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.


Health and Safety for Seniors

Fall Prevention

Falls are the main reason why older adults lose their independence. Although the risk factors increase with age, falls are not an inevitable part of aging. Please check here for more on falls prevention.

Medication Safety

By learning how to take your medications safely, you can make sure they work properly and avoid negative interactions.

Health Canada is responsible for ensuring access to safe and effective drugs and health products. See: Health Canada Drug and Health Products website

Flu Clinics

Flu vaccines are provided at a wide variety of locations across the province, including public health clinics, physician’s offices, and pharmacies. Visit our influenza (flu) page to learn more and find a clinic near you. 


Lifeline provides you and your loved ones with the reassurance that help is only a push of a button away. There is a cost for activation and monitoring. Learn more about this personal emergency response service

First Nations Elders

The BC Elders' Guide acknowledges and respects the traditional ways of Elders, and the immense cultural value they provide.

Patient Resources

Our patient resources page has information about health conditions and community resources to help you manage your own healthcare.

You can find research results on topics related to healthy aging at the McMaster Optimal Aging Portal.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

The BC Division of the Canadian Mental Health Association offers services for people experiencing depression or other mental health conditions. For information on local branches and programs, please visit the CMHA BC website

In South Island, Capital Mental Health Association offers a variety of programs and opportunities for adults and seniors experiencing a mental illness designed to promote recovery and well-being.

Recreation Centres and Community Resource Associations

Looking for community programs in your area? Our list of recreation and community centres provides resources that support independence and active living.

Driving and Transportation

Getting around in your community is important for maintaining your independence. Learn about issues facing older drivers and other forms of transportation on our driving and transportation page.