Dr. Frederick Voon

Emergency Physician, Health Literacy Advocate, Evidence-Based Wellness Leading Learner and Author

Dr. Frederick Voon is a Canadian Emergency physician who works in Victoria, B.C, with interests in patient education, information technology, mindfulness in medicine, business, and evidence-based happiness. Currently Dr. Frederick Voon is an executive of the Victoria Emergency Physicians Association, and co-President of the South Island Medical Staff Association.  Dr. Frederick Voon works closely with the Divisions of Family Practice: Transitions in Care with projects including Familiar Faces, which provides digital care plans for the most frequent users of local Emergency Departments.

A Clinical Assistant Professor and Mentor with the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine, Dr. Frederick Voon enjoys teaching, personal growth, as well as professional development. He has presented at conferences and volunteered with community organizations such as the International Health Literacy Association (IHLA), Our Place Society serving inner-city and vulnerable populations, YMCA Camp Thunderbird for youth, and the Victoria Minor Hockey Association.

Dr. Voon has hosted screenings of documentaries including “Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age” and “Us & Them” a film about homelessness and addictions.

After graduating medical school in 2001, he completed residency training in Family Practice and Emergency Medicine. He has worked in clinic and hospital settings, both urban and rural, in British Columbia, Alberta, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and New Zealand.

Topic Presentations

Dr Voon shares lived experience from both sides of the stretcher: supporting a loved one through mental health crises, and seeing a large number of people struggling with mental health at work every shift.

Practical and concise theory on the science of happiness


  • From burnout to engagement

  • Humanities in healthcare

  • Peer support


  • Take a guided tour through this key entryway to the healthcare system.

  • What to know before you go, becoming one of the 15 million Emergency visits a year in Canada. In the USA, there are over 145 million annually – a shocking 46 visits for every 100 persons!

  • Learn how to prevent having to go. Do’s and Don’ts.  What (not) to bring.  Myths busted.

  • Stocking the most effective Home Medicine Cabinet

  • Disaster preparedness and gear

  • What should you keep in a Patient Medical Summary, with a free download for all attendees.


  • Experiential exercises for evidence-based happiness and wellbeing

  • Suicide, non-suicidal self-injury, emotional distress tolerance

  • Chronic pain

  • A Non-fiction Author’s Journey: writing, editing, publishing, and marketing.

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Victoria, British Columbia

Your Inside Guide to the Emergency Department: And How to Prevent Having to Go!

This is the first book for the general public, written by a physician, to guide you through what really happens in the Emergency Department (ED). In Canada there are over 15 million Emergency visits a year. In the USA, over 145 million annually - a shocking 46 visits for every 100 persons! Learn what to expect if you, or a loved one, becomes one. - What happens and why from the ambulance to the trauma bay? - What and whom should you bring? - Why do you have to wait so long? Why did that person get seen before you? - Who gets seen faster? How can you get treated sooner? - Why do you have to tell the same story over again? - Who are all these people? - What should you do to prepare? Dr. Voon also busts some common myths and provides tons of practical tips and tricks to help you stay out of the ED: - What might not be an emergency after all? - What should everyone stock in their Home Medicine Cabinet? - What internet sites can we trust? As an in-depth and comprehensible resource, this non-fiction is a reference that belongs in every household and every waiting room.

Your Home Medicine Cabinet: An Excerpt from Your Inside Guide to the Emergency Department

This excerpt tells you what an Emergency Doctor thinks everyone should stock in their Home Medicine Cabinet. What works and what doesn't work? It also covers what internet sites we can trust, Dr. Voon's ABC's of prevention, and a sample Patient Medical Summary that you can print and use for any hospital or clinic visit.

Low Back Pain

This is a stand-alone excerpt from the critically acclaimed book, "Your Inside Guide to the Emergency Department--And How to Prevent Having to Go!" the first book for the general public, written by a physician, to guide you through what really happens in the Emergency Department. Back pain is a common condition and one that brings people to the Emergency Department frequently. In this excerpt, Dr. Voon shares: 10 Tips you may not have tried for back pain relief Choosing wisely recommendations for imaging tests for your back. Do you need a CT scan or an MRI? What is involved with those tests? Red Flags for back pain, including information on a condition that can kill 9 out of 10 people Internet sites I trust

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