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.


Get Involved

Health research needs you to make a difference! Find out how you can get involved.

Become a Study Participant

Are you interested in participating in research studies at Island Health? Contact Rebecca.Barnes@viha.ca to sign up or to learn more. By signing up, you will be registered to receive more information about current study opportunities for which you may be eligible.

  • Subscribe to our quarterly newsletter to receive information and updates about current studies in the region.

Become a Patient Partner

There are lots of ways to get involved in research beyond participating as a study subject. Patient partners include anyone directly affected by a health condition, illness, or health system issue: family members, loved ones, and care givers as well as patients. Whether you're interested in joining a research team, helping to set priorities for future research, or contributing to events and education, your experience provides a unique and valuable perspective.

Other opportunities:


Interested in becoming an official research volunteer? Find out what volunteering with Island Health is all about, and then complete this form and submit it to research@viha.ca


We'll be your research matchmaker! We connect researchers with students, clinicians with researchers, and students with clinicians to help answer research questions and provide access to data. We also work with academic partners, community organizations, and industry to improve health through research.