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About Southern DHB

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Southern DHB is responsible for planning, funding and providing all publicly funded health care services for the Southern district.

We have hospitals in Dunedin, Wakari (Dunedin), Invercargill and Queenstown. We also contract health services from rural hospitals, our primary health organisation, pharmacies, aged residential care facilities and much more.

Southern DHB is governed by a Commissioner Team appointed by the Minister of Health. Its operations are led by an Executive Leadership Team and it is advised by a Clinical Council, as well as the other advisory bodies of the Southern Health system.

  • A commissioner team was appointed in 2015 to govern the Southern DHB, to bring the organisation to a stronger and more sustainable position. Find out about the commissioner team, commissioner meetings and elections process.
  • Southern District Health Board's Executive Leadership Team consists of executive managers based in Otago and Southland. 
  • The purpose of the Clinical Council is to give balanced, clinically-informed advice to the Commissioner, to Alliance South and to the operational arms of the Southern DHB, WellSouth and other providers of health services contracted by the Southern DHB.
  • Elections for Southern District Health Board members was held as part of the 2019 triennial local body elections.  Four board members were elected to represent the Otago Constituency and three board members to represent the Southland Constituency.

  • New Dunedin Hospital Forums held on Friday, March 18 a public forum and a staff forum. A short presentation was followed by questions and answers.