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Otago Healthcare

Healthcare provision in Otago is excellent, particularly in Dunedin, home of one of New Zealand's most important schools of medicine.
Looking for general healthcare information?

Depending on your condition and where you live in the region, you may need to travel there for treatment.

District Health Boards

Health services in the Otago region are provided by Southern DHB

Southern DHB

Public Hospitals

The main hospital in this region is in Dunedin with a smaller one in Queenstown. There are also some rural hospitals in the region. Check this website for more details

Hospital locations | Southern DHB

Private Hospitals

To find Private hospitals in this region search on this Ministry of Health webpage

Private hospitals | Ministry of Health

Doctors and local services

Doctors (GPs)  are fully trained medical doctors who can advise you on your health and refer you for further tests or specialist treatment if needed. GPs are registered with a Primary Health Organisation (PHO).

Enrolling with your local doctor will save you money and help keep you and your family healthy.

To find GPs in the Otago region use the links below.

Enrolling with your local doctor

Find a doctor | Southern PHO

Find a GP | Healthpoint


All dentists are registered with the Dental Council of New Zealand. Use their website to find a dentist near you.

Dental Council of New Zealand

Mental Health services

Mental health services in Otago are provided by the Southern District DHB. Look on their website for details

Otago mental health services | Southern DHB

After Hours Medical

For information about after hours healthcare in the Otago region

After hours services | Well South 

If you are feeling unwell or need some urgent medical advice, Healthline offers a 24 hour health service over the phone. You can call them on 0800 611 116.

About Healthline | Ministry of Health 


The Plunket Society (Plunket) offers information, support and developmental assessments of children at varying stages between birth and 5 years. They also organise car seat education services, parenting education and parenting groups. See the links below for services in your area.

Plunket also offers a free parent helpline and advice service available to all families and caregivers 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 0800 933 922 for parenting help.

Otago | Plunket

Queenstown | Plunket

Plunket Line | Plunket

Having a baby

There are various options available for giving birth in the Otago region. Check on the Ministry of Health website to see what is available in your area.

Southern maternity facilities | Ministry of Health

Senior line

Senior Line is a phone service and online portal with information for older people and their carers who are making decisions about staying at home, retirement villages, day care options and rest homes. Call 0800 725 463, or visit the website.

Southern | Senior line


Hospice is specialist care is given to those with life-limiting illness. Otago Community Hospice provides hospice care in Otago free of charge and in the setting of their choice.

Otago Community Hospice

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