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Our pathway towards better health

Our pathway towards better health, better lives, Whānau Ora.

The Southern district is a vast landscape, where resourceful and capable people have built health care structures to enable us to take care of each other. 

Group of diverse people

What have our people asked for?

  • Better coordinated care across providers, with less wasted time
  • Care closer to home
  • Communication that makes sense and is respectful
  • A calm, compassionate and dignified experience




Older woman on a pathway

By 2026: We work in partnership to build:

A health enabling society within which we deliver:

  • Quality coordinated care
  • More accessible, extensive primary and community care
  • The right secondary and tertiary care when it’s needed (including the new Dunedin Hospital)



This is made possible by considering:

  • Sustainability
  • Experience
  • Quality
  • Adaptability
Healthy heart

So that our people:

  • are healthier and take greater responsibility for their own health
  • stay well in their own homes and communities
  • with complex illness have improved health outcomes.





How will we get there?

Via the Southern Strategic Health Plan. For more information on our strategic areas, see the related pages below.