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Southern DHB Older Persons Mental Health Services

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    Southern DHB Older Persons' Mental Health Services are provided at Dunedin Hospital and Southland Hospital.

    Dunedin Hospital provides inpatient services for older people at Ward 6C and a day-based service at the Gibson Day Unit. Community Psychiatric Nurses and Nurse Practitioners also support Older Persons' Mental Health Services in the community.

    A community based team provides service for the Southland area and is based out of Southland Hospital.



    Mental Health for Older People (MHSOP)

    The Mental Health for Older Person’s service provides assessment and treatment for those aged 65 and over, in the Southern DHB region, who have an identified moderate to severe mental illness (including Dementia with behavioral and psychological disturbance) which is causing significant dysfunction and / or enduring disability. 

    The team aims to help people live as full a life and independently as possible. Appointments can be provided in a variety of settings  including home, rest home or Community Mental Health offices.


    Ward 6C Older Persons Inpatient Unit - Otago

    Inpatient Services for Older People are provided at Dunedin Hospital's Ward 6C. Ward 6C is a 12-bed acute assessment and treatment unit for people aged over 65 years with mental health needs.

    We aim to offer a safe, supervised environment to assess your needs and provide any treatment you may require during your admission. We do not provide long-term care as you will be going home or to another facility in the community when you are discharged. Length of stay is variable and depends on the individual patient’s needs.


    6th Floor, Dunedin Hospital, 201 Great King Street

    Gibson Day Unit (GDU)

    The Gibson Day Unit offers a Monday to Friday, day-based service providing comprehensive assessment, treatment and rehabilitation services to clients over 65 years old with Mental Health needs. We aim to assist individuals in meeting their immediate physical and emotional needs and help them to achieve or maintain their highest possible level of health within the community.

    The Gibson Day Unit runs groups Monday through Friday. Each day caters for patients with different needs.


    Ground Floor, Main Hospital Block, Dunedin Hospital, 201 Great King Street

    Community Psychiatric Nurse (CPN) and Nurse Practitioner

    Community Psychiatric Nurses (CPN) provide a seven day a week service, assessing, treating and monitoring clients in their own homes or other community settings. We will work with you and your family to establish a therapeutic relationship. Together with you, an objective goal-orientated care plan will be formulated. You are encouraged to contribute to this plan and we will support you to ensure your needs are identified. Our aim is to provide you with support to enable you to live as independently as possible and enjoy your life. 

    The Nurse Practitioner is an expert role working independently and collaboratively with other health professionals and carers to enhance the care and support of other people with significant mental health problems in the community.


    Ground Floor, Main Hospital Block, Dunedin Hospital, 201 Great King Street


    There are no fees for services to public patients if you are lawfully in New Zealand and meet one of the eligibility criteria set by the Ministry of Health. If you do not meet the criteria, you will be required to pay for the full cost of any medical treatment you recieve during your stay.

    To check whether you meet the specified eligibility criteria, visit the Ministry of Health website