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New Pou Tōkeke Population Health Pharmacists work to support health providers in Otago and Southland

Thursday 09 March 2023

Health professionals returning to the motu to support communities and whānau WellSouth is bolstering its clinical pharmacy team with more resources to help health providers and their patients across the region. Pou Tōkeke (Equity) population health pharmacists Brendon McIntosh (Kāi Tahu) and Sandy So join WellSouth’s clinical pharmacy team working...

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Health Improvement Practitioners hit the road with new promotional campaign

Tuesday 17 January 2023

Health Improvement Practitioners hit the road with new promotional campaignMaking more people aware there is free mental health and well-being support available in many general practices, is the aim of new promotional campaign in Invercargill.WellSouth’s Access and Choice (Tōku Oranga) programme, is a primary mental health and well-being service based...

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Malcolm Street Covid-19 community testing centre closing 16 December

Friday 02 December 2022

Community testing and RAT collection shifting to Dunedin Immunisation Centre After one year, thousands of PCR tests administered and tens of thousands of rapid antigen tests distributed, the Malcolm Street Covid-19 Community Testing Centre in Dunedin is winding down operations and closing its doors on 16 December.“RAT tests...

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New Board Appointees for WellSouth

Tuesday 08 November 2022

Two new appointments were confirmed at the WellSouth Board of Trustees meeting today (Tuesday 08 November).Nurse Practitioner Nicky Burwood has been elected the board’s new nursing representative, while Dr Keri Milne-Ihimaera is appointed as the community representative trustee. Nurse Representative[image src="/assets/Images/Nicky-Burwood2.jpg" id="2555" width="150" height="205" class="leftAlone ss-htmleditorfield-file image"]Nicky Burwood is...

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Readying for the health system of the future: WellSouth Annual Report 2021-2022

Tuesday 08 November 2022

WellSouth made an even more significant contribution to the health sector response to the Covid global pandemic in the 2021-2022 financial year and continued to support the delivery of routine and preventative healthcare during challenging times.While leading Covid testing in the region as they have since 2020, WellSouth, general practices,...

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Community is key: Southland general practices attracting and keeping trainee doctors

Monday 17 October 2022

Southland general practices are proving popular training grounds for new doctors, as eight, second-year GP trainees are continuing to train and work in the region – three in Te Anau, three in Invercargill and one each in Winton and Gore. Six GPEPs, who started their three-year General Practice Education Programme...

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Primary Care Nurses Advance their Skills

Wednesday 21 September 2022

The South Island are set to have twelve new community nurse prescribers by the end of October, just after the third cohort begin the six-month long programme.The South Island Registered Nurse Prescribing in Community Health (RNPCH) programme trains nurses to treat minor ailments in usually well patients.The nurses can prescribe...

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Call for interest: WellSouth Board of Trustees - Nurse Representative and Community Representative

Monday 19 September 2022

Be part of making real impact in the health services for communities in Otago and Southland.WellSouth is seeking a nurse representative and a community representative to serve as trustees in our board.The nurse representative is the representative for nurses, while the community representative is one of three on the board....

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Gore Medical Centre credentialled as a Health Care Home practice, First practice in Southern to receive accreditation

Thursday 01 September 2022

The Gore Medical Centre (GMC) is celebrating a milestone in primary care in Southern.GMC is the first general practice in Otago and Southland to be credentialled as a Health Care Home practice - a programme helping to increase capacity and capability in general practice.The accreditation is the culmination of...

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Manaaki team calling Māori and Pasifika patients to support attending hospital appointments

Thursday 18 August 2022

WellSouth Primary Health Network and Te Whatu Ora Southern (Māori Health Directorate and Surgical Services & Radiology) are teaming up to help ensure Māori and Pacific Island patients and whānau get the support they need to attend outpatient hospital appointments across the district.Seven days prior to a scheduled specialist appointment,...

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