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.


Dec. 14: Community Dialogue on Dementia Research

November 22, 2017
Interested in dementia research? Join us for a community dialogue on December 14 to learn how you can get involved!

Community Dialogue on Dementia Research

When: Thursday, 14 December 2017 (1:00 PM – 4:00 PM PST)

Where: Gordon Head Recreation Centre, 4100 Lambrick Way, Victoria, BC

Who: Individuals with dementia, and those people who have lived experience of caring for a loved one, family member or friend with dementia or other cognitive disorders.

We’re inviting persons with dementia, informal and unpaid caregivers, families, and friends to come together for a lively, interactive afternoon of idea sharing! Together, we will discuss how to integrate research into the continuum of dementia diagnosis and care, including ways to involve you, as important community members, in research opportunities here on Vancouver Island.

We are excited to share that two special guests will be joining us: Maria Howard, Chief Executive Officer of the Alzheimer Society of BC, and Isobel Mackenzie, BC’s Seniors Advocate!
  • Registration is required. Please register online via EventBrite.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Taylor Hainstock, Patient Research Liaison, BC SUPPORT Unit Vancouver Island Centre, at 250-370-8496 or taylor.hainstock@viha.ca

The motivation to host this community dialogue stems from the official announcement made by the Victoria Hospital Foundation in early October to honour Mr. and Mrs. Neil Manning. The Mannings, formerly from Alberta and now Victoria residents, pledged 2.5 million dollars for dementia research in a 5-year initiative known as the Neil and Susan Manning Cognitive Health Initiative (CHI). Over the five years, researchers and doctors aim to improve the diagnosis and treatment of dementia on Vancouver Island through the development of a ‘learning healthcare system’ and digital tools. The Vancouver Island Centre is working closely with the CHI partners, including UVic’s Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health to organize this event.