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.


Patient-Oriented Research on Vancouver Island


What’s patient-oriented research?

There’s more to health research than participating in a study. Patient-oriented research is done in partnership with patients, answers research questions that matter to patients, and aims to improve healthcare.

Whether you have personal experience of a health condition or care for someone who does, whether you’re a researcher or a student, a healthcare provider or a decision-maker, we need your perspective and expertise to address priorities that matter and improve the health system for everyone.

Ready to make a difference? Learn how you can participate.

What’s the Island Centre?

The BC SUPPORT Unit Vancouver Island Centre connects researchers with patients and families living in the area served by Island Health, and offers services to support and increase patient-oriented research.

The Island Centre is a collaboration between Island Health, the University of Victoria, and the University of British Columbia’s Island Medical Program.