We are the local primary health organisation for Otago and Southland.

Our vision as the Southern PHO is for better health and wellbeing for our Southern communities of Otago and Southland. 

We play a crucial role in both supporting and delivering community-based primary health care and wellness services directly to consumers and their whānau through general practice networks. Click here to find out how we came to be and how the funding model works. 

WellSouth supports patients to enrol with general practices or community providers, and by developing and offering clinical services to help general practices and health care providers to provide better care for you. These services include clinical pharmacists, counselling, dietitians, falls prevention, and long-term conditions nursing.


Examples of what we do:

  • Organise primary health care services in Otago and Southland.

  • Support primary health care providers in the south

  • Reduce health disparity, promote equity and improve access to health care.

  • Ensure quick and easy access to primary health care, when you need it.

  • Maintain and improve the wellness of all people in Otago and Southland.

  • Promote healthy lifestyles.

  • Support access to screening and prevention services.

  • Work with other health providers to improve integrated care.

  • Measure and understand health data, so we can make better funding decisions.


 Click here for a full list of programmes that WellSouth is funded to deliver and support.

Our Vision - Tō Mātou Matawhānui

Best health and well-being for the Southern community.

See the WellSouth Strategic Plan

Our Values - Tō Mātou Uara

He mana tō te whānau - Whānau-centred

Tōkeke - Equitable 

Manawa whakaute - Respectful 

Pono - Transparent

Annual Reports

WellSouth is a not-for-profit organisation. We hold an Annual General Meeting (AGM) in November of each year, which the public can attend. Our Annual Reports and are available for all members of the public.

WellSouth PHN Annual Report 2023

WellSouth PHN Annual Report 2022

WellSouth PHN Annual Report 2021

WellSouth PHN Annual Report 2020

WellSouth PHN Annual Report 2019

WellSouth PHN Annual Report 2018

WellSouth PHN Annual Report 2017

WellSouth PHN Annual Report 2016

WellSouth PHN Annual Report 2015

Southern PHO Annual Report 2014