for Publication

Learn how to present your research results for publication.

Diane Sawchuck, PhD; Research Liaison Officer, Research & Capacity Building, Island Health