Medical Health Officers

Island Health's Medical Health Officers oversee a wide variety of initiatives designed to promote and protect public health. 

Public health is the organized effort of society to protect and improve the population's health and well being through the following:

  • Health promotion
  • Reducing inequalities in health status
  • Prevention of disease, injury, disability, and premature death
  • Protection from environmental and other hazards to health

Contact your local Medical Health Officer

Chief Medical Health Officer

Dr. Murray Fyfe

Sooke region, West Shore, Saanich Peninsula, Southern Gulf Island and Urban Greater Victoria

Dr. Dee Hoyano

1837 Fort Street
Victoria, B.C. 
V8R 1J6

250-519-3406

Dr. Michael Benusic

1837 Fort Street
Victoria, B.C. 
V8R 1J6

250-519-3406

Cowichan Valley Region

Mill Bay to Yellow Point, Thetis & Valdes Island

Dr. Shannon Waters

4th Floor, 238 Government St
Duncan, B.C.
V9L 1A5

250-737-2020

Nanaimo, Oceanside, Alberni-Clayoquot

Dr. Sandra Allison

3rd Floor, 6475 Metral Dr  
Nanaimo, B.C. 
V9T 2L9     

250-739-6304

Comox Valley, Strathcona, North Island

Dr. Charmaine Enns

355 - 11th St
Courtenay, B.C. 
V9N 1S4

250-331-8591


For Public Health emergencies after hours, on weekends or on statutory holidays, that require immediate physician attention, call the Medical Health Officer on call at 1-800-204-6166.


As part of BC’s commitment to public health care renewal and improvement, the Ministry of Health  has produced the Core Public Health Functions Framework.

The framework defines core public health services that BC’s health authorities will provide to strengthen the link between public health, primary care, and chronic disease management. 


Report an issue

Island Health monitors facilities and systems related to public health.

Learn how to submit a complaint or report an issue:

Contact your local environmental health officer for complaints and inquiries related to:

  • Communicable disease
  • Drinking water
  • Food safety
  • Personal service inspections (tattoos, tanning, and piercings)
  • Sewerage systems
  • Recreational water (beaches, pools)

Latest Topics

  • Public Health Rounds December 2019: Integrating Health Equity Into Healthcare Systems & Practice