Healthcare provision in Otago is excellent, particularly in Dunedin, home of one of New Zealand's most important schools of medicine.
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
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
To find Private hospitals in this region search on this Ministry of Health webpage
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 Southern PHO website.
All dentists are registered with the Dental Council of New Zealand. Use their website to find a dentist near you.
Mental Health services
Mental health services in Otago are provided by the Southern District DHB. Look on their website for details
After Hours Medical
For information about after hours healthcare in the Otago region go to the Southern PHO website
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.
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 rental schemes, parenting education and parenting groups. See these links 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.
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.
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.
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.